Essential Reads

Help Your College Student Combat a Major Danger: Depression

By Marcia Morris M.D. on September 25, 2016 in College Wellness
With the right treatment plan, your child can develop the tools to fight her way out of the darkness of depression and into the light of recovery.

This is Your Child's Brain on Video Games

By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. on September 24, 2016 in Mental Wealth
Playing video games presents an "evolutionary mismatch": a fight-or-flight response unaccompanied by a physical discharge of energy. So guess where all the energy goes?

Suicide in Children — What Every Parent Must Know

Only about one-third of children or young adolescents who died from suicide told anyone that they intended to kill themselves. Do you know the risk factors?

Raising Dyslexic Kids: Self-Awareness and Acceptance

By Dan Peters Ph.D. on September 20, 2016 in From Worrier to Warrior
As parents, educators, caregivers and therapists we must model self-awareness for our children and help them own and accept who they are—whether dyslexic or not.

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Shrinks on the Nod

By Lynn Phillips on March 20, 2011 in Dream On
Psychotherapist Lee Kassan and others discuss the problem of therapists who get too old to do their jobs well but too attached to their careers to bow out, and how you---whether you're a therapist of a patient, can most gracefully protect yourself.

Bring Weekly Spelling Tests Back!

A TV report from Solon City Schools presented an inaccurate and damaging retrograde view of spelling tests and made claims that Solon had found the silver bullet for effective spelling instruction in a new policy called “word study.” I presented a contrarian view. The community responded.

I didn't choose to starve myself

By Lauren Grunebaum L.C.S.W. on March 19, 2011 in Starving at the Banquet
Even when I was clearly malnourished and my clothes were hanging off of me, people would look at me and say, "I wish I could have some of what you have." I also heard, "Tell me your secret (i.e. for staying slim)." Both of these comments implied that starving myself was a choice and a trait they wished to emulate.

Productivity Is Up, Wages Are Down: What’s Up With That?

Do you feel like you work harder and produce more, but you still can't make ends meet financially? That's because it's true! According to a recent study, worker productivity has been on a steady increase, rising 62.5% from 1989 to 2010, but wages during that time are only up 12%. Where's the money going???

Doing Things That Scare Me Can Make Me Both Happy and Unhappy

By Gretchen Rubin on March 18, 2011 in The Happiness Project
Happiness interview: Janine DiTullio. Last week, I went to the SXSW Interactive conference in Austin, Texas. On the flight down, although I usually never talk to my row-mate, I eventually struck up a conversation with the woman sitting next to me.

Love my friend---not her problem child

My husband and I are good friends with a couple and enjoy their company. However, they have a 5-year-old child who is completely unmanageable. He is mean to my daughter, violent toward other kids, loud, and demanding.

Mothers and Sons: Having "The Sex Talk"

By Pamela Madsen on March 18, 2011 in Shameless Woman
When my sons were growing up they always came to me first about everything. I always had this picture in my head that my husband would be the one to have the "sex talk" with my kids. But that is not how it worked

On the "Demon" Fat, and Why We All Need to Make Peace with It

By Harriet Brown on March 17, 2011 in Brave Girl Eating
People with eating disorders need to eat fat. So do you.

Cheering Up (Part One)

Cheers to happiness.

New Findings about Americans' Sexual Experiences

By Maryanne Fisher Ph.D. on March 17, 2011 in Love's Evolver
What percentage of Americans aged 15-44 have had oral sex? Sexual intercourse? Experience with same-sex partners? Does education affect sexual activity? Sure does - those with higher education are more likely to have experience with oral sex.

4 Misconceptions about Family Therapy

Many people, when they hear the word "therapy," get a mental image of a Woody Allen-type character spending countless years on a therapist's couch with little or no improvement in the original problem.

Helping Your Child Deal with Events in Japan

By Marcia Eckerd Ph.D. on March 17, 2011 in People Skills
Adults need to help children deal with events such as those in Japan.

Thoughts That Keep You Up at Night - And How to Fix Them

Though there are now an infinity of thoughts to keep people up at night, some are rather common - and sometimes have simple fixes.

Anne Cleveland has "Fortytude"

By Sarah Brokaw LSCW, PCC on March 16, 2011 in Fortytude

Grief complicated by the loss of a best friend

Dear Irene, My best friend and I had a major falling out 4½ years ago shortly after the death of my two-year-old son. At the time I was so deep in grief and my judgment so impaired that I did not apologize for behavior on my part that led to our breakup.

Passive Aggressive Behavior in Kids: Intentional Inefficiency at Chore Time

Many children learn early on that compliant defiance is a more effective and satisfying option than open rebellion.

Trauma, Loss and Recovery from the Inside Out

The key to recovering from trauma and loss is learning to live with life never being the same again.

The Angry Smile at Work: Passive Aggressive Behavior at the Office

A Philly pizza shop owner learns firsthand how vulnerable businesses are to damaging acts of passive aggression.  

Bullies & Victims - Types I, II and III

By Harold N. Levinson M.D. on March 15, 2011 in Freud's Missing Links


By Shoshana Bennett Ph.D. on March 15, 2011 in Mommy Mental Health

Doink Doink! Casting an Academic Eye on "Law and Order"

I just returned from the annual meetings of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities (ASLCH) in Las Vegas. I know, what happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas, but I couldn't resist blogging about one session in particular: "20 Years of Law and Order."

Toxic Empowerment

By Alan Goldman Ph.D. on March 14, 2011 in Transforming Toxic Leaders