Posts tagged Irvine Psychologist
Is ADHD Causing Your Teen's Emotional Outbursts?

Life as a teenager can be pretty demanding. Keeping up grades, watching out for acne, managing a growing social reputation, and preparing for the grand adult transition can certainly take an emotional toll. Often teens with ADHD work extra hard to maintain focus and use appropriate behavior at school and work, which can lead to emotional “unloading” and attention dysregulation when they are home. While therapy may be the best option for a teen with ADHD, parents and family members can help by modifying the environment at home in a way that supports emotion regulation in teens with ADHD. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

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How To Help Teens with ADHD Be More Productive

When school is out, or the weekend is here, teens (particularly those with ADHD) tend to collapse into a puddle of poor productivity. Homework and chores fall low on their list of priorities – much lower than the beloved phone, social media, and video games. As grades diminish and the to-do list piles up over time, parents tend to lose hope and patience with their teens. We know how many symptoms of ADHD make this problem worse for teens, acting as productivity killers for even the most motivated and dedicated teenagers.  Let’s dive in to what the Top 5 Productivity Killers look like and what you as a teen or parent can do about them.   

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Tips For Calming Teen Anxiety

Between getting good grades, building a social life, navigating technology and social media, and coping with the rapid changes that come with puberty, teens have a lot to deal with! Sometimes, the pressure becomes too much – and that’s when the anxiety takes over. Here at the OC Psychology Center, we know that when teens get overwhelmed with anxiety and worry, the entire family can be affected. 

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Do You Know the 5 Most Common Signs of Depression?

Depression is one of the most common health issues in the United States, and many people mistake it for something else: “I feel so tired and lethargic, I must need more sleep.” “I’ve lost my motivation, maybe I just need more coffee.” “My appetite has gone up/down, there must be something wrong with my stomach.” “My body aches all the time, I must be coming down with something.” All of these things could easily be caused by depression - which means things can get better with the right support! 

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How Can I Help My Child Manage Anxiety?

Childhood anxiety is one of the most common reasons parents bring their children into our office here at the OC Psychology Center.  Although accurate assessment and psychotherapeutic treatment are the most effective way to address pediatric anxiety symptoms, there are a number of things parents and siblings can do at home to help manage anxiety symptoms.

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This is Your Brain on Anxiety

When you feel stressed and overwhelmed in life, your brain works overtime to try to keep up.  Even everyday stressors such as paying bills, performing well at work, and keeping your family happy and healthy can certainly put you under a great deal of pressure.  Although psychotherapy is the most effective method for overcoming anxiety, there are ways that you can cope on your own! Since anxiety can be traced back to stress, fear, and worry, let’s break it down so that you can choose coping strategies based on your area of greatest need.

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5 Ways for Parents to Help Kids with ADHD Get More Done

As a parent, you may feel lost, overwhelmed, and unsure how to best help your child succeed academically.  Your child may have a difficult time completing (or bringing home) their homework.  They may struggle with staying on-task, frequently moving on to other activities before finishing their chores. Although we always recommend getting professional assessment and treatment for children with ADHD symptoms, there are also ways that parents can help. 

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