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Childhood Temper Dysregulation

Within the past several years, I have noticed more young children, adolescents, and teenagers with difficulty managing their emotions.  This behavior quite often takes place when they are tired, stressed out, overwhelmed, frustrated, or told to do something they don’t want to do.  Somewhat like the “perfect storm,” when all this comes together at once, the child will rapidly go into a rage, or have an emotional breakdown.  I’ve seen and heard about rages that can become quite hostile and violent.  For the few minutes of its duration, the child will often “black out” and not recall what they said or did.  This can be an especially crucial time for the child and those around him or her.

These violent outbursts aren’t necessarily the actions of a “spoiled kid.”  These behaviors may be indications of what are termed “temper dysregulation” or “mood dysregulation.”  Without proper professional diagnosis and treatment, these rapid mood swings won’t just go away on their own. If there is a history of a mood disorder on the mother’s or father’s side of the family, then there becomes a strong possibility that the children may inherit these tendencies.  Not too far in the past, we could only diagnose these kids with early onset bipolar disorder.  Now the diagnosis is much more specific and treatable using the term “mood dysregulation.”  When absolutely necessary, psychotherapy and medication management has significantly improved these kids’s ability to manage their emotions.


Drinking From My Saucer: Author Unknown

I’ve never made a fortune, and it’s probably too late now.

But I don’t worry about that much, I’m happy anyhow

And as I go along life’s way,

I’m reaping better than I sowed.

I’m drinking from my saucer,

‘Cause my cup has overflowed.

 

Haven’t got a lot of riches,

And sometimes the going’s tough

But I’ve got loving ones all around me,

And that makes me rich enough.

I thank God for His blessings,

And the mercies He’s bestowed.

I’m drinking from my saucer,

‘Cause my cup has overflowed.

 

I remember times when things went wrong,

My faith wore somewhat thin.

But all at once the dark clouds broke,

And the sun peeped through again.

 

So Lord, help me not to gripe,

About the tough rows I have hoed.

I’m drinking from my saucer,

‘Cause my cup has overflowed.

 

If God gives me strength and courage,

When the way grows steep and rough.

I’ll not ask for other blessings,

I’m already blessed enough.

 

And may I never be too busy,

To help others bear their loads.

Then I’ll keep drinking from my saucer,

‘Cause my cup has overflowed.

Author Unknown


Tribute to Grandparents

Recently I am seeing more and more grandchildren being raised by their grandparents.  For the vast majority of these grandparents, I am very impressed by their commitment and love toward their grandchild, or grandchildren.  It certainly raises new issues which weren’t quite so obvious just  10 years ago.  The grandparents do their best, but the generation gap can lead to personality conflicts between them and the child if not properly addressed.  Furthermore, many of these kids came from unhealthy homes and have their own emotional difficulties.

The reasons for grandkids  to live with grandparents are numerous.  But the top issues I see are: the biological parent(s) are using drugs (Meth); are emotionally unstable; or financially unable to raise their own children.  I commend these loving and dedicated grandparents who are making the ultimate sacrifice of love for kids who are desperate to be loved and sheltered.


Counseling Children and Teenagers

In counseling children and teenagers, it can be quite difficult to properly diagnose their particular problem without improperly putting a label on them. Over the years I continue to see kids with numerous behavioral, emotional, spiritual, and neurological problems.
Some of the more prominent issues currently observed in children are: depression, anxiety, fatigue, behavioral disorders, Asperger’s disorder, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. I work hard to avoid over or under diagnosing any of these conditions. And once a diagnosis is determined, I go over this with the parents to inform them of the various treatment approaches and if there is a need to involve other agencies. The earlier any problems areas are addressed, the sooner the child and family can begin having a higher quality of life. Many such issues arise throughout the school year where there are an untold number of daily stressors. If emotional or behavioral problems do arise, then it is imperative to get assistance as quickly as possible for the student to not fall behind on schoolwork.


Overflowing Blessings

Sometimes we all struggle to remember how blessed we really are…but here’s a great reminder!!!

DRINKING FROM MY SAUCER

I’ve never made a fortune, and it’s probably too late now.
But I don’t worry about that much, I’m happy anyhow
And as I go along life’s way,
I’m reaping better than I sowed.
I’m drinking from my saucer,
‘Cause my cup has overflowed.

Haven’t got a lot of riches,
And sometimes the going’s tough
But I’ve got loving ones all around me,
And that makes me rich enough.
I thank God for His blessings,
And the mercies He’s bestowed.
I’m drinking from my saucer,
‘Cause my cup has overflowed. Read More…


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