Psychological Resources

PSYCHOLOGICAL RESOURCES FOR ADULTS

Insomnia

Can’t sleep, well you are not alone.  The prevalence of insomnia has been reported to be as high as 30% in the general population; however, fewer than 20% of individuals with insomnia ever discuss it with their doctors or proceed with treatment. In order to understand insomnia, one must ask, what is insomnia?

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Consequences of Insomnia

Sleep deprivation impairs a person’s ability to function mentally. Common consequences of insomnia include reduction in attention, memory, reaction time, problem solving and cognitive skills.

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Trauma

Unfortunately, trauma touches many of our lives.  Many of us have experienced traumatic events such witnessing or being subject to a fearful or life-threatening situation during which we may feel helpless or fear for our lives.

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Posttraumatic Growth

Posttraumatic growth is a positive psychological change, frequently involving finding meaning and purpose following a traumatic event.

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Chronic Pain & Chronic Pain Management

Chronic pain touches all aspects of a chronic pain sufferer’s life; work, family, recreation, sleep, self-image, cognitive abilities and mental health are often affected by the pain experienced.

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PSYCHOLOGICAL RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is a mental health condition which emerges within four weeks of childbirth, and includes symptoms of depression, anxiety, irritability, mood fluctuations, insomnia, cognitive changes, as well as low self-esteem, difficulty coping, guilt, and possibly suicidal ideation.

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Discipline: Natural and Logical Consequences

All children misbehave from time to time. The goal of discipline is to teach the child appropriate behaviors, but sometimes it can be difficult for parents to choose an effective and appropriate approach to their child’s misbehavior.

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How to Help Your Shy Child

Most children feel shy from time to time; particularly in social situations which are unfamiliar or those in which the child feels like he or she is the focus of attention.

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When Children Lie…

Children lie for a variety of reasons.  Very young children find it difficult to differentiate between imagination and reality, and may make up stories to express fantasies.  Lies may also be used to avoid punishment or to please parents.

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Sibling Rivalry: helping your children get along better

Most siblings argue and fight with each other from time to time.  Their relationship is influenced by their personalities, ages, genders, family environment and numerous other factors.

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Dealing with Anger and Aggression

Every parent, at one time or another, has dealt with their child’s anger.  Where anger is a transient emotion that everyone experiences, aggression is often a behavior, an attempt to hurt someone or destroy property.

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Playing with Your Child

Play is important to the child’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Through play, children explore their world, develop new competencies, use creativity and imagination.

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Having a Balanced Life as a Parent

By neglecting their own needs, a parent can become stressed, exhausted and irritable.  In these circumstances, a parent might still provide for their child’s physical needs (i.e. feeding and dressing), but might not have the emotional resources to be empathic and meet the child’s emotional needs.

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Children Cursing

When a very young child uses profanity, it is likely that he or she is just repeating something they heard.  School-aged children sometimes curse to get attention or they repeat words they hear in television shows, movies, songs or videogames.

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Addressing Back-to-School Anxiety

Going back to school in September can be very stressful for children.  The nature of the child’s back-to-school anxiety will vary depending on his or her developmental level.

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PSYCHOLOGICAL RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS

How to Study: Effective Study Skills

How to study for a test or exam?  Developing effective study skills can help reduce test anxiety. The following study tips will help you be well-prepared for an upcoming test or exam.

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