Johns Hopkins Medicine recently highlighted Gerald Nestadt, Psychiatrist, who has studied and treated patients with OCD for the past 30 years. He has found strong evidence for a biological basis for OCD, while he acknowledges that one’s environment also plays a role. Recently, Gerald Nestadt has been studying the role of doubt in OCD. He has found that the more self-doubt one has, the more dysfunctional their OCD tends to be. For instance, one does not simply act on an obsessive thought (compulsion) for the sake of performing the act, but out of their own self-doubt that they had performed the act correctly or thoroughly enough.
We know that with OCD, the behaviors (compulsions) are performed in an effort to reduce one’s own anxiety. This may work for the short-term, but anxiety is not decreased overall unless the person is able to resist acting out on their compulsions. At Pinnacle CTC, we guide clients through this process by using Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP). ERP is not only effective in the treatment of OCD, but for many anxiety disorders as well.
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Our first Group Intensive is coming!
As we approach a new school year, it is important for all teachers to look deep into the needs of each child who sits in their classroom. Trauma is something that can scream so loudly in a voice that can be easily mistaken as oppositional, inattentive, hyperactive, and angry.
In a recent post, Ransom for Israel painted a vivid picture of a child who has experienced trauma as a goldfish that has been mistaken as a shark. "...our children often present with behaviors that look like the shark, but if we look below the water, we will realize they are really just scared goldfish trying to have a need met. Their behaviors might communicate anger and hostility, but below the surface is fear and a hurting child."
School can be a fortress for the hurt and the weary. For teachers, you have the honor of being able to "provide a safe space and help them regulate. This might mean sinking down to eye level and saying, 'You are safe.' and then simply step away for a while. The cure for trauma is a safe relationship and you are going to give the child space and environment to feel safe."
When you see a child who is struggling, find the need that has yet to be met. Be their safety.
Anger is often considered a secondary emotion because it is used as an attempt to protect ourselves against feeling or showing primary emotions such as sadness, grief, fear, and anxiety. We may unintentionally hurt others as a form of self-protection. Only when we decide to take off the mask of anger can we allow ourselves to begin to heal.
The next time you find yourself angry, I challenge you to look beneath the surface. Are you feeling embarrassed? Disrespected? Undervalued? Afraid? Open yourself up to learning more about the real you, and let the healing begin.
Selective Mutism (SM) is an anxiety disorder that begins early in a child’s life, where the child consistently feels unable to speak to certain people or in certain situations in which speaking is expected (such as at school or in the community), while speaking freely in other settings (such as at home).
We are VERY excited to announce that our ADOS-2 manual and kit arrived today!!!
We are now scheduling Autism Diagnostic Assessments. Appointments available as early as March 27th! Click HERE to schedule your assessment.
There is no age limit on stress and anxiety. The truth: anxiety looks different in kids! Anxious children are often mislabeled and misdiagnosed (and sometimes inaccurately medicated). Here, you can learn how anxiety, trauma, or stress may look in a child. This information is not just for parents, but can be extremely helpful for educators! Feel free to share with a parent or educator you know.