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Monthly Archives: May, 2012

Trying to Understand Teenagers Part I: Psychosocial Development

According to Erik Erikson’s theory of psychosocial development, during the ages of 12 to 18, teenagers are mostly focused on the questions “Who am I?” and “What do I believe and stand for?” Identity versus confusion is thought to be the psychosocial crisis that teens are dealing with and many of us will probably agree …

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Teen Mom Wants to Have Another Baby ASAP

What if your 18 year old daughter who is in the 11th grade of high school, already has a two year old child, told you she was planning on having another child by her new boyfriend in order to not be selfish? Working with teenagers it’s rarely anything I see or hear these days that …

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Not Catching the Ball: A Form of Self-Care

I’m not the first to say this. Matter of fact, I heard this from one of my mentors who is a successful therapist, but even before her, I can swear I might have heard it on Oprah or somewhere, but the fact remains it is a powerful statement that has helped me in many situations. …

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Saving the Lives of Butterflies: Part 2

It’s been a few months since I first introduced The Butterfly Project to the high school kids I work with (if you haven’t already, you can check out my post entitled “Saving the Lives of Butterflies”). Well I’m happy to report that over the past two weeks I’ve had a number of them come up …

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On Childhood Disintegrative Disorder

We conclude our discussion on the Pervasive Developmental Disorders with a brief overview of Childhood Disintegrative Disorder. Introduction Childhood Disintegrative Disorder (CDD), is also known as Heller’s Syndrome and Disintegrative Pschosis.  It is a rare Pervasive Developmental Disorder that affects about 1 in 100,000 children. CDD resembles many of the other disorders on the Autism …

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Originally posted on help4yourfamily:
an animated clock (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Written by, Kate Oliver, MSW, LCSW-C Get ready to laugh and tell me I’m wrong!  I have heard many versions of this affirmation but the person I got it from is the mother of affirmations herself, Louise Hay.  This week’s affirmation is: Everything is…

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On Rett Syndrome

An Introduction to Rett Syndrome  What separates Rett syndrome from the other Pervasive Developmental Disorders is that it almost exclusively affects girls, whereas Autistic Disorder affects boys at a much higher rate than girls. Worldwide Rett Syndrome affects 1 in every 10,000 to 15,000 females of all races and ethnicity. Prenatal testing is possible for …

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Psychiatric Hospital: A Quick Glimpse Inside the Madness of an Institution

I normally try not to post on Friday through Sunday, so today will be a light post and a short break from our discussion on the Pervasive Developmental Disorders and will continue on Monday with Rett’s Disorder. Today however I’d like to share some of my past work experiences. For three years I worked overnight …

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On Asperger’s Disorder

In the 1940s, a pediatrician working in a clinic in Vienna named Hans Asperger treated several patients who displayed similar symptoms. However, because his work was conducted during World War II, none of it was seen amongst the English-speaking world so it wasn’t until the 1980s that his work was discovered by the English-speaking community …

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On Autistic Disorder

In my years in the field of mental health, I’ve had the privilege to work briefly with children who had Autistic Disorder. That brief time gave me a tremendous amount of respect for these children, those who work with them regularly as well as the parents who care for them around the clock. The degree …

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