Glossary

On a Positive Note

Wraparound – is a program designed to help families and individuals with complex needs create a support system within their existing community and to access resources and programs within their community

Wednesday, February 1

DID – Dissociative Identity Disorder is commonly known as multiple personality disorder. Like most health issues it is a spectrum disorder and symptoms and severity vary from person person. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, phobias, memory loss, anxiety attacks, depression, headaches, paranoia.

Sleep(less) Over

ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a mental disorder commonly diagnosed in children. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, impulsive behaviour, inattention, inability to focus or inability to ignore things like background noise (hyperfocus), hyperactivity or any combination thereof. ADHD is usually co-diagnosed with learning disabilities, Anxiety etc.

MHI – my own abbreviation for “mental health illness”

It’s Been A Hard Day’s Night

MHI – my own abbreviation for “mental health illness”

Meds – short form for medication(s).

The Skunk Manoeuvre

Intensive Social Worker – this is a counseling service offered at OECYC wherein the sessions are held outside the traditional counseling office. Sessions can be held in the home, at school or in public space. Our worker is helping with home routines and consistency as well as helping the children learn to advocate for themselves.

OECYC – Oxford-Elgin  Child & Youth Centre provides mental health support for children and their families in Oxford and Elgin counties, Ontario, Canada

Screens privileges – this refers to the privilege of having “screen time”. Screen time refers to any time spent in front of a screen – computer, TV, Wii, DVD, DS, iPod, laptop, PSP, etc.

Phoebe In Wonderland

MHI – my own abbreviation for “mental health illness”

OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is an anxiety disorder that cause individuals to have unwanted obsessive thoughts which often lead them to act out rituals in order to quell the thoughts. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, excessive hand washing, hoarding, fidgeting such has playing with hair or picking at fingernails, repeating certain daily routines in an exact manner.

Tourette’s Syndrome – is a disorder (not an illness) influenced by neurological, psychological, and sociological factors.It is characterized by tics – sudden, rapid, recurrent nonrhythmic movements or noises that occur repeatedly and in the same way. from Life’s a Twitch!

Remembering

PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder– is an anxiety disorder that usually surfaces after someone has experienced trauma such as war, sexual assault, violence in the home etc.

Shell Shock – a term first used during WWI to describe the psychological effects the soldiers experienced on the front lines

We Now Return to Our Regularly Scheduled Programming

Adderall – is a central nervous system stimulant. It affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control. from Drugs.com

ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a mental disorder commonly diagnosed in children. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, impulsive behaviour, inattention, inability to focus or inability to ignore things like background noise (hyperfocus), hyperactivity or any combination thereof. ADHD is usually co-diagnosed with learning disabilities, Anxiety etc.

AdvocateMerriam-Webster defines advocate as “one that supports or promotes the interests of another”. As the parent of a child with mental illness it is your role, dare I say, duty, to advocate for your child. Your child’s needs must be promoted by you or a professional who will help you navigate the systems. You must become a champion for your child, in their school, in the medical community, with your family and friends.

Asperger’s Syndrome – is an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) that is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. (from Wikipedia).

Autism – a spectrum disorder which covers a wide variety of symptoms and characteristics.

CAP – Central Auditory Processing disorder is when a person can’t process the information they hear in the same way as others because their ears and brain don’t fully coordinate. Something adversely affects the way the brain recognizes and interprets sounds, most notably the sounds composing speech. from Kidshealth.org

Concerta – a prescription medication designed to treat the symptoms of ADHD.

CPRI– The Child and Parent Resource Institute provides professional mental health services to those living in Southern Ontario.

DTS – Dumbass Teenager Syndrome as my friend Shawn calls it, it sums up all teenage behaviour that is not explained by mental health

Hyperarousal – a state of increased psychological and physiological tension marked by such effects as reduced pain tolerance, anxiety, exaggeration of startle responses, insomnia, fatigue, and accentuation of personality traits. from The Free Dictionary

Intensive Social Worker – this is a counseling service offered at OECYC wherein the sessions are held outside the traditional counseling office. Sessions can be held in the home, at school or in public space. Our worker is helping with home routines and consistency as well as helping the children learn to advocate for themselves.

Psychosomatic – of, relating to, involving, or concerned with bodily symptoms caused by mental or emotional disturbance from Merriam-Webster

Wraparound – is a program designed to help families and individuals with complex needs create a support system within their existing community and to access resources and programs within their community

TGIF

BFF – Best Friends Forever

Screens privileges – this refers to the privilege of having “screen time”. Screen time refers to any time spent in front of a screen – computer, TV, Wii, DVD, DS, iPod, laptop, PSP, etc.

Monday, Monday

Arabian Curse – this is something I remember from M*A*S*H. The character Klinger, who was of Arabic descent, was always cursing people when he didn’t get his own way. i.e. – May the mother of your camels spit in your yogurt!

Balanced consequence – a term I coined to describe a consequence that equals or balances the offense. For example, if a child is dawdling, causing you to run 15 minutes late the consequence will equal 15 minutes. i.e. – 15 minutes of extra chores or they go to bed 15 minutes earlier

Cruella-DeVil-I’ve-just-skinned-your-puppyreference to the villain, Cruella DeVil from Disney’s 101 Dalmations.

Got his Irish up – my maternal grandfather was a full-blooded Scotsman, his wife, my grandmother, was of Irish and English descent. When my grandmother would lose her temper my grandfather would tease her that she was “getting her Irish up”. An obvious referral to the belief that the Irish have bad tempers.

Screens privileges – this refers to the privilege of having “screen time”. Screen time refers to any time spent in front of a screen – computer, TV, Wii, DVD, DS, iPod, laptop, PSP, etc.

We Interrupt Our Regularly Scheduled Programming

Bibliophile – a lover of books especially for qualities of format; also : a book collector as defined by Merriam-Webster

Intensive Social Worker – this is a counseling service offered at OECYC wherein the sessions are held outside the traditional counseling office. Sessions can be held in the home, at school or in public space. Our worker is helping with home routines and consistency as well as helping the children learn to advocate for themselves.

PCMHParents for Children’s Mental Health

Rheumatoid Arthritis –  Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a type of inflammatory arthritis and an autoimmune disease. An autoimmune disease is one where the body’s immune system becomes confused and begins to “attack” the body. from The Arthritis Society

Wraparound – is a program designed to help families and individuals with complex needs create a support system within their existing community and to access resources and programs within their community

Shedding the Mask

Emotional contortion-ism. A term I coined to describe the process of altering your personality, changing your speaking patterns, your habits, the way you stand, dress and breathe so that you don’t upset the mentally ill person in your life

Education Means Liberation

OECYC – Oxford-Elgin  Child & Youth Centre provides mental health support for children and their families in Oxford and Elgin counties, Ontario, Canada

PCMHParents for Children’s Mental Health

I’m Back

Bibliophile – a lover of books especially for qualities of format; also : a book collector as defined by Merriam-Webster

Cahier – a notebook as per Google Translate

Those Were the Days My Friend

ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a mental disorder commonly diagnosed in children. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, impulsive behaviour, inattention, inability to focus or inability to ignore things like background noise (hyperfocus), hyperactivity or any combination thereof. ADHD is usually co-diagnosed with learning disabilities, Anxiety etc.

MHI – my own abbreviation for “mental health illness”

Normies – a term I learned from Dr. Duncan McKinlay and is used to described anyone who does not have a mental health issue.

I Call a Do-Over

Autism – a spectrum disorder which covers a wide variety of symptoms and characteristics.

CPRI– The Child and Parent Resource Institute provides professional mental health services to those living in Southern Ontario.

The Chaos Has Escaped My Brain

CMHA – Canadian Mental Health Association

Wraparound – is a program designed to help families and individuals with complex needs create a support system within their existing community and to access resources and programs within their community.

To Medicate or Not to Medicate, Part 2

ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a mental disorder commonly diagnosed in children. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, impulsive behaviour, inattention, inability to focus or inability to ignore things like background noise (hyperfocus), hyperactivity or any combination thereof. ADHD is usually co-diagnosed with learning disabilities, Anxiety etc.

Meds – short form for medication(s).

Naturopathic – a system of treatment of disease that avoids drugs and surgery and emphasizes the use of natural agents (as air, water, and herbs) and physical means (as tissue manipulation and electrotherapy) from Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary

To Medicate or Not to Medicate, Part 1

ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a mental disorder commonly diagnosed in children. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, impulsive behaviour, inattention, inability to focus or inability to ignore things like background noise (hyperfocus), hyperactivity or any combination thereof. ADHD is usually co-diagnosed with learning disabilities, Anxiety etc.

Anxiety Disorders – encompasses mental health issues that cause extreme feelings of unease, distress or fright, these symptoms are often unfounded and illogical. OCD, PTSD, Phobias and Panic Disorders and General Anxiety Disorder.

CPRI– The Child and Parent Resource Institute provides professional mental health services to those living in Southern Ontario.

GUA – Givers of Unsolicited Advice is pretty self-explanatory.

Meds – short form for medication(s).

Takin’ Care of Business

CMHA – Canadian Mental Health Association

CPRI– The Child and Parent Resource Institute provides professional mental health services to those living in Southern Ontario.

Aches and Pains

ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a mental disorder commonly diagnosed in children. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, impulsive behaviour, inattention, inability to focus or inability to ignore things like background noise (hyperfocus), hyperactivity or any combination thereof. ADHD is usually co-diagnosed with learning disabilities, Anxiety etc.

Anxiety Disorders – encompasses mental health issues that cause extreme feelings of unease, distress or fright, these symptoms are often unfounded and illogical. OCD, PTSD, Phobias and Panic Disorders and General Anxiety Disorder.

Meds – short form for medication(s).

OECYC – Oxford-Elgin  Child & Youth Centre provides mental health support for children and their families in Oxford and Elgin counties, Ontario, Canada

Fool-Proof Discipline in a Thousand Easy Steps

ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a mental disorder commonly diagnosed in children. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, impulsive behaviour, inattention, inability to focus or inability to ignore things like background noise (hyperfocus), hyperactivity or any combination thereof. ADHD is usually co-diagnosed with learning disabilities, Anxiety etc.

GUA – Givers of Unsolicited Advice is pretty self-explanatory.

Muchness – a term from Disney’s Alice In Wonderland starring Johnny Depp. The term, in my opinion, is used to define that quality of character that makes us unique, strong and wonderful.

Normies – a term I learned from Dr. Duncan McKinlay and is used to described anyone who does not have a mental health issue.

Falling Through the Cracks

ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a mental disorder commonly diagnosed in children. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, impulsive behaviour, inattention, inability to focus or inability to ignore things like background noise (hyperfocus), hyperactivity or any combination thereof. ADHD is usually co-diagnosed with learning disabilities, Anxiety etc.

OECYC – Oxford-Elgin  Child & Youth Centre provides mental health support for children and their families in Oxford and Elgin counties, Ontario, Canada

Was I Saying Something?

DID – Dissociative Identity Disorder is commonly known as multiple personality disorder. Like most health issues it is a spectrum disorder and symptoms and severity vary from person person. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, phobias, memory loss, anxiety attacks, depression, headaches, paranoia.

Wraparound – is a program designed to help families and individuals with complex needs create a support system within their existing community and to access resources and programs within their community

Mom, It Happened Again…

CMHA – Canadian Mental Health Association

Compulsion – an irresistible persistent impulse to perform an act (as excessive hand washing) as defined by Merriam-Webster.

Crisis Intervention – can be defined as emergency psychological care aimed at assisting individuals in a crisis situation as defined by Wikipedia.

Family and Children’s Services (FACS) – the local agency that’s main directive is the protection of children and youth.

OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is an anxiety disorder that cause individuals to have unwanted obsessive thoughts which often lead them to act out rituals in order to quell the thoughts. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, excessive hand washing, hoarding, fidgeting such has playing with hair or picking at fingernails, repeating certain daily routines in an exact manner.

Suicidal Ideation – is a common medical term for thoughts about suicide, which may be as detailed as a formulated plan, without the suicidal act itself. from Wikipedia

Together Strong Conference, Part Deux

MHI – my own abbreviation for “mental health illness”

Tourette’s Syndrome – is a disorder (not an illness) influenced by neurological, psychological, and sociological factors.It is characterized by tics – sudden, rapid, recurrent nonrhythmic movements or noises that occur repeatedly and in the same way. from Life’s a Twitch!

Together Strong Conference

Autism – a spectrum disorder which covers a wide variety of symptoms and characteristics

Bi-Polar Disorder – Bipolar disorder is characterized by mood swings that can last for days, weeks or even months. These swings range from mild to severe. The “bi” in bipolar disorder refers to the dual nature of these mood swings – from feelings of great happiness and elation to sadness and despair. from Public Health Agency of Canada

Suicidal Ideation – is a common medical term for thoughts about suicide, which may be as detailed as a formulated plan, without the suicidal act itself. from Wikipedia

A Rose by Any Other Name

ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a mental disorder commonly diagnosed in children. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, impulsive behaviour, inattention, inability to focus or inability to ignore things like background noise (hyperfocus), hyperactivity or any combination thereof. ADHD is usually co-diagnosed with learning disabilities, Anxiety etc.

Disorder – as defined by Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary-                                                                                1 : to disturb the order of                                                                                                                                          2 : to disturb the regular or normal functions of

Linear thinking – as defined by Dictionary.com – a process of thought following known cycles or step-by-step progression where a response to a step must be elicited before another step is taken

Spectrum – defined by Merriam-Webster’s as a continuous sequence or range.

When Your Good Isn’t Good Enough

ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a mental disorder commonly diagnosed in children. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, impulsive behaviour, inattention, inability to focus or inability to ignore things like background noise (hyperfocus), hyperactivity or any combination thereof. ADHD is usually co-diagnosed with learning disabilities, Anxiety etc.

AdvocateMerriam-Webster defines advocate as “one that supports or promotes the interests of another”. As the parent of a child with mental illness it is your role, dare I say, duty, to advocate for your child. Your child’s needs must be promoted by you or a professional who will help you navigate the systems. You must become a champion for your child, in their school, in the medical community, with your family and friends.

Coping Skills – are tools and techniques that your child can learn to help them cope with the difficulties they might/will face in their day-to-day life

“Get it Right”– original song from the hit series “Glee”. listen to it on “Glee the Music” or lyrics

OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is an anxiety disorder that cause individuals to have unwanted obsessive thoughts which often lead them to act out rituals in order to quell the thoughts. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, excessive hand washing, hoarding, fidgeting such has playing with hair or picking at fingernails, repeating certain daily routines in an exact manner.

People Energy – the energy an individual requires and expends on working and socializing with other people

Positive Reinforcement – strategies that involve using positive things such as high fives, smiles, hugs, words of encouragement to guide someone as they learn and grow

Emotionally Exhausted and Morally Bankrupt

ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a mental disorder commonly diagnosed in children. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, impulsive behaviour, inattention, inability to focus or inability to ignore things like background noise (hyperfocus), hyperactivity or any combination thereof. ADHD is usually co-diagnosed with learning disabilities, Anxiety etc.

Respite – an interval of rest and relief (as defined by Merriam-Webster)

Toe Tag – a tag attached the big toe of a deceased person often containing pertinent information about the deceased including the person’s name, physical description and cause of death.

Good Morning, Starshine

ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a mental disorder commonly diagnosed in children. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, impulsive behaviour, inattention, inability to focus or inability to ignore things like background noise (hyperfocus), hyperactivity or any combination thereof. ADHD is usually co-diagnosed with learning disabilities, Anxiety etc.

Asperger’s Syndrome – is an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) that is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. (from Wikipedia).

Meds – short form for medication(s).

T.R.M. – stands for Tantrum, Rage, Meltdown, terms that are often used interchangeably, common behaviour for those diagnosed with Autism and Asperger’s Syndromes.

They Mean Well, Don’t They?

ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a mental disorder commonly diagnosed in children. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, impulsive behaviour, inattention, inability to focus or inability to ignore things like background noise (hyperfocus), hyperactivity or any combination thereof. ADHD is usually co-diagnosed with learning disabilities, Anxiety etc.

Depression – is a common, though often debilitating, mental health issue and should never be ignored. Signs of depression include, but are not limited to, sadness, lethargy, low energy, fatigue, poor self-image, loss of interest in life and favourite activities.

GAD – Generalized Anxiety Disorder commonly presents as extreme and often irrational worry and fear. This worry and fear often interferes with day-to-day living.

GUA – Givers of Unsolicited Advice is pretty self-explanatory.

OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is an anxiety disorder that cause individuals to have unwanted obsessive thoughts which often lead them to act out rituals in order to quell the thoughts. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, excessive hand washing, hoarding, fidgeting such has playing with hair or picking at fingernails, repeating certain daily routines in an exact manner.

ADHD, OCD and a Few Other Letters

ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a mental disorder commonly diagnosed in children. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, impulsive behaviour, inattention, inability to focus or inability to ignore things like background noise (hyperfocus), hyperactivity or any combination thereof. ADHD is usually co-diagnosed with learning disabilities, Anxiety etc.

Anxiety Disorders – encompasses mental health issues that cause extreme feelings of unease, distress or fright, these symptoms are often unfounded and illogical. OCD, PTSD, Phobias and Panic Disorders and General Anxiety Disorder.

Colic – it is unknown what exactly causes this condition in infants but it is characterized by excessive fussing, crying and screaming for for extended periods of time.

Concerta – a prescription medication designed to treat the symptoms of ADHD.

DID – Dissociative Identity Disorder is commonly known as multiple personality disorder. Like most health issues it is a spectrum disorder and symptoms and severity vary from person person. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, phobias, memory loss, anxiety attacks, depression, headaches, paranoia.

Depression – is a common, though often debilitating, mental health issue and should never be ignored. Signs of depression include, but are not limited to, sadness, lethargy, low energy, fatigue, poor self-image, loss of interest in life and favourite activities.

OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is an anxiety disorder that cause individuals to have unwanted obsessive thoughts which often lead them to act out rituals in order to quell the thoughts. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, excessive hand washing, hoarding, fidgeting such has playing with hair or picking at fingernails, repeating certain daily routines in an exact manner.

OECYC – Oxford-Elgin  Child & Youth Centre provides mental health support for children and their families in Oxford and Elgin counties, Ontario, Canada

PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder– is an anxiety disorder that usually surfaces after someone has experienced trauma such as war, sexual assault, violence in the home etc.

Ritalin – a prescription medication designed to treat the symptoms of ADHD.

Any word commonly spelled with a “u” where you wouldn’t put one means the exact same thing as you would think only I’m Canadian so I’m stubbornly using the British spelling. e.g. – neighbour = neighbor.

Any word commonly spelled “er” where I have spelled it “re” means the exact same thing as you would think only I’m Canadian and we spell some of our words the French way, go figure. e.g. – centre = center.OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is an anxiety disorder that cause individuals to have unwanted obsessive thoughts which often lead them to act out rituals in order to quell the thoughts. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, excessive hand washing, hoarding, fidgeting such has playing with hair or picking at fingernails, repeating certain daily routines in an exact manner.

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