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What Kinds Of Talk Therapies Are Good For Helping Children Cope With Child Abuse
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What are some non-medical ways to deal with ADHD behaviors? Are there other options besides medication to help my child with his adhd?
There are: Adhd can be relieved in many instances by helping the child learn a variety of coping mechanism. In addition co-existing anxiety and/or depression can make the adhd worse. Where possible creating an environment that does not strain attentional demands e.g. With noise and other distractions or demands that the child sit for long periods of time often helps. There are many things that can be tried. ...Read more
What are some good parenting techniques for working with a child with severe emotional and aggressive behavioral problems?
Behavior probs: I have published a book on kindle which provides guidance to parents with children who have behavior problems. It is called: parenting the kids according to a child psychiatrist and sells for only $5.95. The book may help you to help your child's behavior. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Honest and simple: Children actually deal with things like death in a fairly straightforward way. Best way is to be simple, honest, and understanding. Answer questions, don't give gory details, and be prepared for the same question in several different ways. Rituals help, like allowing them to go to the funeral (not open casket or graveside). And especially allowing them to express their emotions. ...Read more
Testing/self-care 4u: Manage your own stress by taking care of your own needs. Probably, have a psychological testing done on your kid to confirm/disprove diagnosis. Testing will also show child's strength and things to work on, but knowing strengths will help you in coping with his illness and take your care for him in more positive direction. Testing can be done by a clinical psychologist specializing in children. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Talk to an adult: Talk to an adult you trust. Your parent, teachers, mentors. Bullying has a zero tolerance these days. Usually bullies are insecure and use their size or abilities to scare others they think are "weaker' in rode to make themselves feel better. It is best to stand up to a bully but you want to know the best way and that is achieved with talking to an adult you trust. ...Read more
Books and website: When someone you love has cancer: a guide to help kids cope by lewis; because...Someone i love has cancer by the acs; www.Experienceproject.Com/groups/have-a-father-with-cancer/33116; the last lecture by pausch. The age of the children will help determine which is most appropriate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Evaulation by a pro: Obsessive thought and compulsive behaviors that result in significant dysfunction is uncommon in it's full form at 5yrs, however people you go on to develop full blown OCD often report very early symptoms. Clearly an evaluation by a good chil;d psychiatrist would be important to determine appropriate treatment. There are many good behavioral and nutritionally based approaches for young children. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Anyone care to share their experiences with medications for their kids adhd? Are there other treatment options besides medication?
Yes lots: Remove food additives and anything artificial. Get your child evaluated by an occupational therapist for a sensory processing dysfunction, a spoken and language pathologist for possible auditory processing disorder and an educational psychologist to rule out learning issues or a visual spa coal processing probl.Get a good psychologist to work on structure and org. Fish oil some herbal preparation. ...Read more
Depends: The answer is complex, with the age of the child playing a role. There are stimulant medicines (ritalin, etc) and non-stimulant medicines (strattera (atomoxetine), intuniv). For kids who are hyperactive and don't focus, the stimulant class can be very effective. If the child has focus problems and has some minor anxiety, strattera (atomoxetine) is a good choice. Of course, discuss these options with your physician. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Group Therapy: It is a safe setting where the psychologist helps individuals learn to perceive more accurately and also helps to examine the realities of one's worries. People tend to be very supportive and it reduces a feeling of being alone with your problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What types of medicines are good someone who suffers from depression and self-injurious behavior?
SSRIs: Ssris like sertraline, fluoxetine, and citalopram are preferred, but only in more severe cases such as when the attacks prevent normal activities like school attendance. Other anxiety drugs like benzodiazepines are not recommended because of their potential side effects and other issues such as withdrawal and abuse potential. Behavior therapy is the treatment choice and is generally successful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Structure/consistent: You don't indicate if this is new or longstanding, which is quite important. If new, learning why it is happening it key and warrants an assessment. If it is longstanding but worse now because of age and size, a number of books might be a place to start. Ross greene has several related to the explosive child that are excellent. Keys are clarity, consistency, and structure with a positve tone. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Foods & depression: Antioxidants are generally helpful, so are essential fatty acids. Eat lots of fruits & vegetables & seafood. ...Read more
Seek help from : agencies like http://familyresiliency.illinois.edu/initiatives/initiatives_autismprogram.html, http://familyvoicesillinois.org/documents/grants-for-families-of-children-with-autism/ & http://communities.autismspeaks.org/site/c.ihLPK1PDLoF/b.7512151/k.C0C8/Illinois_Resources.htm. Learn to use behavioral techniques consistently. See a developmental/behavioral pediatrician &/or child psychiatrist.. ...Read more
Protect The Innocent: If you tell your psychiatrist that you are abusing a child or if you are under 18 and being abused, in the state of california, your doctor is legally obligated to report such abuse to the authorities. if you simply know of an abusive situation, this is not reported, but i would encourage you to report it yourself. I would image each state has similar legislation. Protect the innocent! ...Read more
Embarrasement: In therapy, your goal is to let go of fixed ways of looking at your life and behaviors, rethink and redirect them and move forward to a happier life.The abuse has power over you, or you wouldn't have difficulty.Discussing it with a trusted doc can help you let go of a fixed idea.You are not defined by the events, but by the whole person you are and can be. Do the work to gain the benefits. ...Read more
18yr. Bad anxiety+PTSD from child abuse.5 yrs therapy with 3 docs..nothing. 2 yrs until med school decision.Can't go like this.How to make it go away?
Take a deep breath: No quick fix unfortunately. You need to continue your search for the best therapy match and a doctor willing to work with you to help you improve your quality of life. It is not unusual to go through several therapists and med trials for your condition. A multi drug approach combined with psychotherapy is the standard of care. Surround yourself with caring supportive people. Avoid chaos or drama. ...Read more
Profoundly: Child abuse can have a variety of effects on children. Once safety is re-established and physical harm treated, emotional harm can be assessed. The ability of children to trust others and changes in what to expect in relationships are often the most profound psychological injuries. Post traumatic stress disorder and depression are also extremely common. Therapy can help all of this. ...Read more
Can you tell me what type of imaging protocol is best to see child abuse ( 3phase, whole body, spot views, spect)?
Thanks for asking: It must be very hard to reach out after suffering for many years. I have (and am) in your shoes. That trauma is never forgotten, but you can learn to go on despite and in spite of what you lived through - I have that personal experience. It takes therapy, though, to have someone skilled in abuse counseling to help you put it in your rearview mirror, instead of staring at you head on. Seek a pro! ...Read more
It is possible.: Other fractures -- like skull, rib and long bones are more common. Regardless of the type of fracture, if you suspect child abuse, you should find a way to help that child.If necessary, contact the child's dr, or teacher, or a county child protective services agency. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Survivor of horrific abuse, PTSD, scared of therapy would I benefit from online therapy scared to talk to someone in person about the horrific abuse?
Trauma take it slow: It's common to be scared to talk to someone, especially a new therapist. Our job is to work at your speed. In my own practice, I've even asked clients to slow down. Prior to talking about abuse, you must develop trust and soothing/relaxation skills so you can continue to feel in control in session. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sometimes: All types of abuse (emotional, physical, & sexual) are damaging. The extent of damage may be more severe for emotional or sexual abuse than for physical abuse. However, the extent of damage also has to do with the severity, frequency, and duration of abuse and the individual child's temperament, vulnerability to mental illness, support system, etc. Let's all pull together to help stop child abuse! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Where do researchers get subjects for child abuse research? Who consents? What child agrees to be abused while research is conducted?
Misconceptions: Research often falls into 2 separate types.In forward looking studies, you study a control group and one under the study conditions. In rear looking research, you compare a control group to those who underwent the conditions in the past. Most child abuse research is done as rear looking (retrospective) studies. Your confusion is valid, no review board would allow a kid to be put in such conditions. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Probably not: Child abuse, especially the shaken baby syndrome, causes significant damage in the eye, . Mostly retinal disruption with bleeding and loss of vision. The optic nerve is in a well protected canal and would only be damaged in these circumstances if the trauma were so great that the bones around the nerve were fractured although this would not be called optic neuritis, but just traumatic damage. ...Read more
Yes it can.: Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder on the basis of complex interplay between genetics, environment and experience/behavior. The severe stress of being abused as a child can certainly activate a genetic loading for bipolar disorder. In my experience a high percentage of persons diagnosed with bipolar disorder have been abused during childhood. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
PTSD treatment: The most effective treatments for ptsd are 1) cognitive-behavioral therapy that includes gradual exposure to distressing situations, reminders and triggers in imagination and then real life and 2) eye movement desensitization & reprocessing (emdr). Either one should be combined with relaxation training and provided in a safe, supportive environment by an empathic therapist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer