ADHD: To Medicate or Not to Medicate, That Is the Question
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ADHD: To Medicate or Not to Medicate, That Is the Question

Note: Portions of this article were contributed by Kelsey Daugherty, DPN, Family Psychological Services nurse practitioner. “He just can’t sit still” “He has a lot of energy” “It’s like she doesn’t hear a thing I say.” Do these sound familiar? Have you had conversations with your child’s teachers about academic and learning behaviors? Discerning typical…

What Breed is Grace The Therapy Cat?
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What Breed is Grace The Therapy Cat?

Dear Dr. Wes: What kind of breed is Grace? I have an identical cat named Princess that is 24 years old, and very healthy. Just don’t know their breed, but they are highly intelligent as I’m sure you are aware of. Mark Dear Mark: My daughter studied this extensively (because that’s what my daughter does)…

How to Find a Good Therapist, Especially for ADHD
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How to Find a Good Therapist, Especially for ADHD

Dear Dr. Wes: What tips do you have for finding a good therapist, particularly for a child with ADHD? Thanks, Simon This is an issue of great interest to many readers, Simon. So, I’m going to answer it more generally and then add in a few specifics about ADHD kids and families. First, consider consulting your…

Get Out of the Divorce and Custody Trenches
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Get Out of the Divorce and Custody Trenches

Parenting can be much like the old Peace Corps slogan, “The toughest job you’ll ever love.” It can also be natural, easy and seamless, except for when it is not. Consistency serves as one of the most crucial and useful parenting tools and can be one of most elusive as well. Consistency can be difficult…

KCUR Up to Date: Teens & Anxiety
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KCUR Up to Date: Teens & Anxiety

According to the National Institute of Mental Health 25% of teenagers will at one point or another be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and 6% will be considered severe. Research over the last 80 years suggests either an increase in anxiety among teens or better recognition of a condition that’s existed all along. Either way, over…

Don't Get Played: Choosing Quality Play Therapy For Your Child
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Don't Get Played: Choosing Quality Play Therapy For Your Child

Play therapy. What is it?  Who needs it?  Who can provide it?  Play therapists are often questioned about the validity of their work, as the very idea of play therapy, or playing during therapy, seems of little relevance.  Surely, there can’t be any benefits or growth by “just playing,” right? In reality, play therapy can…