Physiological vs psychological

Stephanie - posted on 07/20/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Ok moms. I recently acquired guardianship of a child who has suffered from a traumatic home experience. His therapist said treating his physiological needs would be easy but his psychological nees will be more difficult. I didnt want to sound dumb when he said this but can someone explain the difference please.

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Iridescent - posted on 07/20/2010

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Physiological is body. Feeding, changing diapers, teaching.

Psychological is mind. Counseling. Tantrums. Fears. Love. By far the hardest part to care for.

Janet - posted on 07/20/2010

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Human needs can be classified as either physiological needs—those required to sustain and grow a healthy body—or as psychological needs—those required to sustain and grow a healthy mind.
Physiological Needs:
Air, water, food, shelter, sanitation, sleep, touch
Psychological Needs:
Autonomy, competence, relatedness, satisfaction and subjective well-being within
Good Luck

Lois - posted on 07/20/2010

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His physical needs (what his body needs) will not be be hard,his psychological needs ( his feelings ) will be harder. He will have problems with anger,fear,not wanting to be alone,or wanting to be alone.Just one word about the therapist,remember that you are the person taking care of the child,if you don't understand something the "pro" says,tell him.He may be so stuck in "pro-speak" that he can't talk "real-people -speak" anymore.

Iridescent - posted on 07/20/2010

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Consistent rules between each of the kids in the household. Being fair. Building trust by saying you'll do something, then doing it, and never failing on your word. Letting him decide how much physical contact he wants, but being open to it as well - such as asking, "Would you like a hug?" and accepting either answer. Going to his activities and showing interest in his life.

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Nancy - posted on 01/24/2013

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A psychological need is an internal motive to achieve a desired end-state. Four basic psychological needs are self-esteem or self worth, self-determination, capability and effectiveness, and affiliation or belonging. A physiological need is the deviation from the body’s ideal set of internal conditions (Deckers, 2010). Our basic physiological needs include the things that are vital to our survival such as food, water, breathing, and homeostasis. Sexual reproduction is also a physiological need since it is essential to the survival and propagation of the species (Cherry, 2013).

Iridescent - posted on 07/20/2010

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Lois made an excellent point! We were at a psych appointment for one of our children last week, and he was honestly making no sense at all. None! He was so involved in his gestures to show how a temper tantrum develops that he forgot to put meaningful words with them, until I asked him what the heck he was talking about. He was still difficult, but I got some understanding from the discussion and he promised to mail me the evaluation and recommendations as apparently he has a difficult time with speech. Just speak up!

Stephanie - posted on 07/20/2010

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Thats what I thought too Rebekah. He kinda just sent me home with no direction. You guys advice is really helpful though. Thanks

Kelina - posted on 07/20/2010

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yup definitely talk to his counsellor who will be able to give you a better idea of what he needs. but consistency, and love will get you a long way towards where you need to go.

Rebekah - posted on 07/20/2010

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I definitely agree with Amy's suggestions, and would add that the therapist should be giving you some specifics of how to tend to his psychological needs. Depending on the nature of the trauma, he may have some specific issues that require responses that go beyond the norm.

Stephanie - posted on 07/20/2010

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Thanks for clarifying! So how does a person even start to go about healing some of the psychological damage with a 6 year old.

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