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Guide to IEP Testing and Evaluation: What You Need to Know About Individualized Education Programs

IEP (Individualized Education Programs) Testing and Evaluation can be critical for children who need extra support in their education. This can be a daunting process for many families, so LifeStance is here to provide meaningful responses to commonly asked questions and concerns about IEP testing. This guide will take you through everything you need to know. Individualized Education Programs: What You Need to Know as a Parent Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) are a core component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), aiming to provide tailored educational services to children with disabilities. According to the U.S. Department of Education, an IEP is a written statement for each child with a disabili...

By LifeStance Health

Published: December 18, 2023
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Guide to IEP Testing and Evaluation: What You Need to Know About Individualized Education Programs
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The Importance of Psychological and Neuropsychological Testing

If you are looking for clarification of diagnoses (e.g. ADHD, Autism, learning disorders, depression, or anxiety), further support to aid in treatment with your therapy or psychiatry providers, determine eligibility for school accommodations, have concerns with memory, or obtain a general and better understanding of yourself, psychological testing may be the right fit for you. While psychological testing may sound intimidating, so many people have been helped and have found relief after receiving a testing evaluation. Perhaps you’ve wondered if this type of testing could help you put a finger on how your child learns, or why they struggle. What if it could help them have an easier time in school? What if it could help you as a parent, to help you understand why they react the way they do, and how you could better deal with it? What if you could have a comprehensive, definitive, and up-to-date diagnosis to better know yourself?...

By Amber Jelinek, PsyD

Published: December 4, 2023
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What Doctor Should You See for Psychiatric Medicine?

This content has been updated from previous article on October 8, 2020. When people have cancer, they see oncologists. When they are pregnant, they see OB/GYNs. And when people have trouble with their hearts, they go to cardiologists. You get the gist, when we have specialized health problems, we see specialized medical providers. So why is it that so many people continue to seek psychiatric care from providers who do not specialize in psychiatric care? People often turn to their family doctor or primary care physician (PCP) when experiencing mental health issues for several reasons. First, there’s a preexisting relationship of trust and familiarity with these healthcare providers. Patients may feel more comfortable discussing their mental health concerns with someone they already know. Second, there’s a perceived stigma surrounding mental health, and some individuals may be reluctant to seek specialized psychiatric care, fearing judgment or discrimination. Additionally, family doctors and PCPs can provide initial assessments and prescribe basic medications, offering a convenient first step in addressing mental health issues....

By LifeStance Health

Published: November 29, 2023
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How To Find a Best ADHD Psychiatrist: A Comprehensive Guide

Countless people all over the world are touched by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). While there is no definitive cure, undertaking an efficient treatment plan can help mitigate symptoms and enable individuals with ADHD to navigate their day-to-day lives, build healthier relationships, and lead more fulfilling lives. In this blog, we aim to support you in understanding how to find an experienced psychiatrist for ADHD and other relevant medical practitioners who are equipped to manage ADHD. What Exactly Is ADHD? ADHD is a neurodevelopmental condition characterized by noticeable inattentiveness, impulsiveness, and/or hyperactivity. Symptoms typically surface during childhood and persist into adulthood for many indi...

By LifeStance Health

Published: August 16, 2023
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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: 4 Key TMS Benefits You Need to Know

In the constantly changing mental health landscape, medication-based treatments and talk therapy have long reigned supreme, but there are alternatives to these traditional treatments; and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) stands as an increasingly popular option. For those grappling with depression, anxiety, or OCD and seeking alternatives to traditional treatments, TMS might just be the solution they need to live a healthier, more empowered life. Since the 1990s, TMS for depression and anxiety has gained popularity, largely due to its non-invasive nature and beneficial side effects compared to traditional medication-based treatments. The treatment method has been shown to be twice as effective as medications or talk therapy at improving the symptoms of major depression. In this blog, we’ll cover how TMS works, some of the reasons why it’s viewed as a preferential treatment over medication, and the steps to follow if you’re considering TMS therapy for yourself, a loved one, or a family member....

By LifeStance Health

Published: August 7, 2023
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Unplugged for Summer: Considering an ADHD Medication Vacation for Your Kids?

As summer’s long, sun-drenched days start to make their appearance, parents often mull over the question: should my child take a break from their ADHD medication? This concept, known as a “medication vacation,” is a topic that warrants understanding and consideration. To many, the freedom of the summer months presents an opportunity to pause their child’s medication routine. However, it’s vital to weigh this decision against various factors. LifeStance is here to guide you through this process, providing compassionate, concise, and accurate information. What is a Medication Vacation? A medication vacation is a deliberate, temporary halt in the administration of medication. For children with ADHD, it’s often consider...

By LifeStance Health

Published: July 31, 2023
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Unplugged for Summer: Considering an ADHD Medication Vacation for Your Kids?
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Ketamine & Esketamine: Could This Depression Treatment Be Right for You?

The last two years of the COVID epidemic has caused a 25% spike in anxiety and globally. It has been a condition that can affect anyone but young people and women have experienced higher rates of stress and depression. Almost three years into the pandemic and mental health professionals have more experience with COVID-induced symptoms of various mental health conditions and one of their most effective tools for depression is ketamine and esketamine. What is ketamine and esketamine?   Ketamine and esketamine are the first truly “new” medications to treat depression in years by increasing the brain’s synaptic plasticity. Stress often contributes or exacerbates depression. At the cellular level, stress shrinks the dendritic spines...

By LifeStance Health

Published: August 11, 2022
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