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8 Young Adult Books That Will Change The Way You Think About Mental Health

February 17, 2017

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The list below represents only a small sliver of the multitude of books that might help you and your teen talk about mental health issues—from the minor (anxiety about going off to college) to the major (depression and suicide).

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The Intense Power Of Love On Our Kids

February 14, 2017

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There was this song that came out when I was 13 years old.  It was by Dan Folgelberg, and I played it over and over again on my Pioneer turntable.  It went like this:

“Longer than there’s been fishes in the ocean.  Higher than any bird every flew.  Longer than there’s been stars up in the heavens.  I’ve been in love with you.

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Sibling Rivalry Vs. Sibling Bullying

February 9, 2017

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Sibling rivalry is a topic that is as old as time itself, and it’s probably not an overstatement to say that if a family has more than one child, sibling rivalry has likely been an issue at one time or another.

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How To Talk To Kids About The Executive Order On Immigration

February 6, 2017

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In child psychiatry, providing guidance on controversial issues is nothing new. There’s the routine stuff: screen time, and birth control, and curfews, and how much homework is maybe too much. There are also the tough ones. The Twin Towers came down. The Boston Marathon was bombed.

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Call It Obamacare Or The Trump Act, I Just Want My Patients To Be Able To Get Care

January 26, 2017

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Sixteen-year-old Tommy is brought to the emergency room by his very worried mother. She describes a roughly one-month period in which Tommy is getting more and more irritable, isolating himself, failing academically.

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An Encounter With The Unknown – From A Mother’s Lens

January 10, 2017

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This blog post is part of a series entitled Real Lives, Real Stories: Personal Experiences With Mental Illness.

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Mending A House Divided: Bringing Peace And Good Will To The Holidays

December 22, 2016

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“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” I believe the government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other.

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Guarding Against Fake News for You and Your Child

December 15, 2016

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This is a good time to talk about charisma and its relationship to the power of stories.

It’s not that the idea of charisma is new.

The word itself is an old one.  It derives from the ancient Greek word “χάρισμα (khárisma)”, and it translates to something like “favor freely given” or “gift of grace.

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How Scary Is Too Scary?

October 18, 2016

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Intro music written and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.Outro music arranged and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.

Here is my most vivid memory of Halloween:

I’m 8 years old. I have, to my father’s delight, developed an affinity for the “creature-features” that appear on the old UHF stations every Saturday from 10 AM to noon.

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Who Is Qualified To Conduct My Child’s Evaluation?

October 13, 2016

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The number of professionals available to conduct evaluations of children can be quite overwhelming. Psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, educational consultants, counselors, and neuropsychologists are only a partial list of the professionals who can be helpful when you’re seeking more information about your child’s development.

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