Major depression is when a person has five or more symptoms of depression for at least 2 weeks. These symptoms may include feeling sad, hopeless, worthless, or pessimistic. In addition, people with major depression often have behavior changes, such as new eating and sleeping patterns.
Disorders in this category relate to a pattern of frequent, constant worry and anxiety over either specific or different activities and events depending on the exact diagnosis. Common examples would be Generalized Anxiety Disorder or Social Phobia.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADHD is a problem with inattentiveness, over-activity, impulsivity, or a combination. For these problems to be diagnosed as ADHD, they must be out of the normal range for the child’s age and development.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Oppositional defiant disorder is a pattern of disobedient, hostile, and defiant behavior toward authority figures. Problem areas may manifest themselves in the classroom, or at home when rules are enforced.
Chronic behavior problems in childhood or adolescence may be diagnosed as conduct disorder. Children who were defiant may progress into conduct disorder. This disorder may either have an adolescent or childhood onset. The behavior must be more severe than adolescent rebellion.
Raising children can be a challenge. Parents are often confused and frustrated thinking that they cannot manage on their own. By learning additional strategies and then applying them in the home it is possible to make real progress and regain control.
Children of Divorced Parents
Parents separating can be very difficult for a child. It is particularly hard when children are placed in the middle of a difficult divorce. Through counseling and hard work it is possible to learn to make the transition as easy as possible on your children.
Becoming angry on occasion is normal. Losing your temper all the time is not and this can cause real problems in social and occupation functioning. In therapy you can learn to recognize triggers, come to know your anger signals and learn techniques to calm yourself back down. With work these behaviors can become automatic.
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