Understanding Childhood Onset Schizophrenia (COS) and 5 Warning Signs

By Támara Hill, MS
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Are you the parent of a child or adolescent who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia or some type of psychotic disorder? If so, you are not alone. You can probably relate to the devastation may parents experience when they finally receive a diagnosis that entails psychotic symptoms. It’s as if the world completely stops and all of the goals and dreams of the future, put on hold. As rare as childhood onset schizophrenia (COS) is, there are many parents who are flabbergasted by the diagnosis so soon in their child’s life. No parent ever wants to consider that their child will have to grapple with the complex symptoms of schizophrenia for the rest of their lives. Sadly, schizophrenia is a pervasive illness that requires lifelong treatment. There are no easy routes.

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Discussing the Controversy of Borderline Personality Traits in Adolescents

By Támara Hill, MS

Over the past two weeks I have enjoyed writing about and sharing with you the diagnostic issues and parental fears surrounding Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and the possibility of adolescents being diagnosed with the disorder. Last week we discussed treatment options for adolescents exhibiting borderline personality traits (a diagnostic term and label that many of you were unfamiliar with and challenged). The week before that we discussed adolescents who exhibit strong symptoms or traits of the disorder. This week we will be discussing some of the issues that were brought to my attention on Facebook,Twitter, and Pinterest regarding the term “Borderline Personality Traits.” I will also mention some of the recent research and theories surrounding adolescent BPD and “challenge” you to give me your best counter-argument. Lets give it a shot!

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Treatment Options for Teens With Borderline Personality Traits

By Támara Hill, MS

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a very challenging and complex disorder to treat. Dr. Blaise Aguirre, a recognized child and adolescent researcher of BPD, states that about 11% of clients with the disorder end up in outpatient settings, while about 20% are in inpatient settings with a comorbid diagnosis. For example, someone with BPD may also have severe depression or anxiety.

Last week we discussed borderline personality traits in adolescents with explosive tempers, over-reactive responses, and roller coaster emotions. This week we’ll look at treatment options for adolescents who are exhibiting borderline personality traits and how to identify some of the correct treatments available.

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Understanding Adolescents With Borderline Personality Traits

By Támara Hill, MS

Are you the parent, grandparent, or family member of a teen or pre-teen who exhibits an inability to control their impulses, emotional reactions, behaviors, aggression, suicidal thoughts, self-injurious behaviors, and anger? Is the behavior so extreme that you are afraid to discuss minor issues for fear of upsetting this teen or becoming the focal point of their angry outbursts? If so, perhaps you are dealing with a teen who is beginning to exhibit borderline personality traits.

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Coping With A Mental Health Crisis: Using Effective Skills

By Támara Hill, MS
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Crisis. What comes to mind when you hear this term? Do you think of natural disasters such as hurricanes, national health concerns like the Ebola virus, personal struggles such as a divorce or failed relationship, or perhaps something less dramatic but still emotionally draining such as failed expectations or loss of a good job. Whatever the stressor (a situation that outweighs your ability to cope with it), a crisis can be any of the above situations and be long-term or short-term.  more



When Your Child Is 302′d: Know What To Expect

By Támara Hill, MS
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Involuntary commitment. What comes to mind when you hear this word? Chaos and confusion? Fear and pandemonium? Loss and grief? For many parents, having to commit your child to a hospital against their will is something that doesn’t fit into the schema of adults. The thought, the action is unfathomable. How could a child, someone who is barely familiar with the operations of life, be so out of control that a hospital would have to be contacted for help? The experience is heart wrenching for many loving and caring families.

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When Your Loved One Needs To Be Hospitalized

By Támara Hill, MS

family photoHave you ever had to face the fact that perhaps your loved one or close friend needed to be hospitalized? Was their illness so bad and jeopardizing his or her safety that you considered discussing the need to have the person “sign themselves in?” If so, join the millions of other individuals and families who have had to face this very difficult and emotionally draining situation.

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5 Weaknesses Of The Cognitive Distortions Theory

By Támara Hill, MS

Hidden 4Has anyone ever told you to “stop thinking negative?” What about telling you: “you are so pessimistic, can’t you ever be positive?” Another great one people say is: “look on the Brightside!” If you’re like me, you hate hearing these things because they have a way of shutting you down, undermining your very real feelings. This “positive philosophy” actually started with cognitive psychiatrist, Aaron Beck, who believed that humans engage in a series of thought processes or thoughts that lead to depression and a host of other negative outcomes such as poor physical health and anxiety.

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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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Feeling Trapped: Eating Disorders Are Like A Prison

By Támara Hill, MS

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Do you know someone with an eating disorder? Do you know what it is? Trying to support a loved one or friend who sticks her finger down her throat to purge the food she just ate or trying to love the person who refuses to eat even a small bite of good, strips you of your ability to reason and make sense out of life. Observing a loved one or friend refusing food out of a strong fear of gaining weight to the point of starvation, changes everything you thought you ever knew. For a therapist who works with eating disorders (or any mental health problem for that matter), the situation can bring you to a point of desperate seeking for understanding.

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