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Adolescence can be the cruelest place on earth. It can really be heartless.  ( Tori Amos)

"Unexpressed feeling never die. They are buried alive and come back later in ugly ways." (Stephen Covey)

Children fare better when expectations on them are clear and firm.

It is what we say and do when we're angry that creates the very model our children will follow when dealing with their own frustrations.

Early intervention is always better than crisis management - but it is never too late to do the right thing.

The teenage years require a delicate balance between the young person's need to gain independence, and the parent's need to retain authority.

The mistake that Sharon and I both made is we never set any boundaries.  (Ozzy Osbourne)

If there is no relationship - nothing else matters !

The challenge of adolescence is to balance the right of the parents to feel they are in charge with the need of the adolescent to gain independence.

We should not medicate the boys so they fit the school; we should change the school to fit the boy. (Leonard Sax, M.D. Ph.D)

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Differential Diagnosis – could it be something other than depression?

 
DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS
The symptoms outlined above could be caused by other conditions:
                  eg.           – parasitic diseases                               – Lyme disease
                                    – virus                                                           – mononucleosis
                                    – brain diseases                                       – lesions, tumor
                                    – allergic disorders                                – hypothyroidism
                                    – chronic infections                                – lupus
                                    – immunological diseases                 -hepatitis
                                    – other mental disorders
                                    – alcohol / drug abuse
                                    – sexual abuse
 
 
SOME DISEASES THAT CAN LEAD TO DEPRESSION
                  – HIV/AIDS – immune problems
                  – diabetes – inability to metablize sugar
                  – migraine – more than just bad headaches
                  – lupus – type of arthritis
                  – cystic fibrosis – respiratory disease
                  – chronic fatigue syndrome – long term debilitating fatigue
                  – fibromyalgia – severe, chronic muscle aches
                  – inflammatory bowel disease – eg. Crohns
                  – thyroid problems – hypo & hyper
                  – multiple sclerosis – damage to coating of neurons
                  – head injury
                  – other
 

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Workshops

+ Behaviour Management

This full day or 2 evening workshop will introduce you […]

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+ Lick Your Kids

  “Lick Your Kids” (figuratively not literally) (2 hours) First […]

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+ A Parent’s Guide to the Teenage Brain

  A teenager’s brain is not just an adult brain […]

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+ Reading Rescue

A program for children with reading problems

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+ Taming a Toddler

Many parents wonder what hit them when their sweet little baby turns into an unreasonable toddler – ideas for dealing with mealtime, bedtime, temper tanturms, toilet training, noncompliance, etc.

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2720 Rath Street, Putnam, Ontario
NOL 2BO

Phone: (519) 485-4678
Fax: (519) 485-0281

Email: info@rickharper.ca

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“We were so naive. We thought our son’s poor behaviour was just a phase he was passing through. Thankfully you led us ‘out of the wilderness'”

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