Archives for April, 2012

interviews

Parent-Child Relationship Central To Treatment Of ADHD

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.

Steven Kurtz, PhD, ABPP, of the Child Mind Institute, is one of the nation’s leading clinicians in the treatment of children’s behavioral problems and disorders, particularly attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

He is a widely respected clinical researcher and child psychologist,...
Continue Reading

Depression

5 Important Skills For Suicidal Teens And Families

Suicide is devastating and has many victims. If you are feeling hopeless or feel that you have nowhere to turn, call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255), 24/7. You can also log onto the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Or  go to your local hospital emergency room.

If you are worried about a friend, please visit this site. If you are a parent, relative, teacher or mentor to a young person and you are worried about him or her,...
Continue Reading

Depression

Seven Facts About Adolescent Suicide

Suicide is devastating. It has many victims. If you are feeling hopeless or feel that you have nowhere to turn, call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255), 24/7. You can also log onto the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Or  go to your local hospital emergency room.

If you are worried about a friend, please visit this site. If you are a parent, relative, teacher or mentor to a young person and you are worried about him...
Continue Reading

anxiety

Hair Pulling, Hair Ingestion And Support Groups

More with Marla Deibler, PsyD, on the hair-pulling disorder trichotillomania. For our first post on this topic, see When Hair Pulling Is A Problem and our second post, Cause and Treatment Of Trichotillomania.


Can you share with us something about the emotional states of those who have this disorder?
Those with trichotillomania tend to be conscientious, kind, sensitive, goal-oriented individuals....
Continue Reading

anxiety

Cause And Treatment Of Trichotillomania


More with Marla Deibler, PsyD, on trichotillomania, a hair pulling disorder. For our first post on this topic, see When Hair Pulling Is A Problem.

Welcome back, Dr. Deibler. At what age does trich (trichotillomania), generally begin?

The average age onset is between 11 and 13 years of age, although hair pulling behavior may begin as early as the first year of life.

It is believed that hair pulling...
Continue Reading

anxiety

When Hair Pulling Is A Problem


Sara pulls the woven, green hat from her head to show her nearly bald scalp, with only a few tufts of long, thin hair surrounding her crown. Sara has trichotillomania. She pulls her own hair out.

“This is where I pull from, Dr. Deibler,” she explains.  I nod and say nothing, not because it’s unimportant, but because it’s important to react as if this discussion is like any other discussion,...
Continue Reading

General

Dr. Fran Walfish On Empathy

Fran Walfish, PsyD is back with us. She’s a leading child and family therapist in private practice in Beverly Hills, CA. Over the years, Dr. Walfish has served a diverse patient population, including working-class families as well as Hollywood’s elite, and has achieved recognition as a respected child development specialist and parent educator.

As the author of The Self Aware Parent: Resolving Conflict and Building a Better Bond with Your Child she was a natural...
Continue Reading

General

Don’t Let Silence And Shame Be Options For Kids

As part of our series on National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week (May 6-12) we're posting interviews and information about children and mental health. Today, we're posting an invitation from Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, president of The Child Mind Institute.

Dear Readers,

Though 15 million children in the United States have psychiatric and learning disorders, very few of them will be identified and get the help they need. Stigma, lack of awareness, and a deep anxiety...
Continue Reading

General

Dr. Fran Walfish On Being A Self-Aware Parent

Frances Walfish, is a leading child and family therapist in private practice in Beverly Hills, CA. Over the years, Dr. Walfish has served a diverse patient population, including working-class families as well as Hollywood’s elite, and has achieved recognition as a respected child development specialist and parent educator.

As the author of The Self Aware Parent: Resolving Conflict and Building a Better Bond with Your Child she was a natural choice to interview...
Continue Reading

Patient Rights

Facebook For Veterans With PTSD

A neuro-scientist who's done research for the Pentagon, Paul MacDonald, PhD, has created an online center on Facebook for veterans, many of whom need some kind of assistance reintegrating back into daily life after their tours of duty.

The site is also an excellent resource for veterans struggling with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and other mental issues.

Veteran Central is the result of creative problem solving by Paul MacDonald...
Continue Reading