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  1. Dealing with Distress- How to Talk to Children about School Shooting

    How can you explain the tragedy that took place last week at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.? Parents across the country are searching for words to say to their young children. As we try to understand this unthinkable violence, it is important to inform and comfort our children. sad child

    Listen and Communicate Simply

    Children look to their parents for safety. Your children, at age 3 and at age 18, trust you to ensure their safety. At this time of instability, it is your responsibility to communicate with and support your children. The first step is to talk with your children about what they have heard and what they know. Let them express their opinions and worries completely- don’t interrupt. Use age-appropriate phrases to explain what happened if they ask you. For younger kids, keep the explanation simple and avoid unnecessary details. They do not need to hear excessive details that may scare them more.

    Take Care of Yourself

    To take care of your kids better, take care of yourself. You may be so overwhelmed occasionally that your children see you cry or talk about the shooting. Be honest, telling your children that you are sad for the other families. However, make sure you handle your emotions effectively and reach out to other adults for support. By keeping up your mental health in this unstable time, you can better help your children.

    Watch for Signs of Fear or Anxiety

    It is normal for children to experience a range of emotions following a tragedy. Be aware of their behavior as changes could indicate a change in mood or presence of grief or fear. Encourage your children to put their feelings into words by journaling or talking with you.

    Keep Home a Safe Place

    Your home is a safe haven for your children, especially when things seem chaotic in their world. Help them find peace at home by scheduling favorite family activities and making yourself available. These strategies should help you prepare to help your children manage their distress and fear. Remember that your children need to be comforted by you. If you feel that you or your children are suffering extensively or you notice a lasting behavioral change in your children, consider speaking with a health professional.
  2. Dr. James Winston Voted TOP PSYCHIATRIST in Milwaukee Magazine

    Every four years, Milwaukee Magazine, one of our city’s most popular publications, has doctors and nurses in the area complete a survey to identify Milwaukee’s TOP DOCTORS! So, when you are looking for a doctor or specialist in the Milwaukee area and want to know who has the top notch reputation of not only of patients but other doctors and nurses  – Milwaukee Magazines TOP DOCTORS issue is the place to start!  Dr. Winston said, “there is no greater honor than to be recognized by yours peers for doing good work…” Milwaukee Magazine publishes their TOP DOCTORS issue only every four years.  For the past 12-years, Dr. James Winston, MD the founder of American Behavioral Clinics has appeared in every issue! Dr. James Winston, MD has been practicing for over 30-years and is board certified in psychiatry & neurology. Dr. Winston is a Wisconsin native and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Medical School.
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    James Winston, MD

    To schedule an appointment with Dr. Winston, to merely congratulate him or schedule an appointment with any of the providers at American Behavioral Clinic’s five locations, please call us at: 414-877-1071.
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