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My son, who has been taking Prozac for selective mutism, is now completely verbal in school. When can we start taking him off it?
Kids tend to do best if they stay on medications for a year after their symptoms are gone or mostly gone- Natalie Weder, MD
My son is obsessed with fears that he will kill himself. He gets upset when I try to stop talking about it. What can I tell him?
Kids with anxiety often seek reassurance, which makes them feel better temporarily but makes the anxiety stronger. You want to encourage him to fight the anxiety.- Rachel Busman, PsyD
How to Help Your Depressed Teenager
It can be tough to get an adolescent to be open to treatment, but it starts by listening without judgment—you're trying to understand her, not 'fix' her.- Stephanie Dowd, PsyD
My 5-year-old grandson, now living with his dad, cries about everything. Any ideas that would help?
It's normal for kids to have adjustment difficulties after a lot of change. As much as you can, try to be a consistent source of support.- Amanda Mintzer, PsyD
Behavioral Treatment for Kids With Anxiety
A behavioral technique called exposure and response prevention teaches kids how to stop avoiding things they fear and handle the bully in the brain.- Jerry Bubrick, PhD
My 6-year-old son has seen 2 occupational therapists, and both wanted to stop treatment at 6 months. What's going on?
Occupational therapists are focused on accomplishing specific goals, so your goals may need to be updated.- Ken Schuster, PsyD
Three Common Parenting Traps
Tips to help you avoid saying and doing things you know aren't sending the right message.- Matthew Rouse, PhD, MSW
She said her words got 'stuck.'
In preschool, she said that her words got 'stuck.' Her extreme anxiety prevented her from speaking even when she really wanted to. Simply put, she was panicked into silence.
What's the Best Treatment for ADHD and Tourette's?
Treating comorbid ADHD effectively is really important, as Tourette's symptoms tend to subside but ADHD continues. And research shows that certain stimulant medications for ADHD don't increase tics significantly.
Treating Kids With OCD and Tourette's
Tourette's syndrome is often diagnosed alongside obsessive-compulsive disorder. Dr. Barbara Coffey talks about how treating OCD effectively can have a profound effect on tic symptoms.