Archive for the 'Mental health' Category

Counseling College Students Stress? Anxiety?

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Many students will be transitioning to college for the first time.
Change can be very positive ,however, it can induce stress and anxiety.
Many students will be living away from home for the first time. There
support system is changing in that they will be in a new environment and
some parents will be living out of state. Many Arizona State students
will be living in the dorms. This can be exciting however it is a
transition. Developing rapport with new roommates as well as well
getting used to their schedules and their habits. Creating boundaries
and healthy habits is not only key to emotional balance but is vital for
academic success.

Students will not have parents hovering over them to study and prepare
for tests and without a plan in place studies can become overwhelming
especially if to much time has elapsed without a plan each day set in
stone. Social distractions are available all the time. One can find
someone to hang out with and avoid studies within seconds. Finding a
balance between studies and fun is key to happiness and success at
college.

One of the best activities for stress and anxiety reduction is physical
exercise. It can be bike riding, dance, basketball, weight lifting,
running, tennis, etc. The important piece is that it needs to be
vigorous enough to get your body moving and induce perspiration. This
will elevate endorphins in your brain and also flush out hormones that
build up due to stress. The best thing you can do is go to the gym and
get into a routine for stress and anxiety.

There are many other counseling techniques that can help you manage
stress and anxiety so you fill balanced with : school,work,
relationships, and social activities. Lifeworks Arizona counseling and
therapy works with students to help them feel empowered and to manage
anxiety and stress and create success in life.

ADHD Child and adolescent symptoms

Monday, July 15th, 2013

ADD or ADHD or the combined type is a popular diagnosis made in the
mental health field for children and teens at school and at home.

The most common features of ADD or ADHD include; Impulsiveness:
blurting out answers, difficulty waiting or taking ones turn,
interrupting conversations.

Another common feature of ADD or ADHD is; Hyperactivity; fidgeting,
squirms, runs and climbs excessively, talks excessively.

ADD and ADHD in teens may have another feature called inattention:
careless mistakes, details are missed at home and at school, does not
follow through with chores, or duties. A child or teen may have
challenges with organization at home and at school.

A child or teen may avoid homework or school work that requires a
mental effort. The adolescent may lose personal items
frequently.Adolescents and children may be easily distracted and
forgetful.

Family counseling and family therapy combined with child or teen
counseling can address the above issues. Behavior modification
counseling, anger management counseling, self esteem counseling,
social skills counseling can help a child or teen with add or adhd.

ADHD or ADD is characterized by a majority of the following symptoms
being present in either category (inattention or hyperactivity). These
symptoms need to manifest themselves in a manner and degree which is
inconsistent with the child’s current developmental level. That is,
the child’s behavior is significantly more inattentive or hyperactive
than that of his or her peers of a similar age.

Symptoms of Inattention:

Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless
mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities
Often has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities
Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly
Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish
schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (not due to oppositional
behavior or failure to understand instructions)
Often has difficulty organizing tasks and activities
Often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require
sustained mental effort (such as schoolwork or homework)
Often loses things necessary for tasks or activities (e.g., toys, school
assignments, pencils, books, or tools)
Is often easily distracted by extraneous stimuli
Is often forgetful in daily activities
Symptoms of Hyperactivity:

Often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat
Often leaves seat in classroom or in other situations in which remaining
seated is expected
Often runs about or climbs excessively in situations in which it is
inappropriate (in adolescents or adults, may be limited to subjective
feelings of restlessness)
Often has difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly
Is often “on the go” or often acts as if “driven by a motor”
Often talks excessively
Symptoms of Impulsivity:

Often blurts out answers before questions have been completed
Often has difficulty awaiting turn
Often interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butts into conversations
or games)
Symptoms must have persisted for at least 6 months. Some of these
symptoms need to have been present as a child, at 7 years old or
younger. The symptoms also must exist in at least two separate settings
(for example, at school and at home). The symptoms should be creating
significant impairment in social, academic or occupational functioning
or relationships.

I work with children and teens as well as families to help children
learn new healthy behaviors and ways to cope with ADD and ADHD symptoms
. Behavior modification , parenting tips , CBT therapy , coping skills ,
problem solving , coaching as well as many other strategies to create
success are used at Lifeworks Az for your child. Lifeworksaz therapy and
counseling has expertise working with children , teens, and families for
over 15 years .

Child teen mental health serving youth and families

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

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 .

Counseling and Therapist for College Students Teens: Anxiety, Stress,

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

College students, teens, and young adults are searching for a direction
as well as their independence. It can be an extremely stressful time.
Learning to be independent and doing things on their own is challenging:
new jobs, new environments, new classes, stress from job, stress with
developing new friends socially in a new environment can be overwhelming
for anyone. Learning how to balance one’s time, budget, social, work,
and school can create depression and anxious symptoms. Stress management
skills, mood management skills, ADHD skills, Behavior change,
organization, social skills and more will help create success and
balance for youth going through life’s transitions.

Many High school students are graduating this month and will be on their
way to college. Teens moving away from home are all going through huge
transitions. A new living space, new friends, new challenges with
academics, freedom away from parents and previously set rules and
boundaries. It can be extremely exciting to be moving away however with
it comes great responsibility. Moving away from a comfortable
environment and support structure can be overwhelming. Learning how to
manage study with freedom in a new University is a big challenge.
Managing time to study, work, and play can be extremely stressful and
create a great deal of anxiety. Signing paperwork for loans and
understanding that they may have to pay back up to 250,000 dollars
depending on the school they attend can be daunting. Adjusting to a new
dorm or apartment and a new roommate can create tremendous anxiety.
College can be stressful. You can easily get anxious trying to juggle
school, work, friends, and family while trying to figure out the rest of
your life. Most of us bounce back. But frequent, intense, and
uncontrollable anxiety that interferes with your daily routines may be a
sign of an anxiety disorder.
Students struggle trying to find a balance between work, school
academics, social activities, new roommates and peers, fraternities,
sororities, work, new professors and new exams that are different than
their high school comfort zone. Feelings of low self esteem and
inadequacy are common for college students.
Depression, anxiety, grief and loss are common when transitioning to
college. Students feel like they are losing their close friends and
family. They at times feel like they are a “fish out of water” having to
meet new roommates and friends. It is a huge adjustment for most college
students being in a new environment.
About 20 percent of students who
start at one four-year college graduate from another four-year college.
Many more start at two-year colleges, then move to four-year schools.
Students should keep in mind that nothing is set in stone and they can
change majors or change schools and their is nothing to be ashamed about
and they have free will.
Recent research shows that students accepted by selective colleges but
who decided to attend non-selective ones were making just as much money
20 years later as those who attended the selective bigger name or
“prestigious schools”. Those prestigious colleges were good at
recruiting students who had the character traits, such as persistence,
humor and charm, that produced success in life. But students with those
qualities who went to colleges rarely mentioned in the rankings did just
as well. It is your character that makes the difference. Work hard, and
all will be well, treat others with respect, be honest, have integrity,
be ethical, be a team player and you will excel.
Anxiety disorders are the most frequently diagnosed mental illness in
children and teens.Anxiety disorders refer to a spectrum of illnesses
characterized by anxiety, worry and fear, which include
obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post-traumatic
stress disorder (PTSD) as well as specific phobias.
Fifty million adult Americans are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder,
making this the most common mental health diagnosis. Anxiety disorders
are also the most common mental disorders to occur during childhood and
adolescence. Many people suffer from: generalized anxiety disorders,
social anxiety disorders,obsessive compulsive disorders, PTSD disorders,
Panic Disorders, and other fear related disorders. Many college students
turn to alcohol and drugs( drinking, weed, marijuana, prescription pills
from peers) and more to cope with their anxiety and depression due to
college stressors.
The novelty of heading off to college can present special difficulties,
experts say. It’s also a time of life when mental health problems tend
to emerge. A huge issue for many people starting out in college is
separation from family. They’re free at last however with freedom comes
responsibility, accountability, managing school, managing sleep,
managing work and play, financial management, study management, and
more.
Lifeworks Arizona Counseling and therapy for anxiety and depression
will teach your child skills to cope with anxiety and depression so they
can stay as balanced as possible at college and make healthy choices
while away from family and parents. Lifeworks Arizona specializes in
working with teens that are having challenges like anxiety, depression,
and more providing a supportive and strength based philosophy combined
with compassion and empathy to help your child learn new skills to
adjust to college and create a foundation for success. Lifeworks AZ
works with: counseling and therapy for: social skills, Behavior
challenges, Goal Setting, Lack of motivation, Life goals, healthy
choices, overcoming challenges, adhd counseling, family counseling and
more in Phoenix, anthem, Ahwatukee, Scottsdale Arizona.

Child and teens weight and health issues?

Monday, June 10th, 2013

The rise in the number of people with weight issues and obesity has ignited and epidemic with type 2 diabetes.

Sugary drinks are connected with obesity and with an increased risk of developing diabetes . There are many other things that are connected with weight gain and obesity .

Some areas that impact obesity and weight gain are unresolved : trauma , stress, unhealthy habits , poor sleep, limited exercise , addictive behaviors , sitting around all day playing video games , sitting watching tv for long periods of time , sitting for long periods of time on the Internet ( I pad) ( smart phone ) etc.

The average child between the ages of 8 years old and 18 spend more than 8 hours a day on electronics . This is like a full time job being it is approx 40 hours a week on technology . Typically this means each child or teenager is not exercising or doing much physically which is vital for physical , mental , and emotional health .

Heavy media consumption in children and teens was associated with ; health issues , weight gain , diabetes , behavior problems , low grades and much more .

There is a relationship between heavy media use and children feeling : sad or bored, getting in trouble , not getting along with parents .

Children connected to media in heavy doses are losing out on social interactions and interpersonal skills . Children are not signing up for after school activities : sports , clubs , church groups , dance , exercise , and other extracurricular activities .

Girls and boys that are spending heavy amounts of time on media and electronics describe themselves as less happy and less comfortable in social situations .

Research suggests that youth need to experience the whole range of communication skills which includes face to face interactions to build self esteem and feel good about their social skills .

Parents can make a difference setting rules and limits with all electronic devices.

Child teen mental health disorders

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

The DSM is the mental health bible for diagnosing a mental health disorder . It is interesting to note that the diagnosis of long ago had two options and today there are over 155 mental health diagnosis .

The recent update to the DSM ( Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders ) is now on the fifth edition and has been highly criticized by many well known psychiatrists .

The DSM is written by mainly psychiatrists and over 70 percent of those are paid or affiliated with the big and powerful pharmaceutical companies . This has been one of many criticisms . The thought is that simple daily problems become a diagnosis and therefore needs a medication to treat the diagnosis .

The DSM relies on physical or behavioral symptoms such as mood changes , inability to sleep , to categorize and to to diagnose psychological disorders like : anxiety , depression , bipolar disorder , Aspergers , oppositional defiant disorder , PTSD , conduct disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders , social anxiety , and more .

Critics would also like the use of genetic markers and biological factors as well as using brain scans .

The current DSM task force states that genetics and biological markers are in the begging stages of its research .

Counseling and therapy show changes in brain scans and have showed evidence based research that shows the ability to manage and regulate moods, anxiety, depression, PTSD , teach coping skills , new life skills , and create desired change in many clients .

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy , DBT, EMDR, and others have shown great success in providing evidence based counseling and therapy to children , teens and adults . The brain is plastic and can be molded for change with counseling and therapy in many cases.

To set up a counseling appointment email David@lifeworksaz.com.

Child Teen Behavior problems Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, Arizona

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

An estimated twenty percent of children and teenagers in Arizona as well as in the USA have some type of mental health challenge : ADHD , ADD , Depression, Anxiety, Oppositional Defiance, Conduct Disorder , Substance Abuse , and more .

Research shows that many factors can contribute to emotional and behavioral problems : trauma , stress , genetics , abuse , poor parenting , and more .

Children can succeed and lead productive lives through support and education and love and a professional that has expertise working with children and teens and families .

Almost 80 percent of children and teens that have mental health challenges do not receive support .

Behavioral health issues will surpass all physical diseases in the next 8 years according to researchers .

Children and teens with mental health issues struggle with employment .

Over ten percent of young children and teens have an anxiety disorder : social anxiety , generalized anxiety disorder , panic attacks , PTSD , social anxiety. Phobias .

Counseling , coaching , and therapy can create positive changes for your child using an expert.

www.lifeworksaz.com has expertise in counseling Children and Teens and Families with : Anxiety, Depression, Behavioral, Self esteem, Social skills, Family issues, relationships, and more.

Teen Child counseling therapy mental health on rise

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Approximately ten percent of youth would admit to having a mentally unhealthy month over all according to the latest research study .

Many adolescent teens feel : sad , angry, stressed out , unloved , disconnected , have suicidal or homicidal thoughts .

In 2010 suicide was the second leading cause of death among youth 12-17 in the United States of America . Between thirteen and twenty percent of children ages three to seventeen experience a mental health disorder .

ADHD ( Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder ) affects 7 percent of youth between the ages of three and seventeen at any given moment .

Oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder is very common among children and teenagers .

Depression and anxiety disorders are also very common among children and teenagers in the USA.

Some researchers believe that the rise in childhood mental health issues are due to: environmental issues , social environments , school and family dynamics , technologies used , video games , Internet , tv , texting , as well as diet and lack of exercise .

Smoking has been linked to ADHD as well as environmental issues like car pollution .

Children and teens can learn to manage these mental health issues through a professional trained in these areas . Counseling and coaching are great ways to learn to manage mood and behaviors .

Students in college ;Anxiety and Depression ; coaching, therapy.

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Many High school students are graduating this month and will be on their
way to college. Teens moving away from home are all going through huge
transitions. A new living space, new friends, new challenges with
academics, freedom away from parents and previously set rules and
boundaries. It can be extremely exciting to be moving away however with
it comes great responsibility. Moving away from a comfortable
environment and support structure can be overwhelming. Learning how to
manage study with freedom in a new University is a big challenge.
Managing time to study, work, and play can be extremely stressful and
create a great deal of anxiety. Signing paperwork for loans and
understanding that they may have to pay back up to 250,000 dollars
depending on the school they attend can be daunting. Adjusting to a new
dorm or apartment and a new roommate can create tremendous anxiety.
College can be stressful. You can easily get anxious trying to juggle
school, work, friends, and family while trying to figure out the rest of
your life. Most of us bounce back. But frequent, intense, and
uncontrollable anxiety that interferes with your daily routines may be a
sign of an anxiety disorder.
Students struggle trying to find a balance between work, school
academics, social activities, new roommates and peers, fraternities,
sororities, work, new professors and new exams that are different than
their high school comfort zone. Feelings of low self esteem and
inadequacy are common for college students.
Depression, anxiety, grief and loss are common when transitioning to
college. Students feel like they are losing their close friends and
family. They at times feel like they are a “fish out of water” having to
meet new roommates and friends. It is a huge adjustment for most college
students being in a new environment.
About 20 percent of students who
start at one four-year college graduate from another four-year college.
Many more start at two-year colleges, then move to four-year schools.
Students should keep in mind that nothing is set in stone and they can
change majors or change schools and their is nothing to be ashamed about
and they have free will.
Recent research shows that students accepted by selective colleges but
who decided to attend non-selective ones were making just as much money
20 years later as those who attended the selective bigger name or
“prestigious schools”. Those prestigious colleges were good at
recruiting students who had the character traits, such as persistence,
humor and charm, that produced success in life. But students with those
qualities who went to colleges rarely mentioned in the rankings did just
as well. It is your character that makes the difference. Work hard, and
all will be well, treat others with respect, be honest, have integrity,
be ethical, be a team player and you will excel.
Anxiety disorders are the most frequently diagnosed mental illness in
children and teens.Anxiety disorders refer to a spectrum of illnesses
characterized by anxiety, worry and fear, which include
obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post-traumatic
stress disorder (PTSD) as well as specific phobias.
Fifty million adult Americans are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder,
making this the most common mental health diagnosis. Anxiety disorders
are also the most common mental disorders to occur during childhood and
adolescence. Many people suffer from: generalized anxiety disorders,
social anxiety disorders,obsessive compulsive disorders, PTSD disorders,
Panic Disorders, and other fear related disorders. Many college students
turn to alcohol and drugs( drinking, weed, marijuana, prescription pills
from peers) and more to cope with their anxiety and depression due to
college stressors.
The novelty of heading off to college can present special difficulties,
experts say. It’s also a time of life when mental health problems tend
to emerge. A huge issue for many people starting out in college is
separation from family. They’re free at last however with freedom comes
responsibility, accountability, managing school, managing sleep,
managing work and play, financial management, study management, and
more.
Lifeworks Arizona Counseling and therapy for anxiety and depression
will teach your child skills to cope with anxiety and depression so they
can stay as balanced as possible at college and make healthy choices
while away from family and parents. Lifeworks Arizona specializes in
working with teens that are having challenges like anxiety, depression,
and more providing a supportive and strength based philosophy combined
with compassion and empathy to help your child learn new skills to
adjust to college and create a foundation for success.

Counseling mental health Parenting

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Over 12 million people in the United States of America suffer from mental health disorders : anxiety , depression, Bipolar, borderline , ADHD, and more.

Parents have their hands tied in many cases once their child has turned 18. In many states a person must display a danger to others or a danger to self in order to get appropriate treatment .

Many parents want their children to get mental health treatment however find it almost impossible to persuade or force a child or teen into treatment . Many children and teens display unhealthy behaviors that are not considered life threatening however this does not mean they do not need intensive treatments or counseling .

The support system to treat children is very limited and the resources to treat are limited as well. The system places youth and adults in jail and mental health treatment for addiction and counseling is limited by the system .

Parents have pleaded with their children that have mental health issues however young men and woman do not seek treatment and our society has paid for it by innocent children and adults being slaughtered .

Three quarters of mental health issues are diagnosed before the age of 25.

Research shows that having family involvement decreases hospitalization and also increases adherence to counseling and treatment .

The parents of Jared Loughner who shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford and 19 others in Tucson , Arizpna were aware their son had severe problems . The college that their son attended warned them that their son was potentially a danger to himself or others however they were not able to convince him to receive mental health support . The school was not able to force Mr Holmes to receive treatment as well.

Obtaining support and interventions that include family is vital as well as obtaining counseling and support early on before behaviors take a turn for the worst .

Articles are not to be taken as a substitute for professional advice or counseling.