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Articles containing: violence

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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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.

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How to Talk to Your Little Ones About Terrorism

September 11, 2018

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After September 11, 2001, lots of little kids across the nation asked some variation of the same question:

“Mommy, why did the bad guys attack us?”

Kids tend to look for patterns, especially when they’re frightened, so some kids likely took this inquiry even a step further:

“Daddy, why do the bad guys hate us?”

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Another Shooting – An Important Moment to Comfort and Talk With Our Kids

July 8, 2018

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Perhaps the hardest, certainly the saddest, and without question the most frustrating thing about sharing this blog post is that we have shared it now again and again over the past few years. Please do not allow the frequency of events like today’s awful news to ever seem routine.

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Why Activism Is Good For Teens — And The Country

February 24, 2018

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When I was a ninth grader in 1964, I was suspended from school for selling peace buttons for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

I was a tad anxious about how my mom would react, but when I came home that morning, she was beaming.

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Preventing School Shootings: Playing the Mental Health Card is Off the Mark

February 19, 2018

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We were all shaken, once again, by the tragedy in Parkland, Florida. Our hearts go out to the friends, family, teachers and community of those innocent lives lost.

The question we’re all desperately asking, now, is how to prevent future school shootings, and how to prevent what can be viewed as nothing short of pathological normalcy.

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Why Are We Denying Purple Hearts To Veterans With PTSD?

November 10, 2017

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I have seen Arthur Segaloff* for psychiatric care for over 20 years. He suffers from severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following his two tours of duty in Vietnam.

Arthur attended the University of Massachusetts, and graduated in 1969.

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Beyond Sexual Assault

October 16, 2017

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Ali was brave and giving enough to share her story with us in 2015 about the lasting effects of sexual assault on a person’s mental health, long after the experience itself. It is important these stories not be lost, and so we share it again, today.

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A Discussion Triggered By Trigger Warnings

September 15, 2016

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There’s this scene in David Cronenberg’s movie The Fly that is pretty hard to watch. Actually, there are a lot of scenes in that movie that are hard to watch. That’s kind of the point of the movie, which is also the point of this blog, but first—let’s describe the scene in question.

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What If My Child Talks Back?

June 28, 2016

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“He’s just too fresh.”

That’s a phrase you hear often if you work with kids in Boston. Since I didn’t grow up here (I still include the “r” in “car” for example), I didn’t understand at first that this is a Northeast phrase. Essentially, being “fresh” is the same as:

Giving too much lip.

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