Articles containing: adolescents

Borderline Personality Disorder: A Case of Suffering, Drama and Hope

October 30, 2019

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There’s an understandable tendency to portray Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) in films. Silver Linings Playbook, Fatal Attraction, and Girl Interrupted are just a few. 

It makes sense.

What Is a Personality Disorder?

I’ve always had a problem with the label “personality disorder,” and so have many of my patients. I think it’s because we typically associate “personality” with a “person,” so the term seems to suggest that there’s something wrong with the human being.

Cognitive-Behavior Therapy: A Closer Look

September 18, 2019

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 Jenny was a 15-year-old high school sophomore who had suffered from depression for six months. Her pediatrician referred her to a psychiatrist, who prescribed Prozac for her depressive symptoms.

Are ER Visits the Answer to Mental Health Issues at School?

September 4, 2019

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Anyone who works in a school can tell you that mental health concerns are an integral part of their job. After all, students need to be at their emotional best in order to perform at their scholastic best. There may be exceptions, but the general rule of thumb is that healthy kids are the best students.

What Is Family Therapy?

August 21, 2019

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Family therapy emphasizes the idea that a child lives and grows in relationship to others, particularly in relationship to members of his or her own family. There are many different family therapy approaches.

What If My Child Has A Drinking Problem?

By far, the most commonly misused drug among teens is alcohol.  This makes sense, as alcohol is legally available throughout the United States, it’s heavily advertised and glorified in the media, and frequently used in celebratory activities.  The effects of alcohol in terms of reducing inhibition are quite real.

What If My Child Has Depression?

“Depression” is a funny term.  Like lots of diagnoses in psychiatry, the word “depression” has both common and specific uses.  Kids might complain of “feeling depressed” after a break-up, or not making the school team, but they tend to snap out of whatever funk they’re in relatively quickly.

Hope Beyond Anorexia – Shrinking It Down (Season 1, Episode 9)

March 7, 2018

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Two Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists Weigh in on Netflix’s ‘To The Bone’: A Missed Opportunity to Understand Anorexia

February 25, 2018

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Co-authored by Gene Beresin, MD

As child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrists we have eagerly been awaiting Netflix’s release of To The Bone.  It seems intended to significantly raise awareness, educate viewers and open conversations about these severe psychiatric disorders.

More Kids Are Receiving Mental Health Care, But…

At The Clay Center, we find ourselves writing often about how seeking psychiatric treatment is stigmatized in the United States.  We especially worry about this issue when it comes to children and adolescents.