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Art Therapy for Children, Part II: Art Therapy in Practice

As explained in part one of this series, art therapy is a great way to help children deal with intense emotional experience. In a formal art therapy session, the therapist will ask the child to perform a given exercise. Sometimes this will be free drawing about their day, while at other times the tasks will..

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Art Therapy for Children, Part I: What is it and Who Can it Help?

Art Therapy for Children, Part I: What is it and Who Can it Help? As children grow and develop one of the biggest challenges they face is understanding their emotional reaction to the world around them. Expressing feelings verbally assumes that one has the words to go with a particular emotion, and that the inner..

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Mental Health Disorders in Literary Greats

September 24, 2014 | posted in: Mental Health | by

Literary Characters with Mental Problems Literature provides a great wealth of characters that illustrate mental illness in interesting and unique ways. Though authors may not always have a particular mental illness in mind when creating a character, they often carve out symptoms that match various diagnostic criteria. Using the DSM-IV-TR, the diagnostic manual used by..

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Video Games That Are Good For Your Kids

September 19, 2014 | posted in: Health and Wellness, Mental Health, Parenting 101 | by

Positive Thinking Video Games Positive thinking computer games should enhance and strengthen each aspect of human cognition. Since the mind and the body are connected, games must cover the broad categories that are part of daily life. Underlying positive thinking is a strong mind, a strong body and an ability to have insight. Games that..

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ADHD: A Look at Alternative Treatments

September 10, 2014 | posted in: ADHD, Development, Family, Health and Wellness | by

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is a serious mental disorder that involves loss of function at home and at work or school. Individuals with ADHD have a basic difficulty concentrating, but the disorder as a whole is more complex. ADHD results in a breakdown of the executive functioning system. Executive functioning refers to attention,..

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Anger Management for Kids

Anger in children can be difficult to manage. Children often do not have the vocabulary to attach to various feeling states. When children feel angry and they have no words to describe the sensations, they will often act out aggressively. Their aggression is usually a means to communicate internal feelings of anger or sadness that..

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Tools for Cognition & Emotion

August 18, 2014 | posted in: Mental Health, Uncategorized | by

Tools for Cognition & Emotion Cognition refers to a person’s thought process and how they think about their thoughts, also known as metacognition. Additionally, cognition can include memory and attention. Emotion describes feeling states. Emotional status is complicated by the fact that individuals don’t always know what they are feeling. Confusing the matter even further..

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Is Vitamin Therapy the Answer to Tourette’s Syndrome ?

August 15, 2014 | posted in: Health and Wellness, Mental Health | by

Tourette’s syndrome (TS) is a neurological condition consisting of chronic motor and verbal tics. TS also has a high degree of comorbid, or concurrent, behavioral and emotional problems. The presence of tics is considered uncommon, and the disorder usually makes itself known during childhood. Though medical treatments are available, they usually only partially alleviate the..

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Adolescent Depression: A Look from the Developmental Perspective

July 31, 2014 | posted in: Anxiety, Depression, Development, Mental Health, Parenting 101 | by

Adolescent Depression: A Look from the Developmental Perspective Depression during adolescence is a cause of worry for parents because of the impulsivity and general emotional reactivity of teenagers.  Psychologist Erik Erikson is best known for his work on examining childhood issues from a developmental perspective. According to Erik Erikson, adolescents must resolve two major crises..

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Does Caffeine Cause Seizures?

July 23, 2014 | posted in: Health and Wellness, Mental Health, Parenting 101 | by

Does Caffeine Cause Seizures? A seizure, whether associated with epilepsy or due to external factors, refers to a shift in the brain’s neuronal stimulation, which causes increased electrographic activity. This increased activity makes up seizures. According to the Epilepsy Foundation of North America, approximately 2.2 percent of the population will have a single seizure at..

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