A behavioral condition that makes focusing on everyday requests and routines challenging. People with ADHD typically have trouble getting organized, staying focused, making realistic plans and thinking before acting. They may be fidgety, noisy and unable to adapt to changing situations. Children with ADHD can be defiant, socially inept or aggressive. Families considering treatment options … Continue reading “ADHD, or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder”
Now encompassed by the more global diagnosis of Austism Spectrum Disorder, (ASD), Asperger’s Syndrome refers to a developmental disorder that makes it very hard to interact with other people. Children with Asperger’s may find it hard to make friends due to being socially awkward. Asperger’s syndrome is a lifelong condition, but symptoms tend to improve … Continue reading “Asperger’s Syndrome”
Usually appearing within the first three years of life, ASD involves impairments in social interaction — such as being aware of other people’s feelings — and verbal and nonverbal communication. Some people with ASD have limited interests, strange eating or sleeping behaviors or a tendency to do things to hurt themselves, such as banging their … Continue reading “Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)”
A serious mental illness in which common emotions become intensely and often unpredictably magnified. Individuals with Bipolar Disorder can quickly swing from extremes of happiness, energy, and clarity to sadness, fatigue, and confusion. These shifts can be so devastating that individuals may choose suicide. All people with Bipolar Disorder have manic episodes — abnormally elevated … Continue reading “Bipolar disorder”
This disorder can occur in children and in teens, and goes beyond normal behavior problems; it is long-lasting and is disruptive and possibly dangerous. Symptoms include aggressive, destructive behavior, violation of rules, and deceit. Causes may include genetics, brain defects or injuries, an abusive environment, and others. Treatments range from therapy to medications.
Intelligence refers to intellectual functioning. Intelligence Quotients, or IQ scores, compare your performance with other people your age who take the same test. However, these tests don’t measure all kinds of intelligence. For example, such tests can’t identify differences in social intelligence, the expertise people bring to their interactions with others. There are also generational … Continue reading “Intelligence”
Even the best-behaved children can be difficult and challenging at times. But if your child or teen has a persistent pattern of tantrums, arguing, and angry or disruptive behavior toward you and other authority figures, he or she may have oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). As a parent, you don’t have to go it alone in … Continue reading “Oppositional Defiant Disorder”
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop following a traumatic event that threatens your safety or makes you feel helpless. Most people associate PTSD with battle-scarred soldiers—and military combat is the most common cause in men—but any overwhelming life experience can trigger PTSD, especially if the event feels unpredictable and uncontrollable. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can … Continue reading “Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)”