Coping Strategies

13 Reasons Why You Can Skip It…

   I watched most of "13 Reasons Why" this weekend and found it incredibly depressing. LOL. Because there's not much to LOL about. The kids are typical yet morose. The adults are typical yet clueless. I get it. We are missing all the warning signs.

All these things can happen to teens: assault, sexuality, embarrassment, humiliation via social media, rape, depression, drugs and suicide. The problem with the show is that there's no joy in it. You need a...
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13 Reasons Why You and Your Teen Should Talk…

Disclaimer: I have not yet seen "13 Reasons Why."

But the flood of emails from schools and kids and appointments from anxious parents are ringing off the hook.  Why? Why?  There's a lot of fear floating around -- Teens are telling me that bullying hurts. We know this.  Anxiety and depression hurt.  We know this.  But now we have the acceptance of suicide as an option in...
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What’s So Confusing About Dating?

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Girls just want to have fun, eh? In the hookup culture girls have more freedom. Good for you! But in the real world, most girls I know feel more like, if you like it put a ring on it! Why is that?

Girls have always been more interested in commitment.

That's just how we're wired. Women need stability to raise children while men need to populate as many of their seed as nature...
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Is it NORMAL? When Teens Don’t Think Straight


We've heard the horror stories.  No need to review the tragedy that can be teens and young adults in America. Texting and driving.  Drinking and driving.  Falling off cliffs.  Jumping off buildings.  It's unbearable really.  Life and death are as closely linked as fear and trembling.  Kids come in with "panic" or "anxiety" but what they really have is poor judgment.  This has been the case throughout history although worse, I would postulate, in the US...
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Girl Power – 4 Ways to Cope

When the Group met this time one girl didn't want to talk. But everyone cheered, "c'mon!" And so she started, at first nervous giggling and then more serious. By the time she was done everyone was cheering. "That guy is a loser!" In six months of therapy that young lady could never have gotten that from me. Because hearing validation from your peers is priceless. She immediately collapsed into the couch with relief. She was holding...
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