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Coping with Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) was first listed in the DSM in 1980. The disorder is described as a condition in which a child displays extreme defiant behavior including vindictiveness, irritability, and anger. 

ODD is an ongoing disorder that starts very early in child development, usually preschool, and continues throughout their teens. Several studies indicate that roughly 3 percent of children have it. Symptoms may include many common problems for children, but on a much grander scale.
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Psych Central Supports National School Walkout #Enough

Students are sick of dying in the place where they're supposed to be getting an education. I don't blame them. If I had to worry about someone coming in and shooting up my school in addition to all the other dozens of worries I carried around me in high school or college, I'm not sure I would've made it.

Young adults, ages 18 to 29 years old, have enormous political influence, yet most don't even vote. They could change an election if they could become organized enough to vote more regularly in their local, state, and national elections. Here's hoping that #enough helps turn the tide to make them realize the power they wield.

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Overwhelmed? Try This One-Minute Self-Care Tip to Regain Control

The average person makes about 35,000 decisions every day -- from choosing an outfit to deciding which seat to take at a meeting. In fact, we make 200 judgments each day about food alone.

But research shows that all that decision-making can be mentally and physically draining. Although the idea of willpower as a finite resource is now contested in the field of psychology, it’s well-documented that humans have a limited reserve of daily energy that’s dependent on adequate rest and sustenance.

As these reservoirs are depleted, our ability to make sound judgments can deteriorate -- whether that means buying on impulse, skipping the gym, or overreacting to a mild annoyance.
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Brain and Behavior

​Is Lying Actually Good for Kids?

The next time your child vehemently denies eating any candy (even though the chocolate smeared on her face tells a different story) or says “It wasn’t me!” while standing next to the shards of what used to be your favorite vase, don’t panic. According to researchers, catching your child telling tall tales marks a key milestone in their cognitive development.

Dr. Kang Lee, a professor at the University of Toronto, has spent more than two decades studying how and why kids lie and is convinced that the emergence of such behavior in toddlers
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A Counterintuitive Approach to Your Irritable Teen

Some things about raising teens are counterintuitive. Like knowing that when they’re irritable or angry and you feel rejected, it may not work to tell them you feel hurt by how they’re treating you. And knowing that if you tell them you feel bad about a mistake you made that affected them, it may ruin the positive effect of taking responsibility.

Revealing vulnerable feelings can backfire in certain situations and bring on or exacerbate irritability and anger in teens. Such feedback is typically a good thing and serves to repair or deescalate conflict in relationships. Saying that you feel bad about how you affected the other person is often an essential part of an apology that works. And making people aware of the impact they’re having on you when they’re lost in their own reactions can allow them to see your humanity and “come to,” as well as help kids develop emotional intelligence when empathic skills are needed. But with certain teens and parents, it can be a different story.
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Are You a ‘Work Martyr’? 10 Signs Your Career Is Taking Over Your Life

Americans are taking less vacation time than ever before not only to show dedication, but also to simply keep up with the demands they face.

Today being “crazy busy” is a way of life. This pressure to stay competitive combined with the 24/7, always-on reality has contributed to a well-documented rise in burn out. In fact, nearly 40 percent of employees say they actually want to be seen as a “work martyr” by their boss.
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Children and Teens

Tragedy, Crisis and Mental Health in America

Las Vegas startled me, Florida startled me and an incident in a city that I called home for close to a decade that caught the attention of national news startled me. I am not easily startled.

As a mental health practitioner, we are subjected to second hand trauma as our clients share their journeys filled with neglect, abuse, abandonment and internal struggles. Though I am continuously trained and educated on how to not only work with these clients but also take care of myself, it is no easy feat. It is my job and I treat it as such. Being in this field, however, does not pardon me from having my own life’s interruptions and tragedies. But tomorrow always comes.
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​Teaching Teens Ways to Excel at School Despite Mental Illness

Two extremely upsetting statistics came out not too long ago. Reports have found that not only is there a link between absenteeism in school and mental illness, but there is also a correlation between suspensions from schools and children who have mental or neurological health concerns. These include personality disorders, depression, ADHD, autism and spectrum disorders, and other mental health issues, both treated and untreated.

This is a major concern. Rather than recognizing symptoms and reaching out to provide support to the students who need it most, those children are being thrown out of the very environment that would provide them the most stability to manage their conditions. Not only that, but it is stigmatizing mental illness in our youth and taking away their chance for a solid education.
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