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What are the red flags we should be looking for if we think our child is depressed?

ANSWER:

Angela Michalak, LCPC
360 Youth Services
1935 Brookdale Road, Suite 119
Naperville, IL 60563
Intake:  630-717-9408 ext. 114
amichalak@360youthservices.org
www.360youthservices.org

Red flags that parents should look for if they think their child is depressed are:
·         Lack of interest in previously-enjoyable activities.
·         Persistent sad feelings
·         Feelings of hopelessness or guilt
·         Changes in eating habits and or sleeping patterns
·         Difficulty concentrating

If you think that your child is depressed,
·         Talk to them openly
·         Tell them that you are worried about them
·         Communication with your child is key
·         You know you child best.  If your gut is telling you that there is something going on, there probably is.

If you are interested in an intake assessment for individual or family counseling services, please call 630-717-9408 ext. 114

Posted in: All Categories, Depression & Self Harm, Uncategorized

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My child is in Junior High and I think he’s being bullied. How can I help him?

ANSWER:

Adam Russo, LCSW
Chairman & CEO Edgewood Clinical Services
2948 Artesian Rd, Suite 112
Naperville, IL 60564
p: 630.428.7890 ext. 303
f: 630.428.7891
http://www.edgewoodclinicalservices.com
http://facebook.com/edgewoodclinicalservices

• Determining severity of bullying
• Building your child’s self-confidence
• Leadership development
• Assistance from schools with bullying
• Supporting your child when they are being bullied

Posted in: Bullying & Cybercrimes, Video of the month

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How is parent denial related to drug and alcohol use?

ANSWER:

Claudia Evenson, CAADC
Community Relations Coordinator
Rosecrance Health Network
1021 N Mulford
Rockford, Il. 61107
630-849-4295

If a parent is denying despite evidence that their teen is using drugs/alcohol they inadvertently keep the drug use going. Parents usually come out of denial thru anger when setting limits with their teen that the adolescent refuses to follow.

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Posted in: All Categories, Drugs & Alcohol

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How might parents inadvertently enable kids to use drugs or alcohol?

ANSWER:

Claudia Evenson, CAADC
Community Relations Coordinator
Rosecrance Health Network
1021 N Mulford
Rockford, Il. 61107
630-849-4295

Enabling is when parents simply make excuses for their kids, for example if he cannot do all this homework, he is failing classes and is tardy because the teacher doesn’t like him, etc.

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My child was referred for an assessment by his school. What is a chemical dependence assessment?

ANSWER:

Claudia Evenson, CAADC
Community Relations Coordinator
Rosecrance Health Network
1021 N Mulford
Rockford, Il. 61107
630-849-4295

A chemical dependency assessment is conducted by a professional. Depending on where a mom or dad takes a student for the assessment they should expect to find out how much their child is using, when they started, and if a problem is developing.

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How do I help my child deal with the stress of living in a very competitive and materialistic community?

ANSWER:

Dan Peterson, MS LCPC
Advanced Trainer for The Nurtured Heart Approach
Owner of The Compass 4 Life
445 W Jackson, Naperville
 

1. Treatment for Anxiety, perfectionism, depression, and stress in children and adolescents
2. Bullying
3. Drug and alcohol use in teenagers
4. How to help your child or student deal with competition and improve their self esteem

Posted in: All Categories, Anxiety & Stress, Bullying & Cybercrimes

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My child believes marijuana is not a problem. What argument can a parent make to disagree?

ANSWER:

Claudia Evenson, CAADC
Community Relations Coordinator
Rosecrance Health Network
1021 N Mulford
Rockford, Il. 61107
630-849-4295

Parents need to do their research and educate themselves and the teen. Parents need to offer data that compares the THC levels in Cannabis from the 1980s to now 20 percent stronger, what is the Marijuana they are buying cut with etc?

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How can yoga help my teenager and me deal with stress and anxiety?

ANSWER:

Rachel Grundner, RYT, Y12SR
The Yogi Within
(630) 414-0282
yoganaperville@gmail.com

There are three aspects of yoga that will reduce stress and anxiety and aid in recovery of addiction and depression. These three things are:

1. Asanas (the physical postures of yoga) – When doing asanas, we are compressing and releasing different muscle groups in the body, controlling the movement and flow of our blood and breathe which has a profound detoxification effect (both mentally and physically). Additionally, whether in a yoga class or a quiet space at home, we guide our attention from outside distractions inward by concentrating on the hold of each posture. This helps us to release from our perceived reality – where the source of our stress and anxiety resides- and focus on the true nature of our Selves.

2. Pranayama (breathing techniques) – At some point in the midst of a stressful situation, we have all heard the phrase, “Just breathe.” Breathing has an enormous effect on reducing stress and anxiety as well as increasing oxygen to the brain so that we can process situations more efficiently. It can even be said to “slow down” our perception of time. In yoga, breathe is tied to movement to enhance the effort of focus for the individual. Additionally, there are specific breathing techniques that can be used to induce an immediate state of deep relaxation.

3. Meditation – For thousands of years we have studied Meditation as a source of deep relaxation, increased self awareness, and natural healing of the body and mind. In yoga, we prepare to obtain this state through asanas and pranayama. Once we have reached a meditative state, we have released ourselves from the captivity of our thoughts and emotions that cause stress and anxiety, which later can induce depression and addictive behavior. We are then able to observe our lives from an external point of view and become very aware of the source of our suffering. Only once we are aware of ourselves, our surroundings, and our true situation, can we take action to evolve beyond these diseases of the mind.

Posted in: All Categories, Anxiety & Stress

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How do I know if my teen’s behavior is more than just teenage angst?

ANSWER:

Kathy Schank, KidsMatter Community Outreach Coordinator
Certified Mental Health First Aid Facilitator
Certified N.A.M.I. Parenting Basics Facilitator
Phone: 630-567-6981
Kathy@kidsmatter2us.org www.kidsmatter2us.org

This approach is a realistic tool for any parent with tweens or teens that helps them observe their child in a new light. Some parents like to journal, use a simple chart, post-its, or a small calendar to start to observe the patterns in their tween/teen. I teach parents to begin to be very intentional on how they are observing, listening, and communicating with their child over about a 2 weeks period from the moment you have that “ah-ha” moment or that uneasy feeling in your stomach.

Parents make a huge difference in guiding teens to make healthier choices as they watch for unusual behaviors in their teen in areas of:

  1.   Daily Functions like bathing, proper sleep, and eating habits over a 2 week period.
  2.   Performance at school or work declining and apathy or low motivation, again over a 2 week period.
  3.   Relationships with peer and family changing, with the teen building up more walls, distant or rude communication, and new peer groups appearing without another known cause.

  D.I.F. D – Duration – How long has the behavior, mood, actions been going on? Weeks, a month, or 6 months? I – Intensity – How severe are these behaviors, moods, actions, reactions? Do you see constant crying, or doors slamming, total isolation? F – Frequency – How often do you see these behaviors pop up? Once a day? Once a week? Only on weekends?  

Posted in: All Categories, Anxiety & Stress

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My Child Needs Professional Help for Substance Abuse. What are the Options?

ANSWER:

Beth Sack
Manager of Addiction Services
Linden Oaks Hospital
852 West Street
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 305-5500
bsack@edward.org”
www.lindenoaks.org

Parents can find it overwhelming when trying to find professional help for their family member. I will give a brief description of the most common treatment options available.
1- Outpatient therapy is the least restrictive level of care, it usually involves meeting with a therapist weekly or bi-weekly.
2- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is the next level of care- This level of care involves 9-15 hours of treatment per week. Most of this time is spent in groups, with 1-2 individual sessions per week.
3- Partial Hospitalization (PHP) is the next level- This level of care is 6-8 hours per day, Monday – Friday. Tutoring and school work is provided during this time to keep up with homework.
4- Acute Inpatient Stabilization is a fairly short inpatient stay, usually 5-7 days. Most people are admitted to this level of care when they are detoxing from a substance or when they are suicidal.
5- Residential- On average residential is a 28-30 day program. Your family member would remain at the facility 24/7 for that period of time. Treatment consists of groups, individual and family counseling.

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