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Archives for June, 2014

Child & Adolescent Mental Health

Why Avoidant Personality and Reactive Attachment Disorder Are Similar

Last week I spoke about Avoidant Personality Disorder, a disorder characterized by the “he loves me, he loves me not syndrome." The individual lives a life of perpetual distrust and yet has a desire to connect with another person. The disorder, treatment, and cause(s) are complicated. For youngsters, however, treatment often includes counseling and parent education. Sadly, most research remains unclear on the cause of Avoidant Personality Disorder, but some research points to...
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Why Kendra’s Law Should Spread Across the Nation

In the winter of 1999, a man with a history of repeated hospitalizations and mental illness (by the name of Andrew Goldstein) pushed Kendra Webdale onto Manhattan’s subway tracks in New York city. Kendra never saw it coming. Not only were Kendra’s parents devastated but Governor George Pataki immediately pushed to enact a law that would require individuals with severe and untreated mental illness, a history of hospitalizations, or violence  to receive treatment in the community.
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