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Parental Responsibility In Tragedy: “Paying” For Your Child’s Behavior

By Támara Hill, MS

peter gustafsonHow would you feel if your child (under the age of 18) committed a violent crime or “tortious act” such as a knifing attack, campus massacre, or a simple assault that results in prison time? Would you feel guilty, begin to blame yourself, or question what went wrong in the mind of your child? Even more, how would you feel if the parent of the victim decided to sue you for your child’s behavior? Many states, in fact, all 50 states have imposed some variation of the Parental Responsibility Act.

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5 Weaknesses To The Theory Of Cognitive Distortions

By Támara Hill, MS

Hidden 4Has anyone ever told you to “stop thinking negative?” What about “you are so pessimistic, can’t you ever be positive?” Another great one is “look on the Brightside!” If you’re like me you hate hearing these things. This “positive philosophy” actually started with cognitive psychiatrist, Aaron Beck, who believed that humans engage in a series of thought processes that leads to depression and a host of other negative outcomes such as poor health.

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4 Disadvantages To Merging Science With Psychotherapy

By Támara Hill, MS

hiddenDid you know that psychotherapy and counselling has its roots in philosophy? Existential and phenomenological thinking processes have greatly informed multiple theories on how to “treat” psychiatric illness. Because of multiple disagreements between science and philosophy and the need for the field of psychiatry to prove itself as a science, many aspects of psychotherapy have become a type of “pseudo-science” that misses the mark every time.

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What “Life Teachers” Should Know: The Art of Communication

By Támara Hill, MS

Jon WisbeyDid you hate school when you were growing up? Did you like certain subjects and not others? What would have made school easier for you? Candy? Cookies for every assignment completed? A truly caring person who honestly gave you feedback whether good or bad? For most people, especially young people with severe mental health concerns or learning disabilities, require a special type of educational experience and we (teachers, mental health professionals, parents, family, etc.) must figure that out.

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Mental Health Questionnaires: What Are They?

By Támara Hill, MS

David HartmanHave you ever taken a questionnaire in a mental health clinic or hospital? What about while you were in school (grade or college)? Were you suspicious of what the questionnaire was for, why you had to take it, and what could be learned about you once you take it? If so, you are not alone. Millions of people are suspicious about questionnaires, especially those in mental health settings. Most people are shy, while others are reluctant to give truthful information. In fact, many mental health settings have incorporated the use of questionnaires in psychiatric evaluations as a way to gather more information about a potential patient.

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What Is A “Safety Plan” For Mental Health?

By Támara Hill, MS

Hidden aWhat comes to mind when you think of the words “safety plan” or “behavioral contract?” The word “contract” can sound a bit intimidating and “safety plan” could almost sound immature. But both are essential and basically mean the same thing. Either way, they are useful for individuals battling severe, untreated, or resistant (unable to be easily treated) mental health conditions. But they are most useful for children and adolescents.

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Preparing For A Mental Health Evaluation

By Támara Hill, MS

ID-10019702Would you know what to expect during your first psychiatric evaluation? If you were accompanying a loved one, would you know what to do or say? Would you be able to offer the detailed information needed to help mental health professionals determine treatment needs? Most people would not. So lets discuss what a mental health evaluation is, what to expect, and what to bring.

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Understanding Distortions Of Thinking

By Támara Hill, MS

ID-100182979When someone treats you with disdain and uses every verbal attack they can think to use on you, do you walk away thinking “this person hates me, they think I am completely worthless?” If you have never thought this way, would you? What about if your boss walked by you without smiling or greeting you after you just applied to another job? Would you think “he completely hates me?” If so, have you considered that perhaps you were engaging in a Cognitive Distortion?

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Children with Severe Behavior Problems: 5 Ways To Build Self-Esteem

By Támara Hill, MS

SONY DSCMost parents today desire children who do everything they’re told. It is so much easier to raise children who know how to listen, follow rules, and respect authority. But reality today, is very different. A lot of our kids are frequently diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, or ADHD. It is difficult to treat these kids, find useful behavior tolls, and simply get these kids up in the morning to get to school. For the most part, these kids are difficult! The fact that these kids are difficult usually has an effect on the way that they perceive themselves.

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Do You Know The Shaky History Of The DSM?

By Támara Hill, MS

DSM-5The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is one of the most complicated, scientifically-unsupported caricatures in the field of psychology and psychiatry. A lot of parents, families, and caregivers are unaware of the complex history of the DSM and its multiple revisions. Many parents, families, and caregivers disagree with diagnoses and treatment options, but fear speaking up or disagreeing with the manual and it’s supporters. Let’s take a look into the history of the DSM so that you can understand why it is one of the biggest problems in modern day society.

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