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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

How is Your Mood?

It is a fair question these days. What mood is anyone in after a crazy 2020 and ahead of an uncertain 2021? Indeed, mood disorders can take various forms in kids as well as adults. They may range from major depressive disorder to less common conditions, such as bipolar disorder and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder…fancy terms for sure!

Major depressive disorder is characterized by chronic feelings of sadness, guilt, or worthlessness. Have you recognized any of these in your child? Other signs of depression may include weight loss or gain, sleeping too much or too little, and thoughts of death or wanting to die. We all know how terribly urgent that may be.

Dr. Steven Sussman will help you find the answers if you suspect that your child has a mood disorder. Dr. Sussman has practiced and taught child psychology from his Mountainside, NJ office for decades and he may well be a great friend of your family. Contact Dr. Steven Sussman in the NY/NJ area at (908) 217-8106. Make sure that you visit his website at sussmankids.com.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

It’s A Brave New World for School Kids.

The year 2021 is likely to be a “catch-up” year. It could well be a year when school-age children (maybe some of yours) will be attending classes throughout the entirety of the year just to catch up. One thing we know for sure is that Covid-19 is NOT yet a thing of the past and the new year will be affected in its own unique way!

Reopening classes will include such challenges as –

1.  Staggered starts and conclusions of the school day

2.  Mealtimes will vary

3.  Classes may move to safer places…including outdoors when possible

4.  Shifts will allow schools to manage class sizes

DO NOT take for granted that your kid will just “roll with the punches!” If you see the impending need for counseling, please call me. My name is Dr. Steven Sussman, a multi-decade child psychologist and friend to thousands of children with an office located in Mountainside NJ. For more info. about me please google sussmankids.com and call me at (908) 217-8106. Sessions are currently available online.

Monday, December 14, 2020

How Do Jewish People Celebrate Hanukkah?

Let us begin with this fact…Hanukkah is not the Jewish equivalent of Christmas! For those non-Jews (and even some Jews themselves), here are some of the basic questions that many have this time of year about the two holiday celebrations. If Hanukkah is not “Jewish Christmas” then what is it exactly?

What about the candles? Menorahs have long been a symbol used in Judaism. It stems from the story that with only one day of oil remaining, the candles burned for eight days. For modern Jewish families they celebrate by lighting the hanukkiah. One candle per night of Hanukkah is lit, just like Hebrew is read…from right to left.

The miracle of the holiday season here in New York and New Jersey is that despite the challenges of this unprecedented year we remain strong together with our families heading into 2021. If you need help with the emotional development of your children, I am here to help. My name is Dr. Steven Sussman…a child psychologist in Mountainside. Happy Holidays everyone.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Exactly With Whom Am I Trusting My Child’s Future?

It is a question that parents often ask when dealing with a teacher, a babysitter, or any care giver. How about with a Child Psychologist? That question may be more important than ever. My name is Dr. Steven Sussman. I got my PhD in Clinical Psychology more that 40 years ago and am now practicing out of my office located in Mountainside, NJ.

I went from there to an APA approved facility in New York. In the industry, I am not only known as a top Child Psychologist in New York and New Jersey, but also as a teacher of other professionals in my industry. It is one of the perks of being a top pro in the industry for four decades and counting!

Has 2020 been difficult for you and your children? You know the answer to that one. Let’s talk about your child’s future. It all begins with a phone call to my Mountainside office at (908) 217-8106. Perhaps, before that, I invite you to read all about me and my philosophy by visiting my website at sussmankids.com…talk to you soon.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

What About Young Children in all This?

We know as adults how we are processing quarantine and limited activity with outsiders during 2020…some of us not so well. What about the kids who were about to enter Kindergarten in your family? How are they coping with this complete change of behavior? After all, they have little or no context from which to draw.

What have we come to expect from those youngsters in our home? The truth is, not very much! Little kids behavior can be surprising and frustrating.  They often lack self-control. They like to explore the world and seek adventure. They spend a lot of time testing limits. It is not unlike the reaction of some adults who rebel against wearing masks etc.

These days are very trying and if I can help I certainly will. My name is Dr. Steven Sussman. I am a noted New York/New Jersey child psychologist that has understood and dealt with aberrant behavior in kids for decades. If I can help, please call (908) 217-8106 for a consultation, or visit my website at sussmankids.com.

Monday, November 2, 2020

How Have Adolescents Been Impacted by The Corona Pandemic?

The greatest impacts felt by adolescents probably stem from prolonged school closures. Being in the house with family members, and not getting to see friends and peers may have changed their personalities. Adolescents have different developmental needs than adults as well as being very different from their younger siblings.

Two of the most important developmental tasks of adolescence are 1.) developing social skills and 2.) building empathy combined with a sense of identity. Both of these tasks happen through interactions with their peers. Disconnection from social outlets and peers will have some implications as we return to social settings.

Are you having trouble recognizing your teen near the end of 2020? Welcome to the club! Please let New York/New Jersey adolescent psychologist Dr. Steven Sussman help you out with this task. First, take a visit to sussmankids.com on the web and read about the man, then give Dr. Sussman a call for a virtual visit at (908) 217-8106

 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

How Has 2020 Affected Your Kids.

You know it’s one thing to bear up against the challenges of this roller coaster year, but your children do not have the same context you have to deal with all of this. Had 2020 gone as planned, a day in the life of an average child would have meant actual classrooms, baseball games, middle-school plays, and birthday parties.

Time with other children is a crucial piece of growing up. Relationships with peers are how kids learn about cooperation, trust, and loyalty. Perhaps just as important is how they not just receive support from their parents, but also give it to others. How many life-lessons are more important than that?

As we move closer to the end of the year it may be an opportune time to call me and discuss your child’s behavior and coping mechanisms. While the experience will never be forgotten we can help to put things into perspective in the coming year. Please call me, New York area child psychologist Dr. Steven Sussman and we will talk it over. My website is sussmankids.com and my phone number is (908) 217-8106.