How Talk Therapy Helps

This post validates why therapy is so important and necessary to deal with mental health issues.  In my post “The Weariness of ODD & Detrimental Co-Parenting”, I felt extremely hopeless and had a really difficult time getting myself out of the valley of despair.  So I called my son’s school district psychologist, who is also […]

Questions to Ask During A Mental Health Evaluation

If you are seeking a mental health evaluation of your child or family member, be prepared by writing down detailed information about your observations (ex: types of behaviors, frequency of the behaviors, triggers, changes in sleep/eating habits or social relationships, etc).  The more details you provide the better. Try to research information about the evaluating […]

Is it ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder)?

You suspect your child or family member may have ODD but how do you know for sure?  Well, what distinguishes ODD from children’s tendency to test limits is its severity and persistence.  A person with ODD will display extreme oppositional behaviors frequently over several months and years. Another indication of ODD is the toll is […]

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

ODD or oppositional defiant disorder is no joke.  It is not bad behavior.  It is not a child or person who is uncontrollable and just plain difficult.  It is so much more complex than the symptoms that present themselves outwardly in the form of disruptive behaviors.  And it is absolutely not the result of bad […]

We All Need Therapy

I don’t care what anyone says.  We ALL need therapy at some point in our lives.  Life these days is really hard – with all the demands on us like work, commuting, children, childcare,  families, bills, busy schedules, etc.  I’ve been going to individual and family therapy forever.  I’ve probably spent thousands on therapy. At […]

Mental Health Statistics

According to the World Health Organization, in 2016 approximately 21.3 million1 people died from one of the top 5 leading causes of death (cardiovascular diseases, cancer, COPD, stroke, diabetes, unintentional injuries). In 2017, the WHO estimated that 433 million people2 in the world were affected by depression, bipolar affective disorder, schizophrenia and other psychoses and […]