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Counseling Children Smartphones Phoenix, Cave Creek, Scottsdale Chandler Arizona

Saturday, December 1st, 2018

Many children and teenagers are having challenges falling asleep in the USA.

Many teens are reporting they can not sleep at night. A lack of sleep can have negative consequences on: depression, anxiety, and mood as well as increase physical health issues and mental health issues like suicidal thoughts.

Prescription sleeping pills is not the solution according to experts at Stanford University.

Sleeping pills can have serious side effects : addiction, depression, sleep walking, sleep eating, sleep driving etc.

Experts state rooms should be cool and dark and children should avoid caffeine in e afternoon and the evenings.

A large study in 2017 of over 699 teenagers showed that  having a cell phone in a child or teens room was associated with a reduction in sleep time as well as negative impacts on daily functioning ( school, interpersonal, and Mood).

 

Teen adolescents that spend a lot of time on their smart phones are not just wasting time. The research shows is that the addiction to the smartphone is a chemical imbalance in the brain that pre disposes your teenager to depression and anxiety disorders.

 

GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that interacts with neural synapses, slowing down signaling between brain cells. GABA balances out the effect of Glx, which is an excitatory neurotransmitter that speeds up electric signaling in the brain.

Imbalances in GABA and Glx levels have previously been found to play a role in mood disorders such as depression and anxiety.

 

Ratios of GABA to Glx and GABA to creatinea natural substance that plays a role in emotional regulation and cognitive ability, among others — are significantly linked to the severity of smartphone and Internet addiction, as well as with the development of anxiety and depression.

 

Smart Phones for your children and teens can have many potential problems in your family including but not limited to increasing potential: addictions, loneliness, depressed mood, anxiety, poor grades, poor self esteem, poor social skills, poor family communication skills, obesity and more. Too much electronics in general can be problematic for youth.

The behavioral addiction of smart phone use begins to form neurological connection in your child’s brain that is similar to an opioid addiction according to a recent study by the Journal or Neuro Regulation. The replacement of people face to face was what was believed to cause loneliness and depressed mood and increase anxiety. The brain is being hijacked at the neural pathways with partial reinforcement and notifications and likes and bells and rewards and sounds that keep youth and adults addicted to there smart phones.. Features are created to draw your attention to the screen and to keep you clicking on the desired items.

Children and teens are falling more and more out of balance. Children and teens are using their smart phones late at night when parents are sleep. They are texting friends at all hours and this is impacting their sleep during the week and weekday. Research shows a child and teen need at least 9-11 hours of sleep a night and some are obtaining only 4-6 hours of sleep. This sleep reduction is having a huge impact on their mental health. Reduced sleep is impacting performance at school. Children and teens are asleep in class or unable to retain information in class. Children are distracted and are not able to focus on doing homework . The smartphone is DisneyLAnd in their hands 24-7.

Children and teenagers that are spending too much time on their smartphones are not physically active . physical activity is vital for a child’s mental health and physical health according to numerous research studies. Children and teenagers are not joining clubs and teams or doing philanthropic activities because they are so attached to their smart phones.

Family communication is heading South at a rapid rate. Children and teenagers are not coming out of their rooms and not involved with family events and activities. Heads are into the smartphones and children are not connecting with family members or eating dinner with families.

I did a detailed research paper on video games . Developers use behavioral techniques to increase time played on the game as well as reinforcers similar to the same methods used in gambling in casinos to keep peoples brains wired in hope of winning so they will spend money. There are many games that children in my office report have incentivized them to buy more items that will allow them more success in the game be it ammunition, power, players that play at a higher level. Some youth will spend 200.00 dollars from Holiday gifts to buy these extras and feel they need them to continue playing…addiction.

Parents need to set extreme limits on all electronic devices and create a contract with each child and monitor the usage otherwise your child will likely get out of balance and it will be a lot harder to reverse the negative behaviors a few years down the road without strong and firm boundaries.

Many Teens and Children are not spending time with family. Children are not learning accountability and responsibility at home. Children and adolescents are not doing chores. Youth are not eating dinner with parents nor sharing thoughts and feelings about there day. Children and Teens are not exercising and their mood is suffering. Teenagers are not learning healthy social skills and interpersonal skills. Youth are not doing philanthropic activities or joining clubs and organizations. Well some children and teens are however the numbers are headed South since the proliferation of the smart phone. The smart phone is like having Disney World as well as adult world items at your child’s finger tips. Why should a child do anything when they have 24-7 entertainment… There are many vital reasons why electronic use must be managed at a very high level. Relationships, Grades, social skills, and Physical health are spiraling downward.

Teen Depression, Anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and obesity is on the rise! Grades are heading SOUTH!!

 

What is creating the above rise in child and teen mental health issues?

 

Many experts believe it is the rise of the smartphone and social media applications as well as over use of the internet and smartphones and social media: instagram, snapchat etc.

 

In psychology it is well know that spending time with people face to face is a huge predictor for psychological well being.

 

One of the best measure to prevent mental illness is to spend time face to face with people that are loving and supporting.

 

The addictive nature of the technology is throwing children and teens out of balance. Children and adolescents are out of balance in spending time with family and loved ones . Youth are addicted to their: video games, smartphones, you tube, instagram, and snapchat. Children and teens are drunk on their technology and out of balance.

 

Children and teens are not spending enough time exercising. Exercise is vital for physical well being and mental well being. Without 24-7 technology your child is more likely to ride a bike or walk or join a team or individual sport.

 

Over thirty percent of children and teenagers are overweight and or obese. Diabetes and many other physical health issues are connected to this inactivity.

 

Research shows that blue light emitted from screens damage your child’s sleep. We also know that poor sleep is connected to poor performance as well as mood and behavioral issues in your child and adolescent teenager.

 

Many children and teens are performing well below their ability either failing classes or obtaining D’s when they have the ability to receive higher grades. The lack of motivation is connected to using smartphones, and social media , and texting, and internet usage. Children and teens are spending hours and hours entertaining themselves on technology however are not taking the time to do homework or study for tests. Further teens are up in bed receiving and sending texts and photos and videos till 3am etc. This behavior impacts sleep and performance at a very high level.

 

Children and teen motivation to do activities with family is down. Youth are not motivated to do chores at home when they can immerse themselves in : Netflix, video games, social media, you tube, instagram, snapchat and more.

 

Parents must set limits on these devices and make it a priority in order to modify behaviors. Teaching children work comes before play is an important lesson for life skills. Teaching children to honor and respect their parents is vital before they are spoiled and entitled with electronic gadgets.

 

It is possible to modify your child’s behavior. I have worked with parents with children that have: learning disabilities, autism, oppositional defiance, downs syndrome and many other disorders. Obtaining support to help you from a professional is a sign of power and strength.

Children as young as 5 and 6 are exposed to explicit images of pornography at a very early age. If your child or teen has internet access there is a very high probability that they are being exposed to porn. The numbers are staggering.

Children and teens that are exposed to porn are more likely to develop sexually risky behaviors and become sexually active at a much earlier age due to their exposure to porn. Violent and sadistic images of pornography are pervasive on the internet.

Children and teens can access Pornography through many different devices: smartphones, iPod, WII, PS3-4, X Box, Computers, iPads, DS games, any device that has access to the internet. Children are being exposed to a high concentration of porn as a daily diet and it is is very dangerous.

Pornography influences children’s attitudes toward relationships and sexuality. Exposure to porn can lead children to engage in dangerous sexual activities that are unhealthy and extremely risky. Exposure to porn can foster use of drugs and alcohol and unprotected sexual behaviors.

A majority of boys and girls over 12 are exposed to pornography. The largest group of individuals viewing pornography on line is not an adult it is children ages 12- 17 that are watching these graphic images daily.

Children exposed to pornography will begin to see sexuality as a disconnected activity from a healthy loving relationship. The children will learn to objectify women and men. Children and adolescents will begin to see others in a context that is devoid of emotions or empathy and in a contact where people do not have: feelings., personalities, or needs.

Pornography hurts adults, children, couples, families, and society. Among adolescents, pornography hinders the development of a healthy sexuality, and among adults, it distorts sexual attitudes and social realities. In families, pornography use leads to marital dissatisfaction, infidelity, separation, and divorce. Pornography will handicap one’s ability to be intimate in marriage and will ruin relationships.

Addiction to porn and the internet will also ruin lives. The inability to communicate and connect with partners and have healthy social skills is a huge issue..Child and teen pregnancy and sexual diseases are on the rise as well.

There are many things parents can do to help their child first is to have parental controls and devices that will block all pornography from the internet. There are a number of free programs out there however at the moment you may need a device for your: router, PC, and mobile devices however it can be done and is vital to help your children. Of course explaining healthy behaviors and intimacy and love is vital as well.

 

Teen “Drug’s”: Internet, Gaming, Smart Phone. Anxiety, Depression increase! Counseling Teens Phoenix Arizona.

What are your children and teens doing for the largest portion of their week? It is not sleep and it is not school and it is not sports and it is not reading. It is an addiction to the internet and media.

The list of video games children and teens are playing is infinite. Many teens are playing violent video games and many are playing fantasy video games and some are playing sports related video games. Some of the most popular are: Halo, Call of Duty, League of Legends, GTA grand Theft Auto and more.

Texting is taking up many hours of your child and teen’s day and it is most likely disrupting studying for school. Many children and teens in my office state they are texting at 3am during weekdays. The result is failing and poor grades. Furthermore they are exhausted and tired and this impacts their mood daily. Research on child and teen sleep is clear a child who is not receiving adequate sleep will have mood and behavioral issues at home and at school.

Many teens are watching you tube on their smart phones for hours on end. Some are watching movies, and comedy acts, some are watching much more. Children and teens are playing video games on their phones like Clash of Clans or Mind Craft etc.

Most teens and children have created more covert accounts on Instagram and Snapchat more so than a Facebook account. Teens are spending a great deal of time on their social media programs. Some are on twitter and other apps.

The total amount of time children and teens are spending on total electronic use is between 45-70 hours a week.

Watching movies on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime is pervasive and obviously there are endless TV series and movies to last a life time at their disposal.

There are some positives in using these devices. Yes, it can be used for studies and for social connection, however, it is all about balance and there is no balance when these devices are going 24-7.

An immense amount of research shows a correlation of: depression, anxiety, low self esteem, behavioral issues, mood issues, with the increase in internet, smart phone, and video game use.

Insomnia is on the rise and research by many medical journals state the electronic component is impacting your child’s brain and not allowing them to sleep as deeply and not allowing them to fall asleep when electronics are used late intothe night.

Children and families are being pulled apart because youth are holed up in their bedrooms glued to their smartphones and computers and I pads.

Families are not sharing their days together at the dinner table. Families are not spending enough one on one time together. Intimacy among families are on a huge decline.

Friendships are being replaced by playing a video game with someone your child has never met and feeling like this is what friendship is all about. Face to face communication has become less frequent and communication is switching to texting and internet chats.

Having someone like what you post is replacing real deep sharing of thoughts, hopes, fears, dreams.

The internet is a huge distraction for students that are studying. Many children and teens as young as 8 are going to adult web sites and watching inappropriate videos daily and are not focused on enjoying childhood. Childhood is being lost.

Physical activity is headed South and Physical health problems among youth are on the rise and is connected to inactivity. Diabetes for youth is skyrocketing and obesity is on the rise due to internet and media addiction.

Internet addiction is on the rise and children are dropping out of school due to this addiction. Creativity for children are at an all time low. Social skills and family communication are at an all time low as well.

Balance is vital for the youth of our world.

 

Over 50 percent of children under the age of two have been using smart phones. There are many reasons why smart phone use is not suggested by experts including American pediatric Organization and many more researchers in the field of child development and emotional and physical health.

The British government states that using: smart phones, Pc, I pads, Tablets, iPhones, video games, computers for young children will create severe emotional problems for your child. It can be challenges socially, insomnia, anxiety, depression, explosive anger, behavior issues and more. Human cues and human interaction and bonding are impacted by electronic devices.

Parents should be involved in: creative and active engagement with their children. Communication and teaching and playing with your child not games or electronic devices.

Children that watch or see aggression on TV, smart phones, video games, you tube will have aggressive thoughts and will likely ooze out with aggressive behavior verbally or physically. Garbage in Garbage out. You might be thinking well my child is playing creative games or educational games. I can assure you that they will be exposed to violent video games, shocking you tube videos, pornography ( majority of children under 8 exposed to it on phones or computers).  These visual images very likely will impact your child’s sleep patterns. Your child’s sleep impacts his or her mood. Your child’s mood will impact his or her school performance and social skills and self esteem. Family communication will decrease and interpersonal skills will diminish . It is vital to set serious limits and boundaries on your youth. Research shows 1 out of 9 youth are addicted to video games and their smart phones.

Obesity is on the rise in Scottsdale and Phoenix Arizona. Throughout the United States of America over 20 percent of children 8-17 are considered obese. There are a few things contributing to this outcome. Poor diets, lack of exercise daily, and sitting around playing video games, net-flixing, smart phoning, and more..Take these items away and your child or teen will have a reason to go outside and play sports, ride a bike, go to a gym, dance, hike, swim, light weights, play football, throw a ball around, skateboard, join a group and become social. Friends on line are not real friends in the sense that most discuss gaming only and their is rarely a physical interaction with the gaming friends that live all across the world .

The electronics are taking away time from learning behavior skills, academic skills, social skills, life skills, and physical activity that is vital for mood regulation and for stress management. You can modify your child’s behavior through counseling and parenting tips .

Many parents come to my office weekly with a wide array of challenges: disrespect, poor grades, anxiety, poor self esteem, poor social skills, Bipolar, addiction, depressed mood, defiance, conduct disorder, OCD, Aspergers, autism etc. All of these issues are important for a child, teen and family. Are smart phones the cause of these problems? They may not be the root cause of the problems , however, if your child is spending more than 1,5 hours a day : texting, you tubing, watching TV, playing games on his or her phone, playing  video games on a computer,x box, PS3 , DS player, smartphone, face booking, insta-gramming, snap chatting, TV, texting.. then all the above are more likely to occur.

Electronic devices and games are very addictive and are different than TV. Children and teens are sucked in by psychological principals that keep them attached to their devices. One psychological principle used is partial reinforcement. Children and teens are rewarded for various moves they make and can win rewards that are monetary and visual and auditory and your child is tapping in to many regions of the brain that are giving him or her natural chemicals that keep them playing. Also most children and teens would rather be on an electronic device you tubing or net flixing than doing algebra or an English paper or really most homework.

If your child is sucked into the electronic vortex chances are grades are not great and learning is not optimized. Your teen also is not learning social and interpersonal skills hiding behind the smart phone or computer or video game. Playing Halo online with friends is not “real life communication skills” that are needed for relationships and employment except possibly learning to write. So it is a very limited type of communication.

If your child is on electronics most of the day chances there relationship with family is suffering. Family communication is not optimized. It is important to learn face to face communication skills with family for healthy and happy relationships.

If your child or teen is in his or her room most of the day and night chances are he or she is not getting the needed sleep for a teen that is 9-10 hours a night. If your child is not getting adequate sleep he or she will be irritable and angry and unfocused in class. Your child may sleep in class and not be able to pay attention to the teacher as well. Relationships will go South and so will grades.

Research show that the more children and teens spend time on  social media the lower satisfaction they report regarding their lives. Childhood experiences are vital in shaping how they will succeed in adult life.

 

 

 

 

www.lifeworksaz.com

David Abrams MAPC, LPC, CAGS has been working with youth and families with behavior and emotional issues and mental health challenges for over fifteen years .

 

Counseling Adolescent Teens Phoenix Arizona

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

Over twenty percent of children and adolescents have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder be it : ADHD, Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety disorders, mood disorders etc.

Pharma research and marketing is spending a great deal of money on these medications. Most medications used is FDA off label. This means that the FDA does not have enough trials to approve it in use in children, teenagers, and adolescents.

Evidence based research states that children should not have medication alone and it should always be accompanied by counseling and psychotherapy !

Many observers have concluded that our schools and our families are failing to meet the needs of our children in a variety of ways. Focusing on schools, many teachers feel stressed by classroom conditions and ill-prepared to deal with emotional problems in the children. The classroom themselves are often too large, there are too few teaching assistants and volunteers to help out, and the instructional materials are often outdated and boring in comparison to the modern technologies that appeal to children.

By diagnosing and drugging our children, we shift blame for the problem from our social institutions and ourselves as adults to the relatively powerless children in our care. We harm our children by failing to identify and to meet their real educational needs for better prepared teachers, more teacher- and child-friendly classrooms, more inspiring curriculum, and more engaging classroom technologies.

At the same time, when we diagnosis and drug our children, we avoid facing critical issues about educational reform. In effect, we drug the children who are signaling the need for reform, and force all children into conformity with our bureaucratic systems.

Finally, when we diagnose and drug our children, we disempower ourselves as adults. While we may gain momentary relief from guilt by imagining that the fault lies in the brains of our children, ultimately we undermine our ability to make the necessary adult interventions that our children need. We literally become bystanders in the lives of our children.

It is time to reclaim our children from this false and suppressive medical approach. I applaud those parents who have the courage to refuse to give stimulants to their children and who, instead, attempt to identify and to meet their genuine needs in the school, home, and community.

Medical experts state children and adolescents on medications must be watched very carefully due to dangerous side effects that are not the same as side effects in adults on the same medications. Having a psychiatrist monitor the medications w great frequency is important.

Counseling Mental Health in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, Arizona

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

 

Exercise Mental Health

The Wall Street Journal has an article published this week on five behaviors to extend life by 10-15 years. The behaviors are : eating a healthy diet, not smoking, regular physical exercise , maintaining healthy weight, and moderate use of alcohol of course this study was done with adults over the age of 50.

Exercise is vital for healthy weight and healthy circulation and for sleep and for mental health. Exercise is a great mood regulator and used for stress management. We all have stress in our lives so we need a tool to manage stress. Exercise is good for the heart as well.

 

ADHD

 

Exercise is one of the biggest elements in managing a child’s health and behaviors. Encouraging your child to exercise daily is one of the most important things a parent can teach a child.

Parents can tie in a reward after your child completes his exercise and after they have completed their homework. Life is all about work before play and teaching these valuable habits is vital for your child’s mental and physical health.

Below you will see info on behaviors that change with exercise.

Children with ADHD symptoms can focus better and are less impulsive when they participate in exercise daily .

Increasing physical activity is one part of a non pharmaceutical ( medications) treatment for ADHD that is backed by research .

Research showed in attentiveness improved with more exercise . The best natural item a parent can do is encourage exercise daily with your child.

Exercise is a huge help for children and teenagers with ADHD. Research shows that exercise before school or after school will help your child become more attentive, improve their academics, become less moody, and less impulsive. Teachers that allow there students to get up out of their seats for short bursts of activity find their students with ADHD are more attentive and more focused than keeping them in a sitting position for the whole class period.

Research has been done with children whom have exercised for 30 minutes before class versus no exercise before class and then teachers reported how they behaved in relationship to: attention, focus, impulsivity, behavior, performance etc. Aerobic physical activity shows great benefits to children with ADHD as well as other children in terms of: mood, behavior, attention, diminished impulsivity, and performance at school.

It is a real pity that schools have decreased the amount of physical activity children receive per day. Children will perform better and learn if they are able to exercise and run around, play sports, and move physically and aerobically. Jumping in place, doing squats, push ups, jump rope etc are all beneficial for children at school. Teachers that can break up the day with 4 ten minute bursts of exercise will have a classroom that is more attentive and will learn more and focus more on the subject matter than having the children sit all day without exercise. Schools that have used exercise have seen a huge decrease in children on ADHD medications decreasing by almost 33 percent which is huge statistically.

Research has shown that test scores improved for children that exercised before the test versus children that just sat and read books. Just twenty minutes of exercise improved  scholastic performance in one research study with children. Many experts state that daily exercise can replace medication for children on ADHD for many children.

There are many tools to help children with ADHD including: counseling, exercise, diet, structure, parenting tools, mood regulation tools, behavior modification and more that will help your child overcome ADHD symptoms.

Dementia/ Alzheimers

 

Research in the journal of Neurology studying 299 men and woman who walked from zero blocks per week to 300 blocks per week.

The study states walking 72 blocks per week was the minimum to show
brain improvement.

Forty percent developed cognitive impairment or dementia four years
into the study .

The study stated that those who walked the most reduced their risk of
memory loss by half.

Lifeworksaz.com provides healthy life solutions for children , teens , adults, and families.

 

Depression

 

 

In a new study published in the journal PLos Medicine it states that antidepressants may not work as well as in people who are mildly depressed as they do in patients with major depression.

The research team based its findings on 47 clinical trials using such drugs as: Prozac, Paxil, and Effexor.

Professor of Psychology Irving Kirsch from University of Hull, U.K. States” most patients can benefit as much from other treatment, such as physical exercise and psychotherapy, as they can from medication.” Doctors advise patients who are on antidepressants not to discontinue their medication without consulting a physician first, as there can be serious side effects.

Exercise, exercise, exercise….Exercise creates new neurons and some study states that after 10 weeks exercise showed to be more effective against depression than pills.

We must push ourselves to exercise…..it is important for mind, body, and spiritual health…

Lifeworksaz.com works with children , teens and families as well as adults in Phoenix Arizona.

 

 

Teen Counseling Phoenix Arizona

Friday, April 27th, 2018

Over Sixty percent of parents surveyed in the United States feel that their child or Teenager is on a smartphone or Video Games or watching TV in a way that is harming them in many aspects of their life: academics, Family, Physical Health, Emotional health. Over 60 percent would like more parenting controls on the devices. Parental controls can be helpful however building an improved relationship with your child or adolescent teen is a vital issue that is not being addressed.

Many children and teens in my office would like a better relationship with their Mom or Dad. The child or teen does not have the skill set on their own to typically express their needs to build the child-Parent relationship they hope for and therefore stuff their thoughts and emotions and distract themselves with electronic devices.

I see many youth that are in emotional pain in relationship to their family dynamics. The Child’s wounds are real not imagined and their pain is great. Many children feel unloved or abandoned are not important and the relationship with the parent can improve with some Parenting and child counseling and Behavior modification to create a win win situation with your child or teen adolescent.

Many parents come to my office weekly with a wide array of challenges: disrespect, poor grades, anxiety, poor self esteem, poor social skills, Bipolar, addiction, depressed mood, defiance, conduct disorder, OCD, Aspergers, autism etc. All of these issues are important for a child, teen and family. Are smart phones the cause of these problems? They may not be the root cause of the problems , however, if your child is spending more than 1,5 hours a day : texting, you tubing, watching TV, playing games on his or her phone, playing  video games on a computer,x box, PS3 , DS player, smartphone, face booking, insta-gramming, snap chatting, TV, texting.. then all the above are more likely to occur.

Electronic devices and games are very addictive and are different than TV. Children and teens are sucked in by psychological principals that keep them attached to their devices. One psychological principle used is partial reinforcement. Children and teens are rewarded for various moves they make and can win rewards that are monetary and visual and auditory and your child is tapping in to many regions of the brain that are giving him or her natural chemicals that keep them playing. Also most children and teens would rather be on an electronic device you tubing or net flixing than doing algebra or an English paper or really most homework.

If your child is sucked into the electronic vortex chances are grades are not great and learning is not optimized. Your teen also is not learning social and interpersonal skills hiding behind the smart phone or computer or video game. Playing Halo online with friends is not “real life communication skills” that are needed for relationships and employment except possibly learning to write. So it is a very limited type of communication.

If your child is on electronics most of the day chances there relationship with family is suffering. Family communication is not optimized. It is important to learn face to face communication skills with family for healthy and happy relationships.

Over 50 percent of children under the age of two have been using smart phones. There are many reasons why smart phone use is not suggested by experts including American pediatric Organization and many more researchers in the field of child development and emotional and physical health.

The British government states that using: smart phones, Pc, I pads, Tablets, iPhones, video games, computers for young children will create severe emotional problems for your child. It can be challenges socially, insomnia, anxiety, depression, explosive anger, behavior issues and more. Human cues and human interaction and bonding are impacted by electronic devices.

Parents should be involved in: creative and active engagement with their children. Communication and teaching and playing with your child not games or electronic devices.

Children that watch or see aggression on TV, smart phones, video games, you tube will have aggressive thoughts and will likely ooze out with aggressive behavior verbally or physically. Garbage in Garbage out. You might be thinking well my child is playing creative games or educational games. I can assure you that they will be exposed to violent video games, shocking you tube videos, pornography ( majority of children under 8 exposed to it on phones or computers).  These visual images very likely will impact your child’s sleep patterns. Your child’s sleep impacts his or her mood. Your child’s mood will impact his or her school performance and social skills and self esteem. Family communication will decrease and interpersonal skills will diminish . It is vital to set serious limits and boundaries on your youth. Research shows 1 out of 9 youth are addicted to video games and their smart phones.

Obesity is on the rise in Scottsdale and Phoenix Arizona. Throughout the United States of America over 20 percent of children 8-17 are considered obese. There are a few things contributing to this outcome. Poor diets, lack of exercise daily, and sitting around playing video games, net-flixing, smart phoning, and more..Take these items away and your child or teen will have a reason to go outside and play sports, ride a bike, go to a gym, dance, hike, swim, light weights, play football, throw a ball around, skateboard, join a group and become social. Friends on line are not real friends in the sense that most discuss gaming only and their is rarely a physical interaction with the gaming friends that live all across the world .

The electronics are taking away time from learning behavior skills, academic skills, social skills, life skills, Family relationships, self esteem, volunteering, friendships, academics success, sleep, and physical activity that is vital for mood regulation and for stress management. You can modify your child’s behavior through counseling and parenting tips .

 

www.lifeworksaz.com provides assessments and counseling for Children and Teens 6-18 as well as Adults. Lifeworksaz.com provides Family counseling and parenting tips and consultations. David Abrams MAPC LPC founder of www.Lifeworksaz.com has been working in the field for over 15 Years. He works with emotional and behavioral issues, Anxiety, ADHD, Depression, Mood regulation, Anger Management Social skills, Self Esteem , Goal Setting, Finding Life’s purpose and direction, and creating health and balance in your life. For more info email him on his web site.

Teen Counseling: Smart Phone addiction; Phoenix, Cave Creek , Scottsdale Arizona

Friday, April 20th, 2018

Smart Phones for your children and teens can have many potential problems in your family including but not limited to increasing potential: addictions, loneliness, depressed mood, anxiety, poor grades, poor self esteem, poor social skills, poor family communication skills, obesity and more. Too much electronics in general can be problematic for youth.

The behavioral addiction of smart phone use begins to form neurological connection in your child’s brain that is similar to an opioid addiction according to a recent study by the Journal or Neuro Regulation. The replacement of people face to face was what was believed to cause loneliness and depressed mood and increase anxiety. The brain is being hijacked at the neural pathways with partial reinforcement and notifications and likes and bells and rewards and sounds that keep youth and adults addicted to there smart phones.. Features are created to draw your attention to the screen and to keep you clicking on the desired items.

Children and teens are falling more and more out of balance. Children and teens are using their smart phones late at night when parents are sleep. They are texting friends at all hours and this is impacting their sleep during the week and weekday. Research shows a child and teen need at least 9-11 hours of sleep a night and some are obtaining only 4-6 hours of sleep. This sleep reduction is having a huge impact on their mental health. Reduced sleep is impacting performance at school. Children and teens are asleep in class or unable to retain information in class. Children are distracted and are not able to focus on doing homework . The smartphone is DisneyLAnd in their hands 24-7.

Children and teenagers that are spending too much time on their smartphones are not physically active . physical activity is vital for a child’s mental health and physical health according to numerous research studies. Children and teenagers are not joining clubs and teams or doing philanthropic activities because they are so attached to their smart phones.

Family communication is heading South at a rapid rate. Children and teenagers are not coming out of their rooms and not involved with family events and activities. Heads are into the smartphones and children are not connecting with family members or eating dinner with families.

I did a detailed research paper on video games . Developers use behavioral techniques to increase time played on the game as well as reinforcers similar to the same methods used in gambling in casinos to keep peoples brains wired in hope of winning so they will spend money. There are many games that children in my office report have incentivized them to buy more items that will allow them more success in the game be it ammunition, power, players that play at a higher level. Some youth will spend 200.00 dollars from Holiday gifts to buy these extras and feel they need them to continue playing…addiction.

Parents need to set extreme limits on all electronic devices and create a contract with each child and monitor the usage otherwise your child will likely get out of balance and it will be a lot harder to reverse the negative behaviors a few years down the road without strong and firm boundaries.

Many Teens and Children are not spending time with family. Children are not learning accountability and responsibility at home. Children and adolescents are not doing chores. Youth are not eating dinner with parents nor sharing thoughts and feelings about there day. Children and Teens are not exercising and their mood is suffering. Teenagers are not learning healthy social skills and interpersonal skills. Youth are not doing philanthropic activities or joining clubs and organizations. Well some children and teens are however the numbers are headed South since the proliferation of the smart phone. The smart phone is like having Disney World as well as adult world items at your child’s finger tips. Why should a child do anything when they have 24-7 entertainment… There are many vital reasons why electronic use must be managed at a very high level. Relationships, Grades, social skills, and Physical health are spiraling downward.

Teen Depression, Anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and obesity is on the rise! Grades are heading SOUTH!!

 

What is creating the above rise in child and teen mental health issues?

 

Many experts believe it is the rise of the smartphone and social media applications as well as over use of the internet and smartphones and social media: instagram, snapchat etc.

 

In psychology it is well know that spending time with people face to face is a huge predictor for psychological well being.

 

One of the best measure to prevent mental illness is to spend time face to face with people that are loving and supporting.

 

The addictive nature of the technology is throwing children and teens out of balance. Children and adolescents are out of balance in spending time with family and loved ones . Youth are addicted to their: video games, smartphones, you tube, instagram, and snapchat. Children and teens are drunk on their technology and out of balance.

 

Children and teens are not spending enough time exercising. Exercise is vital for physical well being and mental well being. Without 24-7 technology your child is more likely to ride a bike or walk or join a team or individual sport.

 

Over thirty percent of children and teenagers are overweight and or obese. Diabetes and many other physical health issues are connected to this inactivity.

 

Research shows that blue light emitted from screens damage your child’s sleep. We also know that poor sleep is connected to poor performance as well as mood and behavioral issues in your child and adolescent teenager.

 

Many children and teens are performing well below their ability either failing classes or obtaining D’s when they have the ability to receive higher grades. The lack of motivation is connected to using smartphones, and social media , and texting, and internet usage. Children and teens are spending hours and hours entertaining themselves on technology however are not taking the time to do homework or study for tests. Further teens are up in bed receiving and sending texts and photos and videos till 3am etc. This behavior impacts sleep and performance at a very high level.

 

Children and teen motivation to do activities with family is down. Youth are not motivated to do chores at home when they can immerse themselves in : Netflix, video games, social media, you tube, instagram, snapchat and more.

 

Parents must set limits on these devices and make it a priority in order to modify behaviors. Teaching children work comes before play is an important lesson for life skills. Teaching children to honor and respect their parents is vital before they are spoiled and entitled with electronic gadgets.

 

It is possible to modify your child’s behavior. I have worked with parents with children that have: learning disabilities, autism, oppositional defiance, downs syndrome and many other disorders. Obtaining support to help you from a professional is a sign of power and strength.

Children as young as 5 and 6 are exposed to explicit images of pornography at a very early age. If your child or teen has internet access there is a very high probability that they are being exposed to porn. The numbers are staggering.

Children and teens that are exposed to porn are more likely to develop sexually risky behaviors and become sexually active at a much earlier age due to their exposure to porn. Violent and sadistic images of pornography are pervasive on the internet.

Children and teens can access Pornography through many different devices: smartphones, iPod, WII, PS3-4, X Box, Computers, iPads, DS games, any device that has access to the internet. Children are being exposed to a high concentration of porn as a daily diet and it is is very dangerous.

Pornography influences children’s attitudes toward relationships and sexuality. Exposure to porn can lead children to engage in dangerous sexual activities that are unhealthy and extremely risky. Exposure to porn can foster use of drugs and alcohol and unprotected sexual behaviors.

A majority of boys and girls over 12 are exposed to pornography. The largest group of individuals viewing pornography on line is not an adult it is children ages 12- 17 that are watching these graphic images daily.

Children exposed to pornography will begin to see sexuality as a disconnected activity from a healthy loving relationship. The children will learn to objectify women and men. Children and adolescents will begin to see others in a context that is devoid of emotions or empathy and in a contact where people do not have: feelings., personalities, or needs.

Pornography hurts adults, children, couples, families, and society. Among adolescents, pornography hinders the development of a healthy sexuality, and among adults, it distorts sexual attitudes and social realities. In families, pornography use leads to marital dissatisfaction, infidelity, separation, and divorce. Pornography will handicap one’s ability to be intimate in marriage and will ruin relationships.

Addiction to porn and the internet will also ruin lives. The inability to communicate and connect with partners and have healthy social skills is a huge issue..Child and teen pregnancy and sexual diseases are on the rise as well.

There are many things parents can do to help their child first is to have parental controls and devices that will block all pornography from the internet. There are a number of free programs out there however at the moment you may need a device for your: router, PC, and mobile devices however it can be done and is vital to help your children. Of course explaining healthy behaviors and intimacy and love is vital as well.

 

Teen “Drug’s”: Internet, Gaming, Smart Phone. Anxiety, Depression increase! Counseling Teens Phoenix Arizona.

What are your children and teens doing for the largest portion of their week? It is not sleep and it is not school and it is not sports and it is not reading. It is an addiction to the internet and media.

The list of video games children and teens are playing is infinite. Many teens are playing violent video games and many are playing fantasy video games and some are playing sports related video games. Some of the most popular are: Halo, Call of Duty, League of Legends, GTA grand Theft Auto and more.

Texting is taking up many hours of your child and teen’s day and it is most likely disrupting studying for school. Many children and teens in my office state they are texting at 3am during weekdays. The result is failing and poor grades. Furthermore they are exhausted and tired and this impacts their mood daily. Research on child and teen sleep is clear a child who is not receiving adequate sleep will have mood and behavioral issues at home and at school.

Many teens are watching you tube on their smart phones for hours on end. Some are watching movies, and comedy acts, some are watching much more. Children and teens are playing video games on their phones like Clash of Clans or Mind Craft etc.

Most teens and children have created more covert accounts on Instagram and Snapchat more so than a Facebook account. Teens are spending a great deal of time on their social media programs. Some are on twitter and other apps.

The total amount of time children and teens are spending on total electronic use is between 45-70 hours a week.

Watching movies on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime is pervasive and obviously there are endless TV series and movies to last a life time at their disposal.

There are some positives in using these devices. Yes, it can be used for studies and for social connection, however, it is all about balance and there is no balance when these devices are going 24-7.

An immense amount of research shows a correlation of: depression, anxiety, low self esteem, behavioral issues, mood issues, with the increase in internet, smart phone, and video game use.

Insomnia is on the rise and research by many medical journals state the electronic component is impacting your child’s brain and not allowing them to sleep as deeply and not allowing them to fall asleep when electronics are used late intothe night.

Children and families are being pulled apart because youth are holed up in their bedrooms glued to their smartphones and computers and I pads.

Families are not sharing their days together at the dinner table. Families are not spending enough one on one time together. Intimacy among families are on a huge decline.

Friendships are being replaced by playing a video game with someone your child has never met and feeling like this is what friendship is all about. Face to face communication has become less frequent and communication is switching to texting and internet chats.

Having someone like what you post is replacing real deep sharing of thoughts, hopes, fears, dreams.

The internet is a huge distraction for students that are studying. Many children and teens as young as 8 are going to adult web sites and watching inappropriate videos daily and are not focused on enjoying childhood. Childhood is being lost.

Physical activity is headed South and Physical health problems among youth are on the rise and is connected to inactivity. Diabetes for youth is skyrocketing and obesity is on the rise due to internet and media addiction.

Internet addiction is on the rise and children are dropping out of school due to this addiction. Creativity for children are at an all time low. Social skills and family communication are at an all time low as well.

Balance is vital for the youth of our world.

 

Over 50 percent of children under the age of two have been using smart phones. There are many reasons why smart phone use is not suggested by experts including American pediatric Organization and many more researchers in the field of child development and emotional and physical health.

The British government states that using: smart phones, Pc, I pads, Tablets, iPhones, video games, computers for young children will create severe emotional problems for your child. It can be challenges socially, insomnia, anxiety, depression, explosive anger, behavior issues and more. Human cues and human interaction and bonding are impacted by electronic devices.

Parents should be involved in: creative and active engagement with their children. Communication and teaching and playing with your child not games or electronic devices.

Children that watch or see aggression on TV, smart phones, video games, you tube will have aggressive thoughts and will likely ooze out with aggressive behavior verbally or physically. Garbage in Garbage out. You might be thinking well my child is playing creative games or educational games. I can assure you that they will be exposed to violent video games, shocking you tube videos, pornography ( majority of children under 8 exposed to it on phones or computers).  These visual images very likely will impact your child’s sleep patterns. Your child’s sleep impacts his or her mood. Your child’s mood will impact his or her school performance and social skills and self esteem. Family communication will decrease and interpersonal skills will diminish . It is vital to set serious limits and boundaries on your youth. Research shows 1 out of 9 youth are addicted to video games and their smart phones.

Obesity is on the rise in Scottsdale and Phoenix Arizona. Throughout the United States of America over 20 percent of children 8-17 are considered obese. There are a few things contributing to this outcome. Poor diets, lack of exercise daily, and sitting around playing video games, net-flixing, smart phoning, and more..Take these items away and your child or teen will have a reason to go outside and play sports, ride a bike, go to a gym, dance, hike, swim, light weights, play football, throw a ball around, skateboard, join a group and become social. Friends on line are not real friends in the sense that most discuss gaming only and their is rarely a physical interaction with the gaming friends that live all across the world .

The electronics are taking away time from learning behavior skills, academic skills, social skills, life skills, and physical activity that is vital for mood regulation and for stress management. You can modify your child’s behavior through counseling and parenting tips .

Many parents come to my office weekly with a wide array of challenges: disrespect, poor grades, anxiety, poor self esteem, poor social skills, Bipolar, addiction, depressed mood, defiance, conduct disorder, OCD, Aspergers, autism etc. All of these issues are important for a child, teen and family. Are smart phones the cause of these problems? They may not be the root cause of the problems , however, if your child is spending more than 1,5 hours a day : texting, you tubing, watching TV, playing games on his or her phone, playing  video games on a computer,x box, PS3 , DS player, smartphone, face booking, insta-gramming, snap chatting, TV, texting.. then all the above are more likely to occur.

Electronic devices and games are very addictive and are different than TV. Children and teens are sucked in by psychological principals that keep them attached to their devices. One psychological principle used is partial reinforcement. Children and teens are rewarded for various moves they make and can win rewards that are monetary and visual and auditory and your child is tapping in to many regions of the brain that are giving him or her natural chemicals that keep them playing. Also most children and teens would rather be on an electronic device you tubing or net flixing than doing algebra or an English paper or really most homework.

If your child is sucked into the electronic vortex chances are grades are not great and learning is not optimized. Your teen also is not learning social and interpersonal skills hiding behind the smart phone or computer or video game. Playing Halo online with friends is not “real life communication skills” that are needed for relationships and employment except possibly learning to write. So it is a very limited type of communication.

If your child is on electronics most of the day chances there relationship with family is suffering. Family communication is not optimized. It is important to learn face to face communication skills with family for healthy and happy relationships.

If your child or teen is in his or her room most of the day and night chances are he or she is not getting the needed sleep for a teen that is 9-10 hours a night. If your child is not getting adequate sleep he or she will be irritable and angry and unfocused in class. Your child may sleep in class and not be able to pay attention to the teacher as well. Relationships will go South and so will grades.

Research show that the more children and teens spend time on  social media the lower satisfaction they report regarding their lives. Childhood experiences are vital in shaping how they will succeed in adult life.

 

 

 

 

Lifeworksaz.com , David Abrams MAPC, LPC, CAGS has been working with youth and families with behavior and emotional issues and mental health challenges for over fifteen years .

 

 

Counseling Child Teen and Family Phoenix, Scottsdale

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Learning to manage stress is vital in the development children. Another huge piece in developing child health and well being is social and emotional development. It is vital for a child to learn to identify and recognize feelings daily and learn how to regulate these emotions.

The ability to recognize relations and the ability to respond to someone isles feelings is essential for a healthy and well balanced adult.

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Teen counseling Video games, Smart phones, social media Phoenix, AZ

Sunday, April 15th, 2018

Many  Teens and Children are not spending time with family. Children are not learning accountability and responsibility at home. Children and adolescents are not doing chores. Youth are not eating dinner with parents nor sharing thoughts and feelings about there day. Children and Teens are not exercising and their mood is suffering. Teenagers are not learning healthy social skills and interpersonal skills. Youth are not doing philanthropic activities or joining clubs and organizations. Well some children and teens are however the numbers are headed South since the proliferation of the smart phone. The smart phone is like having Disney World as well as adult world items at your child’s finger tips. Why should a child do anything when they have 24-7 entertainment… There are many vital reasons why electronic use must be managed at a very high level. Relationships, Grades, social skills, and Physical health are spiraling downward.

Teen Depression, Anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and obesity is on the rise! Grades are heading SOUTH!!

What is creating the above rise in child and teen mental health issues?

Many experts believe it is the rise of the smartphone and social media applications as well as over use of the internet and smartphones and social media: instagram, snapchat etc.

In psychology it is well know that spending time with people face to face is a huge predictor for psychological well being.

One of the best measure to prevent mental illness is to spend time face to face with people that are loving and supporting.

The addictive nature of the technology is throwing children and teens out of balance. Children and adolescents are out of balance in spending time with family and loved ones . Youth are addicted to their: video games, smartphones, you tube, instagram, and snapchat. Children and teens are drunk on their technology and out of balance.

Children and teens are not spending enough time exercising. Exercise is vital for physical well being and mental well being. Without 24-7 technology your child is more likely to ride a bike or walk or join a team or individual sport.

Over thirty percent of children and teenagers are overweight and or obese. Diabetes and many other physical health issues are connected to this inactivity.

Research shows that blue light emitted from screens damage your child’s sleep. We also know that poor sleep is connected to poor performance as well as mood and behavioral issues in your child and adolescent teenager.

Many children and teens are performing well below their ability either failing classes or obtaining D’s when they have the ability to receive higher grades. The lack of motivation is connected to using smartphones, and social media , and texting, and internet usage. Children and teens are spending hours and hours entertaining themselves on technology however are not taking the time to do homework or study for tests. Further teens are up in bed receiving and sending texts and photos and videos till 3am etc. This behavior impacts sleep and performance at a very high level.

Children and teen motivation to do activities with family is down. Youth are not motivated to do chores at home when they can immerse themselves in : Netflix, video games, social media, you tube, instagram, snapchat and more.

Parents must set limits on these devices and make it a priority in order to modify behaviors. Teaching children work comes before play is an important lesson for life skills. Teaching children to honor and respect their parents is vital before they are spoiled and entitled with electronic gadgets.

It is possible to modify your child’s behavior. I have worked with parents with children that have: learning disabilities, autism, oppositional defiance, downs syndrome and many other disorders. Obtaining support to help you from a professional is a sign of power and strength.

Children as young as 5 and 6 are exposed to explicit images of pornography at a very early age. If your child or teen has internet access there is a very high probability that they are being exposed to porn. The numbers are staggering.

Children and teens that are exposed to porn are more likely to develop sexually risky behaviors and become sexually active at a much earlier age due to their exposure to porn. Violent and sadistic images of pornography are pervasive on the internet.

Children and teens can access Pornography through many different devices: smartphones, iPod, WII, PS3-4, X Box, Computers, iPads, DS games, any device that has access to the internet. Children are being exposed to a high concentration of porn as a daily diet and it is is very dangerous.

Pornography influences children’s attitudes toward relationships and sexuality. Exposure to porn can lead children to engage in dangerous sexual activities that are unhealthy and extremely risky. Exposure to porn can foster use of drugs and alcohol and unprotected sexual behaviors.

A majority of boys and girls over 12 are exposed to pornography. The largest group of individuals viewing pornography on line is not an adult it is children ages 12- 17 that are watching these graphic images daily.

Children exposed to pornography will begin to see sexuality as a disconnected activity from a healthy loving relationship. The children will learn to objectify women and men. Children and adolescents will begin to see others in a context that is devoid of emotions or empathy and in a contact where people do not have: feelings., personalities, or needs.

Pornography hurts adults, children, couples, families, and society. Among adolescents, pornography hinders the development of a healthy sexuality, and among adults, it distorts sexual attitudes and social realities. In families, pornography use leads to marital dissatisfaction, infidelity, separation, and divorce. Pornography will handicap one’s ability to be intimate in marriage and will ruin relationships.

Addiction to porn and the internet will also ruin lives. The inability to communicate and connect with partners and have healthy social skills is a huge issue..Child and teen pregnancy and sexual diseases are on the rise as well.

There are many things parents can do to help their child first is to have parental controls and devices that will block all pornography from the internet. There are a number of free programs out there however at the moment you may need a device for your: router, PC, and mobile devices however it can be done and is vital to help your children. Of course explaining healthy behaviors and intimacy and love is vital as well.

What are your children and teens doing for the largest portion of their week? It is not sleep and it is not school and it is not sports and it is not reading. It is an addiction to the internet and media.

The list of video games children and teens are playing is infinite. Many teens are playing violent video games and many are playing fantasy video games and some are playing sports related video games. Some of the most popular are: Halo, Call of Duty, League of Legends, GTA grand Theft Auto and more.

Texting is taking up many hours of your child and teen’s day and it is most likely disrupting studying for school. Many children and teens in my office state they are texting at 3am during weekdays. The result is failing and poor grades. Furthermore they are exhausted and tired and this impacts their mood daily. Research on child and teen sleep is clear a child who is not receiving adequate sleep will have mood and behavioral issues at home and at school.

Many teens are watching you tube on their smart phones for hours on end. Some are watching movies, and comedy acts, some are watching much more. Children and teens are playing video games on their phones like Clash of Clans or Mind Craft etc.

Most teens and children have created more covert accounts on Instagram and Snapchat more so than a Facebook account. Teens are spending a great deal of time on their social media programs. Some are on twitter and other apps.

The total amount of time children and teens are spending on total electronic use is between 45-70 hours a week.

Watching movies on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime is pervasive and obviously there are endless TV series and movies to last a life time at their disposal.

There are some positives in using these devices. Yes, it can be used for studies and for social connection, however, it is all about balance and there is no balance when these devices are going 24-7.

An immense amount of research shows a correlation of: depression, anxiety, low self esteem, behavioral issues, mood issues, with the increase in internet, smart phone, and video game use.

Insomnia is on the rise and research by many medical journals state the electronic component is impacting your child’s brain and not allowing them to sleep as deeply and not allowing them to fall asleep when electronics are used late intothe night.

Children and families are being pulled apart because youth are holed up in their bedrooms glued to their smartphones and computers and I pads.

Families are not sharing their days together at the dinner table. Families are not spending enough one on one time together. Intimacy among families are on a huge decline.

Friendships are being replaced by playing a video game with someone your child has never met and feeling like this is what friendship is all about. Face to face communication has become less frequent and communication is switching to texting and internet chats.

Having someone like what you post is replacing real deep sharing of thoughts, hopes, fears, dreams.

The internet is a huge distraction for students that are studying. Many children and teens as young as 8 are going to adult web sites and watching inappropriate videos daily and are not focused on enjoying childhood. Childhood is being lost.

Physical activity is headed South and Physical health problems among youth are on the rise and is connected to inactivity. Diabetes for youth is skyrocketing and obesity is on the rise due to internet and media addiction.

Internet addiction is on the rise and children are dropping out of school due to this addiction. Creativity for children are at an all time low. Social skills and family communication are at an all time low as well.

Balance is vital for the youth of our world.

Lifeworksaz.com , David Abrams MAPC, LPC, CAGS has been working with youth and families with behavior and emotional and mental health challenges for over fifteen

 

Counseling Teenagers: Phoenix, Scottsdale, Cave Creek Arizona

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

 

 

THE DSM is the diagnostic bible for all mental health disorders used by: Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Psychotherapists. There are so many teen disorders listed it would take pages to list them all. Some of the teen disorders include:ADHD, ADD, anxiety disorders and panic attacks, PTSD Post traumatic Stress Disorders, Conduct Disorders, Behavioral disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Select mutism, Oppositional defiant disorders, Depressive Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, Substance Abuse and Substance dependence of many drugs and alcohol. The big question for parents if they receive these diagnosis or labels is now what?

There is option one which provides medication and there is option two that provides counseling and therapy to empower your child and teach your child tools to manage their behavior and emotions. Medical research show medication alone without counseling does not create the best results or outcomes. Counseling and therapy is vital to create change in the individual as well as in the family.

 

Lifeworksaz.com works with the family and child or teen to create a team approach that enables a win win for behavioral changes as well as with emotional issues a child or teen is struggling with. A team approach allows positive support from a parent or parents as well as from the child psychotherapist and this is extremely helpful in creating change.

 

 

Over fifty percent of all mental health disorders develop before a child turns fourteen years old .

Two million teenagers between thirteen and seventeen develop depression . Untreated depression can create a wide array of problems and potentially suicide among children and teens. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens in the United States of America .

Teens with depression might not look exactly like an adult with depression . At times a teen may have mood swings and extreme reactions to day to day conflicts that may seem not to serious however could be full blown depression.

Stress for children and teens to excel in school or get a good job precipitate mental health disorders like depression or generalized anxiety disorders or more according to the Archives of General Psychiatry .

Teaching children coping skills for stress and mood is vital to help children and teenagers turn things around in life.

Learning to cope with set backs and learning tools to have health and balance are vital for road blocks and creating happiness and success in your child’s life .

Teens are under a great deal of stress from : learning about who they are physically , mentally , and emotionally to finding out their own value system , navigating peers and relationships , looking for employment , attempting to become young adults .

Adolescent teenagers are facing new territory that is scary for them . Teenagers are forced to make new decisions and face peer pressure . Puberty , situational stressors , family stressors , transitioning to adulthood are all big stressors for teens .

Many teens stuff their thoughts and emotions regarding day to day stressors and then one day ” a bomb of emotions ” goes off or the child’s behavior jumps out at you for help . Helping teens solve problems and modulate stress is important . It is not just hormones it is painful issues they are dealing with in life that must be addressed . They are becoming independent however they need guidance and support along the way and their stress should not be pushed aside or dismissed .

There are many times when a child or teen need an unbiased and objective professional that has expertise working with children and teens and families to help them move through challenges and road blocks for happiness and success .

Lifeworksaz Therapy and counseling for teens , children , and adults help youth learn ways to manage stress , cope with stress , learn tools for success . Lifeworksaz provides counseling and coaching for : behavior , stress , depression therapist , anxiety therapist , relationship counseling , anger therapist counseling , anxiety therapist , bipolar therapy counseling , and more providing family counseling , child counseling , and adult counseling in phoenix , Scottsdale , chandler , Gilbert Arizona .

 

 

 

 

Exercise is one of the biggest elements in managing a child’s health and behaviors. Encouraging your child to exercise daily is one of the most important things a parent can teach a child.

Parents can tie in a reward after your child completes his exercise and after they have completed their homework. Life is all about work before play and teaching these valuable habits is vital for your child’s mental and physical health.

Below you will see info on behaviors that change with exercise.

Children with ADHD symptoms can focus better and are less impulsive when they participate in exercise daily .

Increasing physical activity is one part of a non pharmaceutical ( medications) treatment for ADHD that is backed by research .

Research showed in attentiveness improved with more exercise . The best natural item a parent can do is encourage exercise daily with your child.

Exercise is a huge help for children and teenagers with ADHD. Research shows that exercise before school or after school will help your child become more attentive, improve their academics, become less moody, and less impulsive. Teachers that allow there students to get up out of their seats for short bursts of activity find their students with ADHD are more attentive and more focused than keeping them in a sitting position for the whole class period.

Research has been done with children whom have exercised for 30 minutes before class versus no exercise before class and then teachers reported how they behaved in relationship to: attention, focus, impulsivity, behavior, performance etc. Aerobic physical activity shows great benefits to children with ADHD as well as other children in terms of: mood, behavior, attention, diminished impulsivity, and performance at school.

It is a real pity that schools have decreased the amount of physical activity children receive per day. Children will perform better and learn if they are able to exercise and run around, play sports, and move physically and aerobically. Jumping in place, doing squats, push ups, jump rope etc are all beneficial for children at school. Teachers that can break up the day with 4 ten minute bursts of exercise will have a classroom that is more attentive and will learn more and focus more on the subject matter than having the children sit all day without exercise. Schools that have used exercise have seen a huge decrease in children on ADHD medications decreasing by almost 33 percent which is huge statistically.

Research has shown that test scores improved for children that exercised before the test versus children that just sat and read books. Just twenty minutes of exercise improved  scholastic performance in one research study with children. Many experts state that daily exercise can replace medication for children on ADHD for many children.

There are many tools to help children with ADHD including: counseling, exercise, diet, structure, parenting tools, mood regulation tools, behavior modification and more that will help your child overcome ADHD symptoms.

Some teens send two hundred texts a day or 6000 texts a month. The issue here is that teens are not developing social skills and healthy communication.

Another issue is that adolescents that are texting are not spending time face to face with family and developing healthy connections. Social skills, self esteem, grades, family communication, and balance needs to be restored at home.

 

Lifeworksaz Therapy and counseling for teens , children , and adults help youth learn ways to manage stress , cope with stress , learn tools for success . Lifeworksaz provides counseling and coaching for : behavior , stress , depression therapist , anxiety therapist , relationship counseling , anger therapist counseling , anxiety therapist , bipolar therapy counseling , and more providing family counseling , child counseling , and adult counseling in phoenix , Scottsdale , chandler , Gilbert Arizona .

Counseling Panic Attacks, Anxiety in Phoenix Arizona

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Panic attacks are a form of anxiety and many American Children, teens and adults feel the symptoms of anxiety and stress in life. Balancing school, work, family, sleep, and more can be overwhelming and anxiety creeps in to peoples lives. Anxiety can have a genetic component however anxiety and panic attacks can also have environmental components. Some environmental components can be: family conflict, relationship challenges, bullying, emotional abuse, grief and loss, divorce, academic stressors, stress to find a career, adoption, past abuse, physical abuse, trauma, financial issues, and much more. Changing schools and moving can be a huge stressor for youth and adults as well.

Anxiety and panic attacks can be generated by taking drugs and smoking marijuana. There is a great deal of worldwide research to support the above. Yes many people will state they feel relaxed when smoking marijuana however there are many whom report symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks and they smoke marijuana daily or more.

Receiving adequate sleep and a healthy diet is also very important to managing stress. The body must be treated with exercise and a healthy diet to manage stress. Some clients report feeling anxious from prescribed medications and many have the potential side effects listed on the medication as well.

Teens are taught to keep in their emotions and boys are told not to cry. Stuffing emotions is extremely unhealthy and must be worked on and processed to create best outcomes.

Many children report high levels of anxiety at school. Children as young as five self harm due to anxiety and stress related to school and academics. Many children do not know how to express their feelings and emotions end up turning into aggression, sadness, anger, tantrums, crying etc. It is vital to teach children to express emotions at a young age before it oozes into an imbalance.

There are many factors that can contribute to anxiety or anxiety disorders: obsessive compulsive disorders, Panic disorders, social anxiety, Phobias, general anxiety, Panic attacks, PTSD Post traumatic stress disorders and more.

It is important to look at many elements in an individuals life: medications, factors during inception and birth, environmental factors, Drugs, marijuana, alcohol, Stressors, Trauma from the past ( emotional, physical, mental), sleep, diet, daily habits, negative cognitions daily, genetics in the family from Mom and Dad as well as other family members and their traumas as well.

 

Many practitioners give meds without addressing the root causes of the anxiety. It is important to look at all the above and more in order to create the best plan to reduce anxiety. I have worked with anxiety disorders for over 15 years and have seen a combination of many elements that exacerbate anxiety disorders. It is vital to look at all the above areas in order to really manage your child’s anxiety or your anxiety as best as possible. Not looking at sleep for example and treating the disorder without a change in sleep will most likely not be very successful since sleep is an important element in mood disorders.

Brain experts believe a diet that is heavy in inflammation food consumption and low in healthy fats affects the risk of obtaining anxiety or anxiety disorders. Anxiety is extremely high in those with high sensitivity to gluten.

Medication is used to treat ADHD , however, research shows that it also leads to anxiety disorders, as well as other symptoms including but not limited to addiction.

There are many tools an anxiety client can learn in order to manage an anxiety disorder be it panic attacks, phobias, generalized anxiety, PTSD, etc.

Some of the research based tools in counseling psychology to manage anxiety are: EMDR, DBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Progressive Relaxation, VMBR, Exposure therapy, and mindfulness.

Child anxiety is stressful and painful for families. Activities that once were enjoyable are avoided and parents hear complaints of stomach problems, and various aches and pains, headaches and more. Learning ways to cope with anxiety is important. It is a fine balancing act however avoiding school and avoiding sleeping alone and avoiding new things is not creating a balance for your child or teenager. Forcing a child may be overwhelming and can be a failed approach as well. It is important that parents understand that anxiety can be debilitating and your child may no be manipulating and may not be lazy.

Many children that have behavioral issues like oppositional defiance or conduct disorders also have underlying anxiety that they do not know how to handle or identify. Learning skills to manage anxiety is vital to you child’s success socially as well as academically and behaviorally and emotionally. Most children can not articulate what is going on inside their bodies and minds. They must learn skills and tools to address their anxiety.

Some children can manifest itself in different ways. One way might be to avoid situations that are uncomfortable. Another way might be to escape the situation and this can be seen or perceived as oppositional or defiant when it is really fear based. Behavioral dysregulation is common with children and teens that have anxiety disorders: panic attacks, phobia, social anxiety, PTSD, Post traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorders , obsessive compulsive disorder and other anxiety disorders.

Children that display temper tantrums, behavioral problems at school, throw things at school, throw themselves down and cry and have full blown outburst may have a profound anxiety disorder however this needs to be assessed by a professional. Anxiety disorders need to be assessed and treated by a professional in mental health care.

Academic pressure and demands in the classroom can trigger anxiety and this will look like disruptive behaviors. The child may feel overwhelmed and anxious and not be able to cope with the teachers request or the assignment. The child might be intelligent however he or she may have a learning challenge or trouble with the task and feel overwhelmed hence unable to do the task and act out behaviorally.

Most teachers are not trained in identifying anxiety disorders and a child or teenager typically will end up in suspension or in the Principals office being punished. This does not address the underlying issue that may be an anxiety disorder.

A child that is diagnosed with ADHD may have an anxiety disorder instead that looks like: impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattention however this needs to be evaluated by a professional. A lot of times individuals jump to ADHD diagnosis when really the child or teen is suffering with an anxiety disorder. An anxiety disorder may be primary and for example ADHD is secondary or it may be the other way around. There are a number of other diagnosis as well that may be co-occuring with a child or teens anxiety.

Many adolescent teens are feeling worthless, unhappy, inability to focus or concentrate.

Teens are reporting more problems sleeping and are not receiving adequate sleep.

Children and teens are slow to talk about their distress to parents and parents tend to be slow to respond once finding out their child or teen is suffering.

Parents are not to blame for a child’s mental health issues. Children can have excellent parenting and still suffer from mental health issues.

In colleges and universities throughout the United States the following research was done and this was the mental health results :

The American College Health Association surveyed 100,000 college students at 53 US campuses and found that 84 per cent of US students feel unable to cope, 79 per cent are exhausted, 60 per cent feel very sad and more than half are experiencing overwhelming anxiety.

Obviously teens and college students need to learn coping and stress management tools to address : school, peers, family, work, grades, social situations and much more.

Many teenagers and adolescents as well as college students fear failure and are fearful of their future and need a direction and support to reach their goals. Children as young as 10 are worried about finding a job in many homes and are stressed and anxious.

Cyberbullying and social media can be a stressor and many teens are concerned about their body image with such a huge emphasis on waif models being the norm when most adults know this is not reality. Technology does not create the bully or the poor body image it may magnify the problem. Removing all media may not solve the issue because it is the negative distorted and unhealthy thoughts inside your child or adolescents head that is feeding the negative behaviors and mood. Media can affect our moods however it is up to parents and children and teens to set limits on use and be able to turn it off and find a balance in other activities above and beyond social media and or video games and technology.

 

I have worked with children , teens and families over fifteen years at  Lifeworksaz.com  and many times it is more than just one issues that a child is suffering with it could be: social, self esteem, bullying, relationship with family, and grades. All of these need to addressed so your child can find balance, happiness, and success in their life.

Child Counseling Anxiety Phoenix, Scottsdale, Cave Creek Arizona

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

There are many elements that can contribute to your child’s anxiety. Environmental elements can be huge as well as genetic components.

Looking at all aspects of your child’s life from diet to sleep are vital because they can impact: mood, behaviors, anxiety and more.

Many children I have worked with stuff or numb their emotions with electronics and the internet. This viscious cyle is harmful for your child and teen. Healthy emotions are dealing with feelings daily and not stuffing them or repressing them or denying them etc.

Some children are being bullied and some children have a negative message of fear being played in their minds that need to be addressed. The good news is that anxiety can be managed. Learning tools to do so are empowering for children and teens as well as adults. Below are articles on mood and anxiety as well as a few coping skills and research on mood and anxiety.

 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has helped children and adults with issues and disorders such as: insomnia, anxiety, depression, as well as hallucinations.

 

Sleep is one of the biggest contributors to mental health problems.

 

Cognitive behavioral therapy helped clients sleep improve as well as huge improvements in mental health: anxiety, depression, mood disorders etc.

 

Insomnia doubles a child and adults chance of depression so sleep is vital for health!!

 

Sleep reboots the brains circuitry for memory and learning according to research studies.

 

Insomnia can create social issues such as: less enjoyable relationships with partners, decreased ability to enjoy freinds and family. Decreased enjoyment with ones career or job. Insomnia can trigger physical issues: gastrointestinal, hypertension, heart disease,and diabetes. Insomnia feeds into the potential for depression. Sleep is very important and many do not understand how vital it is to our health.

 

Counseling and therapy can provide many techniques to help induce sleep: hypnotherapy, progressive relaxation techniques, visualization, anxiety reduction exercises, diaphramatic breathing, cognitive behavioral techniques, DBT, and more.

 

 

More articles on sleep and mood below:

 

 

Teens are stressed and are not getting enough sleep. This is impacting: depression, anxiety, anger, irritability and school performance. Electronics: TV, SmartPhones, Social media, Texting, You tube, instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, video games, is having a huge impact on youth in a very negative way: emotionally and behaviorally in Phoenix and Scottsdale Arizona and throughout the United States and World wide. If sleep and diet are not addressed change will not happen.

Teens are up late on: video games, net flix, TV, You tube, texting, social media, snap chat, instagram and they are receiving limited sleep. This lack of sleep is creating: depressed mood, anxiety, irritability, and is harming academics.Behavioral and mental health and family stress!

While a stressful event can lead to a bad night of sleep, it’s what you do in response to stress that can be the difference between a few bad nights and chronic insomnia..

Research studies state that positive reframing, acceptance and humor are the most effective coping strategies for people dealing with failures.

Positive reframing was helpful for students high in perfectionistic concerns is particularly important because it suggests that even people high in perfectionistic concerns, who have a tendency to be dissatisfied no matter what they achieve, are able to experience high levels of satisfaction if they use positive reframing coping when dealing with perceived failures.

Reframing is a resiliency skill that helps people to overcome adversity and reach life goals.  Remember the old metaphor “Is the glass is half-full or half-empty?”  This is a perfect example of how the same event can be looked at in a positive or negative light. Positive reframing means trying to reconsider things in a positive light, and it is a powerful way to transform your thinking. Positive reframing does not change the situation, but it can certainly reduce damage and put things into a healthier perspective.

When you are experiencing positive emotions like joy, contentment, and love, you will see more possibilities in your life. These findings were among the first that suggested positive emotions broaden your sense of possibility and open your mind up to more options.

Finding ways to build happiness and positive emotions into your life — whether it is through meditation, writing, playing a pickup basketball game, or anything else — provides more than just a momentary decrease in stress and a few smiles.

Periods of positive emotion and unhindered exploration are when you see the possibilities for how your past experiences fit into your future life, when you begin to develop skills that blossom into useful talents later on, and when you spark the urge for further exploration and adventure.

To put it simply: Seek joy, play often, and pursue adventure. Your brain will do the rest.

Exercise daily is very important for teenagers and adults in order to help with sleep. Eating healthy is also very important. Children should have little sugar and caffeine this will disrupt healthy sleep. Children and teenagers should not be playing video games after 6 pm and they should not be watching TV or playing electronics three hours  before bed time. The child or teens brain thinks it is day time due to the screen lights and it manipulates the brain got stay yup late.

Research shows that youth that do not get 9-11 hours sleep per night will have behavioral issues including: anger, depression, anxiety, and more with limited sleep each night.

Below are four research based articles on how sleep impacts: mood, anxiety, depression, as well as behavior and academic performance. In a recent study poor sleep was linked to: ADHD, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, autism, epilepsy and more.

It is important to address sleep issues early on to change tis behavior for children and teens.

When I see children that are having: anxiety, depression, and social skill and academic issues many times sleep is an issue in that the children are not getting enough sleep. Poor sleep is linked to many behavioral problems as well.

While a stressful event can lead to a bad night of sleep, it’s what you do in response to stress that can be the difference between a few bad nights and chronic insomnia..

Research studies state that positive reframing, acceptance and humor are the most effective coping strategies for people dealing with failures.

Positive reframing was helpful for students high in perfectionistic concerns is particularly important because it suggests that even people high in perfectionistic concerns, who have a tendency to be dissatisfied no matter what they achieve, are able to experience high levels of satisfaction if they use positive reframing coping when dealing with perceived failures.

Reframing is a resiliency skill that helps people to overcome adversity and reach life goals.  Remember the old metaphor “Is the glass is half-full or half-empty?”  This is a perfect example of how the same event can be looked at in a positive or negative light. Positive reframing means trying to reconsider things in a positive light, and it is a powerful way to transform your thinking. Positive reframing does not change the situation, but it can certainly reduce damage and put things into a healthier perspective.

When you are experiencing positive emotions like joy, contentment, and love, you will see more possibilities in your life. These findings were among the first that suggested positive emotions broaden your sense of possibility and open your mind up to more options.

Finding ways to build happiness and positive emotions into your life — whether it is through meditation, writing, playing a pickup basketball game, or anything else — provides more than just a momentary decrease in stress and a few smiles.

Periods of positive emotion and unhindered exploration are when you see the possibilities for how your past experiences fit into your future life, when you begin to develop skills that blossom into useful talents later on, and when you spark the urge for further exploration and adventure.

To put it simply: Seek joy, play often, and pursue adventure. Your brain will do the rest.

Exercise daily is very important for teenagers and adults in order to help with sleep. Eating healthy is also very important. Children should have little sugar and caffeine this will disrupt healthy sleep. Children and teenagers should not be playing video games after 6 pm and they should not be watching TV or playing electronics three hours  before bed time. The child or teens brain thinks it is day time due to the screen lights and it manipulates the brain got stay yup late.

Research shows that youth that do not get 9-11 hours sleep per night will have behavioral issues including: anger, depression, anxiety, and more with limited sleep each night.

A study published in the Jan 1 issue of Sleep found that children with sleep disturbances are more severely depressed, have more depressive symptoms and have more anxiety diorders, compared with children without sleep disturbances.”

There are a wide array of reasons why people have difficulty sleeping.

Eliminating caffeine, alcohol, and marijuana, as well as other drugs must be looked at .

Watching TV, playing video games, using cell phones close to bed time can impact sleep. Lack of exercise impacts sleep.

In a recent medical report a physician reported that sedative hypnotics are over prescribed . Over 60 million prescriptions were filled in the US last year.

Lunesta and Ambien have side effects and some have been: driving in their sleep, sleep walking, cooking in their sleep, confusion etc.

Experts state these medications are for short term use.

There are a lot of elements involved in the body and mind and if this is addressed sleep will follow.

Sixty six percent of children up to middle school are not getting sufficient sleep according to sleep experts.

Children are falling asleep in school and schools are pushing back start times however this may not be the solution.

Research has shown children that are deprived of sleep are prone to unhealthy and behaviors that are not productive: acting out behaviors, depression, anxiety, mood swings, inability to focus ( ADD, ADHD) symptoms, weight gain,

The child’s sleep deprived body releases adrenaline and cortisol that not only make them hyper and unable to focus and impact brain development.

Electronics in the bedroom is one of the biggest obstacles to sleep: texting, tv, Internet, face-book, social media etc.

Diet and exercise are vital for sound sleep.

Setting limits and boundaries is possible. Parents can learn to set boundaries that will help your child: behaviorally , emotionally, socially, mentally, and physically.

The Academy of Pediatrics suggest that children be limited to less than

two hours per day of TV and media. Research shows that media can diminish a child’s vocabulary, math skills, and social skills. There is a great deal of research that correlates : sleep problems, aggression,

anger, behavioral problems, ADHD, lack of attention at school, obesity and more to children that are watching on average 32 hours of TV andmedia per week. In most homes the TV is on for half the day if not more.

Children are not interacting with peers and family members. Children are not eating dinner with families and communicating. The TV or technologyis the focus and healthy social and communication skills are eroding exponentially. Children and teens are not exercising which is essential for physical health as well as mental health. Children are not reading books, playing instruments, playing with peers, joining groups and organizations and are isolating in their rooms or homes watching media.

Obesity is an epidemic in the USA and this is no exception for children. One out of three high school students are not involved in any exercise. Many children and teens spend most of their time playing video games, watching tv, or on the computer. Limiting media time is one huge piece in decreasing weight and obesity problems. Of course exercise and healthy eating habits are important as well. The first step is limiting media consumption. Thousands of studies have been done on child aggression/ anger and TV since the early 1950’s .TV watching frequency increase childhood aggression. TV desensitizes children toward violence, anger, aggression, verbal abuse and more.

Children will be exposed to over 200,000 violent acts and over 15,000 murders before they reach age 18. Do you really want your children exposed to this much violence?.

Tv research shows that exposure to alcohol and smoking increase the likelihood your child will gravitate toward these products. This is why advertisers spend Billions of dollars each year to increase sales and exposure of their products.

Children and parents can learn healthy skills and tips in counseling

In a recent study poor sleep was linked to: ADHD, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, autism, epilepsy and more.

It is important to address sleep issues early on to change tis behavior for children and teens.

When I see children that are having: anxiety, depression, and social skill and academic issues many times sleep is an issue in that the children are not getting enough sleep. Poor sleep is linked to many behavioral problems as well.

While a stressful event can lead to a bad night of sleep, it’s what you do in response to stress that can be the difference between a few bad nights and chronic insomnia..

Research studies state that positive reframing, acceptance and humor are the most effective coping strategies for people dealing with failures.

Positive reframing was helpful for students high in perfectionistic concerns is particularly important because it suggests that even people high in perfectionistic concerns, who have a tendency to be dissatisfied no matter what they achieve, are able to experience high levels of satisfaction if they use positive reframing coping when dealing with perceived failures.

Reframing is a resiliency skill that helps people to overcome adversity and reach life goals.  Remember the old metaphor “Is the glass is half-full or half-empty?”  This is a perfect example of how the same event can be looked at in a positive or negative light. Positive reframing means trying to reconsider things in a positive light, and it is a powerful way to transform your thinking. Positive reframing does not change the situation, but it can certainly reduce damage and put things into a healthier perspective.

When you are experiencing positive emotions like joy, contentment, and love, you will see more possibilities in your life. These findings were among the first that suggested positive emotions broaden your sense of possibility and open your mind up to more options.

Finding ways to build happiness and positive emotions into your life — whether it is through meditation, writing, playing a pickup basketball game, or anything else — provides more than just a momentary decrease in stress and a few smiles.

Periods of positive emotion and unhindered exploration are when you see the possibilities for how your past experiences fit into your future life, when you begin to develop skills that blossom into useful talents later on, and when you spark the urge for further exploration and adventure.

To put it simply: Seek joy, play often, and pursue adventure. Your brain will do the rest.

Exercise daily is very important for teenagers and adults in order to help with sleep. Eating healthy is also very important. Children should have little sugar and caffeine this will disrupt healthy sleep. Children and teenagers should not be playing video games after 6 pm and they should not be watching TV or playing electronics three hours  before bed time. The child or teens brain thinks it is day time due to the screen lights and it manipulates the brain got stay yup late.

Research shows that youth that do not get 9-11 hours sleep per night will have behavioral issues including: anger, depression, anxiety, and more with limited sleep each night.

A study published in the Jan 1 issue of Sleep found that children with sleep disturbances are more severely depressed, have more depressive symptoms and have more anxiety diorders, compared with children without sleep disturbances.”

There are a wide array of reasons why people have difficulty sleeping

Eliminating caffeine, alcohol, and marijuana, as well as other drugs must be looked at .

Watching TV, playing video games, using cell phones close to bed time can impact sleep. Lack of exercise impacts sleep.

In a recent medical report a physician reported that sedative hypnotics are over prescribed . Over 60 million prescriptions were filled in the US last year.

Lunesta and Ambien have side effects and some have been: driving in their sleep, sleep walking, cooking in their sleep, confusion etc.

Experts state these medications are for short term use.

There are a lot of elements involved in the body and mind and if this is addressed sleep will

follow.

Sixty six percent of children up to middle school are not getting sufficient sleep according to sleep experts.

Children are falling asleep in school and schools are pushing back start times however this may not be the solution.

Research has shown children that are deprived of sleep are prone to unhealthy and behaviors that are not productive: acting out behaviors, depression, anxiety, mood swings, inability to focus ( ADD, ADHD) symptoms, weight gain,

The child’s sleep deprived body releases adrenaline and cortisol that not only make them hyper and unable to focus and impact brain development.

Electronics in the bedroom is one of the biggest obstacles to sleep: texting, tv, Internet, face-book, social media etc.

Diet and exercise are vital for sound sleep.

Setting limits and boundaries is possible. Parents can learn to set boundaries that will help your child: behaviorally , emotionally, socially, mentally, and physically.

 

 

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