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December 13, 2022

Dr. John Carosso's ebook - How We Treat Series: Depression and Anxiety, Autism, ADHD, and Emotional Outbursts.

This “How We Treat” eBook will target the five most common reasons that parents seek help from me for their children. What are these most common issues? Drum roll please… they are childhood depression, anxiety, autism, ADHD, and explosive outbursts. This series will highlight each of these challenges and provide a parent-friendly description of the condition, its causes, and a step-by-step approach to how it's treated.

I trust you’ll find this eBook to be informative and helpful in managing your child. Feel free to browse more of my posts at where you can also schedule an appointment, and you can reach out to me for help at

Chapter One: How We Treat Depression and Anxiety

As one would expect given my occupation, I’m often approached by teens and their parents about feelings of depression and anxiety. It’s troubling to see a child or adolescent struggling. But you should know that there are practical and very effective strategies to improve the situation. Chapter One reviews those strategies and provides helpful insights.

Chapter Two: How We Treat Autism

In this chapter, I tackle how we treat autism. Autism is a developmental disorder, which is a condition that impacts a child’s ability to achieve and demonstrate developmental milestones and expectations. The cause is unknown but in this writer’s estimation, it likely has genetic underpinnings.

Autism impacts a child’s ability to effectively communicate and socialize. They tend to be aloof or socially awkward. They also engage in repetitive behaviors or obsessing about topics, fears, or concerns. Children with autism also tend to struggle with sensory issues. They may cover their ears in response to mundane sounds, are very finicky during mealtime, and can find it difficult to find clothes with which they feel comfortable.

Chapter Three: How We Treat ADHD

In Chapter Three, I describe the nature of ADHD, how it’s diagnosed, and how it’s treated. ADHD is considered to be of disorder of the prefrontal cortex, and a subsequent deficiency in executive functions. In that respect, the prefrontal cortex of the brain is responsible for vital tasks including attention, emotional control, working memory, organizing, planning, shifting attention and mental flexibility, impulse control, and time management.

Chapter Four: How We Treat Emotional Outbursts

One of the foremost concerns expressed by parents is often regarding their child’s emotional sensitivity, overreaction, and subsequent emotional outbursts. It’s troubling to see your child or adolescent struggling. But, it’s good to know that there are practical and effective strategies to improve the situation. Chapter Four is a helpful review.

You will can read the full eBook here.

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