ADD, or Attention Deficit Disorder, is a condition with symptoms such as inattentiveness, impulsivity, and a lack of focus. These symptoms can look very different from person to person. ADD can affect both children and adults, but the symptoms primarily start to show in childhood. Children and adults with ADD may exhibit these symptoms:
ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a very similar condition to ADD and shares almost all of the same symptoms as ADD, however it adds a component of hyperactivity. While ADHD tends to be more common in children, it does affect adults as well. Children and adults who suffer from ADHD will display similar symptoms to ADD, with the addition of the last three symptoms on the list below (italicized):
Anger is a normal and often healthy emotion that we all feel from time to time. However, when one’s anger becomes difficult or even impossible to control it can have a negative impact on a person’s life. Difficulty controlling anger can lead to difficulties in all aspects of life including relationships, family, and in the workplace. There are many myths that many people believe regarding anger and here are a few:
We know that everyone feels anxious from time to time, whether you have a big project coming up in work, or wondering how the bills are going to get paid…anxiety happens to all of us. But how do you know if your levels of anxiety are normal? When does it become an issue? Here are some signs and symptoms of chronic anxiety:
Attachment is the deep connection established between a child and caregiver that profoundly affects your child's development and ability to express emotions and develop relationships. If you are the parent of a child with an Attachment Disorder, trying to build a connection with your child may be exhausting and at times feel impossible. A child with insecure attachment or an attachment disorder lacks the skills for building meaningful relationships. Attachment Disorders can occur through no fault of the parents, but can be a result of a lack of care or response to typical infant behaviors like crying or even cooing.
Sadness is something we all experience. It is a normal reaction to difficult times in life and usually passes with a little time. When a person has depression, it interferes with daily life and normal functioning. It can cause pain for both the person with depression and their loved ones. Doctors call this condition “depressive disorder,” or “clinical depression.” It is a real illness. It is not a sign of a person’s weakness or a character flaw. You can’t “snap out” of clinical depression.
Losing someone you love is a very difficult and often painful process. It is often accompanied by a feeling of inner-turmoil and the feeling of hopelessness from which you cannot recover. There is no right or wrong way to grieve the loss of a loved one, there are healthy ways to cope with the feeling of loss that can help permit you to move on in a healthy way.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive compulsive behaviors affect people of all ages. In many cases, these behaviors are a response in needing to reduce internal apprehension as well as a need to abstain from or in need of control. It can be difficult at times to see as it often involves behaviors that otherwise seem healthy or normal. Most people with obsessive-compulsive disorder have both obsessions and compulsions, but some people experience just one or the other.
It is completely normal for a person to be afraid of things, it’s how we survive in some cases. It’s also normal to have one or two irrational fears. Irrational fears are those that can cause us to be afraid, but don’t pose a threat to one’s safety. For example, a harmless spider living in your attic. When an irrational fear becomes a phobia, it will interfere with one’s daily life. Phobias can be incredibly difficult and disruptive to one’s life.
All children who attend school of any kind will encounter problems. Whether preschool or college, there will be challenges to overcome. A good relationship with your child’s school and teachers can help you head off problems before they start. When school problems come up, it’s important that you quickly recognize and address them.
Trauma may better evident when a person is struggling with upsetting emotions, frightening memories, or a sense of constant danger. Symptoms may include but not limited to feeling numb, disconnected, and/or unable to trust other people.
When bad things happen, it can take a while to get over the pain and feel safe (normal) again-whether the trauma happened years ago or yesterday, you can heal and move on.