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Psychology in Ann Arbor: Why Do We Act the Way We Do?

Posted by on October 8, 2018 in Blog

We often wonder why we do the things we do, why we act in certain ways and what guides our interactions with others. There are different theories regarding human behavior that attempt to explain and answer these questions. Here are a few examples of theories that someone might use to help understand behavior and how people interact with their world. Psychodynamic theory originally developed by Sigmund Freud tries to explain behavior, motivation and personality characteristics in terms of internal processes, such as conscious and unconscious...

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Depression in Ann Arbor: College Students and Depression

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College students are dealing with a lot of big life changes and transitions. Many times, they are experiencing new levels of stress and anxiety, and do not always know how to balance their academic schedules, workload, changes in social life, and extracurricular activities while trying to take care of themselves. Homesickness is very common as many college students have never lived on their own before. For many students this level of change and stress is a new experience and can trigger depressive symptoms. Depression is very prevalent on...

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ADHD in Ann Arbor: What is ADHD? Evolution in Understanding Over Time

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Many individuals are confused about what is attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. At CNLD, we utilize the work of various researchers in the field to help explain. One individual who provides clear and concise explanations of ADHD is Joel Nigg, PhD. He has written two excellent resources for parents and professionals: Getting Ahead of ADHD: What Next-Generation Science Says About Treatments That Work-and How You Can Make Them Work for Your Child; and What Causes ADHD? Understanding What Goes Wrong and Why. In these resources, Dr....

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Transgender and Gender Nonconforming in Ann Arbor: New Guidelines for Treatment

Posted by on October 1, 2018 in Blog

Transgender and gender nonconforming individuals experience severe discrimination that has a significant effect on mental health leading to high rates of depression and suicide. Unfortunately, people in the trans community are sometimes denied necessary mental and physical health care due to their gender identity. Advocacy from the trans community has increased development of more trans-affirmative (care that is respectful, understanding and aware of the identities of the trans community) mental health care initiatives. The American...

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Ann Arbor Learning Disabilities and ADHD: Local School Showing Informative Film

Posted by on September 6, 2018 in Blog

Next month, Emerson School in Ann Arbor will be one of the first to screen the film NORMAL ISN’T REAL – Succeeding with Learning Disabilities and ADHD. It will be shown on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 6:30pm in the Arts and Innovation Center at Emerson School. There is no cost to attend and it is open to the public. Emerson does request that if you intend to come that you register. Please click here to register. Emerson School is located at 5425 Scio Church Rd., Ann Arbor, MI, 48103. Does your child struggle with learning disabilities or...

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Ann Arbor Executive Function Coaching: Do Extracurricular Activities improve Executive Functioning?

Posted by on July 16, 2018 in Blog

Dr. Lisa Woodcock-Burroughs, Ph.D., Assistant Director Youth from many backgrounds participate in extracurricular activities such as sports, clubs, music, dance, etc. Among high school students, this participation has been linked with a host of positive outcomes such as increased academic achievement, better school attendance, engagement in fewer risk-taking behaviors, and better psychological adjustment, just to name a few. But is more always better? It depends… According to research, conducted at the University of South Florida, high...

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Ann Arbor Neuropsychology: Working Memory- Limitations

Posted by on May 16, 2018 in Blog

Working Memory- Limitations:    Short-term memory is believed to hold 7 to 9 pieces of information, while working memory is thought to hold 3 to 5 elements of new information. Some researchers believe children have a smaller working memory capacity (perhaps only 1 to 3 elements). Information in working memory is only there temporarily as it is either transferred or encoded into long-term memory or it decays and disappears. If working memory is compromised for any reason, the number of elements held in mind could only be 1 to 2. Therefore, new...

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Ann Arbor Neuropsychology: Working Memory- What is it?

Posted by on April 25, 2018 in Blog

Tips for Understanding Working Memory:  Confusion exists regarding the difference between short-term memory and working memory. Some psychologists believe they are one and the same. Other psychologists differentiate between short-term memory and working memory. Short-term memory typically refers to brief, initial storage of information. For example, if I told you a phone number, you would initially hold it in your short-term memory. Working memory refers to how you process, manipulate or work with this phone number to remember it over time....

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ADHD In Ann Arbor: Parenting a Child with ADHD

Posted by on April 20, 2018 in Blog

Parenting a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is no easy feat. In addition to the typical trials of being a parent, children with ADHD can have school and home difficulties that require extra patience and understanding. “Why does my child need 1001 reminders to finish a task?” ADHD can have an impact on executive functions skills such as: Planning and Organization Time Management Task Initiation Self-awareness Strategic Thinking Identifying the challenges your child faces can be the first step to helping them to manage...

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Ann Arbor Executive Function Coaching: Coach’s Tip

Posted by on March 26, 2018 in Blog

When you have an upcoming exam, consider making a study plan. “Many days.  Many ways.” is a helpful way to remember your overall goals for studying.  Think about a variety of ways to study, assigning each method to a different day of the week.  By the time test day arrives, you will have given yourself the opportunity to thoroughly learn the material and feel prepared. This method is taught in more detail in our Executive Function/ADHD Coaching sessions. If you’d like more information about our Executive Function/ADHD  Coaching, please...

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