August 27, 2019
8 Signs of Gaming Addiction in Children

Top 8 Signs of Gaming Addiction in Children

With an ever-growing multitude of platforms through which children can access online games – smartphones, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch – it can feel impossible to prevent children from spending hours in their rooms or sitting in front of the television. As well as being a fun way to pass the time, video games can be used within school curriculums and are thought to provide mental stimulation [1, 2].  In 2016, a survey found that 98% of homes in Australia with children had computer games available [1]. With a growing epidemic of children displaying addictive behaviours around gaming, in 2013, Internet Gaming Disorder – gaming addiction – was proposed to be included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders [3] and was added to the […]
August 16, 2019
How parents can reduce bullying

How Parents Can Reduce Bullying

As a parent you have two ways of reducing bullying. One is to encourage your child not to bully others. The other is to help your child deal with bullying effectively. Both of these actions lead to a positive outcome for your child. You want your child to be respected by their peers and elders (not feared or seen as aggressive). This leads to positive long term outcomes for your child. You also want your child to be strong and determined enough to stand up for their rights and the rights of others. A child psychologist can help your child modify their thinking and behaviour to reduce the impact of bullying, and to become more assertive and confident. Parents also play an important role in helping […]
August 13, 2019
How is ADHD diagnosed in children

How is ADHD Diagnosed in Children?

Let’s find out about this ‘disorder’ – What is ADHD? The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Psychiatric Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-V) is often used to define the typical presentations of a child, adolescent, or adult whose behaviour suggests a diagnosis of ADHD. For the exact table, please refer to the DSM-V itself; however, the following notes provide an overview summary. There are three ‘presentations’ or groups of behaviour: Hyperactive/Impulsive, Inattentive, and Mixed (both hyperactive and inattentive).   There are nine symptoms or characteristic behaviours for Hyperactive/Impulsive, and nine for Inattentive. For children or adolescents up to the age of 17, to have a diagnosis determined, six of the nine behaviours in Hyperactive/Impulsive or Inattentive must be demonstrated. These behaviours should be noted in at least two […]
July 31, 2019
self-harm causes and treatment

Self-Harm Causes and Treatment

Self-Harm Causes and Treatment If you have found your way to this blog, you or someone you love may be harming themselves. This information may help you understand why someone self-harms and what you can do to support them.   What is Self-Harm? Self-harm is a term used to describe a person that deliberately hurts their bodies. Common types of self-harm include cutting, burning, picking at wounds or scars, self-injurious behaviours such as head banging, or deliberately overdosing on medication, drugs, alcohol and other substances that can cause harm.   What are the statistics on self-harm and who is likely to do it?  About 10% of teenagers reported they have self-harmed at some point in their lives. Self-harm behaviour is more common among teenagers than adults […]
July 5, 2019
Anorexia Nervosa Risk Factors and Treatment

Anorexia Nervosa: Risk Factors and Treatment

Anorexia Nervosa is a serious psychological disorder that is characterised by a person’s core desire to be thinner and lose weight, and with an intense obsessional fear of gaining weight or being fat – despite being underweight. The disorder may begin with a seemingly harmless desire to be a bit thinner or more attractive. This simple desire can become problematic when the person starts to base their self-esteem upon losing weight and being ever-thinner, and restricts dietary intake with an increasing desire for control over the intake of foods.  Once anorexia nervosa is in full-swing, the person experiences extreme emaciation, and a refusal to maintain a normal body weight. People with anorexia starve themselves, despite being hungry. Among a range of medical and psychological side-effects of […]
July 3, 2019
Treatment for Childhood Trauma

Treatment for Childhood Trauma

Treatment for Childhood Trauma What is Trauma? When I was studying to become a psychologist, I learned about a study called the Adverse Childhood Experiences study1 (or ACE’s), and it blew my mind, broke my heart, and lit my heart full of passion all at once. The study found that with each traumatic experience a child had (such as physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, physical or emotional neglect, domestic violence, substance misuse within household, household mental illness, parental separation or divorce, and/or an incarcerated household member), the chance of being affected in some way during their adult life increased compared to someone who hadn’t experienced an ACE, and each added experience often doubled, tripled or quadrupled their chance of becoming ill. Experiencing ACEs are associated with […]

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