Archives for March, 2012

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10 Signs Your Young Child Might Have Autism


Once again we're devoting this blog to bring you information on children and mental health in recognition of the upcoming National Children's Mental Health Week. 

Can children as young as 6 to 12 months old show signs of autism-related delays?

Today, we're posting information about autism-delays in children in that age range, from Dr. Rebecca Landa, director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders at the Kennedy Krieger Institute...
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Orlando Bloom Speaks About Dyslexia (Video)

We've been using this space to bring you information about National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week along with the not-for-profit Child Mind Institute, who has been sharing some important and helpful information with us.

Today we want to link you to a series of videos with Orlando Bloom, who spoke with Dr. Harold Koplewicz, the president of the Child Mind Institute about dyslexia, the creative process and his experiences dealing with his own dyslexia.

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Mental Health Professionals Wanted

In addition to regular posts, throughout upcoming weeks we're going to use the Therapy Soup blog space to bring you fascinating interviews and important information about National National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 6-12, 2012).

But first, a call to action from the Child Mind Institute for our readers who are mental health professionals:

The Child Mind Institute’s "Speak Up for Kids" connects parents and teachers with professionals in their community for free talks...
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Depression

Top 20 Life-Stressors That Can Trigger Anxiety And Sadness

People go to therapy for a variety of reasons—quite often they have a vague sense "that something isn't right," or feelings of sadness or depression. They might be worried that they or someone they care about might have a mental illness, or they're having problems with significant others.

Yesterday I had a conversation with a friend who was stressed out about doing his taxes. He joked, "Hey, is there therapy for tax-related stress?"

Sometimes the answer...
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interviews

The Rich, Social Psychology, And Personal Destiny

(Richard's off, writes): The rich are rotten. They're not like you or me. That's what the research seems to show.

In the past couple of years, the Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) at University of California, Berkeley, has been writing about the results of studies about social class, conducted by researchers at the Berkeley Social Interaction Laboratory (BSI).

Dacher Keltner, Phd, a nationally prominent social psychologist is the co-director of both the GGSC and the...
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God in Therapy

Slavery, Freedom, And The Soul Of Addiction

For some, the urge to spring clean starts today, when the clocks are set an hour ahead. For others, the weather is the trigger. For us, it's the day after the Jewish holiday of Purim when most traditional Jewish homes begin (or are already well-into) cleaning for the upcoming Passover holiday.

Unlike traditional spring cleaning, Passover cleaning isn't merely about getting rid of bacteria, dust, and junk (though that is usually a part...
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You Don’t Have To Hit Rock Bottom

Yesterday, I was very disturbed to receive a hysterical call from the mother of twenty year old young man who was using marijuana, ecstasy, alcohol, and possibly cocaine or heroin (she wasn't totally sure). The therapist she called first,told her to "let him hit rock-bottom, then call me."

That is an utterly irresponsible and unethical and inhumane recommendation. Hitting that next rock-bottom could mean jail, brain damage, or death.

Yes, in some cases, there may not...
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Occupy Psychology

Richard's off, writes:  

A series of recent social psychology studies on social class and the news that Occupy has started up again in my hometown (NYC), has got me thinking.

My position? It comes down to this: In the class war, I’m a conscientious objector.

I don’t think Occupy's accomplishing all that much except perhaps ratcheting up the hate levels in America. Even the very name uses the terminology of war—Occupy—and that speaks volumes.

It's...
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