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Back to School Anxiety after Lockdown

By Elaine Hodgins / March 4, 2021 /

The end of lockdown is in sight and mums and dads everywhere are feeling anxious over how its all going to pan out.  “What if my children have got behind in their school-work? What if they are very anxious when they go back? What if they DO catch Covid 19?” I can hear all those…

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Anxiety in Older Teens and Adults and How to Manage it in 7 Easy Steps

By Elaine Hodgins / February 3, 2021 /

The word “anxiety” has become as common as many other descriptive feeling type words, hasn’t it? People say to me: “I’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder or condition” or “my anxiety is really playing up today – I feel so bad.” But what IS anxiety? Well, the dictionary says it is “unease about something…

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Anxiety in Children with Autism

By Elaine Hodgins / November 25, 2020 /

Everyone experiences anxiety at some stage throughout their lives. It is a normal “feeling” and “emotion” just like happiness and sadness, moodiness and anger. Mums who bring their children to my clinic say: “Can you help my child, she’s autistic but she suffers from terrible anxiety and meltdowns.” Constant anxiety can be very distressing for…

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Children’s Anxiety at Christmas

By Elaine Hodgins / November 18, 2020 /

Getting ready for Christmas 2020 with the kids Looking through social media, recently, I came across a post from a young mum who was asking “how many presents do you give your children-or how much do you spend on them?” she went on to say that she wanted to make Christmas “ special” as she,…

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Fear of Halloween – It’s NOT fun for some!

By Elaine Hodgins / September 30, 2020 /

Fear of Halloween? Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween or the fear of the Feast of the Dead. The word Samhainophobia originates from ‘Samhuin’ which means “the end of the summer”. The Samhain festival was celebrated by the Celtics for marking the change between between summer and winter. The word Samhuin  means ‘All Hallows Eve’. Where…

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Sometimes it’s NOT Anxiety!

By Elaine Hodgins / September 2, 2020 /

Anxiety comes in many forms. If I said to you: “in your own words – what is anxiety?” would you be able to give me an answer? And would it be similar to what others have described it as? The answer is NO! The reason for this is because anxiety is a FEELING. We all…

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ANOREXIA NERVOSA – Going to University or College can be a Trigger

By Elaine Hodgins / August 26, 2020 /

Most parents fear the word “Anorexia”, as most of us know that it is a serious mental health condition which, if not taken seriously, can have fatal consequences. Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of the food related mental illnesses. As a clinical hypnotherapist and child behavioural specialist I have been treating children, teens and…

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“Help, My 6 year- old holds his stools and soils his pants constantly.”

By Elaine Hodgins / August 13, 2020 /

What is it? Encorpresis, or soiling/stool holding is a children’s anxiety/toileting disorder that many children struggle with from as young as four years old, and CAN suffer with it right up to their teen years, if not treated. Some children suffer from constipation, and of course it makes them feel uncomfortable and may even hurt…

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Managing Your Own and Your Child’s Anxiety During Re-Opening of Everything After Lockdown

By Elaine Hodgins / August 6, 2020 /

A World of Worry! As the various countries all around the world starts to re-open after months of lockdown, every family is facing difficult decisions about how to cope. Is it safe? Can we start visiting family members? Can our teens be trusted to take care when socialising with their mates? Then of course there…

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Helping your Child to Stop the Negative Thoughts

By Elaine Hodgins / July 22, 2020 /

What do negative thoughts look like in children? I remember my daughter coming home one day and saying something like “Oh Mum! I am SO RUBBISH! I can’t do anything right – everything I do goes wrong, and I hate myself!” I’m sure all you mum’s and dad’s out there have heard your youngsters state…

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