Family Psychiatry
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At Family Psychiatry Counseling and Wellness, we specialize in performing comprehensive psychiatric and psychological evaluations to establish accurate diagnoses and prepare individualized treatment plans. We combine advanced conventional methods with safe alternative treatment approaches to bring about lasting relief and improved quality of life.

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Parenting a Child with ADHD

Parenting a child is already challenging but having a child with ADHD can be even more taxing. ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood. Children with ADHD generally struggle with the ability to think and plan ahead, organize, pay attention, and complete assignments. This means that, as a parent, you need to create a stable environment for your child and be attentive to your child’s problems.

The earlier and more consistently you can address your child’s struggles, the better possibility they have for success. With patience and compassion, you can handle childhood ADHD while appreciating a stable, happy home.

Positivity Goes a Long Way

Having a child with ADHD can be difficult and draining but one of the best skills in combating those challenges can be a positive attitude. When you are calm and positive in a difficult situation there is a higher chance for you to be able to connect with your child, allowing them to follow your outlook by example. Keep in mind that most of the issues caused by your child are not intentional and to hold a sense of humor. What could look like a big problem today could be a funny story to share down the road.

Be willing to be flexible, if your child has completed two out of the three tasks for the day be positive. Compromise with your child and look at what they have accomplished already and maybe tackle that task another day. Small steps still count.

Create a Routine

Children with ADHD function productively in environments that have structure and predictability. Setting out a clear schedule in your home can allow your child to stay focused and organized. Try establishing set times for meals, homework, chores, play, and rest. Help your child plan out their day by creating tasks like setting out school outfits the night before and having a designated special place for anything your child needs to take to school.

Making good use of clocks and timers can also help set the routine. Show your child the importance of time management by setting timers for homework or even playtime. With the schedule set up, make sure you aren’t overscheduling your child with too many activities. This might overwhelm them, so be mindful of what might be too much. Consider setting up a safe, special space for your child to take a break when they need to reset themselves.

Eat Healthy and Sleep

Lack of sleep can result in people being less attentive, this is especially true for children with ADHD. Their need for sleep is crucial, but often due to their attention problems struggle with maintaining a productive sleep schedule. Try being consistent with an early bedtime and use the hour before bedtime as a time to wind down from the stimulation of the day. Find quiet activities with low energy such as coloring or reading. During the day try to burn off your child’s energy with outdoor physical activities.

While diet is not an immediate cause of ADHD, food can have a huge impact on your child’s mental state. Regulating and modifying your child’s diet can help decrease the effects of ADHD. In most cases, children with ADHD are more likely to miss meals, have disordered eating, and overeating. Prioritizing healthy foods and maintaining a schedule of when meals are to be eaten can help combat those negative habits.

Praising and supporting your child

Believe in your child, especially on days when it feels like there is no solution. Pause and reassess. Think about everything that is valuable, unique, and positive about your child. Have faith that your child can learn, mature, change, and prosper. Make this a routine habit, to keep the positive things in perspective.

Take Care of Yourself (Find that Community Support)

It’s impossible to take care of others if you are not in a good space. Children lead by example, as the parent you set the standard of what is a healthy lifestyle. For that to happen you need to eat right, exercise, and find outlets to relieve stress. Hanging out with friends and family can be a great way to unwind or even have them help watch your child and give you time to decompress. Remember to check in with yourself and make sure your needs are being met.

Seek Professional Help

While the community of friends and family can be very helpful in tackling issues caused by your child with ADHD, asking for help from mental health professionals can be very important. You are not alone, talk to your child’s doctors, therapists, and teachers. Mental health professionals are trained in knowing how to handle ADHD and can help educate you and your child.

Here at Family Psychiatry, we have experience with ADHD and can offer help to those who need it. If you or someone you love, feel like they might need some help please reach out. We are here to help.

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Working Remote

Since the start of the pandemic, working from home was a necessity but now it seems like many companies are changing their business model to accommodate remote or hybrid employees. Of course, there are perks to working from home: no commute, more control in your workday, and potentially more time with loved ones. But according to a survey conducted by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), most employees working from home stated that they experienced a decline in their mental health. They reported loneliness, isolation, and difficulty separating work from their personal lives.

Whether you are working from home or possibly considering it an option in the future, don’t be discouraged. Here are some helpful tips to balance the negatives and create a mentally healthy remote work environment.

Set Healthy Work and Life Boundaries

When working from home sometimes the lines blur and often people have a hard time setting boundaries. Since there is no commute or change in scenery it might be difficult to not answer those late-night emails. Instead, try to set up a time when you turn off your notifications to allow yourself to disconnect from the work. Create a clear work schedule and calendar so you have something to keep you consistent.

Create A Routine

Just like you would if you were going into the office, try to create that morning routine. Take a shower in the morning, set out work clothes, and have a healthy breakfast. This will start to create helpful habits to allow you to break up the day. Try to identify your start and end times, then stick to them like you would a normal job. At the end of the workday maybe plan for a walk or something to give you a reprieve from your job.

Establish Your Workspace

It is a lot easier to separate work from home when you have a designated location for work. Try to set up a space that isn’t in your bedroom, you don’t want to have work linked to the area where you are supposed to relax and sleep. Instead, establish a spot that feels like an “office.” This area should be solely for work and should therefore look like an acceptable workspace. It’s easier to have boundaries if you have established different locations.

Take Breaks

It seems like an easy tip, but it works. It could be a physical break like walking the dog, doing a quick yoga stretch session, or calling up a friend for a hike. It could also just be getting up from the desk to grab some coffee or a treat in the kitchen. Breaks can restore motivation and reset the productive flow.

Combat Isolation

Since you aren’t going into the office every day to see your coworkers in person, make sure you are still getting some social time. It’s easy to fall into negative habits when you are alone in your home or only see your family members. Try to make plans with friends or even coworkers to go out and create some social bonds.

With this new shift in the workforce to remote or hybrid, it can be easy to ignore your mental health. Try to be mindful and check in with yourself, and make sure you are establishing those work-life boundaries. Being aware of certain things that can lead to burnout can help save you in the future and allow you to have a more productive and fulfilling career. Sometimes it is not that easy, if you or someone you love feel like you need some extra guidance in establishing a positive work-life balance give us a call. We are happy to help.

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Ketamine Therapy

What is Ketamine?

Ketamine was originally developed as anesthesia and a pain killer. Since the 1970s, ketamine has been advertised in the United States as an injectable, short-acting anesthetic for use in humans and animals. It was used in treating wounded soldiers on the battlefields in the Vietnam War. In 2000, there was the first study published to show encouraging results for ketamine infusion therapy.

While Ketamine has been known to produce a “dissociative experience,” under the strict medical eye, researchers are able to administer it in a controlled clinical setting to aid with treatment-resistant depression and other conditions. In 2019, it was FDA approved for treating depression in the form of a nasal spray called Esketamine (Spravato). Due to this treatment being so influential in helping patients who have been unsuccessful with past anti-depressants, the FDA expedited the approval process to make it more readily accessible.

Ketamine comes in different forms. The only FDA-approved as medication for depression is the nasal spray which is given to adults who haven’t been helped by antidepressant pills, are suicidal, or have a major depressive disorder.

How Does Ketamine Work?

Unlike most antidepressants, which only affect the patient when it is in their system, Ketamine can generate reactions in the cortex of the brain that allows connections to regrow. According to John Krystal MD, chief psychiatrist at Yale Medicine, “It’s the reaction to ketamine, not the presence of ketamine in the body that constitutes its effects.”

There are neurons in the brain involved in mood that use a neurotransmitter called glutamate to connect with each other. The neurons need glutamate receptors to communicate. In some people with depression, the glutamate receptors are often underactive or weakened.

After people received Ketamine, those neuron connections were replenished with new glutamate receptors that allowed the neurons to respond again. That regrowth can help the brain’s ability to change which can aid in depression.

What is Ketamine Infusion Therapy?

Ketamine infusion therapy is a treatment that helps mental health conditions, particularly treatment-resistant depression. To be diagnosed with treatment-resistant depression, people must have tried and failed at least two antidepressant treatments.

According to one study, 88% of participants given ketamine infusion in the emergency room noted that their suicidal ideation went away in 90 minutes.

Ketamine infusions have been shown to be the treatment the body absorbs the best. This therapy has been praised for its high rate of response. In another study, 85% of participants experienced a remission in their depressive symptoms.

Most patients receiving Ketamine infusions state the feeling as meditative and relaxing. The effects of the ketamine normally wear off in 1-2 hours but places that offer the infusions will walk through the process more thoroughly.

Depression is one of the most common mental disorders affecting 1 in 15 adults in any given year. The effects of depression often cause a lack of motivation and procrastination. Where thoughts of “I tried one thing and it didn’t work” ring in the minds of many who suffer from depression, the good news is that there isn’t one fix. If antidepressants don’t seem to work, there are other options. Besides Ketamine, TMS or transcranial magnetic stimulation is another option that responds well to patients who have been treatment-resistant to depression.

Here at Family Psychiatry and Activate TMS, we are motivated to give our patients options. If you or someone you love need some extra help, please reach out. We are always here to help.

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