Children and Traumatic Life Experiences

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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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Parenting Stress in a Busy World

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Parenting is hard. Parenting can take you to your emotional and physical limits. There tends to be very few breaks associated with being a parent. And despite the wealth of books and courses available to many people, I would argue that it is difficult to prepare for or prevent some of the stressors that parenthood brings. However, there are some ways to prevent these stressors from becoming too overwhelming. 1. Manage Expectations (of Yourself and your Children) I think by now most of us know that how people represent their…

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IBS: The Link between Anxiety and Gut Health

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The Connection between Physical and Mental Health The more time I spend in the area of mental health, the more I learn about how intertwined our physical and psychological health really are. Recent research has started to point more clearly to the connections between the health of our gut (e.g. the digestive tract) and our mental health. One particularly interesting link seems to exist between our gut health and the anxiety we experience. The gut is considered the “second brain” by many due to the 100 million neurons located in…

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Children with certain Diagnoses, affected by Food

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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)

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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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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – the Psychological Perspective

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It is normal for moods to fluctuate a bit throughout the year. Sometimes, our moods increase or decrease with factors such as how busy we are at work, how well we’re sleeping, holidays, or changes in our lives (e.g. moving, challenges in relationships, being sick). However, for some people, mood may consistently be low during certain times of the year. And for a percentage of those people, the depressed mood can significantly impact their life. These people may be experiencing what is referred to as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). According…

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

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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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