Sarah Sharpe

I’m a provisional Psychologist who works in Calgary, AB.

Children and Traumatic Life Experiences

traumatic-emotions

It is difficult to think about traumatic experiences happening to our children. Unfortunately, negative and traumatic events do happen to children and their families. Often, people think that children may not remember the event, or those that do will “bounce back”, or even that children do not fully understand what has happened. In some cases, this may very well be true. However, children often absorb what they experience during traumatic events. Each child is different and may or may not exhibit signs of distress for an extended period of time…

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Children with certain Diagnoses, affected by Food

irritated child

It is difficult to understand how what we eat affects our moods, our ability to function and our ability to cope with various symptoms of a number of mental health disorders. Not only does this apply to adults, but to children as well. There are many foods, supplements and other chemicals added to our food that can affect children with different diagnoses. One example is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Each child with ASD can drastically differ from one another due the variability in the way the disorder presents itself. However, there…

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Children and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Seasonal Affective Disorder in children

Winter means we want to sleep more, eat more and stay inside. These are ‘normal’ responses to the colder weather. However, other responses can occur as well. The responses could be more sinister in nature. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) has been questioned by many over the years. This disorder is currently listed in the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders V) as a depressive disorder. It can affect many people, regardless of age, financial status or whether that person has a previous diagnosis of a depression disorder or…

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Fatigue in Children: What it looks like and What you can do

child fatigue

Fatigue affects us all, including children, unfortunately. We can be behind on our sleep due to big projects for work or school, due to anxiety, and because of time changes. Many children are affected by extracurricular activities and by the time changes, in particular. It is important to recognize the signs of fatigue in yourself and in your child. In adults, fatigue can look like forgetfulness and low tolerance. Low tolerance means we have a short amount of patience. This can be directed at our children. We must be mindful…

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