Parenting a child who is questioning their sexual identity can present some unique challenges. How you respond can have a profound impact on your child, as well as on your relationship with them. Open Communication Open communication about sexuality is beneficial for all children and young adults, and provides a healthy framework for children who are questioning their sexuality. Sexuality is an important part of every individual’s health and well-being. Educating children and young adults about sexual health is key to providing them with the skills and knowledge they need. Talking to your children about sex and sexuality may be uncomfortable, but…Read More
It is that time of year when we start thinking about back to school and everything that goes with it: school supplies, bus schedules, before and after school care, who is my child going to have for a teacher. Children have their own fears: who I am going to have for a teacher, will my friends be in my class, I’m not going to have any friends. Here are some tips to help start preparing your child for back to school: Playdates Organize some playdates with friends that haven’t seen over the summer. If you know which class your child…Read More
Someone with an eating disorder life’s prime focus is his or her weight. Everything they consume they look for calories, grams of fat and weight, which gives them a sense of being in control. Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorders are three chronic eating disorders. Anorexia nervosa is severe weight loss due to extreme food reduction. Bulimia nervosa results in frequent fluctuations in weight, due to periods of uncontrollable binge eating, followed by purging. Binge-eating disorder is often triggered by chronic dieting and involves period of overeating. Eating is usually done in secret for binge eating. Living with someone…Read More
Signs and Symptoms People with anxiety disorders have difficulty with every day activities. Signs and symptoms of an anxiety disorder are very similar to regular anxiety that anyone can experience but to a greater extent. This includes a racing heart, a dry mouth and sweating. The feeling of dizziness and nausea are threatening to overwhelm you and you can’t catch your breath. An anxiety disorder is diagnosed if the person’s response is not appropriate for the situation. Types of Anxiety Disorders Panic Disorder is a serious condition that strikes without reason or warning Phobias are an unreasonable fear caused by the…Read More
Having a baby can bring on several emotions and it is natural for mom and dad to have mood swings. However, these mood swings, or the “baby blues” usually goes away shortly after birth. If you notice your partner or loved one isn’t feeling better about a month after delivery, then they might have a postpartum mood disorder. Postpartum Depression Postpartum depression may start during pregnancy or at any time up to a year after the birth of a child. Depression affects how a person feels and without proper treatment can last a long time. The person would feel sad, worthless,…Read More
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