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Family Communication is the Key Posted June 28 2011 | 11:22 pm

I’d like to write today about my first meeting with families, and how communication plays a vital role. The process generally goes something like this: After discussing the reason they have sought out help, we discuss how the family currently functions. We talk about the parents’ relationship with their children and with one another. We talk […]

One of every Twelve Teens Suffer from Anxiety Posted May 5 2011 | 11:31 pm

The National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) reports that in the U.S., about 8 percent of adolescents (13-18 years old) are experiencing a diagnosable anxiety disorder. They further report that while most of these teens have been experiencing symptoms since the age of 6, only 18 percent of them have received treatment for their symptoms. […]

Second Annual National Take Back Day Posted April 30 2011 | 8:32 am

Announcement from the DEA News Release [print-friendly page] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 19, 2011 Contact: Public Affairs Number: (202) 307-7977 Over 5,300 Sites Join DEA Nationwide Effort to Take-Back Prescription Drugs on April 30th (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is this Saturday, April 30th. More than 5,300 […]

Transitions to Adulthood Posted April 28 2011 | 11:52 pm

I would like to remind parents about the risks of transition times. Increasingly, parents are seeing that the transition to young adulthood is not a smooth one. When I speak about transitions with parents I am often referring to transitions between activities such as going from English to Math class, from school to home, or from sports practice to […]

Happier Teens are Healthier Teens Posted April 16 2011 | 3:26 pm

According to a study at the University of South Florida completed by Emily Shaffer-Hudkins and her team, happier teens are healthier teens.  Her findings were reported in Springer’s Journal Applied Research in Quality of Life.  Shaffer-Hudkins’ used a sample of 401 students in grades 6-8 from a suburban southeastern middle school in the United States.  She […]

Blood Tests to Diagnose Schizophrenia Posted April 10 2011 | 10:11 am

The diagnosis of schizophrenia and other mental health disorders is increasingly becoming a more scientific process.  A new blood test from veripsych looks at biomarkers found in the patients blood that are associated with schizophrenia.  The company partnered with Cambridge University in creating the new blood test.  While the blood test alone is not intended to diagnose […]

Major Depression and the Premature Aging of Immune Cells Posted April 6 2011 | 11:22 pm

A new UCSF led study, published in PLoS ONE, found that people who suffer from certain cases of major depression may have an elevated risk of suffering from serious illness. Important to note is that it’s the length of time the individual goes untreated that seems to be the critical factor. People with long-term depression […]

Do You Know the Girl Effect? Posted April 6 2011 | 10:52 am

We are watching as the government is struggling to figure out our country’s budget. This video gives us something to think about for girls worldwide. If you are interested in what you can do please take a look at

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