A Flawed System: Risk For Violence Overlooked Again

Recently we saw the shocking story of the, what has been described as, murder-suicide attempt in Virginia. This has shone the spotlight on the flaws of the mental health system in the United States.

The Root of Middle Eastern Terrorism

Are women's lack of rights in the Middle East at the root of terrorism in the region?

We Are Not Created Equal

The belief we are all created equal is false

How to Predict and Prevent Violence

How do we predict and prevent violence?

How Bashar al-Assad Became A Brutal Dictator

How did al-Assad develop from a once promising reformist into a brutal dictator? To fully understand, we must look into his past and uncover the Risk Factors that lead up to these atrocities.

Life Is Tough: Overcoming Hardship and Failure

What is it exactly that separates those who thrive regardless of adversity and those who don’t? Is it genetics, luck, or pure willpower?

The Surprising Cost of Ignoring Poverty

It's easy for some people to turn a blind eye to poverty. But when you truly understand its consequences, you'll see that it's in everyone's best interest to deal with it head on.

How Tragedy Was Averted at Oregon High School

West Albany High School avoided a potential tragedy last week when student Grant Acord was arrested. A timeline, plan of attack, and bombs were found under the floor boards in his room. Police stopped him before anything happened—but what can we learn from this case to prevent violence at other schools?

Early Intervention Key To Stopping Gun Violence

People have been committing atrocious acts long before guns were invented. In order to truly make an effort against gun violence, we need to focus our efforts on prevention and early intervention.

Violence:Explosion at the Intersection of Multiple Disorders

It is important to understand that the group of people that are violent have multiple problems which will likely include several of the following: axis I and Axis II mental illnesses, substance abuse, psychopathy, head injury, and histories of childhood trauma. Preventing violence will involve coordinated services for all problem areas.

Another Mass Shooting: Who Is Dangerous and Who Is Not?

A dialogue is needed about: 1) How to determine whether someone is dangerous to self or others; 2) what can be done when professionals or family members have concerns about a person's dangerousness to others; 3) whether danger must be imminent in order to have someone committed to a forensic hospital for a thorough evaluation and treatment.

Domestic Violence Harms All Family Members

Healthy families are necessary for the growth and development of healthy children. We should all be concerned about how domestic violence injures children and help find ways to stop it. Recovery from domestic violence is essential and should involve all family members, especially the children.

Skill Development in the Face of Trauma

Skills that we all need to become effective adults develop in a natural sequence. Trauma can interfere with that sequence. Teaching any missed skills are important to help children grow up healthy.

Violence and Mental Illness: Not a Direct Link

Red flags of risk for future violence have been identified in the research literature: belief in aggression as a means to an end, difficulty getting along with others, and major life stressors which injure self-esteem are a few. When there are red flags, effective treatment should be readily and easily available with strong outreach.

Spanked! Rethinking Child Discipline

What does spanking look like through the eyes of a young child? Where is the line between physical punishment and child abuse.

Get Your Child to LOVE Cleaning His Room (and More)

Using wisdom passed down from generation to generation, here are three psychological tricks for raising great kids!

Can a Child Be a Psychopath?

It seems improbable for a child to be classified as a psychopath, but the issue has come into the national spotlight and sparked wide-spread controversy.

How Low-Budget Parents Create A Rich Childhood

Even when money is tight, there are still ways to provide the rich childhood your kids deserve.

Decoding Pedro Hernandez: Suspected Killer of Etan Patz

Pedro Hernandez is now at the forefront of one of the most notorious missing child cases, and we look to see what may have triggered this unfortunate tragedy.

Would You Handcuff a 6-Year Old?

Recently, two 6-year-old students were removed from their elementary classrooms by police. In both cases something had to be done, but the questions remain: Should six-year-old kids really ever be taken away by police? Is using handcuffs crossing the line?

Why MD’s and Therapists Should Talk Often

With health care costs rising, here's an idea to create high-quality, affordable care for everyone.

Why Bullying Is an Adult Problem

With the national spotlight and media’s attention, now is the time to rethink the bullying issue. Here is what you can do to help.
How Midlife Chaos Creates Your Greatest Self

How Midlife Chaos Creates Your Greatest Self

From my personal experience and 30 years as a mental health professional, I've learned that midlife presents you with two options: You can be forced to ride a scary and chaotic roller coaster ride, or you can willingly get on it, strap yourself in, and enjoy the twists and turns. Which one will you choose?
Five Ways Children Overcome Tragedy

Five Ways Children Overcome Tragedy

Traumatic events are often shocking to deal with, but for young children, they may not even make sense. As adults, what can we do to help children overcome their earliest tragedies so that they do not come back to haunt them later on in life?

How a Child Killer Slipped Past the System

In the wake of horrific murders, the question still lingers: How did a potentially psychopathic child killer slip past the police, a court judge, and the state’s Department of Health and Social Services?

Who Needs a Pill for Sadness?

There’s a huge market for easy cures that make people feel better right away. But when is sadness a normal feeling that we should experience and when does it become an illness that may require additional treatment?

Is Your Child’s Sexual Behavior Normal?

There is sometimes a thin line between “normal” and “alarming” behavior when it comes to a child’s burgeoning sexuality. Learning to read your child’s signs could be the catch of a lifetime.

Why Do People Resort To Violence?

It’s a simple, but profound question: Why do people resort to violence? The earliest records show us that brutality and bloodshed belongs to every human era – psychology reveals the eternal spark that ignites our fiery rage.

Child Sexual Abuse: Ten Ways to Protect Your Kids

Child Sexual Abuse: Ten Ways To Protect Your Kids

Protecting Our Children from Predators

Sexual predators are not often strangers. They are people known to the child and family and they have often groomed parents and children to trust them. How do we protect our children from the deceivers that are next door and in the school or church? How do we know who can be trusted?