Problems of Childhood

icon-childhoodA common way parents see problems for their children is in the form of conflict with others.  Children may have conflict with their brothers and sisters or with children at school.  They may have conflict with parents or teachers over discipline issues.  Often these conflicts appear as not obeying, talking back, temper outbursts, lying, fighting, etc. Such oppositional behaviors may be effectively treated with Individual Therapy and/or a Behavior Program.  These conflicts may be caused by a variety of issues.  Problems at school may arise from education-related issues such as ADHD or Learning Disabilities.

Children may become Depressed and display the symptoms of withdrawal, frequent sad mood, and self-critical statements.  Childhood Depression is also often expressed through aggression and anger.  Children may become depressed when there are problem situations such as their parents getting divorced or when there are other disruptions in their lives.  Children who are victims of verbal, physical or sexual abuse commonly become depressed.

Children may also have anxiety related problems which may appear in the form of being  afraid to be away from their parents (separation anxiety) or fear of going to school (school  phobia).  Anxiety may also result from stressful situations such as divorce, loss of a parent or grandparent, or exposure to a traumatic event.  There are many resources available to help with these problems.  Play Therapy, Individual Therapy, and Family Therapy are common treatment resources while Psychological and Educational Evaluations are used to identify the nature of intellectual problems.