What is Pediatric Bipolar Disorder?

What is Pediatric Bipolar Disorder? According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Pediatric Bipolar Disorder is explained in the following way: Bipolar mood changes are called "mood episodes." Your child may have manic episodes, depressive episodes, or "mixed" episodes. A mixed episode has both manic [...]

By |2020-06-25T14:12:36+00:00October 15th, 2015|Categories: Bipolar Disorder, Children, Teens|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Portrait of a Child with Bipolar Disorder

Some parents question whether their child might have Bipolar Disorder. He has moments of being affectionate, then suddenly he transformed to being mean-spirited. Portrait of a Child with Bipolar Disorder Parents brought their ten-year-old son Charlie for therapy. They described his sleepless nights, endless energy, and [...]

By |2020-06-26T17:49:01+00:00October 15th, 2015|Categories: Bipolar Disorder, Children, Teens|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Little Things That Matter

Have you ever felt that life was so busy, that it was hard to find time to enjoy the little things in life that truly matter? It is never too late to learn about balance and how to prioritize your values. [...]

By |2020-06-26T17:52:53+00:00September 24th, 2015|Categories: Children, Depression, Parenting|Tags: , , |0 Comments

BACK TO SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN WITH ADHD

Back to school emotions tend to exacerbate psychological problems. Anxiety, depression, and excitement are intertwined. Imagine students with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) with all these emotions. What might be visible is ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder), irritability, bullying, negative self-esteem, and social issues. This would compound [...]

Autism Spectrum Disorder

  Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) experience deficits in social communication, have narrow, fixated interests, stereotypic repetitive behaviors and sensory sensitivities. Their problems range on a continuum from mild symptoms to severe. Following are descriptions of two children diagnosed with ASD who present at different [...]

By |2020-06-25T14:27:58+00:00September 23rd, 2015|Categories: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Children|Tags: , |0 Comments

BACK TO SCHOOL EMOTIONS

Back to school butterflies are a natural phenomenon. The two most frequent words I am hearing in my psychology practice about back to school are “excited” and “anxious”. They are both uttered simultaneously and related to unknowns. When I ask children what they mean by these [...]

Brian – Creative Synthesis of His Play Therapy

CLINICAL EDITOR COMMENT This article discusses a case of a youngster and family as they transitioned from active chemical dependency and moved towards sobriety. The author uses a creative approach to deal with the emotionally intense effects. www.a4pt.org PlayTherapyTM June 2007 Barbara Pedalino PsyD, LLP BRIAN In my real [...]

Ask Dr. Barb: What is Play Therapy?

Helps kids feel better (& grown-ups, too!) Improves self-esteem Teaches coping skills Fosters feeling expression Promotes socially appropriate behaviors Teaches creative problem-solving Dear Parents & Colleagues, As adults, sometimes we [...]