The latest of 13 pandemic check-in surveys fielded by ADDitude has revealed a striking increase in the number of children and adults receiving a formal Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) diagnosis during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey shows that among ADDitude readers, 26% of adults and children have been diagnosed with ADHD in the last […]READ MORE..
We’ve all heard of the term ”passive-aggressive” at some stage of our lives or another. Whether you have gotten subjected to passive aggression in the past or someone you know has been at the back end of this behaviour, passive-aggressive behaviour is unpleasant and often done implicitly. It can also be challenging to identify and […]READ MORE..
In recent months, numerous research studies have highlighted the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis (and the increased isolation) on young people’s mental health. During the pandemic (and multiple lockdowns), a dramatic increase in screen time has been seen amongst children, teenagers and young people – to continue their education remotely, maintain connections with family and […]READ MORE..
Young People, Body Image and Eating Disorders Feeling fat. Is this an experience that you have had recently or that you have heard your partner, daughter, son or colleagues share? It is a relatively common expression and appears to transcend cultures and languages. There is an equivalent expression in most languages. While those who identify […]READ MORE..
Trichotillomania or Hair Pulling Disorder (HPD) and Excoriation/Skin Picking Disorder (SPD), usually begin in childhood and are referred to as Body-Focused Repetitive behaviours. They may appear as habits in childhood that are directed at the child’s own body. Some habits can be self-soothing in the first instance, like thumb sucking or twiddling hair, they may […]READ MORE..
Birthdays, Holidays and Celebrations. We hope these occasions are filled with joy, happiness, and the making of memories for years to come. Parents and families organise themed birthday parties, attend weddings, host sleepovers, and celebrate with Fireworks. However, despite their best efforts for some families, these events often seem to end with a Big Bang. […]READ MORE..
Discovering how Early Intervention and Treatment for Teenagers and Young Adults can save a life. Parents often find it difficult to describe ‘when and where’ they first noticed signs that their child was struggling with the early signs of an eating disorder. For many parents, periods of increasingly ‘picky eating’ and changes in style of […]READ MORE..
Meal Support can help sustained recovery in Eating Disorder Treatment Programs for Teenagers and Young Adults. Our families are often particularly interested in Meal Support and observations when researching Eating Disorder Treatment Programs. This is understandable, as they have often experienced mealtimes at home as being fraught with difficulty. Food and eating may have become […]READ MORE..
“You can’t make me and I don’t want to”. Oppositional Defiant Disorder. A Parenting Nightmare Child and adolescent therapists are often consulted by parents who are at the end of a long and bumpy road with teenagers. Families describe behaviours that have become increasingly defiant or confrontational. Teenage mental health specialists will often use the […]READ MORE..
Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is one of many therapeutic approaches. In brief, DBT is a form of psychotherapy used for people who feel emotions very intensely, in particular those suffering from borderline personality disorders (BPD). Here we answer some of the frequently asked questions about this form of psychotherapy. What is dialectical behaviour therapy? DBT […]READ MORE..