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Alcohol and Drug Addiction Stage One
Alcohol and Drug Addiction- Stage One During the initial stage of addiction the addicts' character is permanently altered. T...
Addiction is a Family Affair
Thirty years ago, I was introduced recovery. It was not long after my 27th birthday. Because I come from generations of famil...
Sometimes, something new happens, like a sought after job, relationship, or a new living space. It can feel so exciting.....l...
Alcohol and Drug Addiction Stage Two
At this particular stage, the addict's life is breaking down emotionally, physically, spiritually and mentally. this situatio...
350 People Die Of Addiction Each Day- Is It Time To Rethink Rehab?
Every year in the U.S., 120,000 people die of addiction. That’s 350 a day. Desperate to save the life of an addict, a ...
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Although it is very common to experience anxiety during exam period, a recent study has shown that anxiety could be associated with higher marks if the working memory is good as anxiety motivates kids to work more. Clearly, anxiety could have a negative effect on marks when the child is having difficulty memorizing or remembering materials.Therapists, specialized in working with kids and teenagers, can help them both reduce their anxiety and improve their memory... To read more, please visit Montreal Art Therapy blog.
By: Reyhane Namdari/ Art Therapist
As a registered play therapist and counsellor who specializes in working with families around divorce and separation, I get asked regularly how best to help children when parents are separated or divorced. My first response to parents who are asking these questions is the fact that they recognize how challenging this can be for their children is a great first step! Here are my 10 tips . . .
- Remember, unlike parents, children do not see parents separating as improving their lives. Most kids always hold out hope that parents will get back together.
- Kids need to know and hear that it was not their fault. It is common for kids to believe that if they were “good enough” their parents would have stayed together.
- Kids need to know they are still loved by both parents and extended families. Many children worry that if you can fall out of love with your spouse, you can fall out of love with your child.
- Kids need guidance and support for managing and understanding their behavio...
Many people are unaware of the fact that once an adolescent girl hits puberty, her risk of depression is double that of her male classmates (Gary Ginter). This is important information to know, so parents, teachers, school counselors and youth leaders can be on the lookout for some of the tell-tale signs of depression. These symptoms include frequent sadness or crying, feelings of worthlessness & hopelessness, low self-esteem, fatigue, apathy, changes in appetite, loss of pleasure in life, and difficulty concentrating. For adolescents in particular, some additional signs to look out for include: a sudden drop in grades, uncharacteristic irritability, and moodiness. Depressed teenage girls commonly act out with self-harm, including cutting or burning their skin. Additionally, depressed young people are twice as likely to have a substance abuse problem than other adolescents (James Matta). Therefore, if a problem abusing substances exists, it is imperative to also check for signs of ...
Mindfulness is a state of mind where the focus on the bodily sensations is at its highest peak. A mindful person is aware of how his/her body is reacting to the anxiety provoking thoughts and symptoms of anxiety.
In the practice of mindful art therapy one practices to be present and remain present to face distressing thoughts, fears, future, or expectations of others. Changing your responses rather than reacting is the aim of mindfulness art therapy.
The latter could be practiced with art activities, which we will introduce in future posts. Please follow our posts on www.montrealarttherapy.com
By: Reyhane Namdari/ Art Therapist
During a speaking engagement for parents who had adopted internationally, one of the mothers said that when her daughter says that she is adopted, the mother corrects her and says, “No, you were adopted.” It’s an interesting distinction, isn’t it? When she says that, it's as if it was a legal transaction, no the beginning of something amazing. It would be like that mother saying that she had adopted a child, as opposed to being an adoptive parent.
And, really, both are true. It was a transaction, and, yet it becomes a part of who we are, part of how we identify ourselves and see ourselves. I am not ashamed of my adoption status and believe that it is as much a part of me as being a woman and being Asian.
According to the therapists specialized in working with children, 30-40 percent of children with ADHD experience an anxiety disorder as well, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety, phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder. The combination of ADHD and anxiety symptoms can only lead to a more stressful life for kids... To read more, please visit http://blog.montrealarttherapy.com/?p=132
Art therapists working with kids with ADHD believe that structure, boundaries, and compliments on achievements are of importance in the treatment of these kids. Due to lack of the aforementioned pieces in their lives, most of the time kids with ADHD experience an excessive amount of negative feedback at school and at home, from teachers, parents, friends, and siblings, which only leads to develop a negative self-image and low self-esteem... To read more, please visit http://blog.montrealarttherapy.com/?p=129
(Author’s note: This story will be blogged in two separate postings, one now and the other within the next few weeks).
There once was a Boy, fair of skin and blue of eyes, who was born in the middle of the U.S.A. It was a green land of oaks and sycamores, soybeans and hog farmers. There were cicadas and fireflies. The people talked slow and went to church. They were conservative, and slow to adopt the inevitable changes that leaked in from both oceans. They voted for John Kennedy, but they were uncomfortable with people whose skin was a different color. It was in the bible, they said.
The Boy lived in a small red brick house. On Sunday afternoons, he would sit on the front porch in a blue metal porch swing. He was surrounded by three other small blue-eyed children. The Boy was the oldest of his siblings. He reminded them often of this. Seated in the middle of these children was a balding man with curly hair and blue eyes. Next to him was a petite woman with green eyes, built to...
Treatment professionals have only recently recognized that substance-abuse treatment programs for adolescents cannot simply be scaled-down versions of adult programs. Adolescents are not simply “little adults.”
Unlike their adult counterparts, adolescents in treatment have more family difficulties, are more likely to have psychological problems, and are more likely to have attempted suicide. Their alcohol and drug-use patterns are also different. Teens tend to abuse multiple substances, while adults are more singular in their focus.
The path to hitting a “bottom” is also different. For adults, entry into treatment is usually heralded by loss of job are family, chronic medical problems, and/or encounters with the law. The “red flags” for adolescents are more subtle and revealed in school performance, peer relationships, and interactions within family of origin, as well as involvement with the judicial system.
For most teens, referral to treatment is...
Technology and youth seem destined for each other. They are both young, fast paced, and ever changing. In the last 20 years there has been an explosion in new technology. This new technology has been eagerly embraced by young people and has led to expanding knowledge, social networks, and vocabulary that includes instant messaging (“IMing”), blogging, and text messaging. * But this fast paced, instant connection that young people are as connected to as they as they once were to the umbilical cord, can present a myriad of problems and even potential threats to their well being. Cyber bullying or "Electronic Aggression is any type of harassment or bullying that occurs through e-mail, a chat room, instant messaging, a website (including blogs), or text messaging." * In the past, kids and teens could escape peer pressure, social teasing or bullying while at home, protected and somewhat insulated, but today technology has chipped away at this protection.
This type of peer press...
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