Safety, Crime, and Forensics Unique to Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders - Cayuga Counseling Services in New York
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Five Stressors Unique to Parents of Children with Developmental, Cognitive, Mental Health and Complex Medical Needs –
How Professionals can Help Parents Build Resilience
This workshop provides an in-depth look at five stressors unique to parents of children diagnosed with neurodevelopmental disorders. Highlighted are the "shocks" and "after-shocks" parents experience as they make sense of and accept a situation that may never resolve. Attendees will gain knowledge, skills, and a deeper understanding of how to help parents cope with crises, child safety, crime, relationships, life threatening decisions, difficult transitions, and stigma about disability expressed by others through negative attitudes and behaviors. Through case analysis and group discussions, professionals will identify best-practice interventions to help parents develop resilience and successfully help their children thrive.
Panic Attacks can "come out of nowhere". One individual describes her attacks as, "One minute I was fine, and the next minute I felt an intense rush... like I was dying and could not catch my breath." According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), "panic attacks are abrupt, intense and severely uncomfortable". Physical symptoms can start quickly, and within minutes, can overwhelm the individual. Not everyone’s experience is the same. Common, physical symptoms include sweating, shortness of breath, chest pain, rapid heartbeat, and dizziness. In minutes, your body can change from feeling fine to feeling a wave of heat, and an intense feeling you will become sick, vomit, or pass out.
According to Patrick McKeown, a leading Buteyko Breathing expert, taking deep breaths to stop a panic attack may actually make things worse. Instead, he encourages people to retain and accumulate carbon dioxide to reduce anxiety and resume normal breathing. He identifies the following steps:
- Take a small breath into your nose, a small breath out; hold your nose for five seconds in order to hold your breath, and then release to resume breathing.
- Breathe normally for 10 seconds.
- Repeat the sequence several more times: small breath in through your nose, small breath out; hold your breath for five seconds, then let go and breathe normally for 10 seconds.
Mental health treatment can help the individual understand and learn about panic attacks and the flight/fight response. One can become familiar with specific risk factors that predispose them to symptoms. Without treatment, the individual may suffer alone and experience worry and anxiety about where and when the next panic attack may occur. Although panic attacks feel horrible, they are treatable - get help.
Helping kids deal:
Published results confirm that symptoms of anxiety and depression have increased for teenagers between the ages of 12 and 17. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimate that in 2014, over 12 percent of teens in the Unit-ed States experienced at least one major depressive episode, as compared to 5 percent of teens in 2006. Depression, anxiety and other mental health symptoms such as psychosis can interfere with a juvenile’s ability to think logically, concentrate, make clear decisions or communicate feelings directly. Any one of the mental health symptoms can be exhausting, causing agitation and frustration throughout the day or night.
Symptoms can interfere with academic, social and family life as well as basic functions such as eating and sleeping. Severe symptoms, if left untreated, can cause chronic negative thinking, hopelessness and irritability. Irritability can build up, causing the teen to lash out aggressively toward others (face-to-face or online), or engage in self-harming be-haviors. A recent Seattle Children’s Hospital study quantified an increase in self-harm searches by collecting data from Instagram related to searches for the hashtag, #selfharmmm. Findings indicate that searches for this hashtag increased from 1.7 million in 2014 to over 2.4 million in 2015.