America's prohibition of alcohol has much to teach us about the effects of substances and about how our policies impact how we use, experience and react to them. Unfortunately, the Ken Burns PBS documentary "Prohibition" fails to get this message across.
A dad came up to me and shared a wonderful line from the movie, "Pulp Fiction." One character asks another: "Are you listening or just waiting to talk?" This question could be leveled at a lot of parents with a teenager—adults so preoccupied with their own point of view that they don't really attend to what their son or daughter is trying to say.
The best advice I received to prepare me for practicing psychotherapy was this: "Expect to feel like a complete klutz for the first decade!" The advice turned out to be off by about five years (I'll let you guess in which direction).
Use of child psychiatric research interviews instead of analytically oriented clinical interviews has contributed greatly to the overdiagnosis of bipolar disorder in childhood, according to child psychiatrist and child psychoanalyst, Timothy Dugan, M.D.
In one sense, the battle to be happy is a battle against negativity. Bad things happen all the time but how we internalize them, how we react to them, is what ultimately determines their final effect on us
Why is happiness so important, and is it, in fact, even sustainable? And if we were happy all of the time, how would we learn to surf the waves of our emotions, and to gracefully dance with our shadows?