Ability to Love, Impulse Control, Moral Reasoning
Parenting the At Risk Child
Genetic Connection between ADHD, Addiction and Antisocial Behavior

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Tips for Getting Professional Mental Health Treatment for Yourself and Your Child

It is easy to say that parents of at risk children should seek professional help when they need it. It is often difficult for people to get the help they need. Here are a few tips:

1. A therapist cannot take the place of you as parent. A therapist talking to your child about his behavior has limited value outside of making a diagnosis. If your child does not listen to you, he likely won't listen to a professional either.

2. A therspist talking with YOU about your child's behavior and empowering YOU to be a more effective parent is likely to be very helpful. Even highly intelligent, motivated, loving parents often need help with the challenges posed by raising an at risk child.

3. Do not expect immediate results. It can sometimes take months of consistently working on a problem before seeing a change.

4. Set goals, look for results. You can't improve without clear goals. Write your goals down and keep a journal of progress and set-backs.

5. Don't waste time with small talk with your therapist. It is up to you to work your treatment and realize your goals. The therapist is your coach in the process.

6. If your therapist or physician recommends you or your child take medication, carefully listen to the rationale behind the treatment. Don't reject or accept medication until you have all the facts. Ideally, a child under 14 who takes psychiatric medication should see a psychiatrist who has special training in treating children.

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10 CHILD PROBLEMS REQUIRING PROFESSIONAL EVALUATION

1. Poor impulse control
2. Excessive anger
3. Poor attention span
4. Learning disabilities
5. Oppositional behavior
6. Violent/aggressive behavior
7. Stealing
8. Habitual lying
9. Substance abuse
10. Depression and other mood problems

10 PARENT PROBLEMS REQUIRING PROFESSIONAL EVALUATION

1. Depression/suicidal thoughts
2. Excessive anger
3. Poor impulse control
4. Excessive anxiety
5. Poor sleep
6. Recurrent thoughts of a trauma
7. Inability to separate from an abusive relationship
8. Feeling unable to cope with child
9. Substance abuse
10. Overwhelmed by stress