Even Preschoolers Get the Blues

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

By Dan Florell, Ph.D. & Praveena Salins, M.D.  “Who didn’t put away the cookies?” the mother asked. Four year old Tammy started crying and said, “I did mommy. I am so sorry. It is all my fault. I will never ever do that again! I’m just so stupid!” Tammy’s mother calmed Tammy down and reassured her that she wasn’t in trouble. The excessive guilt shown…

An Ounce of Communication is Worth a Pound of Yelling

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The first nine weeks of school arrives and the report card comes home. Mom opens her child’s report card to find that her little Einstein is failing a class and barely passing a couple of others. When she shows the report to the boy, he says, “My teacher is horrible. She never explains anything and just says I should get it!” This is all that…

Who is Mad, Sad, Glad, or Scared?

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

Several 4-year olds are playing in a daycare. All of a sudden, Stevie grabs a toy out of Johnny’s hand. Johnny screams, “That’s mine!” Stevie responds by swinging the toy and hitting Johnny in the arm. Johnny immediately bursts into tears as a daycare provider comes swooping into the fray. The daycare worker quickly figures out what happens and reprimands Stevie and gives the toy…

Kids Can Have Depression

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

Sally’s teacher pulls her mother aside and says, “I am worried about Sally. She seems to be having difficulty concentrating and never seems to be having fun during any of our class activities. Is everything alright at home?” Sally’s mother has been wondering the same thing about school as Sally seems to get upset at the smallest things and always seems tired and wants to…

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