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Support Child’s Mental Health

Support your child's mental health

How to support your Child’s Mental Health

Firstly, your Child’s Mental Health is important, and here are some ways on how to support your child. These help in their overall health as well.

Some exercises for parents include:

  1. LOVE: Be there for your child and show care and love
  2. EXERCISE: Encourage play exercise and sport
  3. BEHAVIOR: Keep an eye out for any changes in behavior
  4. SUPPORT: Regularly support, encourage and praise your child
  5. REST TIME: Help your child to manage stress by building in some rest time
  6. BE PROUD: Tell your child that you are proud of them
  7. PATIENCE: Be patient. Don’t pressure your child.
  8. HELP: Don’t be afraid to seek help from professionals
  9. FEELING: Get to know how your child is feeling
  10. EDUCATE: Educate yourself about mental health problems
  11. PROBLEM SOLVING: Help your child to effectively problem solve
  12. LISTEN: In addition, make sure you take time to listen to what your child has to say
  13. COPING: Also, help your child to learn some simple coping skills like relaxation
  14. SYMPTOMS: Be aware of signs and symptoms
  15. CONVERSATION: Encourage your child to engage in conversation
  16. ENVIRONMENT: Provide a positive environment for your child so that they can thrive
How to support your child's mental health
How to support your Child’s Mental Health

Nevertheless, there are plenty of resources. However, an institute of National Significance – the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences – has a division on child and adolescent mental health, which you could consult. Their website link is here. Finally, consult a neuropsychiatrist if you feel you need to learn more or get help for your kid’s emotional health.

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Child Sexual Abuse

child sexual abuse
child sexual abuse
Children

Child sexual abuse is a pressing issue in society today. Moreover, statistically, there is a considerable increase in the number of cases related to juvenile sex abuse over the past decade. Most cases report the abuser as a close family member or a family friend rather than a stranger.

Future Consequences of Child Sexual Abuse-

  1. A sexually abused child is likely to develop severe mental health conditions and has major difficulties coping with as an adult. Therefore, one of the most common disorders affecting survivors of child sexual abuse is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Significantly, this involves the individual reliving the trauma all his/her life – thus leading to panic, stress, and difficulties living a healthy life in the longer run.
  2. Consequently, it is normal for the individuals abused as a child to suffer from very low self-esteem. They continue to blame themselves for the events that occurred and hence have a rather demeaning view of themselves. Thus, this leads to adjustment issues in the future.
  3. They also have a diagnosis of clinical depression owing to the previous trauma. Accordingly, this hampers the everyday functioning of the individual. The individual continues to relive the past traumatic events that further fuel their depression and eventually contribute to the vicious cycle.

Other consequences:

  1. Most often, survivors of child sexual abuse have a rather impulsive nature due to impulse control’s hampered functioning. Subsequently, they have lesser control over their emotions, especially anger, and rather quick to act.
  2. Because of all the complications, there is a good chance that they become socially competent. Thus, they fail to build firm peer relationships. Therefore they grow up to be adults with severe trust issues. Hence, often sidelined because of their cynicism which leads to further depressive symptoms.
  3. By definition, Genophobia or Coitophobia is the abnormal fear of sex.  It is another complication that sexually abused kids go on to experience as adults.  They usually avoid sexual intercourse altogether. Otherwise, they sometimes engage in sexual activities that come across as rather violent in nature. Some survivors also develop certain sexual fetishes that can be rather dangerous; the most common is ‘pedophilia’ or the sexual arousal involving prepubescent children.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the seriousness of Child Sexual Abuse is often undermined. In treatment, various therapeutic techniques are used according to the need and ages of the patient. For example, psychiatrists and therapists promote positive thinking among the sufferers in many National Institutes, including NIMHANS. Thus, it becomes easy for them to accept their past and move on in life with a better outlook. With proper guidance and help, and sometimes medications, the individuals overcome their mental health issues and live a wholesome life.

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Simple Tricks to Improve Memory

First Consultation Simple Tricks to Improve Memory

Improve Memory by using these Simple Tricks

Memory is a very intriguing part of daily living. It is vital. However, memorizing something can turn out to be difficult. On the other hand, memory can also decline with aging. This is known as Dementia. Nevertheless, there are simple tricks to improve memory as memorizing can be difficult. Using these memory-enhancing techniques can help improve your ability to learn new information and retain the information over time.

1. Repeat to Retain

  • Taking notes
  • Repeating a name after you hear it for the first time
  • Repeating or paraphrasing what someone says to you

2. Organize New Information

3. Visualize to Retain Information

4. Use Cues to Learn New

5. Group Items to Retain Information

These are some simple tricks to improve memory.

Dementia can knock on the doorstep of even the middle-aged. And it can certainly be a difficult task to put something into memory at that age.

Consult an expert if you have persistent difficulty with memory or recall.