Post-divorce emotional trauma warning signs

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Post-divorce emotional trauma warning signs

There are a number of warning signs that happen to children after divorce. One is regression of behavior, where the child starts acting younger than they are. The second is aggression, where a child can be more violent, acting out. A third would be depression, which would be that some kids get very sad after a divorce. The fourth would be withdrawal. They don't want to play with friends. They want to stay home. We look for things like that. We look for things like; does the child still have happiness in their life? Are they still willing to engage in extracurriculars? Does that child have more temper tantrums now? Is the child able to be alone or is the child no longer able to sleep alone at night? These would be some of the things that we would look for in children that would be having difficulty. Remember the children who do best are ones that come from lower conflict.

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Dr. Alan Yellin is a licensed psychologist as well as licensed marriage and family therapist.  He has been in practice for over 30 years working with children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Yellin did his post-doctoral fellowship at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. In his practice, he sees children with learning problems, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, fears and social skills issues. Additionally, he has a sub-specialty in working with children from divorced families as well as helping parents deal more effectively with their divorce. Dr. Yellin’s practice also includes working with adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive issues as well as issues around life passages. Dr. Yellin believes that therapy works best when the client and therapist have a collaborative relationship as they explore thoughts and feelings and work towards solutions, and uses a combination of scientific data along with humor to help people achieve change. He is in a long-term happy marriage and has two grown children.

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