Author Archives: Debbie McGauran

6 Challenging Yet Normal Tween Behaviors

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Tweens are children between the ages of 7- to 12-years of age. They’re no longer small children and not yet teenagers. This age group still wants to please their parents, but at the same time may pose difficult and challenging behaviors. For instance, tweens may be subject to mood swings and resisting parental authority. A   …Continue Reading


6 Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors in Children

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Body focused repetitive behaviors (or BFRB’s) in children describe a group of frequently repeated behaviors that injure the body but are not classified as self-harm behaviors. They are clustered together with other OCD behaviors. The disorder develops in early puberty and initially affects both sexes equally. In adulthood, more females are afflicted. With time the   …Continue Reading


7 Eating Disorder Facts for Adolescents and Young Adults

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Wikipedia describes eating disorders as “mental disorders defined by abnormal eating habits that negatively affect a person’s physical or mental health.” It includes anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, pica, binge eating disorder, and rumination disorder. However, it excludes obesity. Eating disorders are linked with both genetics and situational factors. Cultural obsession with thinness as evidenced in   …Continue Reading


8 Distressing Facts on Emotional Trauma

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Nobody is immune to the effects of psychological trauma. Whether you were involved in an abusive romantic relationship, an acrimonious divorce, witnessed a horrific event, experienced workplace bullying or spent time as a prisoner of war, the effects of experiencing psychological trauma can last for a few moments or for a lifetime. It can lead   …Continue Reading


9 Anything But Dull Facts on Boredom

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Everyone at one time or another has found themselves in that unpleasant state of mind known as boredom. Young, old, male, female–boredom affects us all. Across all cultures and spanning the spectrum of every socio-economic status from homeless to wealthy. Each and every one of us, at one time or another, suffers from boredom. Wikipedia defines   …Continue Reading


Jumping to Conclusions: 6 Ways Perception Affects Our Lives

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According to Wikipedia, perception is “the organization, identification, and interpretation of sensory information in order to represent and understand the environment”. Perception is how we interpret what is going on outside of ourselves. It’s the conclusions we jump to when we try to analyze events, circumstances, and the presentation or behaviour of others. Perception involves   …Continue Reading


The 10 Most Common Fear Motivators

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Fear is said to be the most powerful emotion known to humankind. More powerful even than love. Our very survival depends on it. Fear is triggered in the most primitive part of our brain. The part responsible for alerting and protecting us from danger. Keeping us safe. Keeping us alive. Fear in the form of   …Continue Reading


6 Tips for a Pet Friendly Holiday Season

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The holidays are a wonderful time of year when we celebrate with loved ones and make cherished lifetime memories. Food, festivities and family are all ingredients for a happy holiday, but they are also ingredients that can play havoc with your pet’s health. Especially for cats and dogs whose innate curiosity can lead them into   …Continue Reading


6 Dangerous Self Pity Traps

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Feeling sorry for yourself? Hard done by? You’re not alone. Everyone goes through periods in their life where things don’t go their way. Divorce, losing a job, being passed over for a promotion. The list is endless, it’s part of life. It’s difficult to feel positive and upbeat after experiencing disappointment and it’s easy to   …Continue Reading


9 Ways to Prevent Envy from Negatively Impacting your Life

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Envy or jealousy is a negative emotion that surfaces when you compare what you have to what others have. If left unchecked, it’s a good way to make your life miserable. Jealousy can make you feel hard done by, and this type of victim mentality can be damaging to your physical and mental health. Envy   …Continue Reading