Self-harm is not typically meant as a suicide attempt. Rather, this type of self-injury is an unhealthy way to cope with emotional pain, intense anger and frustration. Common types of self-harm include: Cutting the skin, Scratching or burning the skin, “Minor” overdosing of medications, and/or Head banging or punching objects with the intent to harm oneself. People of any age, background or race, regardless of whether they are an extrovert or an introvert may self- harm. A 2014 survey of young people showed that one in three 18-21 year-olds say they’ve self-harmed. The most common reasons being to cope with stress, find relief from painful or distressing feelings, deal with feelings of numbness or loneliness, and/or communicate pain or distress to others.
Eating Disorders: Eating disorders are complex conditions that affect people of all genders, ages, classes, abilities, races and ethnic backgrounds. There are many factors influencing the development of eating disorders such as biological (genetic and biochemical), psychological (personality and mental health), and social (including cultural norms about food and appearance). We know children/adolescents who are struggling with self-image can be at risk, as well as those who have experienced trauma. Eating disorders are not a personal choice and have serious implications for a person. Early detection and assessment is critical.
Main Types of Eating Disorders
➤ Anorexia Nervosa
➤ Bulimia Nervosa
➤ Avoidant and Restrictive
➤ Food Intake Disorder
➤ Binge Eating Disorder
➤ Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder
Behaviour Regulation Issues: Many young child experience temporary behavioural and/or emotional challenges. Sometimes, these concerns are within what is considered to be typical for the child’s developmental stage and they may pass with time. Our assessments help to determine what issues are within the expected range and provide support to parents / caregivers to improve the child/teen’s and family’s in their everyday life. However, there are some challenges that are more chronic/persistent, and warrant a formal behavioural assessment. This type of assessment can be effective to identify precipitating, perpetuating, and maintaining factors of the behavioural challenges. This information can be used to help (1) caregivers and teachers develop effective [evidence based] strategies to deal with the issues and (2) help children cope with stressors effectively, learn how to control their anger, how to work through their emotions, and how to communicate their needs more effectively.
Main Types of Behaviour Disorders
➤ Oppositional defiant disorder
➤ Intermittent explosive disorder
➤ Conduct disorder