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Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) – When Beauty is a Beast September 24th, 2013

  Almost everyone experiences discontent about some part of his or her body at least occasionally. Such dissatisfaction may even be considered normative during certain periods of development, such as adolescence or post-pregnancy. However, Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) represents an exponential magnification of this issue. BDD is a chronic psychological condition characterized by worries and strongly held beliefs about a specific physical flaw, or set of flaws, that appear over-exaggerated, trivial, or actually non-existent to objective observers. To understand what it’s like to have BDD, recall for a moment that sense of worry or dread you might have felt about… READ MORE ›

Weston Psychologist – IS MY CHILD’S REPORT CARD FOR REAL? June 18th, 2013

Ideally, report cards meaningfully reflect academic achievement and potential.  Yet, this isn’t always the case. “A’s” and “B’s” can have very different meanings from one child to another, depending on such factors like the “track” they are on (Regular, Honors etc.), as well as the grading practices of their school. Why does this matter? Because if grades are not truly credible then “grade bubbles” can be formed.   Unfortunately, “bubbles” tend to burst and when this happens it is often accompanied by dashed hopes, frustrations, and blame finding all around.  It’s especially hard for a child that has been under an… READ MORE ›

Weston Psychologist: MY CHILD NEEDS A TUTOR BUT REFUSES TO HAVE ONE June 18th, 2013

If you have a child that clearly would benefit from the services of a good tutor but resists having one: First, recognize this isn’t too unusual.  It’s hard for anyone to admit they have “a problem,” and this can be especially difficult for children.  Many children believe that needing a tutor means they aren’t very smart. Second, be confident in your leadership role as a parent.  This means that while understanding your son or daughter’s feelings is important, ultimately it’s up to you to make necessary educational decisions for them, just as you would about their healthcare. A common counter-argument… READ MORE ›

Anxiety Treatment in South Florida March 30th, 2013

Experiencing uncomfortably high levels of anxiety is one of the most common reasons why South Floridians might seek psychological help. While a certain level of anxiety is natural, especially during stressful times, what is not normal is anxiety accompanied by serious, debilitating symptoms like relentless worrying and dread, inability to be at ease physically (almost as if one has been placed on “high alert”), and having to struggle through situations that used to be “no problem.” The major categories of anxiety disorders are: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Specific Phobia, Social Phobia, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Anxiety… READ MORE ›

ADHD Treatment South Florida January 6th, 2013

Designing a comprehensive ADHD treatment plan in South Florida (ADHD Treatment South Florida), as in any other locale, requires not only addressing the many complexities of this condition, but also truly understanding the patient’s unique situation and needs. Two core symptoms of ADHD are 1) Distractibility and 2) Impulsivity that significantly exceed the norms for age or developmental level.  These problems may appear with or without a third basic element, Hyperactivity, which means having a very excessive activity level. Roughly 3-5% of children and adolescents meet current diagnostic criteria for ADHD, around half will continue being affected as adults.  The… READ MORE ›

Autism Treatment in South Florida December 24th, 2012

Autism Treatment in South Florida

Autism Treatment South Florida Psychological health problems are far more common in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) than previously realized.  Failure to recognize and address them in a timely and effective way is associated with poorer treatment outcomes. The diagnosis and treatment of Autism in South Florida, as anywhere else, is complicated by factors including: Difficulty disentangling co-occurring psychological conditions from developmentally based communication, sensory-motor functioning, behavior, socialization, and learning problems. The inherent problems that those with Autism Spectrum Disorders have in expressing, or even recognizing, when they are experiencing psychological health issues. Identifying and accessing effective programs or practitioners. Some… READ MORE ›