A Close Look Into High-Conflict Divorce, Psychological Warfare and PTSD in Children

When a marriage ends, sometimes a high-conflict divorce begins. It’s a situation that we often see when a person and their spouse decide to divorce while wanting for it to be amicable and fairly simple. After all, many of these couples have depended on one another for many years, built a life together and have had children. What many don’t realize, however, is that their spouse has been waiting patiently from a concealed position, strategically surveying the situation before taking action. At just the right moment, the spouse signals to their attorney who is armed with motions and ready to file....

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Dad Hacks: What Fathers Everywhere Can do to Make Life a Little Easier with the Kids

Have you noticed that there seems to be a day to recognize everything? I believe that the more recently invented "holidays" serve to devalue actual days of significance, such as Mother's Day, Labor Day and Father's Day. I've spent some time conversing with fellow fathers to glean a few trade secrets that can help to make being a dad a bit easier. I'd like to introduce a special feature called “Dad Hacks”. Being a parent can be tough when so much is going on in life. If you need a bit of help strategizing or some advice about tackling life’s hurdles,...

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What You Should Know About Cognitive Processing Disorders

I always had a feeling that Jennifer would be a great student. I mean, she’s always running errands for her teachers and has friends in all of her classes. Yesterday, though, I got a call from her math teacher that has me worried sick. Apparently, Jennifer often has trouble with directions and seems to forget instructions immediately after they’re given. On top of that, she’s always distracted, always needs to be redirected to her work and needs more time than others to complete her assignments. I never thought my little girl would have trouble with school, but her teacher says...

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Boredom: How a Lack of Anything to do Isn’t a Bad Thing for Your Kids

My oldest son Christopher is absolutely ecstatic that there’s only a week left in the school year before summer break. For months he’s been counting down the days when he can just take it easy and relax. I suggested to him that maybe he should consider attending summer camp like he has over the past few years. He immediately shrugged it off and said he never really liked it and that the only reason he attended was because I thought it was a good idea for him. This made me take a step back and think, “How many extracurricular activities...

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Terror Close to Home: How to Help Your Child Cope with Frightening Events

My daughter Chelsea has been distraught all day over the incident that happened at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. Although we’re far away from where it happened, she’s been devastated to learn that something so horrifying can happen during such a fun event. It got me thinking, if something like this were to hit closer to home, how would I help my kids deal with it? Is there anything I can do to help them overcome such a horrible ordeal if one were to ever happen? Like many people around the world, we at Rice Psychology Group were absolutely...

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Teen Suicide: How to Talk About it with Your Child and What to Look Out For

I cannot believe that I am even writing this, but last week I found out that one of my son’s classmates committed suicide. They weren’t particularly close, but I could see that Anthony was very upset about it. After all, he’s only fifteen. Of course, I know that there’s a period of grief after someone’s death, but the idea of talking to my own son to help him process or understand why his classmate might have killed himself is beyond me. It’s such an important and sensitive subject, and I want to make sure I do it the right way. If...

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Learning to Build and Maintain Healthy Adult Mother/Daughter Relationships

When you think about your relationship with your mother, does it make you smile and feel good inside or do you get a knot in your stomach and start to clench your fists? To the moms, when you think of your daughter, do you feel proud and grateful or do you get angry and think about how your daughter never listens to your advice and generally makes the wrong decisions? Relationships with our mothers can be quite tricky and complex, and we all handle them in different ways. Some daughters have amazing relationships with their moms while others deal with unhealthy...

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FOMO: Don’t be Afraid to Miss Out

Erika came home yesterday looking as if something was bothering her to the point of crying. I asked her what was wrong and she said her friend, whom she hadn’t seen in a few months, had just posted a new status on her Instagram. Apparently she had been accepted to NYU and was having a blast planning for New York and collecting everything with NYU on it that she could get her hands on. Erika’s first reaction was to compare her accomplishments with her friend’s. Since she had to start college close to home instead of going out of state,...

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An Issue in Later Life: How You Can Deal with ADHD as an Adult

When I was diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) as a kid, I didn’t know what to expect. All I remember was feeling terrified. I felt like as though something was seriously wrong with me that would make my life difficult to deal with. Luckily for me, it was easier to manage than I expected once I learned about ADHD and followed through on some of the tips my psychologist gave me. Now that I’m an adult, doing a few seemingly small things here and there like keeping distractions out of my way at work or making lists of...

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Overwhelming Worries: A Close Look at Anxiety Disorders

I have to admit that I haven’t felt like myself lately. Actually, I’m not even sure what truly feeling like myself is like anymore. I often find myself trying to battle the most uncontrollable worries imaginable: a sense of panic and overall restlessness. The funny thing is that I can’t find a reason why I’m feeling this way to begin with. I mean, I experience stress from work and normal issues at home, but is this enough to make it as overwhelming as it is? Do you remember standing in front of your classroom, feeling anxious as you prepared to make...

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