Coping with being quarantined with teens or tweens

How to Cope with being Quarantined with Teens or Tweens

How to Cope with being Quarantined with Teens or Tweens

The coronavirus has people quarantined at home by law and this can have families frustrated. Families are stuck at home together, and if you are quarantined with teens or tweens, you all may be having a difficult time coping with this new reality. Typically, parents and their children are away from each other for a healthy amount of time each day as teens go to school and parents go to work. Today with the new pandemic, we all are stuck at home. Going to the mall, hanging out with friends, and leaving the house is no longer allowed. If you are quarantined with teens or tweens, here are some things you can do to help you both cope.

#1) Connect Virtually

It is important for everyone in the family to stay virtually connected to their friends and family who lives further away. The disease cannot be spread through the phone, computer, or other devices so there is no reason to not use them. Allow your children to spend time with friends virtually for a healthy amount of time each day. You should also use these devices to connect with extended family.

#2) Have Alone Time

While it would be nice to spend every minute with your child and find out everything about their lives, this is not how to cope with being quarantined. Everyone needs alone time and teens are no different. Make sure you give your teens and tweens some alone time throughout the day where they can reflect and rest.

#3) Talk About How To Copetalking with daughter

If you are quarantined with teens you are both likely having trouble coping. You should talk with them about how to cope with difficult situations. You can use this time during the coronavirus to teach your children about life lessons. Helping them understand different methods of coping can help them in the long run.

#4) Take On A New Challenge

If you have been looking for a new project to do around the house this may be the perfect time to do it. Get your children involved and use it as a bonding experience. They may end up liking it more than you thought possible.

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Self Care while isolated

Self-Care in a Time of Isolation

Self-care in a time of Isolation

Taking care of yourself while cut off from human contact is so important. Now, in our time of isolation, looking after yourself (self-care) and making sure you are safe is not just about your physical health, it is also about your mental health. Much like solitary confinement can make prisoners go a little stir crazy, a self-imposed period of quarantine can irreparably damage your psyche. If you ever feel like you need help, or even just someone to talk to, please avail yourself of the psychology resources around you.   

Reasons for Fragile Mental Health

There are many reasons why a period of isolating yourself from other humans can be detrimental to your mental health, necessitating some self-care. Not the least of which is the lack of human contact itself. Humans are naturally social creatures, being around other people is really important, They can not only offer conversation and be sounding boards for your ideas, but physical touch is really important for surviving in this world. For example, an old czar in Russia wanted to see how language came to be, so he told nurses not to talk to or touch a number of orphans he chose. Not a single infant survived long enough to utter a syllable.

Methods of Self Care

For many people this includes going to a spa, getting something done at a salon, or immersing themselves in a story at the movie theater. Unfortunately, all of those options are now closed to us, but you can practice it on your own. For one, a day of pampering with a hot, steamy bath and however you choose to make yourself feel better is called for. For others, it is getting their favorite food for takeout, or taking time to read a good book. These are all fantastic ideas that are really relaxing and do not require you to leave your home.Self Care while isolated

Self-care is something to be done before you help others. After all, how can you expect to adequately help others if you yourself are not in the right state of mind? Isolation can play dirty tricks on our minds, but with a little TLC and some professional help, you too can make it through this time in good health.

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Children tested for ADHD?

Should I Have My Child Tested for ADHD?

Should I have my child tested for ADHD?

While a professional must diagnose Attention Hyperactivity Disorder in children, many parents notice signs and symptoms of the condition at home that often leads them to this doctor’s appointment and diagnosis. Parents often wonder if their child is simply growing up or if ADHD is the culprit of their behavior. Schedule an appointment if there is concern that your child may suffer from ADHD. Proper, timely treatment improves behavior, grades in school, relationships with other people, and offers many other benefits for children and parents and family members who are suffering from ADHD. if you notice any of the signs of ADHD in children below, schedule an appointment with the pediatrician for psychological evaluations and other tests.

– Constantly in motion, won’t sit down

– Disruptive in school, always talking

– Squirms and fidgets in their seats

– Easily distracted

– Interrupts other people

– Does Not finish tasks

Most children exhibit one or more behaviors above now and again. It is a normal part of being a kid and growing up. Most kids ‘grow out of it’ over time. But, some children and their behaviors cannot be overlooked and won’t simply go away over time. When the behaviors interfere with school, relationships, or cause parents to feel frustrated and overwhelmed due to its frequency, its cause for concern. Schedule an appointment with a pediatrician if there are any concerns. It is better to get a diagnosis and begin treatment than to allow the behaviors to continue negatively impacting life.

Children tested for ADHD?ADHD in Children: Psychological Evaluations

Doctors use a variety of information and tests to diagnose ADHD since there is not one specific test that can do the job. Most pediatricians work with a broad range of people who are regularly involved in the child’s life, including psychologists, parents, and teachers from school. A child must have six characteristics of ADHD to receive a diagnosis. Psychological evaluations are an important part of the ADHD diagnosis process. It provides doctors with a myriad of information that can help them better treat the child’s condition. The characteristics must have impacted the child/family for a period of six months or longer.

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a brief history on forensic psychology

A Brief History on Forensic Psychology

A Snapshot Of Forensic Psychology’s History

Over the last decade, forensic psychology has become more popular in crime cases and life in general. By merging psychology with the legal system, we get a scope inside the minds of others and what causes them to act in certain ways. For centuries, this has been one of the broadest fields of study. Psychologists can be found in environments such as prisons, juvenile detention facilities, elementary schools. There are also licensed professionals who also have practices for general psych needs and services. A brief history on forensic psychology will highlight some of the field’s turning points and influences.

The Early Studies Of Psychology

In the late 1800s, Wilhelm Wundt established his first laboratory in Germany. His early work created a foundation for future psychologists to carry the studies forward. James Cattell was one of the successors to Wundt. While a professor at the University of Columbia, he challenged his classes mentally through lectures and psychological evaluations; determining that psychological evaluations could be complex in the courtroom. This theory would be taken a step further by Alfred Binet. By replicating previous studies on the subject, Binet used intelligence testing to find correlations between psychology and criminal law. This included testing the witness’s recollection of events and information. The psychologist determined that emotions can influence the accuracy of a witness’s testimony. These results motivated the psychologist to create the first applied psychology journal.

a brief history on forensic psychologyPsychology In Criminal Trials

During 1896, Albert Notzing gave a court testimony during a murder trial discussed suggestibility. The psychologist states that psychological evaluation can create bridges to a witness’s testimony. Less than 20 years later, a German psychologist named Hugo Munsterberg wrote a book advocating the use of forensic psychology throughout all legal systems. He believed that common applications warranted by psychology in everyday life is the basis on which forensic psychology is built.

Increase Of Psychology’s Popularity

After World War II, the field of psychology saw a significant increase in popularity. Inside courtrooms, psychological evaluations became common and psychologists were frequent expert witnesses. The turning point for the field came during 1954. Brown v. the Board of Education saw numerous psychologists testifying; proving to be credible witnesses based on their expertise about the subject. A brief history of forensic psychology illustrates growth in psychology over the past few decades.

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violence risk assessment

Violence Risk Assessments: Why they Work!

So what exactly are Risk Assessments? 

There are so many facets to mental health. Some are definitely genetic, and others are environmental. There are inherited diseases, symptoms, and behaviors. The fact remains is that we care about humanity, and have been developing ways to help those who are violence-prone. When a patient or client appears to be violence-prone there is a beneficial tool that evaluates such individuals. After all, the key is to get to the root of violence-prone individuals and understand the causation. Now, violence risk assessments are utilized by health care providers to establish a common frame of reference. One major focus is to employ psychological evaluations, with a view toward whether the patient might be at risk to be combative, employ assaults, or homicide. There is a scale that evaluates the degree of danger.

Now, it is imperative to note that some of the assessment tools might be difficult to use in an emergency room situation. Often, there is no time to start lengthy psychological evaluations. Another factor is that in an emergency department setting, the medical history of a patient might very well be unavailable!

What is the call to action?  Everything comes together with a plan.

It is with medical wisdom that one understands risk assessments are not a substitute for clinician gestalt. However, they do perform a valuable insight into patient diagnosis and mental health improvement. One must be aware that psychological evaluations and violence risk assessments do take time, and are not intended for imminent risk. The intention of risk assessments is to prevent future happenings and the potential for problems! Remember the old saying, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure? It is true with universal precautions, and it is true in wholesome mental health situations. If a potential problem is helped early on, the assessments are worth their weight in gold!

Be aware of what to look for in problematic patients. 

When checking out a patient for behaviors, it is an observational duty to be alert concerning an individual’s indicators such as:

anxiety

violent threats

staring

mumbling

irritability

confusion

destroying property

violence risk assessmentThese traits are informational indicators to help with the evaluations. Remember, when dealing with risk assessments, and the prone to violence, every patient should be treated with respect, care, and professionalism. One never knows the complete picture of what a person has gone through, what is part of their DNA inheritance, and what is environmental. In the end, these assessments do help in a positive way, to diagnose with a view toward good mental health, and happy life. Risk assessments can identify those at risk before a terrible event takes place and help provide treatment.

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Sex offenders evaluations

What You Need to Know about Sex Offender Evaluations

What Are Sex Offender Evaluations?

Sex offender evaluations are specific psychological evaluations and have become increasingly important in recent years. While law enforcement and the general public have become more aware of, and better equipped to combat sexual assault, this gives rise to other problems. There are now a higher number of sex offenders going through the legal system. As such, systems to identify, evaluate, track, incarcerate, or rehabilitate these individuals, are still being developed and refined. Exact policies differ from state to state, however many states now put non-violent or low-risk offenders in mental health facilities to help the rehabilitation process.

Unfortunately, the rate of recidivism is higher among sex offenders than it is for other types of criminals. As such, care needs to be taken when allocating resources to their confinement or rehabilitation. This is where sex offender evaluations come in.

How it works

Trained forensic psychologists use these evaluations to identify and record critical information about each offender. This information contributes to a number of larger databases which various law enforcement and legal agencies use to record or track information, and allocate resources more effectively.

The forensic psychologist’s primary goal during these psychological evaluations is to determine the risk of recidivism, danger to the community, competency, and criminal responsibility. All of this information helps to determine if an individual will be placed on his or her state’s sex offender registry. Any other data from these psychological evaluations will be recorded so that it is available to any number of legal or law enforcement agencies.

Sex offenders evaluations

In legal terms, competency refers to an offender’s ability to stand trial. It is determined by a person’s ability capacity to understand court proceedings and effectively consult with their legal counsel. The specifics to legal competence are dependent on the situation and the severity of the charges.

Criminal responsibility refers to the accused’s mental state at the time of the crime. This information helps determines whether they were in control of their actions and thus legally culpable.

The term recidivism defines a released offender’s chances of being convicted again for the same type of crime. This number is higher for sex offenders, who often have some sort of psychological element that motivates or reinforces their behavior.

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