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Myths and Facts About OCD Feb 3rd, 2021

There’s a good chance you’ve heard of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), but what do you really know about this disorder that affects 1 in 40 adults? Probably not as much as you think. While common, OCD is an often misunderstood mental health disorder. The term OCD gets thrown out a...

Tips and Tricks that Can Boost Your Memory Jan 6th, 2021

You might chalk up misplacing your keys or not remembering your neighbor’s name as simple forgetfulness. But for many, these lapses may signal the onset of memory loss. Whether your memory issues stem from a concussion or cognitive decline, it can be scary when forgetting things becomes part of your...

Do You Suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder? Dec 1st, 2020

Shorter days and longer nights signal a change of seasons. For some, it also signals a change in mood and symptoms of depression.  If you get hit with depression when the seasons shift from summer into fall and winter, you may have a form of depression known as seasonal affective...

How a Concussion Can Alter Your Brain Nov 5th, 2020

If your head gets hit hard enough, your brain can literally bounce around in your skull. It’s no wonder that a traumatic brain injury like a concussion can severely alter your brain structure and abilities.  From cognitive difficulties to memory loss, concussions can create chemical changes in your brain that...

The Importance of Healthy Executive Function Oct 14th, 2020

Your brain performs a variety of tasks every time you think, solve problems, or do an activity. This is known as your executive function. It allows you to do things like focus your attention, prioritize tasks, and regulate your emotions and behaviors.  While they’re mostly automatic, executive functions aren’t something...

Recognizing the Signs of Cognitive Decline Sep 6th, 2020

As you age, it’s common to find yourself forgetting where you put your keys more often, or not remembering the names of people you’ve known for years. While forgetfulness can be a natural part of aging, it may also be the sign of a mild cognitive impairment.  Around 15-20% of...

Who Can Benefit from a Neuropsychological Assessment? Aug 17th, 2020

When you have trouble remembering things, thinking clearly, or processing information, it can be unsettling. It can also be a sign of a condition like ADHD, autism, or dementia. The best way to find out what’s going on is through a neuropsychological assessment. A neuropsychological assessment is a diagnostic tool...

Anxiety Disorders? Here's How We Can Help Jul 21st, 2020

Nearly 4.5 million American children live with an anxiety diagnosis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Along with ADHD, behavioral problems, and depression, anxiety is one of the most common mental disorders for those aged 2 to 17. Chances are also high that a child with...

Can You or Someone You Love Benefit from Biofeedback? Jun 1st, 2020

If you could control your physical response to stressful situations, would you do it? Biofeedback therapy seeks to put this power under your control, a skill that improves your mental and emotional health by limiting the negative physical effects of stress on your body. Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic specializes in biofeedback...

Why kids have such a hard time with online school during COVID-19 May 29th, 2020

Is your child or teenager struggling with school during the COVID-19 pandemic? They’re not alone. Here are some reasons why.    Kids have lost all of their external structure. Let’s talk about structure and routine for a second. We know that children and adults alike benefit from structure. Why is...

Parenting is Challenging: Parent Coaching Can Help May 1st, 2020

Many new parents suffer a litany of well-intentioned advice as to how best to raise their children, suggestions and tips that can be contradictory, confusing, and often not relevant to their personal situation. There’s no question that parenting is hard, and the stakes are too high to trust learning just...

Parenting During Quarantine: Tricks and Tips from an Expert Apr 28th, 2020

As if the daily rigors of parenting children with ADHD and learning differences weren’t enough, we now face additional challenges with the onset of sheltering-in-place due to COVID-19. Now, dear parent, here are some struggles you may encounter: You have to coexist with your spouse or partner, if you have...

How ADHD Affects Children and Adults Differently Mar 17th, 2020

It wasn’t that long ago that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) was attached as a diagnosis only to children. Along with a better understanding of this neurological condition came an expansion of the patient pool. Mental health professionals now recognize ADHD as potentially affecting people of any age. There are, however,...

How Vision Therapy Can Help Children with Learning Problems Feb 24th, 2020

When your child displays learning or behavioral problems in school, it’s tempting to suspect that an attention deficit disorder may be at the root of the problem. However, many of the symptoms of disorders like ADHD may actually stem from visual processing weaknesses. Eyesight isn’t all about 20/20 vision. It...

How Our Computerized Training Program Can Improve Your Working Memory Jan 1st, 2020

Working memory is the ability to hold information in mind while mentally manipulating it, usually for some kind of result. Such as calculating a tip in your head, or figuring out how to leave for a tip by calculating in your head a percentage of the bill. Short-term memory is...

Drug-Free Solutions for Anxiety That Work Dec 20th, 2019

It’s easy to assume that the only effective solution for anxiety is medication, but that’s far from the truth. Our experienced team at Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic relies on several research-supported therapies to manage numerous neuropsychological conditions, including anxiety.  Understanding anxiety disorders Anxiety is one of the most common mental health...

Here’s Why Autism Diagnoses Are Often Delayed Nov 26th, 2019

It makes sense that the term autism literally means “aloneness” or “living in one’s own world.” Children who are affected by this common neurological disorder typically experience the kind of delays and impairments in social skills, behavior, nonverbal communication, and speech that make it difficult for them to understand or...

Why Autism Diagnoses Are Often Delayed Nov 23rd, 2019

It makes sense that the term autism literally means “aloneness” or “living in one’s own world.” Children who are affected by this common neurological disorder typically experience the kind of delays and impairments in social skills, behavior, nonverbal communication, and speech that make it difficult for them to understand or...