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26/Aug/2019

Did you know that for centuries, there was no such field as child psychology? Children were treated on the same scale as adults when it came to mental health issues! Thankfully, things turned around with child psychology now a field of study which is gaining popularity among parents. This is quite the scene in Kolkata, where there was a spate of incidents involving school children of reputed city schools. There are also disturbing reports of children buying drugs from peddlers in front of A-list Kolkata schools. 

All of these incidents have prompted school authorities and parents alike to look at children as living entities with minds of their own. For a long time now, parents have burdened children with their expectations and worries. When these hapless children could not measure up to their demands, the parents put the blame squarely on their young shoulders. Ask any psychologist in Kolkata and you would know that mental health worries of school children are often linked and tied with their parents. 

School children are being counselled across schools, with the state government joining the trend, albeit late. Child psychologists can help parents deal with difficult children. Urban schools have children with a lot of expectations from them, with mounting competition and contracting opportunities. You would find such children living a quiet life, with sad, disheartened faces. Unless they open up their bottled feelings and emotions, you cannot get a peek into their minds. A trained psychologist can do that. 

Parents of school children are finally awake to the benefits of child psychology. They are not stigma-wary anymore of taking their child to a psychologist or psychiatrist in Kolkata. Even state-run hospitals and clinics are seeing parents with teenagers lined up for psychological counselling. With more parents willing to offer children the help they need for mental issues, child psychology will reach out to many more who are yet to get help. 

MonerAlo.com, the top psychology clinic in Kolkata, has a reputed and experienced team of child psychologists to help your child find their feet, and mojo, back again. Children with healthy minds are the future.    


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26/Aug/2019

It was only in the late 1980s that the topic of depression among toddlers first came into the picture. Earlier, just as most people today, depression among toddlers was unheard of, primarily because no one bothered to evaluate. With modern psychologists expanding the ambit of their study, and interest, toddlers are now diagnosed with depression and even bipolar disorders. So, if your toddler looks depressed, like an adult would look when they are feeling down, there are chances that your toddler is actually suffering from depression. 

There are different types of depression that can happen to very young children:

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder: This is linked to daylight. During winter, when daylight goes away quicker, children can get depressed. 
  • Dysthymia: In this condition, depression is not quite strong but the problem can be quite persistent. Dysthymia can lead to a full-blown depression if not treated at the right time. 
  • Adjustment Disorder: This kind of depression sets in when a child loses a particularly favourite family member or friend. It can also happen if the child is uprooted from a particular location when the family moves homes. 
  • Bipolar Disorder: As in adults, bipolar disorders make children swing from one end of the emotional spectrum to the other. Sometimes the child is happy while at other times, they are sad. This kind of depression is rare, though. 

The question now arises, how do you get help for your depressed child? The first job is to take the child to a professionally trained psychologist. Only such a professional can say for sure if your child is depressed or there is some other issue. Through individual sessions, a psychologist can take a peep into the child’s mind. Sometimes, studying the behavior of a child, or asking them to answer questionnaires, can open up the mind to the psychologist. Treatment usually is free of medication because the child is too young. 

Therapy sessions, individual and group, are the way to take your child on the path of recovery. Because there cannot be any particular cause for depression among toddlers, addressing individual cases is the only way forward. To get such help for your child, contact the best psychology clinic of Kolkata, MonerAlo


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26/Aug/2019

The entire team of Moner Alo, the leading psychiatrist’s clinic of Kolkata, is gutted at the news of a teenage girl taking her own life in the school premises. The gut-wrenching accounts of the girl’s death have filled newspapers for a couple of days now. Parents of every teenager are concerned and worried. They are asking at the heart of this sad tale: how can parents detect that their child is suicidal? Surely, suicidal tendencies don’t develop overnight! So there must be some sort of precaution that parents can take to prevent their teenage children from walking down this tragic path?

The answer is yes, parents have a role to play in detecting suicidal tendencies among children. Teenagers who feel suicidal or give up every hope of living their life usually express changes in their behavior. Extroverted teenagers may become withdrawn or vice versa. Loss of appetite or a sudden spike in it is an indicator. Such teenagers excuse themselves from social interactions, drawing themselves into a shell. They rarely go out of their rooms, let alone leave the house. Some even read books on suicide or browse the internet for ideas of suicide.

Detecting Suicidal Tendencies among Teenagers

Other than instantaneous decisions to kill themselves, teenagers can spend quite some time brooding over the idea of suicide. They can give away their actual feelings through words like “When I’m not around anymore” or “You will know soon, when I’m not there to explain”. These are clear indicators that the teenager is thinking some drastic. Major events in life, like poor marks, failed relationships or being the victim of discrimination or even bullying can be triggers. As a parent, you will not know about these events shaping and affecting your teenager’s life unless you maintain channels of communication with them.

Most parents these days have busy and hectic professional lives. They are unable to provide the time and effort required to bond with their children. Because there is no channel of communication, during moments of emotional duress, teenagers are unable to approach their parents for help. Their pent-up their feelings and it leads to depression and eventually suicidal tendencies.

If you feel your teenage child may be suicidal, get in touch with psychologists immediately for a professional approach to combat the threat.


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26/Aug/2019

This is a bone of contention in many circles. Parents often feel that their child cannot need psychiatric help because they have provided the child with a secure, satisfying childhood. More commonly, parents are unable to recognize the warning signs that their child may be crying for psychiatric help. To be fair to parents, you don’t have the training or the expertise to identify signs that your child has mental health issues, other than the more obvious ones. Even for those, parents tend to ignore them as something that will get better with age.

Mental health complications are anyway considered with a lot of stigma. When things get out of hand, parents tend to consult a psychiatrist. By getting out of hand, we mean cases when the child tries self-harm or talks about it. Usually, it is falling grades in studies which set off alarm bells in the minds of parents. When they come for psychiatric therapy, parents don’t like to admit that their child has a problem. The usual excuse is that they have given the child everything, why would the child feel depressed or anxious?

Do Children Need Psychiatric Help?

Psychiatrists advise parents to look out for some signs and symptoms to identify children who need immediate psychiatric intervention. Sudden loss of appetite, negligence of personal hygiene, withdrawal from social interactions and lack of interest in practically anything: these are good indicators. Sometimes, the symptoms are quite subtle and difficult to detect. This happens when the child is quite imaginative and intelligent in masking their true feelings and behavior. As parents, you have to be one step ahead in looking through such pretend.

As a parent, it is your duty to ensure that your child gets the best care they need: physical and mental. A trip to a psychiatrist doesn’t translate into “My child is mad.” In the same vein, don’t push your help down your child’s throat. Let them feel easy and be relaxed yourself. Let the psychiatrist dictate the flow of conversation during the session. Talk less and listen more. Try to look at your child through the fresh eyes of a psychiatrist. You will understand your child’s problem better. Supportive parents actually help resolve most cases of children with mental health issues.


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26/Aug/2019

According to data pulled through surveys conducted among school children of the age group 12 to 18, 25% admitted to being bullied in school. Classrooms are the battlegrounds for bullying in schools. By natural order, some students in the class are better in terms of intellectual ability, and physical prowess. If you look at the definition of bullying, it clearly states that there has to be a superior-inferior dynamic when it comes to bullying. What’s more, bullying is not something limited to the bully and the bullied. Bystanders who are watching someone being bullied in school are not isolated or removed from this.

Psychological counseling is a must for bullies, and the bullied. Schools, especially tier I and II schools, have appointed a resident psychological counselor to handle such issues in the context of a classroom. professional psychological counselors categorize bullying into four types: physical, verbal, cyber and relational. As the names indicate, physical bullying is about hitting or physically intimidating someone. Verbal bullying is abusing or humiliating someone through the spoken word. Cyberbullying is targeting someone online, through social media networks like Facebook or Twitter. Relational bullying is spreading rumors about the target, or encouraging others not to socialize with them.

The right way to stand up against bullying

Students are often in one category of bullying or the other. Students need to be told that what they are doing may be giving them a sense of momentary high, but such a state of mind is only temporary. Bullying someone never establishes someone as a superior human being, in any form or the other. So, their efforts are actually damaging their own personalities and destroying sympathy and empathy, which are natural feelings in a human being. Often, students may not be natural bullies but they display bullying behavior because they feel that it can act as a defense mechanism against being bullied. It is a complex web.

Psychologists working with school children have often unearthed diverse reasons for their bullying. Reasons range from parental bullying suffered from home to inherent mental disorders that require essential parent-child counseling. Ignoring bullies can lead them to substance abuse or other forms of increased unacceptable behavior. The bullied suffer from severe depression and paranoia. All planks of bullying can have devastating effects on children. So professional psychologists need to step in as early as possible to stop this kind of behavior from affecting anyone irreversibly.


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26/Aug/2019

What is ADHD?

ADHD symptoms

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental disorder of the neurodevelopmental type. ADHD characterized by problems paying attention, excessive activity, or difficulty controlling behaviour which is not appropriate for a person’s age.

The symptoms appear before a person is twelve years old, are present for more than six months.

Impacts of ADHD  in Teenage Children :

Teenage children are extremely difficult to deal with, most of the times. Their hormones are in a
state of rage, giving them mood swings. They are either very happy or suffering from loneliness.

This is also the age when they feel that every piece of advice given to them is a warning to them.

So, they are unable to listen to any word of advice, dismissing them as being something from people
who don’t know or understand them? These are very common among teenagers and parents
develop their own methods of dealing with these situations.

However, if your teenager suffers from ADHD, you need to get professional psychological help immediately.

The symptoms of ADHD:

  1. Teenagers suffering from this mental condition are unable to focus on anything.
  2. Gives no close attention to details.
  3. Unable to sit still in a single place.
  4. Has a short attention span and is easily distracted.
  5. Is unable to stick at tasks that are tedious or time-consuming.

ADHD can very harmful?

Research shows that teens suffering from that type of disease often end up in dangerous driving accidents because they lose their attention and focus while they are on the wheel!

Parents who have teens suffering from this are better advised to keep them away from driving.

ADHD is also affecting their studies. They are very inattentive in class. You can even find them playing with the piece of paper while the lessons are on.

According to Psychologists, teens who are suffering from that disease require more care and nurturing than others who don’t suffer from this problem.

How to cure ADHD?

A good way to deal with this problem is to keep calm at all times. It is natural for you as a parent to
get frustrated with their low grades or poor behaviour.

You may feel that they are wasting their potential and talent in trivial pursuits. Losing your own calm won’t help, but complicate matters.
Take note that pressure from your side as a parent can lead them to alcoholism or drug abuse.

Finally, consult a professional psychologist. Medication isn’t always necessary. But therapy is a must
to deal with ADHD.

Delay in treatment can be quite damaging for the teenager.

 

 

 

 


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26/Aug/2019

There are many who have equated the task of finding the right therapist to finding the right life
partner! Surely, things don’t have to be that serious when it comes to finding a therapist who can pull you
out of a compromised mental state, but this saying is not very far from the mark. Unless you
land with the therapist best suited for you, your improvement will suffer. You will be unable to
open up your heart and mind to just about any therapist. It has to be someone you are
comfortable with, and that sense of comfort doesn’t always come with established names in this
sector.

You may visit a psychologist or psychiatrist who is very famous and is reputed to have helped
numerous people with diverse problems. That, however, doesn’t assure you that this person is
best suited as your therapist as well. On the other hand, a lesser known therapist may just be the
person you are looking for, and feel comfortable and assured about. You are the best judge in
this regard, especially about the comfort part of the equation.

There are pointers, of course, that can lead you to make an informed choice. During the
reconnaissance period, when you are looking at options through online searches or asking your
friends for recommendations, you can find out about the body of work done by the psychologist
or psychiatrist. If you find that the person specializes in the kind of treatment you are looking
for, you can go ahead and book an appointment. Or you can look further till you find a person
with the relevant experience.

There is also the factor of methodology. Some psychiatrists prefer medication while others rely
on other forms of therapy, like group or music therapy, depending on the case. If you are
someone who feels that medication should be the last resort in therapy, you can pick a
psychiatrist who thinks likewise. There are tons of online data available for you to do your
homework on the psychologists of your choice. Again, this is very similar to finding as much
information about the person you’re about to date!

Sometimes, you are unsure whether you need a psychologist or a psychiatrist. It depends on the
severity of the situation, which the person affected may not be in the best position to judge. A
general physician can direct you towards the right channel of treatment. You can also speak to
counselors at Moner Alo who can guide you on the path to recovery.


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26/Aug/2019

Teens go through emotional ups and downs all the time. Even a child faces lots of emotional turmoil. Hence, every child grows up to be different individuals with different psychological problems. Mental illness includes depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and many others to list down. There are certain signs that will help one to know that when the child or teen needs psychological counselling.

  • Mood swings are very common in teen. But that reaches its zenith and causes bad effects can create negative impact in the future. You can send your child for psychological counselling sessions at Moner Alo. We hold many such sessions to treat the children in the best possible way.
  • Behavioural changes are also alarming. It is quite obvious that behavioral choices change as your teen gets older, but if your son or daughter is presenting as a different person to you, this may indicate a mental illness or substance abuse. Our team at Moner Alo organizes regular sessions that deal with all these minute details regarding psychological effects.
  • Decreased energy, changes in eating and sleeping, frequent stomach aches, headaches, and backaches, and neglect of personal appearance and hygiene etc. are some of the other symptoms that talk about psychological turmoil. These can be dealt through counselling session. We at Moner Alo practice anxiety treatment in Kolkata and that many have recovered soon.
  • As teens enter into the developmental depression, they engage in disquieting meditations about death, symbolic of their loss of innocence and childhood identity. This is yet another sign that shows that your child needs counselling and that can help the child recover or overcome the turmoil.
  • Suicidal tendencies are quite common in teens. This basically comes from frustration, depression and anxiety. They need serious psychological counselling in order to overcome that phase.

Due to hormonal changes, life can seem overwhelming, and without much life experience, a young adult can feel misguided. Hence, a proper psychological counselling can do wonders and can help the child or the teen overcome all the ill phases and have a normal life altogether.


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26/Aug/2019

It is normal for a kid to be disappointed and angry when you refuse them something. It can be some additional time at the playground, some extra dollops of ice-cream or simply a refusal to study. As a parent, you are right in thinking about the welfare of your child and take decisions accordingly. When not allowed to have things their way, kids often get temperamental and vent out their frustration, much like adults. Except that adults have the ability in them to understand their outbursts of emotion and check them when they go overboard. Kids don’t always have that safety valve.

Our psychologists at Moner Alo deal with temperamental kids and their parents regularly. In the modern life, when parents are increasingly unable to devote more time to their kids, it is obvious that they feel neglected and sidelined. On the other hand, parents have their own issues to deal with, like work pressure in the professional arena. As a result, they are hard-pressed for time, often working longer hours. The whole cycle takes a heavy toll on the kid’s mind, making them opinionated and obstinate. Here are some psychological points that you can keep in mind while dealing with your temperamental kids.

For starters, you have to remain calm and composed, despite the anger building up inside you to discipline and rebuke the child. Remember that these temperamental outbursts are not planned or manipulative in nature. They are simple expressions of a kid’s emotion. You have to respect that and treat the kid with dignity. Shooing away the kid, along with the problem, or leaving the kid alone to simmer and finally calm down, are not options for you. This is the time when the kid actually needs you by their side. Your calm demeanour will eventually wear off on them as well.

Next up, assess the nature of the tantrums. Are they regular and getting increasingly violent? Is the kid lashing out physically? There are those innocent and harmless tantrums which can be resolved with more attention, love and care. However, there are other complex ones which require psychological counselling. You cannot live in a denial mode and hope that the phase passes over. It can get worse! So, dial up the best psychologist in Kolkata at Moner Alo and get professional help for your kids.  


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26/Aug/2019

Tantrums are very common among children, especially among babies and pre-teens. They want everything to go their way. Otherwise, they raise a ruckus, inconveniencing parents and teachers at school. At times, their tantrums can be really difficult to handle, especially as they can get violent gradually. Parents are often at their wit’s end trying to figure out a way to handle their children, and so do the teachers at school. Child counselling can help to deal with an infant who shows outbursts once too often.

Here are some words of advice from professional psychological counsellors at Moner Alo to guide you in your effort to handle animosity from juvenile.

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First up, you need to be consistent and patient. Children, especially babies, don’t like their routines to tamper. They become very particular when it comes to meal timings, including scheduled walks in the evening or play hours. Unless they get their daily fix, they will resort to animosity. You may feel that an infant has no idea about time, but that’s a totally wrong idea! They have a very natural understanding of their daily habits and if disturbed, they resent vehemently.

To ensure that you maintain consistency in your schedule, you need to plan ahead. For example, if you are taking your kid to the supermarket, make sure that they are properly fed. Children get hungry as you keep shopping and the idea of feeding the child slips your mind. Hungry children will cry and you may deem it as throwing animosity! So, be sure to plan the kid’s meals and sleep times in a way that does not interfere with the usual routine of the child.

Allowing your kid to make choices is a great idea. Don’t always push down your opinion on matters of clothes or shoes. Allow the kids to decide the colour for the day: a red tee or a green one. That way, the child understands that you value opinion and are open to suggestions. This will encourage them to express themselves instead of simply flaring up. It also teaches the child, more so if the child is a pre-teen, about decision making and owning up to those decisions.

You, being the responsible adult, have to work out ways to circumnavigate around the temper of kids. Work with a psychologist for better results.

 






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