Oppositional Defiant Disorder

By their very nature, children can be challenging or uncooperative at times. Perhaps they have an occasional tantrum. When these tantrums and defiant behaviors become routine and interfere with daily life, the child may be showing signs of Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). Oppositional Defiant Disorder is typically diagnosed in children and adolescents and is based on a pattern of angry/irritable mood, argumentative/defiant behaviors, and/or vindictiveness that lasts at least 6 months. Children and adolescents with [...]

By |2019-08-19T14:27:51+00:00August 19th, 2019|

Treatment Options for ADHD

***Please note this blog is intended to present information about treatment options for ADHD and relevant new research. These are not recommendations, and treatment decisions for yourself or your child should be made by you and your healthcare provider. There are many treatment options for children and adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), with new medications and devices becoming approved each year. The most common go-to treatment option is medication, which is most often in the [...]

By |2019-08-09T14:41:22+00:00August 9th, 2019|

Stress in Generation Z

The American Psychological Association (APA) has conducted an annual survey of stress among Americans for the past 12 years. For their 2018 survey, they focused heavily on stress in members of Generation Z, which is made up of young people aged 15 to 21 (or those born around the year 2000). Gen Z is a unique group, as they are the first generation to deal heavily with certain stressors, like social media, school shootings, and [...]

By |2019-07-25T14:31:30+00:00July 25th, 2019|

When is it Time for Testing?

Psychological Evaluations: Far more people seek therapy than psychological testing. Most issues can be addressed sufficiently by participating in therapy, and in some cases, taking medication. However, there are several occasions when the need for testing can arise. Some emotional issues are more “straightforward,” such as depression following the loss of a job or a relationship. Other emotional issues can be more complicated, such as when multiple emotional issues are present or when a person [...]

By |2019-07-13T23:32:32+00:00July 13th, 2019|

Trends in Teen Suicides

Colorado is a community that has been shaken by teen suicides over the past several years. In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control ranked Colorado 11th in the nation for most teen suicides, and in 2018, Kaiser found Colorado ranked 9th out of 50 states. While Colorado does not rank in the top 5 of states with the highest number of teen suicides, several Western states are on this list (including our neighbors, Wyoming and Utah). In [...]

By |2019-06-30T14:02:49+00:00June 30th, 2019|