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Dr. Julia Becker

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Serving the greater Waco, TX area, including Woodway, Hewitt, Lorena, Bellmead, Robinson, and China Spring.

How Can Parents Help Kids Cope With School Stress?

Posted by Dr. Becker Tuesday, August 28, 2018 0 comments

When I work with teenagers or college students, their parents often ask me how they can help. Whether their child is dealing with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, or general stress, parents often wonder what to do and what not do. In my recent interview with the Wacoan magazine, I discussed some of the challenges facing teens and young adults today. Technology, pressure to succeed in school, and concerns about friendships all contribute to stress. Many people recognize the importance of seeking counseling to treat depression or anxiety. However, we often forget the value of prevention and striving for good mental health. 

We take care of our physical health by going to the dentist or physician for checkups, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and eating healthy.

What do you and your child do to maintain good mental health?

Please click here to read more about common stresses, prevention, and positive mental health practices.

Please visit Becker Counseling and Psychological Services for more information.

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While we would all like to focus a bit better, sometimes focus problems interfere with important life goals, including academic and career goals. ADHD is often suspected as soon as difficulties with focus arise. Some of the inattentive symptoms of ADHD include concerns many people can relate to, including:

Poor attention to detail

Difficulty sustaining attention

Poor organization

Difficulty starting or completing tasks

Being easily distracted

ADHD is only one cause for poor concentration. Depression, anxiety, poor diet, and poor sleep habits also cause similar problems with focus and productivity. The first step toward improving focus is to determine the cause of the poor focus. If ADHD is the cause, treatment usually involves medication, as well as counseling to address time management and organization. If anxiety is causing poor focus, the goal of counseling is to reduce overall anxiety and calm the body and mind when anxiety peaks. If multiple factors are causing poor focus, it is important to understand and address each of these factors simultaneously.

Sleep is often an underappreciated factor in poor focus. Sleep impairment may occur as a single problem, but it often occurs along with anxiety, depression, or ADHD. Research shows that sleep is crucial to mental focus and productivity. A psychologist can assess sleep quality and help with developing better sleep habits.

If you have concerns about poor focus or decreased productivity, please call to set up an evaluation.

Please visit Becker Counseling and Psychological Services for more information.