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Raising a Difficult Child

There seems to be a certain type of child that is difficult to understand and parent. They seem pleasant and intelligent most of the time, but can be emotionally explosive, may appear lazy, difficult to reason with, and intolerant of anything new or not to their liking. They are often curious, provocative thinkers, yet fail […]

Richard Cory

by Edwin Arlington Robinson This poem, shared with me by a patient, describes the high-functioning depressed person: Whenever Richard Cory went down town, We people on the pavement looked at him: He was a gentleman from sole to crown, Clean favored, and imperially slim. And he was always quietly arrayed, And he was always human […]

Sleep Hygiene Techniques

Troy Todd, PhD, BCN 1. Go To Bed Only When You Are Sleepy: There is no reason to go to bed if you are not sleepy. Going to bed too early encourages you to ponder the events of the day, think of the next day’s schedule, or worry about your inability to fall to sleep. […]

Study may show whether neurofeedback helps people with ADHD and other disorders

By Katherine Ellison (Special to The Washington Post, Tuesday, December 15, 2009) Gulf War veteran Lynn Gibbons has awful memories of combat with her fourth-grade son, Brent. “He was an out-of-control monster whenever you asked him to do something,” the former Air Force computer operations officer recalls. Brent, who had received a diagnosis of attention-deficit hyperactivity […]

The 5 “A’s” of Behavior Management

1. Anticipate high risk situations 2. Avoid known antecedents 3. Alter situations reduce antecedents 4. Find Alternatives for the behavior 5. Stay Active physically, socially and mentally

The A-B-C Model of Behavior

adapted from Albert Ellis, Ph.D. A – Antecedent What lets you know it is time to do the behavior B – Behavior What you do this is usually seen as what is the problem and needs to be changed. However, it is actually this entire relationship that needs to be changed to eliminate the unwanted […]

The Allegory of the Cave

And now, I said, let me show in a figure how far our nature is enlightened or unenlightened: – Behold! Human beings living in an underground den, which has a mouth open towards the light and reaching all along the den; here they have been from their childhood, and have their legs and necks chained […]

The Blind Men and the Elephant

John Godfrey Saxe (1816-1887) It was six men of Indostan To learning much inclined, Who went to see the Elephant (Though all of them were blind), That each by observation Might satisfy his mind. The First approached the Elephant, And happening to fall Against his broad and sturdy side, At once began to bawl: “God […]

Things to Keep in Mind When Overcoming an Addiction

When overcoming an addiction, there are many things to understand and change besides the desire to have the addiction gone. Working with a therapist to identify the things you need to understand and practicing methods to improve yourself is the fastest and least stressful way to overcome an addiction. There are at least two components […]

Tips About Suicidal Youth

This article can be found at Suicidal Youth and Their Families: Overcoming Barriers to Receiving Help Nadine Kaslow, PhD, 2013 President-Elect, American Psychological Association Setting the Stage Top Takeaways 1. Be knowledgeable about the truths that dispel the common myths about teen suicide. • It is the third-leading cause of death for 10-24 year olds. […]

Tips for Better Performance in Competition

Troy Todd, Ph.D., BCN Anticipate what will distract you in competition. Resolve not to attend to it. Remind yourself what you have done to prepare for the competition Focus on slow, deep breathing before warming up for the competition. This will help your body prepare while giving your mind something to occupy itself with. Remember […]

Tips on Pain Managment

Troy Todd, Ph.D., BCN Our natural tendency is to want to eliminate and prevent all pain. If we cannot eliminate or prevent it, we at least seek to predict it. This applies to physical as well as emotional pain. Usually, pain alerts us to situations that are damaging to us, so by eliminating and preventing […]

Tips on Reducing Anxiety

Troy Todd, PhD, BCN The more control you have of your “inner world” (yourself, your body, your thoughts) the less anxiety you will have. People try to control their “external world” (people around them, outcomes, etc.) to feel in control but this is inherently flawed because they cannot ultimately control these things and are likely […]

Tips to Improve Test Performance

In this article, we will review several methods that may help you reducing anxiety surrounding tests and help you perform better on tests. Most of this information is taken from the Learning and Development Center of Sheppard Air Force Base, where most young Air Force personnel receive their initial specialized training. Let’s first focus on […]

Trauma Before Enlistment Linked to High Suicide Rates Among Military Personnel, Veterans, Research Finds (Child abuse, sexual victimization, prior suicidal behavior significant risk factors)

WASHINGTON — High rates of suicide among military service members and veterans may be related to traumatic experiences they had before enlisting, making them more vulnerable to suicidal behavior when coping with combat and multiple deployments, according to the findings of several recent studies presented at the American Psychological Association’s 122nd Annual Convention. Experiencing child […]

Two Wolves

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. “One is Evil – It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. “The other is […]

Understanding Suicide

Troy Todd, Ph.D., BCN It is confusing and distressing when someone around us becomes suicidal. There are many resources that outline good “do’s” and “don’t’s” when managing suicidal behavior which should be used when dealing with these situations. This article is designed to help improve your understanding of suicidality from the perspective of both the […]

Using Rewards With Your Child

Many parents use rewards to try to change a child’s behavior. For example, you’ve probably said, “If you clean your room today, you can have pizza for dinner!” or “When you finish your homework, then you can visit your friend.” There are many things you can use for rewards, and most don’t cost any money. […]

Why A Teen Who Talks Back May Have A Bright Future

NPR News If you’re the parent of a teenager, you likely find yourself routinely embroiled in disputes with your child. Those disputes are the symbol of teen developmental separation from parents. It’s a vital part of growing up, but it can be extraordinarily wearing on parents. Now researchers suggest that those spats can be tamed […]