Topics in Counseling
These are some of the topics that students face every school year. Here is some basic information, but these can be difficult and confusing issues for any family to deal with. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-465-4431.
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Anxiety- Many adults and children can worry about different things day to day. Yet, persistent anxiety can have a negative impact on a person's life. Common symptoms include difficulty separating from parents, avoidance of classroom and social activities and difficulty transitioning from one activity to another.
ADHD- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, children who have ADHD have difficulty controlling and organizing their body. This can make concentration difficult in the classroom. These children may have difficulty listening and following directions, have learning disorders, difficulty organizing school work, and can be impulsive.
Depression- Depression is the persistent feeling of being sad or disinterested in daily activities. Symptoms that may appear in school are difficulty concentrating, social isolation, and heightened sensitivity to criticism. Often, children will be irritable when depressed.
Grief/Loss-Grief and loss can be difficult for anyone, but children can easily become confused and have difficulty expressing their feelings about the loss of a loved one. Some symptoms that a child may exhibit are difficulty eating and sleeping, increased anxiety, and social withdrawal.
Social Skills-The ability to connect with others is an important part of being human. Through growth and development, children learn, practice and perfect their social skills. Children struggling with social skills exhibit difficulty with making eye contact, sharing, joining in, and making friends.
Bullying- Bullying has recently become a hot topic. While it was once considered a normal childhood experience it is now considered a serious issue in schools. Bullying can be verbal, physical, or over the internet (cyber bullying). Children may be afraid to go to school, complain about stomach aches, or have trouble concentrating. Stop Bullying
Diversity/Inclusion-More than before, we are living in a multicultural society. It is important to teach and promote diversity and inclusion in the classroom. We are all unique and have something to offer. This way all children feel a sense of belonging, security, and the appreciation for others' differences.
Anger-All children experience anger. However, sometimes angry outbursts can become prolonged, destructive, and unsafe for the child or others. This is a serious concern, leaving parents feeling powerless. An angry child may be experiencing feelings of sadness, frustration, or anxiety. Symptoms may include excessive yelling, throwing objects, opposition, and not following directions.
Bi-polar Disorder- Children with Bi-Polar Disorder have difficulty maintaining a steady mood. They experience extreme mood changes from extreme happiness with endless energy to depression and despair. These children may become irritable, explosive, or cry a lot. Moods can change very quickly throughout a day and are beyond the child's ability to control.
Separation/Divorce-Separation and divorce is difficult for all family members. Children may feel lost, confused, sad and angry over the loss of their parents' marriage. Children may react in a variety of ways from the news of divorce such as loss of concentration, withdrawal, and sad/angry outbursts.