Friday, February 26, 2021

Addiction and Families

“Without help, there will be no peace, no resolution.” “We think we are protecting them by not talking, but the cure for dysfunction and disease is transparency and truth.” “We know that once communication and honesty are present, healing can occur.” This from an article (Families and the Addiction Spiral, by Betsy Spier, LMFT) in the California Marriage and Family Therapist magazine.  The article examines three models for family therapy in treating addiction.

Addiction creeps in slowly and teenagers are especially vulnerable. Getting help will make the difference. 

Friday, January 22, 2021

College Students and the Pandemic

In 2019, Anthony Rostain, MD, Chief and Chair of the Dept. of Psychiatry at Cooper University Health Care, penned a book, “The Stressed Years of Their Lives: Helping Your Kid Survive and Thrive During Their College Years.”  With the pandemic, has come increased mental health difficulties for college students. In a recent article for the Penn Gazette, he encourages students to take a break from the screen and to create a normal sleep-wake cycle. For those college students at home, he advises parent that they “have to acknowledge that this is not something you can make go away for your kid” and that parents have to toe a fine line between rigid rules preventing young people from socializing and an overly cheery outlook trying to assure them that things will get better. He states, “A lot of COVID college kids are kind of feeling like they’re going through something that’s not only making life harder but that’s screwing up their future.”  There is cause for concern, as research from the CDC for June 2020, found that one in four people aged 18 to 24 seriously contemplated suicide. Colleges are taking action and stepping up. They are creating Wellness Centers and student led interventions. It is important for parents to understand the mental health services available at college.  Here is an article about what one college did to take action.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Warm Connection Lessens Conflict with Teens

The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley published an article showing that daily warm emotional experiences can influence coping skills and behavior for teens. No matter what is happening during the day, it is important to offer kindness and positive regard.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Social/Emotional and School

 Creating Emotional Connection with teachers and peers is just as important as the academic program. Creating connection is more difficult with online classes, but some schools are building it into their curriculum. Check to see if your school is offering support for student’s overall well-being online. This article is informative

Saturday, August 22, 2020

ADHD and Executive Function

 Some experts feel ADHD is a disorder of executive function. ADHD affects emotional regulation which uses the same processes of the frontal lobe that executive function utilizes. It can be especially difficult for young people with ADHD to manage both their positive and negative emotions which can be rapid and drastic in the ups and downs. recommends "cooling down the brain". Techniques are: taking a deep breath, meditation and yoga, relaxation exercises, taking a bath, exercise, play with the cat or dog, get out in nature, draw or paint, listen to music, talk to someone.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020


You may be surprised to learn that in this time of unrest and pandemic, some teens and young adults are also suffering from eco-anxiety- a chronic fear of environmental doom. They have a fear of what is to come, and this uncertainty can heighten clinical anxiety. Consider asking your teen what their thoughts are about the future and the future of the world. You might be surprised as to the dystopian outlook that can make hope difficult for some young people. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Current Developmental Factors Affecting Youth

“The Origins of You” is a new book out on human development. In an interview with Psychology Today, the authors describe 4 developmental factors that are the most under appreciated in development. 1. Randomness, 2. Early Traits, 3 Historical Changes, 4. The Cost of Resilience. There are implications here for children and teens living through this current time.   
Article.   Book.

Addiction and Families

“Without help, there will be no peace, no resolution.” “We think we are protecting them by not talking, but the cure for dysfunction and dis...