Psychiatry Associates Blog

Ashley Albarado, M.D.

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Separation Anxiety in Children: Why it Happens and How to Help

As a parent, leaving your child in any new or unfamiliar situation is bound to be met with a certain amount of anxiety for both parties.  Such emotions are perfectly normal but often quickly subside.  Then, there are times when a child’s anxiety over being separated from their parent, caregiver, or home occurs more often than is typical and in settings that may not be unfamiliar to them.  In these instances, a child may be suffering from separation anxiety.

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Coping with Grief During the Holidays

The loss of a loved one is difficult at any time, but the holidays can be particularly hard.  Family and friends move into center focus this time of year as we gather around the dinner table or the Christmas tree to celebrate.  Meanwhile, holiday music, decorations, movies, and music all serve as unavoidable reminders of exactly how different this year will be to those past.

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Children: Signs & Treatment

Watching your child struggle and feeling unable to help them is among the most heartbreaking experiences any parent endures, but it’s a feeling that every parent is sure to encounter at some point.  It may be the loss of a loved one, a breakup, or a dream that is dashed.  However, despite how difficult they may be to witness, most parents understand that these types of problems will improve given time.  In the case of mental health disorders, there often is no such silver lining.  When problems like obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) arise in children, parents may not understand the condition or how to address it, finding themselves in completely uncharted territory.

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Normal Teenage Defiance or Oppositional Defiance Disorder?

Parents are often heard lamenting the approach of their child’s teen years, as they envision sullen, defiant children who are attempting to find their own identities and separate themselves from their parents.  Undoubtedly, a certain level of defiance is to be expected from children, particularly during these formative years.  However, there are instances in which parents find their teen’s behavior to be so extreme that they wonder if the line of developmentally normal rebellion has been crossed.  Determining whether or not a child’s behavior is cause for deeper investigation with a medical professional is never easy, but there are some signs that parents can watch for.

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Managing Your Child’s ADHD During the Summer

The school year has a certain rhythm that most families eventually fall into.  By and large, both parents and children know what to expect from each day with a consistent routine, and while the long, lazy days of summer hold a special appeal, they also mark a drastic shift in day-to-day life.  Determining how to navigate change can be difficult for many families, particularly those who have a child who has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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Coping with an Eating Disorder During Summer

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The Lasting Impact of Early Intervention for Autism

The general public has become increasingly aware of autism over the past few years.  Today, we know that as many as 1 in 68 newborns will eventually be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and as research continues to expand, so too does our understanding of how to best help these children.

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Social Media and Mental Health: What Parents Should Know

As children grow, so too do the concerns of parents, and as they enter the tween and teen years, you will likely look back fondly on the days when picky eating was your biggest worry.  Undoubtedly, the hormonal, emotional, and social hazards that can hang over the middle school and high school years are a far more slippery slope than potty training ever was.  Of course, today’s parents also have the added element of social media to contend with, a fact that only compounds frustration and can leave you feeling in the dark when it comes to your own child’s daily life.

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Childhood Anxiety vs ADHD: Knowing the Difference

Your child has trouble focusing in the classroom.  Their behavior is disruptive, with emotional outbursts occurring often, and they are inefficient at completing their tasks.  Their teacher may bring up the possibility of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or perhaps the possibility has already been lingering in your mind.  And, while it is certainly natural to grasp at a plausible explanation for difficult behavior, parents should also know that ADHD is not the only mental health condition hallmarked by these symptoms.

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Helping Baton Rouge Students Cope with Back-to-School Stress

New situations are enough to make even adults feel anxious.  Imagine stepping back into work after a months-long absence.  You face your old co-workers for the first time, while also being introduced to brand new co-workers and a new boss.  The dynamics have changed, and you aren’t quite sure how or where you’ll fit in.  You would likely feel nervous and a bit apprehensive.  Students weather this exact scenario every single year, and they do it with the added social and educational pressures that come with youth. 

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