Sometimes it seems like absolutely nobody really knows how to listen. I suppose it’s odd that I’m bringing this up since listening is one of the reasons that I have a job, but it just seems like the world would be a much more harmonious place if people were more aware of how often they ‘hear’ what others are saying without really ‘listening.’ Exploring why this happens might help us to identify and change our behavior. The good news is, it is actually very understandable. Read More
Childhood OCD is a heartbreaking condition that is often misdiagnosed because it can look like anything from ADHD to a myriad of behavioral problems. I know this both as a clinician and as the parent of a child who experienced the debilitating symptoms of OCD as a result of a strep infection.
Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Strep (PANDAS), or the more generalized version, Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS), occurs when the antibodies produced by a strong immune system response to something like Strep or Lyme disease cross the blood brain barrier and trigger tics and/or a host of other OCD symptoms.
Most parents with a child suffering from PANDAS can tell you the exact day that came on. For me, it was December 26th. My daughter was eating a Christmas cookie that she had made with her father, and she found a tiny piece of plastic wrap on the cookie. She launched into a million questions – and I might not be exaggerating. “What if I swallowed plastic wrap mommy?” “How do you know I didn’t swallow plastic wrap?” “Would I suffocate if I swallowed plastic wrap?” “Would I be dead by now if I did swallow plastic wrap?” Read More
Habits of mind are there to make things easier. For example, we don’t have to remember how to get to work each day or how to make the coffee – we habitually go through the motions to get the important things done. But those same habits can also be detrimental – providing a sort of perceived comfort zone that keeps us stuck in patterns that leave us feeling less than content.
Let me explain.