Articles containing: depression

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.

Q+A: What’s Wrong With Our Daughter’s Mood?

October 9, 2019

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Question: What’s wrong with our daughter Maura? She just told us, “Sometimes I just feel like hurting myself.”

Maura, a 13-year-old girl, came into my office because she told her parents, “Sometimes I just feel like hurting myself…I want to jump out the window or suffocate myself with my pillow.

When Kids Talk of Suicide – Shrinking It Down

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As the summer fades and we move into Autumn, activities in our lives start to build up and so can the stress. Perhaps this is one reason that September is national Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

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.

The Psychological Effects of the Flu

February 20, 2019

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I call my mom once or twice a week to check in. When I called her yesterday, she took a second or two longer to speak than usual. Then, when she did speak, she sounded pretty awful.

“Welcome,” she whispered,

<raspy breath>

“To the house,”

<cough, wheeze>

“Of pesti—<cough>—lence.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, featuring Susan Sprich, PhD – Shrinking It Down

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Coping With Holiday Stress

Let’s just paint a little picture. It’s a picture we already know pretty well, but still every year it seems to take many of us by irritable surprise.

It’s cold outside.

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.

We’re All Connected: What To Think About On World Mental Health Day

October 10, 2018

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Today is World Mental Health Day.

I often find these kinds of distinctions a bit troublesome.

What Do I Do If My Child Is Bullied?

September 26, 2018

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Here’s a weird fact.

Until about six or seven years ago, the term “bullying” was pretty much absent from everyday use.  In fact, six or seven years ago, if you had asked someone to define “bullying,” they’d probably tell you that the word itself was both old and old-fashioned.