Developmental Health

Parents in Conflict and the Children Who Live Through the Trauma

Parents in Conflict and the Children Who Live Through the Trauma

Children, teenagers and young adults can be caught in the crossfire of unhappy situations at home. For some young people, exposure to high conflict divorce, interpersonal violence and stressful home experiences can lead to complex mental health concerns and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD), Developmental Trauma and a lifetime of increased …

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Teen Mental Health Treatment: How to Choose the Best Treatment Program for Your Child

Finding a treatment program for your teenager or young adult is a difficult task and a decision that parents hope they will not have to make. However, for many parents making the right treatment choices for their child’s mental health, eating disorders or addiction treatment is the beginning of a new chapter for the whole family. Choosing the …

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Teens Who Break All The Rules. A Parents’ Guide To High Conflict Teens.

Conduct Disorder is a complex mental health issue. It is usually diagnosed during the teenage years in young people who have experienced behavioural problems in their tweens and sometimes earlier.  Young people diagnosed with Conduct Disorder may have had difficulties in school or educational settings, at home, in friendship groups and may have come to the …

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The Art of Healing – Using Art as Therapy with Teenagers and Young Adults

Art therapy is often used to help teenagers and young adults who are experiencing a range of challenges, such as bereavement, family breakdown, anxiety, low mood, low self-esteem, behavioural or social problems, or difficulties relating to abuse, neglect or trauma. Research has repeatedly shown that positive change occurs during the process of physical engagement with …

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What are the different types of attachment?

In developmental psychology ‘attachment theory’ explores the emotional bond between one human and another (mostly between caregiver and infant). During the first six months’ of a baby’s life, the caregiver must exhibit adequate nurturing to their newborn to establish a close bond. If a healthy bond cannot be established during the baby’s early developmental phase …

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Excluded from School – Teenagers who find themselves at the end of the educational line

ADHD, Substance Use Disorder, Bipolar, emotional instability; along with other enduring mental health conditions can leave parents with few options following school exclusion. Finding a supportive environment where young people can reach their potential is a concern for parents who discover that options with or without a diagnosis can be limited. Parents have a tough …

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Is my Child Addicted to Gaming? The tell-tale signs and how to help

Let’s be frank, as parents we didn’t grow up with the advanced technology our children enjoy today. Even if we had a mobile phone or PlayStation we didn’t have access to the choice available today.  Yes, our children are lucky. So lucky. Being a child in the Age of Technology means having access to whole …

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