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What OCD and Autism Could Look Like in Your Child

Autism and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) are two separate conditions that can often occur simultaneously in children. While they may have overlapping symptoms, it is important to understand the differences between the two in order to properly identify, diagnose, and seek treatment for your child. For information about dual diagnosis treatment for children with OCD or…

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Healing from Narcissistic Abuse By Your Child

If you have experienced narcissistic abuse from your child, it can be a particularly difficult and painful experience. The child-parent relationship is supposed to be one of love, support, and nurturing. However, when a child exhibits narcissistic traits or behaviours towards their parent, it can leave the parent feeling confused, invalidated, and deeply wounded. Venture…

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Can You Get Brain Damage from Narcissistic Abuse?

Narcissistic abuse can have a devastating impact on a teenager. This type of abuse is characterised by manipulation, control, and emotional or psychological harm inflicted by someone with a narcissistic personality disorder. As a parent, it can be heart-wrenching to see your teen suffer from the effects of narcissistic abuse. You may feel helpless and…

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What Is Intermittent Explosive Disorder?

While occasional anger is a normal emotion, individuals with intermittent explosive disorder struggle to control their outbursts. They may find themselves getting mad over little things that do not typically elicit such a strong reaction. This can lead to strained relationships, employment issues, legal problems, and difficulty functioning in daily life. If your child is…

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How Trauma Impacts Addiction

One or more untreated emotional issues can play a role in developing addictive behaviour. Very often, the underlying issue involves a traumatic experience. While this trauma may have occurred recently, it usually stems from childhood wounds, in which the individual goes on to self-medicate with substances. If your teen needs treatment for trauma-based addiction issues,…

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Getting Help for High-Functioning Depression

High-functioning depression (HFD) is not technically a clinical diagnosis, so there is no one standard of diagnostic criteria. This form of depression is a loose collection of persistent symptoms that doctors don’t believe are severe enough to fall under clinical depression. However, those with high functioning depression can struggle to get through their lives and…