Dr. Nona Owens - Psychologist
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Asperger Kids

ASPERGER KIDS
Often Misunderstood and Undeserved
One of the most challenging, yet rewarding groups I have found to work with is Asperger kids and their parents. Often, when they find their way to my office, they have suffered through years of searching for answers. It is not uncommon to have a history of school expulsions or suspensions, as well as a list of professionals they have consulted.
When the new DSM-5, the diagnostic manual that mental health professionals use, is put into use later in 2013, this term will no longer be recognized, yet there will still be a group of kids out there with a unique set of symptoms.

Stuffing Feelings Causes Unhealthy Behavior

 STUFFING YOUR FEELINGS
 
 
 
 
    Living LIfe in a Jack-In-The-Box
 
Recently, in working with people in various types of crisis, I've come to realize that the way many live their life is akin to living inside a Jack-In-The-Box. 
 
It is human nature to avoid pain.  Life on life's terms can bring pain into our life.  Whether it is through growing up in a home rife with abuse, abandonment, substance abuse, or toxic parents, emotional pain comes with the territory.

Help For Parents In The Homework Battle

.HELP FOR PARENTS
IN THE HOMEWORK BATTLE
 
Back to school is not only stressful for many children, but parents alike when homework is a problem.  In many homes, homework becomes a battle of wills between parents and children.  Others, while working together, still find it a challenge that brings tears, tempers, and harsh words into the home.  As a psychologist in the Jackson, Metro area, as well as a parent of three grown children, I am familiar with the trials and tribulations homework can bring.

Bipolar Disorder In Children

BIPOLAR DISORDER
IN
CHILDREN
 
Thoughts From A Jackson Area Psychologist
 
 
My posting today is a deviation from my own writing.  I recently read an article on Bipolar Disorder and the mis-diagnosis of this serious condition in children.  It reflects my own ideas, based on my experiences through the years.  For those of you who have a child who has received this diagnosis, and may still be struggling with helping your child, I encourage you to read this.  It is my opinion that this diagnosis for children and adults should be made only after a complete psychological or psychiatric evaluation--not on a one shot visit to someone who makes the determination and prescribes in a few minutes of meeting the individual.

What to Say To Your Children When You Plan To Divorce

CHILDREN IN DIVORCE
 
WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR CHILD WHEN
YOU PLAN TO DIVORCE
 
 
 
Parents are often at a loss as to how to handle telling their children that they plan to divorce.  Emotions for both parents are usually running high for both parents during this difficult time.  My blog today deals with some ideas on how to talk to your children when the decision has been made to divorce.
 
Please click on the link to see the suggestions I offer.
 
 

Is It Better To Come From a Broken Home or Live in One

IS IT BETTER TO COME FROM
A BROKEN HOME OR TO LIVE IN ONE?
 
 
children in divorce, divorce recovery, problems in relationships, relationship problems, adult children of alcoholics,
 
I doubt there are many people thinking of divorce on their wedding day.  But, sadly, approximately 50% of those who say those wedding vows will one day be faced with divorce.  For many, this is a difficult decision to make, especially if children are involved.  I would like to share an article that I wrote that was recently published on Yahoo! Contributor Network.  Perhaps this will make it easier for some to deal with their thoughts during this time.

ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF ADHD MEDICATION FOR CHILDREN

 
ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES
OF ADHD MEDICATION FOR CHILDREN
 
 
adha, advantages and disadvantages of medication for adhd, bipolar disorder, adult adhd, depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder
 
 
Parents often have questions for the psychologist when there is suspicion of a problem that might be diagnosed as ADHD in their child.  Recently, I was asked some specific questions related to this condition, as well as the use of medication to treat it.  Today, my blog addresses those questions.
 
 
WHAT ARE SOME SYMPTOMS OF ADHD IN CHILDREN?
Perhaps the one symptom that is of concern to parents is a child's lack of attention to what is being taught in school.