Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common behavior disorder diagnosed in children and is also a comorbid condition associated with a variety of disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, addiction, anxiety, depression, learning disability, etc. According to the CDC, ADHD diagnoses in the US are on the rise. “The percent of children 4-17 years of age ever diagnosed with ADHD had previously increased, from 7.8% in 2003 to 9.5% in 2007 and to 11.0% in 2011-12.” These nine supplements for ADHD have research to support their efficacy and should be considered to reduce symptoms.

When people think of therapy, they often think there has to be a “big” issue before they seek out support and advice. That simply isn’t the case. Therapy is about learning – for kids and for parents. It is about finding the best tools to support your child’s ability to thrive and be happy at home and school. Special needs children, whether it is ADHD, ASD, Dyslexia, behavioral issues, health issues, anxiety, or depression, need as much pro-active support as they can to be ready for the increased challenges they may face. There are many therapies for learning disabilities and ADHD and traditional counseling is one of them. Here are nine reasons why counseling helps the special needs child.

Medicinal herbs for health have been used as a traditional treatment agent for ages in many parts of the world.  The increase in many auto-immune and inflammatory disease conditions in the Western world has led to a resurgence in the use often centuries-old herbs to improve health and wellness. Many herbs can provide an alternative treatment and can be used to enhance the effect of conventional medical treatments. Natural herbs can be used fresh or can be dried, and can be used in a variety of preparations.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a disorder that afflicts 2.3 percent of the US population. While most people associate the disorder with OCD cleaning, the uncontrollable and recurring obsessions people feel the urge to repeat over and over also include thoughts and other compulsive behaviors  It is a mental health issue that can affect someone for their lifetime and benefits from a form of psychotherapy that combines cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and exposure therapy called Exposure Response and Prevention Therapy (E/RP). OCD can also be severe with high nonresponse and relapse rates, as well as poor response to pharmacological interventions. Promising research into complementary and alternative medicine indicates these 5 supplements for OCD should be considered to reduce symptoms.

Safety concerns about any side effects of many antidepressant medications have led to increased herbal psychopharmacology research. Additionally, a general trend toward natural solutions increases herbal remedy popularity. As such, more people seek effective alternatives or supplements to prescribed medications traditionally used as mental health therapies.  With that in mind, five herbs for mental health have research to support their efficacy with a variety of mental illness symptoms when used in cooking, teas, baths, tinctures, salve, or in capsule form.

Anxiety

Stress and anxiety are a common condition affecting both children and adults. Anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year, making them one of the most common mental illnesses. About three percent of children in the US have an Anxiety Disorder with the average age of onset being age six. There has been a cultural shift toward adopting a high-stress lifestyle, along with poor dietary habits, reduced sleep, health issues, and increased genetic mutations are all contributing factors. These seven supplements for anxiety have research to support their efficacy and should be considered to reduce symptoms.

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Does your child have rages, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), tics, aggressive behavior, prolonged tantrums and/or anxiety? This new book by Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge, PhD can be a resource for you. Learn more about the new book she has co-authored.

sports concussion

At our offices in Ridgefield and Newtown, CT we support individuals with a concussion diagnosis and post-concussion symptoms every day.  Commonly, individuals can suffer long-term for months or even years from a single concussion or multiple ones. Parents often come to as a last resort to help restore their child’s cognitive, behavioral, or emotional functioning. Neurofeedback and Biofeedback can be a help to normalize brainwave activity, which results in improved functioning. This concussion parent guide is designed as a reference tool for both understanding and treating a concussion.

parent teacher conference

Yikes! The dreaded parent-teacher conference. For those of us with a special needs child (or two), attending a parent-teacher conference is akin to a root canal. We can feel overwhelmed by our worries about how our child is doing – academically and socially. Here are 7 ways to prepare for a parent-teacher conference that can reduce those worries and support your child’s needs. While the internet is full of parent-teacher conference checklists that can feel equally overwhelming, a few simple steps can help lower your stress levels while keeping the meeting from being combative.

Mindful Parenting

Today’s modern times create new parenting challenges. Technology brings us many exciting tools but can also disconnect us from others, even from our family. Although we often hear the word “mindfulness,” we may not always understand how to use it to overcome some of these new challenges. Mindful parenting applies the process of connection between mind and body to how you deal with your children to create a stronger family relationship.