Posts by Lindsay Cote

ADHD: Myths vs. Facts

In my work as a Child and Adolescent Psychologist, I often undertake attention assessments with children, and this sometimes results in a diagnosis of ADHD. When I provide feedback to children and parents, I often find that people hold mistaken beliefs about ADHD that make it even more difficult to adjust to the diagnosis and…

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What Causes Panic Attacks?

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If you’ve ever had a panic attack, you know that it can be a terrifying experience. While symptoms vary, they can include: Pounding or racing heart Sweating Trembling or shaking Sensations of shortness of breath or smothering Feeling of choking Chest pain or discomfort Nausea or abdominal pain Chills or heat Numbness or tingling Weakness,…

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How to Use Time-Out

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As a child psychologist, I frequently assist parents to learn effective ways of managing their children’s difficult behaviour. Invariably, when I ask parents what strategies they have used, I am told: “We’ve tried time-out. It doesn’t work.” There is some truth to this – not every strategy will work for every child and it is important…

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Autism at a Glance

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In the past decade there has been a huge increase in public awareness of autism. While this growth in general knowledge about autism is long overdue, it has coincided with the spread of much misinformation about this developmental disorder, as well, leading to further stigma and confusion. Below, I answer common questions about autism. What…

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