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This blog is written by the clinicians at Jonah Green and Associates, a mental health practice based in Kensington, MD that provides quality services for children, teens, families, and adults. It is intended as a resource for families who are seeking to expand their knowledge about mental health and mental health services, and also as a resource for families who are seeking quality mental health services, especially in the mid-Atlantic region.

Avoiding Avoidance

Avoidance is a natural response to fear and anxiety.  Fear is adaptive and serves as an alarm to move us out of harm’s way.  Many stressors, such as running across a busy street or scaling a tall building, should be avoided.  Each time we successfully stay safe, our brain rewards us with a flood of

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Games to Teach Young Children Impulse Control and Self-Regulation

Impulse control and self-regulation are a large part of many therapies with young children who have difficulty with waiting, stopping, following directions, and accepting limits.  These skills are part of a larger set of abilities called the “executive functions,” which include emotion regulation, organization, attention, inhibiting one’s actions, and time management.  Research shows that the

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Why Children Lie and How to Craft a Response

Many parents become undone when a child lies to them.  Projecting in the future, parents fear that deceit will become habitual and last into adulthood.  Yet kids lie for many different reasons.  Some kinds of dishonesty are developmentally normal, and call for a measured response. It helps to understand the reason a child is lying

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From Crying to Trying: Tools for Managing Perfectionism

It’s 11 pm and the homework battle soldiers on.  You’re standing in the door frame, trying to convince your 13 year old daughter that it’s time for bed.  She has spent the last 6 hours preparing for her science test and the best thing she can do now is rest, but she won’t close the

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Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

This has been an incredibly mild winter here in the DC metro area.  I felt the effect myself over this past unusually warm weekend.   Exercising outside at the park, abundant sunshine, and more time socializing with friends and neighbors seemed to have everyone in a better mood.  That being said, we still have more frigid

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