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Your Child’s ADHD: What it Takes to Adapt as a Parent

Consider the following story as it relates to this week’s topic. My husband and I recently found out that our 11-year old son, Ryan, has ADHD. It started with a call from his teacher saying that he wasn’t focusing enough in class despite having good grades on tests. We then had a meeting with the school psychologist who said Ryan was showing some behaviors that were similar to other children with ADHD, which was confirmed with a private child psychologist later on. It’s tough at times for sure, but with our son’s psychologist helping us out, it’s starting to get easier....

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Tight-Lipped: Men and Their Unwillingness to Talk About Their Mental Illness

Consider the following story as it relates to this week’s topic. I grew up in an old-fashioned household where everyone had defined roles. The kids focused on school and chores, my mother cared for the house, and my father worked in construction. My father is the type to keep his emotions to himself and was rarely expressive. When I married, he was stoic. On the day my mother died, he was practically emotionless. He’s present physically, but mentally it’s almost as if he’s checked out. I feel that maybe he’s been dealing with a long-undiagnosed mental illness because he’s too embarrassed...

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Dr. Nikel Rogers-Wood Vlog

In this short vlog, Rice Psychology Group’s Dr. Nikel Rogers-Wood would like to discuss the back-to-school period for college students! We hear so much about kids going back to school, but what about those in higher education? Post-high school education can be a period of both academics and finding your identity, and Dr. Rogers-Wood would like to discuss this topic in length. Watch, learn, and enjoy! ...

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Taking the Best Steps Towards Making Your Stepfamily into a Happy Family

Consider the following story as it relates to this week’s topic. I recently married a man with a wonderful family of his own. I have a 9-year old son from my first marriage, and he has 14-year old twin daughters. The one thing that concerned us both was how our children were going to adapt to living in the same home. Much to our relief, our kids hit it off. My stepdaughters have already warmed up to my son and love him like a biological brother. With me, though, it’s a different story. They’re both still distant and rarely make conversation...

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Helping Yourself: How Volunteering Can Make a Huge Difference for Your Mental Health

Consider the following story as it relates to this week’s topic. A couple of months ago, I began feeling stressed and anxious due to the pressures of work. My husband suggested we take a small trip to take my mind away from the office. My mother, however, said she had a better idea and invited me to join her in volunteering at the local food bank. After a couple of weekends doing so, I began to feel better. I felt a bit more optimistic about my performance at work and my coworkers noticed the change in me as well. I guess...

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Why “Sleep Hygiene” is a Must for You and Your Family

Consider the following story as it relates to this week’s topic. I think it’s been close to three weeks since I’ve had a good night’s sleep. I’ve tried so many remedies to help me, but none have worked so far. I exercise just before bedtime to make sure I’m nice and tired and even spend some time on Facebook to relax me, but nothing helps! My husband, Mark, suggested learning about “sleep hygiene,” something that he read about online. I have no idea what that is, but I’m willing to give it a try. How often do you roll around in...

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Freddish: Mr. Rogers’ Guide for Talking to Kids

Consider the following story as it relates to this week’s topic. Before Audrey was born, I was often told that being a parent would be tough, but it wasn’t the diapers, the sleepless nights, or the tantrums that proved to be difficult. Now that she’s older, I’m finding that answering her frequent questions about what certain things mean or explaining even the simplest of life’s moments can be difficult. She is so inquisitive, and I am having trouble finding the right way to explain things to her. How can I do a good job at communicating and explaining things to her...

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Jotting it Down: How You Can Make Your Note-Taking Skills Stronger

Consider the following story as it relates to this week’s topic. I feel really good about going back to school for my master’s degree. It’ll help my career outlook and put me on track to a doctorate. But I’m not looking forward to taking lecture notes. Homework and tests were always easy for me, but as soon as the professor began lecturing and my pen hit the paper, I’d begin sweating bullets. I never knew what to write down! I would miss large chunks of information and it made me anxious about upcoming tests. I hope to find a way to...

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Making the Transition: A Closer Look at Transgender Teens, Their Parents, and the Challenges They Face

Over the past several years, we’ve seen an increasing number of children and teens who believe that the gender they were assigned at birth is not their correct one. As a result, many go on to transition from female to male or vice versa. Truth be told, this has been a learning process for our therapists, alongside the families we treat. To help us become more knowledgeable about LGBTQ issues, we’ve pursued additional training and consultation with other professionals to best support parents and kids through this process. We know that acceptance by parents can be challenging, but it’s an extremely critical and...

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Loneliness, its Effects, and Why You’re Seeing it Everywhere

In college, I didn’t spend much time with my friends. It’s not that I didn’t have any, I just preferred being alone and didn’t feel the need to make much of an effort to get close to people. At least, that’s what I always told myself. The weird thing is, now I find myself alone a lot. It’s no longer because I prefer it but it’s just the way things have turned out for me. I moved away from my hometown and I work from home, so I don’t have daily interaction with colleagues. Also, social media just doesn’t do...

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