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Thursday, December 5, 2019

When Does Social Media Become an Addiction?

It’s true of anything, too much of a good thing is no longer a GOOD THING!  Social media has its place.  It will evolve, but it is not disappearing anytime soon.  We know that our teens (and tweens) can unfortunately become addicted to social networking websites.  How do you deal with it as a parent just as your parents dealt with you about television?

What are some of the symptoms of social media addiction?


1.  Mental health consequences in addition to psychosocial ones.
2.  Sleep disturbance.  We know that kids need more sleep.
3.  Low self-esteem.
4.  Anxiety and depression.

In other words…addiction to social media can severely inhibit an entire childhood if it gets out of hand.  To avoid negative mental health outcomes and addiction, teens’ social media use should be limited to no more than two hours per day.  If I can help, please call me.  I am New York area child psychologist Dr. Steven Sussman.  That number is (908) 217-8106.  

Dec 15th - Annual Family Gingerbread Open House

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The Mountainside Restoration Committee invites all families with children to attend their annual Family Gingerbread Open House on Sunday, December 15, from 1 - 4pm. Both the Hetfield House and the Levi Cory House will be decorated for the holidays to welcome community members.



Thursday, November 21, 2019

Learning from our Mistakes.

This is one of the great missives of the human race.  Here, it applies to adults who discipline their kids when they (the adults) are angry.  It seems understandable on the surface we all get frustrated when people (especially our own flesh and blood) ignore us and continue acting out the same “bad” behavior.

Some adults take the easy way out and simply over medicate their children.  I have heard that kids as young as two years old are being treated improperly with medication…TWO YEARS OLD!  It is time to stop and think about the long-term detriment you may be causing by lashing out or over medicating your child.

My name is Dr. Steven Sussman.  I have been consulting parents on the delicate balance of medication, discipline, and real psychological therapy for decades.  Would you like to talk more about your particular situation?  I assure you, it is NOT unique.  Let’s meet in my Mountainside NJ office at your convenience.  Call me Dr. Steven Sussman at (908) 217-8106.  

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Seeing is Believing.

It is one of the oldest phrases in the book.  Truer words were never spoken.  When it comes to child psychology “seeing is believing” could be difficult because how can you really “see” the work of a particular professional without first experiencing his or her work?  That could be a tough proposition.

Dr. Steven Sussman agrees.  That is why when you visit sussmankids.com you may go to the videos page and learn more about different disorders from the man himself.  He will explain such conditions as oppositional defiant disorder, pervasive developmental disorder, adolescent depression, and much more.

The next move is up to you.  Now you have “met” someone who may be the answer to your child’s healthier future.  His name again is Dr. Steven Sussman.  He has consultations at his office located at 615 Sherwood Pkwy. in Mountainside New Jersey.  To arrange that first meeting just call (908) 217-8106. 

Veterans Day 2019: Deals For Military Across The Country

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 Find Veterans Day 2019 freebies and discounts for active duty and retired military personnel in the United States. 



Monday, October 14, 2019

Don’t Be Reticent to Ask about ASD.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability.  It can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges.  Often times there is nothing about how people with ASD look that sets them apart from other people.  People with ASD may communicate, interact, even behave, and learn in ways that are different from most other people.


Children with ASD may –

1.  Not look at objects when someone points them out
2.  Not have interest in other human beings
3.  Avoid eye contact entirely and wish to be alone
4.  Be unaware when people talk to them, but react to other sounds in the process
5.  Repeat the same actions over and over

There are many other signs as well.  To look for the warning triggers that your child MIGHT have Autism Spectrum Disorder please take the time to consult with New Jersey child psychologist Dr. Steven Sussman at his office located at 615 Sherwood Pkwy. in Mountainside.  Call for an appointment at (908) 217-8106.  A new understanding ASD may be a phone call away.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019