ADHD and Early Death: A False Assumption

Space and time to listen to the story are critical to effective treatment of problems of regulation of attention, behavior and emotion. Perhaps the risk of early death in individuals diagnosed with ADHD lies in the absence of recognition and treatment of complex underlying causes.

Vaccines, Parenting, and the Specter of Unbearable Loss

In a culture that does not offer space and time for grief and loss, as parents we may be driven to try to control what in the end we cannot fully control.

Preschool Depression: A Call for Curiosity

When we give a child a diagnostic label without opportunity to make sense of the behavior in the context of relationships, we miss an opportunity for prevention and meaningful intervention

Everyday Trauma, Everyday Resilience

Research at the interface of child development and neuroscience offers insight in to development of resilience. By listening to the story of parent and child, there is opportunity to point development in a healthy direction and avoid repeating unhealthy patterns from previous generations.

Plank as Parenting Metaphor

When as parents we have the strength to "hang in there" through difficult moments, we may be rewarded with new levels of growth, development, and connection.

Is Postpartum Depression a Misnomer?

The relatively immature brain of the newborn -70% of human brain growth occurs outside the womb- requires an attentiveness and care not unlike the 24-7 care the mother's body provides during pregnancy.

ADHD, Antipsychotics, and an Unanswered Question

Is the improvement in behavior from atypical antipsychotics a result of compliance or does it reflect increase in organization and self-regulation?

Deconstructing ADHD

Simply naming a problem "ADHD" misses complex underlying concerns that may go unaddressed when children are silenced with medication.

Parenting With Authority vs Authoritarian Parenting

Being present and setting effective limits in a way that promotes healthy development comes naturally when parents can feel heard and supported