Tuesday, August 21, 2018

What is Normal Behavior?

We seem to keep moving the bar.  It would be so much simpler if there was some measuring stick for normal behavior.  In children, there are so many variables such as their age, personality, and environment.  Generally, a kid’s behavior is deemed to be normal if it is socially, developmentally and culturally appropriate.

What are some of the signs of abnormal behavior?

1.  Your child has difficulty managing his or her emotions.
2.  Impulsiveness…hitting, screaming, and throwing things.
3.  Your kid suddenly goes into a shell and stops communicating.
4.  Lying and stealing.
5.  Trouble at school.

There are many reasons to raise an eyebrow.  There is a particular method in getting to the root of your child’s perceived problem.  Call renowned child and teen psychologist Dr. Steven Sussman.  He may have the answers you are seeking.  Dr. Sussman lives and practices in the busiest corridor in the US.  Please arrange a meeting by calling (908) 217-8106 and book an appointment in his Mountainside NJ or Staten Island office.

Mountainside School District Calendar 2018-2019

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School is almost back in session and there are some dates that need to be marked on your calendar.  

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Real Help for NYC area Kids.

I want you to read this if you will indulge me for a moment.  “The group setting was perfect for my previously defiant and aggressive 5-year-old son, who thrived on the positive peer pressure, outside authority and rewards for good behavior. I had tried cognitive behavioral therapy, rewards charts, being strict, being lenient and nothing worked like Dr. Sussman's sessions to encourage good behavior. It's such a relief knowing I have a resource to return to if things go south again”.

I can’t say it any better myself.  One of my patient’s parents wanted me to know what a difference that I made in her son’s and, ultimately her family’s lives.  Nothing, I mean nothing, gives me greater satisfaction than to receive a missive such as this.  It is what motivates me to help hundreds of other families in our area.

My name is Dr. Steven Sussman.  I have dedicated my adult life to the care and treatment of emotional disorders in children and teens throughout New York and New Jersey.  I would like to think that I have made a difference and comments like these, buoy my resolve.  Please call me to make an appointment at my Staten Island or Mountainside NJ office (908) 217-8106.

Events and fun things to do in NYC for the month of August

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Here are the recommended best events, festivals, and fun things to do in New York City. 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Hip Hop Psychology.

Who woulda thunk it?  Imagine using Hip Hop music to beat the stigma surrounding mental disorders in children?  It seems very Wack Packerish, doesn’t it?  A new mental health initiative is melding the two with amazing results!  It all began at Cambridge University in London and has gained acceptance by some in this country.

Hip Hop Psych is used to overcome the disconnect often caused by the way the music’s messages are relayed by encouraging people to look at its vast references to mental health, from psychosis to addiction to bipolar disorder.  Hip-hop artists use their skills and talents not only to describe the world they see, but also as a means of breaking free.

This is some revolutionary 21st century thinking that Dr. Steven Sussman has used successfully in his Staten Island and Mountainside NJ offices.  New ideas are what growth is all about.  Dr. Sussman will explain Hip Hop Psychology to you and use it effectively if he believes your child will benefit from it.  Call him for an appointment at either office (908) 217-8106.

International Champions Cup

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"Some of the world's top soccer teams come to the New York City for the International Champions Cup. The schedule includes Liverpool FC vs. Manchester City on July 25 at MetLife Stadium, Benfica vs. Juventus on July 28 at Red Bull Arena and Real Madrid vs. AS Roma back at MetLife on August 7."

Monday, July 2, 2018

A Teacher AND a Doer.

The expression is usually “those who can’t do teach”.  It does not always work that way.  In some exceptional cases someone who has done much teaches others to do better.  This is the case with New York area child psychologist Dr. Steven Sussman.  The doctor has not only taught other professionals to do their jobs better, but continues to work successfully with kids.

It has been and will forever be the case that kids with behavior problems are often overwhelmed by society’s expectations of them.  It has never been truer as they continue to be bombarded by social media and other ways of instantly discovering how other people interpret what exactly constitutes “the norm”.

Dr. Sussman will help your child.  It is just that simple!  He teaches and he does and he has dedicated his adult life to helping others successfully reach adulthood.  You really have nothing to lose.  Please call him for an appointment at his Staten Island or Mountainside NJ office.  That important phone number is (908) 217-8106.