Becoming a parent can turn your life upside down. No matter what the age of your child, being a parent can evoke confusion and anxiety in all parents. You do not have to suffer alone with this when help is available. Sometimes what may seem to be a worrisome problem to you is really a normal part of child development. A consultation about your concerns can help you gain a different perspective and feel more comfortable about your child’s development. It is always best to identify and address your concerns about your child early on, before they have the chance to develop into bigger problems. Smaller signs of childhood problems can appear very early on, and should be addressed then, in order to resolve them. Do not wait for your child to outgrow it.
Whether your child is an infant, toddler, pre-school age child, or is in middle-school, high school, or college, each stage of development presents challenges and dilemmas for all parents. Adolescence can be especially difficult for both children and parents, even more today because there is so much in today’s youth culture to be concerned about. No matter how grown up they look or act, adolescents are neither children nor adults, but are that difficult in between stage of becoming adults, a work in progress. It is a time when adopted kids become acutely preoccupied with issues of identity, a time when a little help can go a long way. At times, parents have difficulty in making the shift when their children have become adults.
Recently I have become involved in the treatment of children with a neuropsychiatric disorder marked by the sudden onset of facial or motor tics and obsessive-compulsive disorder. This illness is known as PANDAS, which stands for Pediatric Auto-Immune Disorder Associated with Streptococcus.