Archives for March, 2011

Anxiety

Spare the Rod: Corporal Punishment and School Achievement

What do New Mexico, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi have in common? Their public schools all routinely rank among the worst in the US. These states also allow corporal punishment of children. In contrast, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut usually appear close to the top of the list in US education and do not allow corporal punishment in schools.

These are correlations and don’t prove anything about cause and effect....
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adolescents

Natural Disasters, Anxiety and Children

If you have school aged children, it’s pretty likely that they have been exposed to some of the disturbing news of these past few weeks. We often get questions from worried parents on how to handle the realities of danger with their kids. If you’re a regular reader of our blogs or books, you already know how reassurance can backfire and make kids (or adults) more fearful.

For example, if...
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Anxiety

Parental Anxiety over Having a Normal Child

Most parents agree that they want their kids to be “normal” and happy. They hope their kids will live reasonably stress free lives and succeed at whatever they choose as their life goals. Who could argue such desires?

But in spite of everyone’s best efforts, the trends aren’t particularly reassuring. Across the board, kids in today’s world appear to have more trouble than either their parents or grandparents...
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Anxiety

Anxiety, OCD, and Fears of Radiation

The events unfolding in Japan are frightening. Many of us remember drills in elementary school when we sat under our desks hiding from potential air strikes during the cold war. We read about radiation poisoning and knew that our wooden desks were no protection from those horrors.

People with OCD often have exaggerated fears of becoming contaiminated and radiation is a common concern. We know that for those with this particular fear,...
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Depression

Colds, Flu and Spring

It’s spring in New Mexico. We’ll have some days of high winds, but for the most part, cold weather is gone for the season. People are starting to wear shorts and flip-flops, the costume of the summer trudger.

I have a cold. It started last week and lingered as spring colds usually do. I’m better, down to sporadic coughing fits, nose blowing, dragging, and the spacey feeling that colds often...
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adolescents

Raising Healthy Children

Laura and I have worked with lots of children in our clinical psychology practice over the years. Parents worry not only about the problems their kids are having when they come to see us, but also about their children’s long term emotional and physical health. They want to know how they can insure that their kids will be happy, secure, and successful as adults.

Unfortunately, there are no strategies that guarantee such idyllic outcomes. However, there...
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