October 30, 2019
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.
October 23, 2019
How can we guide children to healthfully navigate food, fitness, sleep, and more (especially when Takis® taste so much better than eggs for breakfast)? These aren’t just important for physical health but mental health, as well.
October 16, 2019
Somewhere around last few years, I started fielding questions about climate change in my work as a child psychiatrist.
“Have you seen the Mad Max movies?” kids would ask. “I mean, that’s where we’re heading.
August 21, 2019
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.
December 10, 2018
Technology. Some days it feels like we can’t live with it, but in today’s world we certainly can’t live without it. And what’s the mental health impact on our kids and teens who seem consumed by their smartphones and other digital media 24/7?
The short answer is: It’s a gray area.
December 7, 2018
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.
August 3, 2018
Seth just started driving, and he’s actually doing pretty well. The written test was a breeze, and on the streets around his house he’s relatively comfortable. He even volunteered to drive his little sister to the mall. His parents, while suffering a bit of the normal worries that any parent of a new driver would have, are delighted.
February 26, 2018
I love watching football.
When I was watching the playoffs this year, it was obvious that some ads were really overrepresented – those promoting comfort food and alcohol (mostly beer). And they’re super compelling. I tend to eat healthy, organic food.
February 14, 2018
Some degree of shyness is normal and common in all children. For most, it’s a healthy cautiousness in reaction to a novel social encounter.
Here’s an example:
At a neighborhood barbeque, 4-year-old Tommy wouldn’t show his face, and buried his head in his mom’s skirt behind her. Mom gently encouraged him.
January 26, 2018
Things might seem kind of awful lately.
Every news headline, from every corner of American ideology, feels pretty depressing. We are subjected to nihilistic rants or apocalyptic predictions. When do we smile? When our late-night talk-show hosts use our negativity for comedic material. I’ll admit it.