Ask an Expert
If you think your college age child is depressed but she says she's fine, what do you recommend?
Offer your support, but be patient if she isn't ready to ask for help right away. Getting treatment needs to be her decision.- Jill Emanuele, PhD
Is it common for kids with ADHD to have great behavior at school and difficult behavior at home?
Structured schools are great at helping keep kids with ADHD organized and focused, but when that structure isn't available at home, disruptive behavior can be a consequence.- Vasco Lopes, PsyD
I have custody of two children, recently in foster care, who engage in sexual behavior. What can I do?
This can be normal for this developmental stage, and also controlled with behavioral methods like redirection. But abuse is also a possibility.- Janine Domingues, PhD
My 4-year-old has been kicked out of preschool for behavior problems we don't see anywhere else. What can I do?
To reduce problem behavior in the classroom, the first step is understanding what's triggering it, and how it's being reinforced.- Melanie A. Fernandez, PhD, ABPP
My five-year-old son will not stay in time out. What am I doing wrong?
Kids often wear down parents by bolting from time outs. You need a back-up area that's inescapable, for him to calm down, before going back in the chair.- Vasco Lopes, PsyD
I'm 13, and I think I have social anxiety. My parents say I have disruptive behavior. How can I tell which I have?
Your feelings and the behavior that's bothering your parents may be related. What's important is to talk to your parents about how you feel and how you can get help.- Rachel Busman, PsyD
I saw by accident that my 15-year-old daughter has been talking about sex with a guy on Facebook. What should I do?
It's time for a conversation about social media, safety, and sex. You need to establish rules and expectations, but first listen to what's going on in her life.- Rachel Busman, PsyD
My son, who has ADHD, is defiant and emotionally over-reactive. Parenting him is like riding a roller coaster. What type of therapies could help?
Many kids with ADHD are defiant, and parent training can have a big impact on this problematic behavior.- Vasco Lopes, PsyD
A child whose mother is hospitalized cries daily, disrupting the the class. Should we pity her or demand that she perform?
A parent's illness can be very destabilizing for a child. She may need more support and fewer demands, and the school should be conferring with the family members caring for her.- Rachel Busman, PsyD
My 11-year-old daughter gets sick to her stomach and cries when I take her to school. Is this an anxiety disorder?
Anxiety can be expressed in a number of different ways, including an upset stomach. Getting an evaluation will help you learn what kind of anxiety your daughter has.- Rachel Busman, PsyD