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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Ninety Is Not The New Sixty

By Ira Rosofsky Ph.D. on January 07, 2011 in Adventures in Old Age
When we put cut flowers in water, or old people in nursing homes, are we only prolonging the agony?

Seeing Your Whole Child: A Lesson in Parenting

By Zanthe Taylor M.F.A. on January 07, 2011 in A Million Meals
Stop Having Children: Why Many Are

Stop Having Children: Why Many Are

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on January 07, 2011 in Singletons
For as long as any of us can remember, children have been central to most people's lives. Today, some are wondering if they should have them at all.  

Popular Culture & Psychology...Not Such Strange Bedfellows

By Lawrence Rubin Ph.D, ABPP, LMHC, RPT-S on January 07, 2011 in Popular Culture Meets Psychology

Why Your Brain Is Better in Love

By David DiSalvo on January 06, 2011 in Neuronarrative
The old saying is true: your brain is the sexiest part of your body. Science writer Jena Pincott explains a few reasons why.

To Begin Again

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on January 06, 2011 in Off the Couch
Lori* came to see me shortly after she had miscarried for the second time. 

Midlife "Cain and Abel" Care Crisis

By Cathy Cress M.S.W. on January 06, 2011 in Mom Loves You Best
If an aging parent-care crisis looms, old sibling wounds can rip open once again.

Change Your Interactions, Change Your Brain, This Year

By Frances Cohen Praver Ph.D. on January 06, 2011 in Love Doc
 In the New York Times Op Ed, Saturday, Jan 1, 2011, the preeminent neurologist Oliver Sachs talks about neuroplasticity─ the ability to shape and reshape the brain, even when older.

The Changing Nature of Family Time

Favorite family time activities have changed over the years. According to a recent survey, television trumps all other activities, including the dinner table.

Teenagers Flunk The STD Test

By Kathryn Stamoulis Ph.D. on January 05, 2011 in The New Teen Age
More than 10% of teenagers and young adults who claimed to be abstinent tested positive for a sexually transmitted disease

Twiblings! What next?

By Barbara Almond M.D. on January 05, 2011 in Maternal Ambivalence

Interview with author Eleanor Brown

By Jennifer Haupt on January 04, 2011 in One True Thing
The Weird Sisters: Moving debut novel about three adult sisters who must come to terms with their dreams, destiny, and the reality of their lives. 

Childhood Depression: Behind the Story

By Sarah E. Ludwig on January 04, 2011 in Outnumbered!
Many parents don't realize that children can be depressed, but experts say that as many as 1 in 20 kids suffer from it. Read unpublished, gripping details about what it's really like to be the parent of a depressed child or teen from my recent article on childhood depression.

Gay Youth, HIV Risk, and Parent Influence: The Power of Love

By Michael C. LaSala Ph.D., LCSW on January 04, 2011 in Gay and Lesbian Well-Being
Adolescents and young adults, particularly males, are notorious risk-takers-so, it is no wonder that parents are terrified as they launch a gay young son into the world knowing he is exploring sexual relationships among a pool of people in which a sizeable proportion are believed to carry a dangerous, sexually transmitted virus.

Does Your Child Have Autism? Don't Wait! Start Education Early!

By Faith Brynie Ph.D. on January 04, 2011 in Brain Sense
Researchers show that early intervention can improve the core symptoms of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in two-year-olds. 

Mothers; Find Your Tribe!

By Meg Meeker M.D. on January 04, 2011 in Family Matters
Every woman needs a tribe.

Raising Siblings Seen Through The Lens of the Camera

By Cathy Cress M.S.W. on January 04, 2011 in Mom Loves You Best
Television and film can show us a historical record- good bad and ugly—of how we have looked at the family and raising siblings—since the 1950’s to today.

Turning Points and Dreams Come True: Americans Describe Their Lives

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on January 04, 2011 in Living Single
Have you experienced a psychological turning point in your life? Have any of your dreams come true? Those were two of the questions asked of a national sample of Americans as part of a big interdisciplinary project tasked with charting "the psychological landscape of adulthood." 

Sports: The Greatest Phenom You've Never Heard of

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on January 03, 2011 in The Power of Prime
Have you heard the name Mikaela Shiffrin? At least on paper, Mikaela may be the most phenomenal athletic phenom ever.

Movie Review: All Good Things

By Nancy Rappaport M.D. on January 03, 2011 in We Are Only Human

Should a Married Woman Have a Man as Her Best Friend?

By Meg Meeker M.D. on January 02, 2011 in Family Matters
Many married women (and married men) insist that having a best friend of the opposite sex is perfectly healthy. In fact, they say that opposite sex friends make better friends because they bring different perspectives to the relationship.

Why New Years Resolutions Don't Work

By Michael Bader D.M.H. on January 02, 2011 in What Is He Thinking?
New Year's resolutions invariably fail because they don't take account of the powerful unconscious resistance to change. Unfortnately, the unconscious mind is increasingly getting a bad rap.

Red Flags for a Midlife Sibling I Hate You Story

By Cathy Cress M.S.W. on January 02, 2011 in Mom Loves You Best
Take this test for red flags that point to a sibling wound you might want to heal this New Year

How America Messed Up Its Kids and How We Can Fix Them

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on January 02, 2011 in Just Listen
Teenager: "Please, Mom and Dad, just let me do this, and I promise that I will take full responsibility for it." Parent: "What do you think taking full responsibility means?" Teenager: "That if it goes wrong, I will say, 'I'm sorry.'"

The role of chance in human affairs.

By Gordon S Livingston M.D. on January 02, 2011 in Lifelines
     An important component of of our knowledge of how the world works is how to cope with the passage of time, especially the all-important process of knowing what to hold onto and what to relinquish. 

Flashbacks: When We Least Expect it Our Ancestors Reach Out to Embrace Us

By Mary Beth Sammons on December 31, 2010 in The Story of Our Lives
 We are never alone: Reaching out to the embrace of our loved ones who have gone before us.

My cyborg body, and how I write about science.

By Michael Chorost Ph.D. on December 31, 2010 in World Wide Mind
I was always fascinated by technology. In junior high school my parents bought me a TI-59 programmable calculator, and I had a lot of fun making it play tic-tac-toe and calculate pi.