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Adolescents Behavior Issues - How To Handle Them?

Alliance Munot Hospital 88% (60 ratings)
General Physician, Pune
Adolescents Behavior Issues - How To Handle Them?

Upon reaching adolescence, children's bodies undergo several changes and so do their minds. It is then that their minds are most, as well as least impressionable. And the daunting question regarding the upbringing of an adolescent is how to treat their constantly changing behavior?

Here are some of the tantrums adolescents more commonly throw, and what should ideally be your approach to it:

  1. Your child seems to hate you: It is very common for a phase of emotional exclusionism to prevail between 16-17 years of age approximately. And the worst thing you could do is heighten that emotion by returning the hatred. Make sure you're firm against any extremely unacceptable behavior, but at the same time, show them that you're there for them no matter what.
  2. Electronic devices become the center of their attention: Whenever you want to have an earnest conversation with your children, their attention seems to be drawn solely to their phones and computers. They feel the need to be connected to their friends and all times. Ways to monitor that are by setting limit to the maximum hours spent on devices or making them pay their own bills, which will make them more responsible rather than splurging unnecessarily. Also, if your child is not entirely secluded from the family, it is probably best not to interfere all the time.
  3. Ignoring the curfew: Your kids often stay out later than the set limit. But it is quite possible that your curfew is unreasonable when compared to other parents' curfew. Find out what the average time limit is; it may prevent your child from bearing a grudge against you. In case they still fail to respect your curfew, make sure you spill out to them what the consequences can be, like being grounded for a week. However, in certain cases, your child may be spending time doing nothing constructive, but away from home. There may be something else going on, find out what that is.
  4. Being friends with the wrong people: Sometimes it might happen that you think some children do not have a good influence on your child, but you cannot say that directly because adolescents tend to get very defensive about their choice of friends. Unless the adolescent is doing something harmful with the friend, like using drugs, let him exercise his choice. Otherwise, don't hesitate from seeking professional help to counsel your child.
  5. Being over-dramatic: Every emotion is heightened in your child and you cannot tell them that what they are whining or being overjoyed about are trivial, because that's their prime focus then. Let them realize on their own how irrational they sound or else you may risk spoiling your relation with them.
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Treatment of Depression!

Dr. Radhika A (Md) 85% (10 ratings)
MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi
Treatment of Depression!

Treatment of Depression

Homeopathic Treatment of Depression
Acupuncture Treatment of Depression
Psychotherapy Treatment of Depression
Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Depression
Surgical Treatment of Depression
Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Depression
Other Treatment of Depression
What is Depression
Symptoms of Depression
Causes of Depression
Risk factors of Depression
Complications of Depression
Lab Investigations and Diagnosis of Depression
Precautions & Prevention of Depression
Treatment of Depression

Homeopathic Treatment of Depression

Homeopathy is safe, natural and effective treatment of depression. There are several medicines in Homeopathy to treat Depression and the selection of medicine varies from case to case. Homeopathy offers good long term management. Following are the homeopathy medicines for Depression

Arsenic
Aurum M
Sepia
Nat M
Phos Ac
Varatum-alb 

Acupuncture Treatment of Depression

Acupuncture helps in reducing the symptoms of depression such as depressed mood, low energy level, laziness, lack of interest, and boredom etc.  The results of Acupuncture treatment are very positive and effective.

Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy Treatment of Depression

Psychotherapy treatment is very useful in Depression.  In Psychotherapy, the doctor will know the full patient history.  At counseling patient will answer the questions about their problem and main reason of depression. It teaches skills for preventing, managing and minimizing mood swings. Hypnotherapy is very effective in curing root cause of depression and stabilizing emotional state.                                             

Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Depression

Allopathic Treatment is very effective in regulating bipolar depression. Medicines such as lithium, carbamazepine, and valproate are indicated for the maintenance treatment of depression. 

Surgical Treatment of Depression

Bilateral cingulotomy is a surgical procedure which may be performed in cases of treatment-resistant mental illnesses for depression and major depression. 

Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Depression

Avoid alcohol
Reduce intake of caffeine and sugar
Take omega-3 (fish oil), and folic acid 
Other Treatment of Depression

Yoga, makes you more aware of mood swings, and helps you remain calm.
Regular exercise including aerobic exercise 

What is Depression?

Depression is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. It is a psychiatric illness that causes major disruptions in lifestyle and health. It occurs in both men and women. 

Symptoms of Depression

Damaged relationships
Poor performance in school or job
Attempting suicide
Increased physical activity
Being restless or irritable
Inability to concentrate or in making decisions
Feeling tired and aggressive behavior
Feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness

Causes of Depression

Genetic cause
Hormonal imbalances
Significant loss or high stress
Self-esteem
Brain chemicals called neurotransmitters 

Risk factors of Depression

High stress
Drug abuse
Women may be more likely than men to have depression.
Major life changes, such as divorce and the death of a relative
Having other family members with depression

Complications of Depression

Suicidal thoughts
Serious illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, or cancer
Relationship Problems like fights and arguments
Migraine headaches
Severe backache or other pains
Substance Abuse such as Cigarette smoking and alcoholism
Sexual dysfunction
Sleep disorders

Diagnosis of Depression 

Diagnosis of Depression is based on your medical history and your family’s medical history. Doctor observes the signs and symptoms while interviewing you. There is no lab test that can diagnose depression. 

Precautions & Prevention of Depression

Eat a balanced diet.
Regular exercise
Avoid alcohol and drugs.
Reduce stress at work and at home.
Reduce caffeine
Adequate and regular sleep each night.

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Treatment of Cyclothymia!

Dr. Radhika A (Md) 85% (10 ratings)
MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi
Treatment of Cyclothymia!

Treatment of Cyclothymia
Homeopathic Treatment of Cyclothymia
Acupuncture & Acupressure Treatment of Cyclothymia
Psychotherapy Treatment of Cyclothymia
Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Cyclothymia
Surgical Treatment of Cyclothymia
Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Cyclothymia
Other Treatment of Cyclothymia
What is Cyclothymia
Symptoms of Cyclothymia
Causes of Cyclothymia
Risk factors of Cyclothymia
Complications of Cyclothymia
Lab Investigations and Diagnosis of Cyclothymia
Precautions & Prevention of Cyclothymia

Treatment of Cyclothymia 

Homeopathic Treatment of Cyclothymia

Homeopathy is safe and natural treatment of mood disorders. It stabilizes mood and creates calm alert mind. It  treats the person as a whole. Treatment is constitutional. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. It balances the energy system, improves immunity and body functions. It naturally cures the root cause of disorder. Some common homeopathic medicines for cyclothymia are:

Cann I
Coffea
Lach
Stann
Tarent 

Acupuncture & Acupressure Treatment of Cyclothymia

Acupuncture can be a very effective alternative to treat depression and emotions swings resulting in long-term benefits.  It involves the insertion of fine needles into different parts of the body to correct the imbalance of energy in the body. It seeks to address body, mind, emotions and spirit.

Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy Treatment of Cyclothymia

Psychotherapy treatment of cyclothymia involves the following types of therapies:

Hypnotherapy is very successful in balancing mood. It can help in resolving subconscious factors.
Cognitive behavioral therapy –It helps to learn effective strategies to manage stress and to cope with upsetting situations.
Group therapy – Group therapy helps to build better relationship skills. It helps to communicate and learn from others in a similar situation.
Family therapy – Family therapy can help identify and reduce stressors within your family that may contribute to unhealthy behavior patterns.
Social rhythm therapy – It helps you manage your daily routines, including your sleep schedule, and improve your relationships so that interpersonal problems don’t disrupt your routines.

Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Cyclothymia

The allopathic Medications that may help control cyclothymia are mood stabilizers, anti-seizure medications and antidepressants. Mood stabilizers help regulate and stabilize mood so that you don’t swing between depression and hypomania. Anti-seizure medications include valproic acid, divalproex sodium and lamotrigine.

What is Cyclothymia?

Cyclothymia is a chronic mood disorder that causes emotional ups and downs. It is also called cyclothymic disorder. In cyclothymic disorder, moods swing between short periods of mild depression and hypomania, an elevated mood.

Symptoms of Cyclothymia

Unusually good mood or cheerfulness (euphoria)
Extreme optimism
Inflated self-esteem
Appetite problems
Poor judgment
Problems concentrating
Rapid speech
Racing thoughts
Aggressive and risky behavior
Increased physical activity
Increased drive to perform or achieve goals
Increased sexual drive
Sleep problems
Tendency to be easily distracted
Inability to concentrate

Causes of Cyclothymia

It’s not known specifically what causes cyclothymia.

Complications of Cyclothymia

Risk of developing bipolar disorder
Emotional problems 
Diagnosis of Cyclothymia

The exams and tests for cyclothymia includes: 

Physical exam
Thyroid tests
Blood tests
Psychological evaluation
Precautions & Prevention of Cyclothymia

There is no way to prevent cyclothymia. Only the early treatment can help prevent cyclothymia from worsening.

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Top 10 Psychologist in Mumbai!

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Singh 87% (192 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
Top 10 Psychologist in Mumbai!

Psychological disorders are common and can impact anyone around you and including yourself. If you are confused about visiting a psychologist, there are some best psychologist in Mumbai, who are friendly. It is important to take care of mental health in the same way as you take care of physical health. But the irony is that they psychological disorders are often neglected or ignored. You can consult these top 10 psychologists in Mumbai

1. Mrs. Chhaya Jain

M.Sc - Applied Psychology, Advanced Diploma In Counselling Psychology

Mrs. Chhaya Jain is a psychologist and treats psychiatric problems without medicines. She has counselled people struggling with stress, tension and depression to live a happy life in 8 years of experience. She has special interest in cancer counselling. She currently practices at Sion Poly Clinic.

Consultation fees: ₹600

2. Ms. Rashi Anand Laskari

B.A., MA - Counselling Psychology

Ms. Rashi is a certified psychologist who is known for her an broad and collaborative approach to psychotherapy and counselling. She has experience of counselling children, adolescents, couples and families for varied psychological disorders. She is also associated with many academic institutions, and corporate houses and currently practices at Inner Light Counselling Center & Life Care Medical Center, Mumbai.

Consultation fees: ₹1500

3. Dr. Keerti Sachdeva

Ph.D - Social Psychology -, M.Phil. Educational Psychology, MSc. Child Psychology

Dr Keerti Sachdeva is an experienced and reputed psychologist with 35 years of practice.She is an active member of the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) and Counselors Association of India . Her areas of specialisation are social, educational and child psychology. She has been associated with some reputed schools in Delhi- NCR and Mumbai for her counselling skills and friendly nature with children. She currently practices at Positive Vibrations, Mumbai.

Consultation fees: ₹1000

4. Ms. Vijal Sejpal

Post Graduate Diploma In School Counselling (PGDSC), Certificate In Guidance & Counselling (CGC)

Ms. Vijal is a psychotherapist practicing from past 7 years and is currently associated with iThrive. She has also undergone training in REBT and Karkhuff module. She has rich experince in counselling of adolescents especially in cases of low self belief, anxiety, depression, stress, loneliness, relationship issues etc.

Consultation fees: ₹1500

5. Dr. Jimmy Mody

Diploma in Transpersonal Regression Therapy, Diploma of Clinical Hypnotherapy, Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Diploma in Hypnotherapy (DHT)

With more than 24 years of experience, Dr. Jimmy has in depth understanding psychological disorders. In addition to counselling he uses psychoanalysis, CBT, and hypnotherapy to treat cases of phobia, low self esteem etc. He currently practices at The Human Potential Clinic, Mumbai.

Consultation fees: ₹1500

6. Ms. Dipal Mehta

MA - Clinical Psychology, P.G. Diploma in Guidance and Counseling

Dr. Dipal Mehta in 17 years of practice has become a renowned name in the field of Psychology. Years of experience helps in identifying the cause of behavioural patterns and treat accordingly. Her areas of special interest are the abnormal behavioural changes, stress & anger management and successfully handled many cases of drug and nicotine de-addiction and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Consultation fees: ₹2500

7. Dr. Sanjoy Mukerji

Ph. D - Alternative Medicine, PG Diploma in Psychological Counseling

Dr. Sanjoy Mukerji in 18 years of his career is a trusted name in hi field and amongst his patients. His prime areas of interest are treating various types of problems including anxiety, stress, depression, marital problems, relationship problems and sexual problems using counselling and psychotherapy. He has conducted various seminars nationally, internationally and has been interviewed by several media houses. He is also recipient of many awards and honors. He currently practices at Be Positive clinic, Mumbai.

Consultation fees: ₹2500

8. Ms. Rachna Kothari

MA - Psychology

Dr. Rachna Kothari is practicing as a counselling psychologist at Dr Kothari clinic, Mumbai for over 15 years now. She has successfully dealt in cases related to stress, addiction of drugs and premarital counselling and parenting issues. Other areas of her interest are abnormal behavior, psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, OCD management and anger issues. 

Consultation fees: ₹5000

9. Ms. Seema Agarwal

Bsc - Hons, PG - Counseling, MA - Clinical Psychology

Ms. Seema Agarwal in 33 years of experience has helped numerous patients. She is a clinical psychologist and a behavioral trainer and has to her credit many national and international certificates in same. Her areas of expertise are adult and couple psychotherapy, stress and anger management, marital and adult counselling. She has also counselled many cases of 
Low self esteem and confidence among teenagers. 

Consultation fees: ₹1500

10. Dr. Mahima Bhomavat Innani

MA - Psychology, Certificate Course In Application of Counselling Therapies

Dr. Mahima Bhomavat Innani is a reputed Clinical Psychologist and Health Psychologist in Mumbai. She has experience of solving various issues using psychoanalysis like treatment of Learning Disorders, Insomnia, Memory problems. Pre-marital Counselling, and treating psychological disorders like anxiety and depression are some other areas of interest.

Consultation fees: ₹1000

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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy - How It Is Helpful In Many Cases

Dr. (Prof) R K Suri 88% (10 ratings)
M. Phil Clinical Psychology, Ph.D - Psychology, MA - Applied Psychology, Post Graduate Diploma In Coaching
Psychologist, Delhi
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy - How It Is Helpful In Many Cases

For every individual, both physical and mental well-being is essential to lead a happy life. And with the advancement in medical science, not only physical illness, but a host of psychological issues both on a mild and severe level can be effectively treated.

Cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT is a talking therapy that is focused on helping patients manage their problems by helping to change their way of thinking. Though it is primarily known for assisting in dealing with issues like anxiety, depression, it proves to be equally helpful in treating physical as well as mental health problems. Keep on reading to know more about it.

What are the features?
Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on treating problems that a person experience in his or her day to day life. This treatment is not only time-limited, for example, 6 to 20 sessions for useful results, but also follow a goal-oriented and problem-focused approach for teaching new coping skills and strategies.

What are the benefits?
Depending on the severity of the patients' condition, treating them with cognitive behavioral therapy has many benefits to offer. From helping the patients to identify their negative emotions and thoughts, to making them more capable of managing anger, cope with loss and grief and overcome sleep disorders. Even when it comes to reducing the risks of addiction relapse or dealing with post-traumatic disorders or resolving relationship difficulties, CBT can play a significant role.

How does it work?
With the help of a therapist or the professional psychologists, in this therapy, the patients learn to question, analyze, change and identify their thoughts, beliefs, attitudes that relate to their behavioral and emotional reactions which are the leading cause that keeps on troubling them. Here the therapists usually monitor and record the thoughts of the patients during different situations which helps them to better deal with their anxiety and depressions.

During the sessions, the patients are taught to identify distortions and disfigurements in their own thoughts and perceptions, to consider their thoughts as only ideas about what they are seeing or happening around them instead of considering them as facts and to refrain from assuming their thinking to be true while becoming capable of thinking from different point of views.
What illnesses can be treated by the procedure?

The majority of studies have shown the cognitive behavioral therapy to work great for treating depression and anxiety. However, it can be tailored for treating other illnesses as well, such as bipolar disorder, disorders regarding substance use, eating disorders, specific phobias, panic disorders, anxiety disorder, psychosis and schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress-related disorders and more.

So, if you are bogged down by anxiety and stress, consult a psychologist immediately. Because, it takes a psychologist to determine your state of mind best, identifying the root problem and then determining whether it's CBT that can be the ideal treatment and proceed.

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3 Most Common Mental Disorders You Must Know About!

Dr. Kushal Jain 86% (10 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - Psychiatry, Master of Public Health (MPH) Sweden
Psychiatrist, Delhi
3 Most Common Mental Disorders You Must Know About!

Here is a list of few most commonly observed mental disorders in the society. It is a hard to accept truth that even though people are aware of the existence of mental disorder, yet they not make an effort in identifying them. Therefore, read carefully and help people with any of these illnesses around you.

1. Anxiety

Anxiety is one of the most common types of mental disorders which is readily observed in 2 out of 5 people. A lot of patients are also observed with physical symptoms such as- shaky hands. Despite being so common amongst people, many choose to ignore it and others do not acknowledge the seriousness of this disease. In anxiety, a person will suffer extreme fear and in the moment of an anxiety attack he will have changed behavor, as well.

2. Depression

Another commonly observed mental disorder is depression which is also one of the most fatal diseases in the world. Herein, the patient does not die because of physical shhortcomings but the depressed state of mind could cause the peoson to drive himself to suicide or substance abuse conditions. Depression is an extremely important and very harmful mental disorder, which, if left unnoticed could drive the person towards his own end and destruction.

Signs and symptoms of depression:

It is extremely hard to identify a person with depression based on his looks because a despressed person will look the same on the outside but there will be going on a turmoil of emotions on the inside.The patient will give positive test to a psychomotor retardation

 

The person will not respond in a usual mannerHe will be restless

3. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

This is another one of the most commonly observed mental disorder in mankind. In this illness, a person will be obsessed with one person, thing or a place. This obsessive attachment to any said thing could turn dangerous as the person might cross any limits in order to attain it. A person could be subject to one or more of the following OCD’s:

  1. Cleanliness
  2. Being worried all the time about ones safety
  3. Keeping the things in order
  4. Repeating actions
  5. Reassurance
  6. Autism

Autism is also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder which targets the mind of young childen and permanently cause a change in their behaviour which is hard to undo. This illness falls under the child psychiatry branch of Psychiatry. Autism is a great threat to the mankind because the children are future of our world and there has been an increase in Autism, lately.

Signs and Symptoms:

  1. Repressed or late response to environmental stimuli
  2. Unable to communicate in same language as others
  3. Unable to communicate socially
  4. Repetitive actions
  5. Deviations in thoughts
  6. Absence of smile
  7. Always looking at the ground
  8. Such children easily cries
  9. Aggressive

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Dr. R K Lohiya 88% (103 ratings)
Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
Speech Therapist, Gurgaon
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people's difficulties, and so change the way they feel.

How Body Dysmorphic Disorder Can Be Treated?

Ithrive Counselling Centre 86% (30 ratings)
Psychologist, Mumbai
How Body Dysmorphic Disorder Can Be Treated?

Body dysmorphic disorder is a type of psychiatric disorder. It is when you cannot think about one or more defects or flaws in your appearance. These flaws are usually very minor and sometimes even unnoticeable. This is actually a much more serious disorder than many other people may think. This is because people with body dysmorphic disease may avoid many situations and also suffer from severe anxiety or shame. Here is everything you need to know about body dysmorphic disease.

Causes
Just like other psychiatric disorders, there is no known cause of body dysmorphic disease. However, there are a lot of factors, which increases your risk of developing it which include:

  1. Brain disorders: Many people with abnormal brain chemistry disorders suffer from body dysmorphic disease. 
  2. Genes: People whose blood relatives have this disease or have obsessive compulsive disorder are more likely to develop this disorder as well. 
  3. Environment: Cultural and social influences are a major cause of body dysmorphic disorder as well.

Symptoms
There are, however a lot of symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder, most of which are psychological in nature. They include: 

  1. Having a preoccupation with a flaw in the body, which is very minor or perhaps even unnoticeable.
  2. Beliefs that people are mocking you in relation to your flaw.
  3. Being a perfectionist

It is also worth noting that this obsession can affect any part of the body and can also include several parts of the body or different parts of the body at different times. Here are the possible treatments of body dysmorphic disorder.

Treatments
There are a variety of treatments, which a patient can opt for and a variety of methods of curing the problem. Here are the most common.

  1. Cognitive behavioral therapy: This is when a therapist tries to stop you from thinking about the flaw that you have been focusing on way too much. 
  2. SSRI: SSRI stands for Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors. They are given in cases, where body dysmorphic disorder is caused by problems related to the brain chemical serotonin. 
  3. Hospitalization: This is a severe measure, but may need to be taken if you are in danger of harming somebody or you cannot perform daily activities. 

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7 Best Ways To Break A Bad Habit!

Dr. K V Anand 94% (25063 ratings)
BASM, MD, MS (Counseling & Psychotherapy), MSc - Psychology, Certificate in Clinical psychology of children and Young People, Certificate in Psychological First Aid, Certificate in Positive Psychology, Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health
Psychologist, Palakkad
7 Best Ways To Break A Bad Habit!

A bad habit could range from smoking or drinking to knuckle breaking or nail biting. A bad habit is one that causes or is likely to cause you or the others in your life, harm. Here are eight steps that can help you break your bad habit:

  1. Try to understand your habit: The most important thing to break a bad habit is to know it first. In case that some habit is hurting you then you certainly need to let go of it. You initially need to set your mind about bringing an end to that habit. It is also important to understand how this habit of yours is hurting you or the ones around you.
  2. Change your thinking: Even when we get to know we have some unfortunate habit, more often than not we are not prepared to separate it since we have practised that habit since a long time and it is by all accounts intense to break that one. We have to change our reasoning about the habit and take a look at it in negative viewpoints since a thing having negative perspectives will be simpler to quit.
  3. Begin small: In case that you have a negative behaviour pattern since quite a while then go slow to break it down in light of the fact that a bad habit is hard to separate at once. Try not to attempt to do everything at once since you would not have the capacity to do as such.
  4. Make tiny improvements: Try not to make extreme improvements to your habit since it is your habit and it will some way or another takes its time to break. Rather make little improvements with the goal that it will not aggravate you and soon you will encounter a noteworthy change in your behaviour and afterwards you will separate the habit totally on a more lasting basis.
  5. Change your environment: A few habits are built because of the environment we live in. The steady surrounding makes us construct that habit in a manner that it gets stronger day by day. So in case that you understand that some negative behaviour patterns have overtaken your life and are not going down, attempt to change your surroundings.
  6. Keep a check: Simply going ahead to bring an end to any habit will not give you appropriate results. Keeping a survey helps you in checking on how much of your bad habit you have defeated and how far you are from breaking it completely.
  7. Reward yourself: Offer yourself a reward each time you see that you have stopped behaving in a certain way, or practising a certain habit. This goes a long way in motivating the individual to strive towards that end goal of breaking the habit completely.
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Eating Disorders - How You Can Support Your Child?

Dr. Ashish Sakpal 91% (765 ratings)
DNB (Psychiatry), DPM, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
Eating Disorders - How You Can Support Your Child?

If your child develops an eating disorder, you might be unsure about how to solve the problem and how to act on it. Eating disorders occur when your child tends to either eat in excess, or eats too less. The behavior of your child is also subjected to change because of an eating disorder. It is likely for him to get withdrawn, rude, and touchy. This makes it difficult for you to deal with them at a time when communication is necessary. Here are some essential tips that you should follow in dealing with eating disorders in children:

  1. You should get advice about how to talk to your child. It will help you in realizing that your child is likely to be defensive as their eating disorder is a form of coping. Hence, it is normal for a child to be reluctant about letting go of it. If your child is undergoing treatment, the treatment team has a vital role to play. However, your constant love and support are also very important.
  2. It is important to talk to your child about the condition, even though he cannot accept that he is having a problem. Communication is an essential part of treatment, which you should never ignore. You should not blame or judge your child, and refer proper resources to him. You have to be prepared for a negative response from your child.
  3. You should educate yourself properly about your eating disorder. Abstain from talking to your child about his appearance, even in the form of a compliment. Use ways for boosting your child’s self-esteem and confidence.
  4. Abstain from referring to weight problems and diets followed by other people. You need to assure your child that you will be there for him, no matter what. You should talk to him about activities he should get involved in, in a positive tone and approach.
  5. Coping with the meal times of your child suffering from an eating disorder is very important as well. Consult your child’s treatment team to know about ways of arranging your meal times ideally.
  6. Take your child out for shopping and agree on having meals that are acceptable, from both your and his end.
  7. You should have an agreement with your whole family regarding meals, which will help to set the expectations of everybody. Agree on not talking about fat content, calorie content, or portion sizes during meals.
  8. You must abstain from consuming low calorie food items in front of them. Try to keep the meal time atmosphere positive and light hearted. Do not focus on others during meal times and teach your child to concentrate on his own meal.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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