Trying to have collaborative discussions with your teen can be difficult. Talking about anxiety, which can bring on stress just by mentioning it, can be especially challenging.
"The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens: CBT Skills to Help You Deal with Worry and Anxiety" includes many activities that will help your teen clients feel more relaxed and worry free.
Ambivalence – and a great deal of it – is a typical feature of hoarding disorder. Even clients who seek treatment for this debilitating condition bring considerable ambivalence to the goals and tasks of the treatment.
The visible signs that a loved one has Hoarding Disorder (HD) can, in some cases, be pretty obvious. It’s difficult to walk through rooms in your loved one’s home because of the large number possessions. It’s difficult for your loved one to locate or to store items in the home because of clutter covers every surface and blocks access to rooms, closets, and storage spaces.
Hoarding disorder (HD) is a complex condition that affects approximately two to five percent of the population and is a difficult problem to treat. However, researchers have developed a special form of cognitive-behavior therapy that is promising for the treatment of the condition. For those who don't seek treatment, communities have undertaken harm reduction approaches.
As a clinician specializing in the treatment of pediatric anxiety and OCD, I am very fortunate to have access to so many effective interventions designed to treat the children suffering from these disorders. However, as anyone who works with this population knows, addressing the child’s symptoms is only half the battle.
Ambivalence – and a great deal of it – is a typical feature of hoarding disorder. Given the considerable ambivalence of most clients with this condition, clinicians want to take care to avoid inadvertently shutting down the client’s motivation to work on the problem. Here are typical ways clinicians shut down motivation when treating hoarding disorder.
Psychotherapy with adolescents is a difficult proposition. Research suggests that adolescents do not do as well as adults in psychotherapy and that they tend to dropout or refuse treatment more often. The cognitive-behavioral treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is no exception.
Worries and fears are a typical part of early childhood. Most children outgrow their fears with little or no impact on their social, emotional, or intellectual development. Little worriers, on the other hand, do not outgrow their fears and over time experience a myriad of problems.
Michael A. Tompkins, PhD, ABPP
Co-Director of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy
If your loved one suffers from hoarding disorder, you’ve likely tried to help. You may have offered to clean her home or to hire someone to do it. You may have suggested that your loved […]