Misbehavior Is Not Always Due To Poor Parenting

Adish and Rupali knew parenting would hard. However, they never realized exactly how hard it could be, especially with a child like Vijay, their 5 year old son. He was a sweet child, showing love and affection to both Adish and Rupali and their dog. He liked to help Rupali …

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Mental Health Symptoms or Nutritional Deficits?

Tejal’s teacher had become worried of about the 6 year old. By lunch time, Tejal looked exhausted. When the teacher would ask Tejal if she was feeling ok, the young girl often complained of feeling dizzy. When asked if she ate lunch, Tejal would say yes, leaving out the detail …

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South Asian Parents: When Teen Mood Swings Are a Problem

First generation American born South Asian teens and their parents face a unique set of challenges that many other cultures don’t face. The parents were raised in a culture, society and educational system that is entirely different than the one their teen is being raised in. Despite trying to maintain …

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Five Things To Never Say To Someone With ADHD

If you know someone with true Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), you might have experienced frustration with them at least once. The symptoms of ADHD make it difficult for the person to function easily in certain areas of life, resulting in teachers, parents, friends, siblings, co-workers or even partners to …

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Attention Problems May Not Be Due to ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (also known as ADHD and previously known as ADD) is the most common neurobehavioral disorder in youth to date, affecting about 6-8% of children and teens worldwide, including South Asians. With proper treatment, people living with ADHD can live a full, happy, healthy and successful life …

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Top 9 Causes of Low Self-Esteem in South Asians

Low self-esteem is the inability to have confidence in your own skills, achievements or personal qualities. It is different from modesty or humility in that people who are modest recognize their talents but are careful not to brag about them. People with low self-esteem tend to not even recognize their …

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ADHD Is Not A Deficit of Attention – The Story of Gautam

“Please come in and have a seat,” the doctor told Raji. She sat tensely across the desk from the pediatrician. “I’m very glad that you took Gautam to see a psychologist and had him tested. Between my observations, the psychological test results and the description of your symptoms, we can …

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South Asian Mental Health: Common Causes & Risk Factors for ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a mystical diagnosis to many South Asian parents who are convinced that their child is just lazy, unmotivated or being defiant. While the diagnosis can be handed out far too easily for children who can’t sit still for as long as an adult needs …

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