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Psychosis in Children and Teens

January 17, 2019

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Let’s play a game.

I’m going to tell you about some hypothetical patients. These aren’t actual patients, but they could be. And it is that possibility that I want you to keep in mind as you try to figure out what, if anything, ails these individuals.

Patient #1.

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Young Healthy Minds: Shining Light on Mental Health Through Education

December 19, 2018

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Here at The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, we know that there just aren’t enough child psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers — anyone who helps to take care of kids — to go around. Yet there is an incredible need for resources to help support the mental, behavioral, and emotional well-being of our future generation.

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

December 18, 2018

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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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Playing the Insurance Game: When Is Testing Covered?

November 29, 2018

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John’s mom was perplexed. John’s teacher had suggested he be evaluated because he was having trouble learning to read and paying attention in class. John’s mom, Lisa, didn’t want to get the testing completed through the school system because Lisa’s friend recommended a psychologist, Dr.

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Q+A: Is My Son Hyperactive and Unfocused, or Just Being a Boy?

November 26, 2018

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Question: My child’s teacher told me that she’s worried about my son’s behavior at school. She said he’s hyperactive and unfocused. I think he’s just being a boy. I took him to our pediatrician who said we could wait and see before putting him on medication. I liked that idea.

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How Do You Measure Executive Function Skills in Kids?

November 20, 2018

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Executive Functions is one of those “buzzy” terms that teachers use a lot these days.

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DMDD Versus Bipolar Disorder

November 15, 2018

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We’ve written about bipolar disorder before.

We’ve also written about the controversy surrounding the diagnosis.  Until about 25 years ago, most clinicians felt that bipolar disorder in children and adolescents was extremely rare.

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Q+A: Once You Have Discovered Your Teen is Using Pot, What’s the Next Step?

November 12, 2018

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Question: Once you have discovered your teen is using pot and confronted the teenager about it, what’s your recommended next step?

Answer: It’s not unusual to find out one way or another that your teenager is using a substance. The most common ones are alcohol or marijuana.

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Five Parenting Rules for Coping with the Current Political Climate

October 23, 2018

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It’s not like we needed the recent supreme court hearings to know that things right now are super-tense.

Still, those hearings certainly didn’t help.

By my count, this is roughly the tenth time in the last three years I’ve been asked to write something about how parents can keep their heads in these trying political times.

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How Scary Is Too Scary?

October 18, 2018

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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 as a child:

I’m 8 years old.

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