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Considering Medication for Your Child’s Psychological Issues

Q: Some parents I know seem in a rush to have their children go on medication for things like depression and hyperactivity. What should parents do before making the jump to medication? A: For psychological disorders, a thoughtful and accurate diagnosis is key to developing an effective treatment plan. What elementary child does not have […]

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ADHD: Effective Diagnosis and Treatment

By Jan Hittelman Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is estimated to affect 3-7% of school-age children. For many, these challenges continue into adulthood. There are three types of ADHD; “Predominantly Inattentive”, “Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive”, and a combination of the two (“Combined Type”). Over the years there have been valid concerns that many children are inaccurately diagnosed […]

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Starting with a Good Assessment

By Jan Hittelman Last month’s column on teen depression highlighted the importance of a good initial assessment. Several readers questioned exactly what an assessment is, let alone a good one. You may be surprised to know that even within the mental health field there are a range of definitions regarding a psychological assessment. It is […]

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Mental Health Diagnoses Demystified

By Jan Hittelman All licensed mental health professionals are trained in making psychiatric diagnoses. The diagnostic system is standardized, meaning that everyone uses the same criteria. The “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” or “DSM” is the accepted standard and is published and periodically revised by the American Psychiatric Association. Everything from disorders first […]

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Proper Diagnosis of ADHD

By Dr. Jan Hittelman Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is estimated to affect 3-7% of school-age children. Over the years there have been increasing concerns that many children are inaccurately diagnosed as having ADHD. In fact, children with anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, and many other conditions, can present with very similar symptoms. In these cases, […]

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Understanding ADHD

By Dr. Jan Hittelman Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is estimated to affect 3-7% of school-age children. For many, these challenges continue into adulthood. There are three types of ADHD; “Predominantly Inattentive”, “Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive”, and a combination of the two (“Combined Type”). Over the years there have been valid concerns that many children are inaccurately […]

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ADHD Counseling for Teens

Is Your Teen Struggling To Concentrate, Organize And Stay On Task? Are your concerned with your teenager’s academic performance? Is your teen making low grades, missing or misplacing assignments, struggling with homework, distracted in class or perpetually late for school? Does he or she experience difficulty with concentration, staying organized or time management? Is your […]

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ADHD Counseling for Young Adults

Are You Struggling To Concentrate, Organize And Stay On Task? Do you have a hard time focusing, completing assignments and tasks or managing your time well? Have you struggled with concentration, staying organized and time management since you were a child, but find that getting anything done now that you’re on your own is nearly […]

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Counseling for Child ADHD

Is It Impossible For Your Child To Sit Still And Focus? Do You Feel Like a Broken Record? Are you frustrated with your child or by the ongoing calls and reports from teachers saying that your child is not doing what he or she is being asked to do? Does your child have difficulties paying […]

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Counseling for Adult ADHD

Have You Spent Years Struggling to Stay Focused, Organized and On Task? Do you find it difficult to stay focused on one task? Does it feel impossible for you to multitask, organize or prioritize your work or daily routines? Do you regularly feel irritable, frustrated or impatient toward yourself or others? Have you struggled to […]

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