ADHD in the Classroom

At Focal Points Therapy, we often work with children and teens diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), along with their parents.  We hear their frustrations, see their struggles, and work with them to overcome their challenges.  One topic that comes up frequently during these interactions is the classroom.  There’s something about the educational atmosphere and expectations

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Addressing Mental Health Myths

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Week 2018, we want to talk about the facts!  Or rather, common myths that most people believe when it comes to psychological matters.  Every year millions of Americans are diagnosed with a mental illness, but millions more fail to understand the basics of what they’re going through.  In an

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The Versatility of Heart Rate Variability:  A Look at the Mother/Baby Relationship

In recent years, the postpartum relationship between mothers and babies has been gaining attention.  During these earliest formative years, the connection between these two can have a huge influence on the mental health of the child later in life.  But studying the psychological health of infants has been challenging, to say the least.  So, researchers

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The Truth Behind Harvard’s Happiness Study & Relationships

With more and more people touting the benefits of self-care, they often forget one key aspect: relationships.  While looking inward and doing more to improve your mental/physical wellbeing is important, an influential Harvard study shows that your interpersonal connections have a lot to do with this, as well.  The new twist on an old theme, “Your

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How Neurofeedback Can Improve Your Focus

Coping with an inability to concentrate can be difficult—no matter what age you are.  Does your child struggle to stay on task when studying (which shows in his/her grade)?  Are you looking for a nonpharmacological solution to common mental health problems like ADD or ADHD?  Well, you may want to look into neurofeedback.  At Focal

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Technology Triggers:  A Closer Look at Social Media & ADHD

While studies linking social media to mental health issues like ADHD are nothing new, the emerging patterns in research are certainly raising questions.  Inevitably, people (and parents, in particular) are wondering why the two topics keep appearing so closely linked.  Is technology contributing to the growing number of mental illnesses in America?  Should we be

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Back-to-School Schedule Preparations

With only one month left of summer, it’s time to start thinking about back to school!  Apart from shopping, slowly modifying your schedule (as a family) day by day should ease the transition to September.  Every household has its own rhythm, so while there are no “rules” to help prepare everyone, these suggestions might make

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What Sleep Deprivation Does to Your Brain

We’ve all had those nights where we can’t seem to fall asleep, despite the fact that we have to wake up early tomorrow.  So, then we struggle through the next day on only a few hours of rest, feeling cranky and sluggish, unable to concentrate at times.  What happens when that “one night” turns into

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A Closer Look at Gaming Disorder

Have you heard of Fortnite? What about World of Warcraft?  Is your child/teen playing these or another video game to the point of distraction these days?  Well, then you may be interested to learn the World Health Organization (WHO) has recently added the term “gaming disorder” to its list of mental health issues.  Electronics are basically

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Changing Your Mental Health Plan

  If you’ve been diagnosed with a mental health issue and you’ve consulted a licensed professional about it, chances are you have a treatment plan.  Exactly what that plan entails will depend on the disorder you’re dealing with, along with your symptoms and even your age. Unfortunately, not everyone feels like their treatment is individualized to

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"My daughter used to come home with at least two Ds on her report card. Now, she is getting all As and Bs, and she's even on the honor roll this semester."

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