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OCD: Getting the Right Treatment Can be a Challenge

September 21st, 2013
Over the last few years I’ve connected with a lot of people who have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Most of these OCD sufferers have some kind of story to tell about their early experiences reaching out for help. And ...

Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families

Adult Children of Dysfunctional FamiliesCharles L. Whitfield's 1987 book Healing the Child Within is aimed at adult children of dysfunctional families. The ideas he presented synced up with the 12-step recovery movements for families afflicted by alcohol and addiction (Al-Anon, Nar-Anon). It made perfect sense that ...

Mental Health: US vs UK

Mental Health: US vs UKThe Affordable Care Act (ACA) will begin this fall in the United States, with the health care exchange signups at the state level. So it's a good time to pause and reflect. What would an ideal American mental health system eventually look like, ...

Public Service Psychiatry

Public Service PsychiatryWho says psychiatry is a profession in an ivory tower, alone? The image many have of psychiatrists is that of a scholar working at the elite level of psychological theory and practice, working with wealthy clientele in a private practice setting or forced to ...

Your Front Page Just Punched Me: Causes of the News Blues

Your Front Page Just Punched Me: Causes of the News BluesWarning! Graphic Content Ahead! You can turn back now ... or choose to read further. Have you ever gone to an online news source to suddenly, surprisingly encounter a gut-wrenching headline or photo? Did ...

Advocating for Your Child within the School System

Advocating for Your Child within the School System“I’ve had it.” The parent on the phone is incensed. “The teacher just won’t listen to me. My child needs more individual attention. She isn’t a bad kid. She just needs more help. She’s on an education plan ...

Everyday Heroes: Royce White and Anxiety

Everyday Heroes: Royce White and AnxietyHouston Rockets rookie Royce White is a star in more ways than one. White says he is like everyone else. He enjoys going to the movies and listening to music. He was the No. 16 pick in the 2012 NBA draft, ...

Natural Disaster Crisis Management

Natural Disaster Crisis ManagementCrisis intervention in natural disasters is important to look at from many different angles. The points of view of those experiencing the disaster and those of relief workers should be considered when developing models and considerations for interventions and emotional care. Other factors, ...

The Boy on the Lake

BOOK REVIEW.
Trevor was a preteen growing up in the breathtaking landscape of McCall, Idaho -- a carefree kid who enjoyed being active and swimming in the local lake. When he became plagued with sharp, debilitating headaches, Trevor's doctor diagnosed him with a sinus infection and sent him on his way. Trevor and his mother, Charlie, however, ...

Secretly Debilitated by OCD: Should You Hide It?

Secretly Debilitated by OCD: Should You Hide It?My son Dan suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder so severe he couldn’t even eat. He’d get stuck sitting in one particular chair, hunched over with his head in his hands for hours at a time, was tied to the clock ...

Taking OCD to College? Build a Support System

Taking OCD to College? Build a Support SystemWith students heading off to college this month, I can’t help but think back to when my son Dan was a freshman, fifteen hundred miles from home. He had been diagnosed with ...

Parenting Well Means Being Well Prepared

Parenting Well Means Being Well PreparedThe International Day for Disaster Reduction is October 12. And my thoughts are turning more that direction than toward Halloween decorations, costumes and candy. At this time of year in 2011, those of us in the northeastern U.S. were all reminded ...

Howard Andrew Knox: Pioneer of Intelligence Testing at Ellis Island

BOOK REVIEW.
When many people think of immigrants disembarking at Ellis Island a century ago, they imagine swarms of recent arrivals being examined for infectious diseases and many being quarantined or turned away because they were deemed a threat to public health. But in Howard Andrew Knox: Pioneer of Intelligence Testing at Ellis Island, the British scholar ...

Social Perception and Social Reality: Why Accuracy Dominates Bias and Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

BOOK REVIEW.
Some topics are off-limits, whether the conversation happens in your living room, on the street, or in the research lab. If they’re not exactly off-limits, they are at least uncomfortable, causing us to shift in our seats and want to change the subject. One such topic is stereotypes -- specifically, the question of whether they ...

Psychoanalysis and Politics: Histories of Psychoanalysis under Conditions of Restricted Political Freedom

BOOK REVIEW.
Psychoanalysis and Politics: Histories of Psychoanalysis under Conditions of Restricted Political Freedomis a collection of essays examining the complex, often paradoxical relationships between psychoanalysis and politically repressive European, Latin American and North American regimes from the 1930s to the present. These relationships run counter to the view that a certain level of political and social ...

Community, Libraries and Mental Health

Community, Libraries and Mental HealthUnlike his colleague Sigmund Freud, Alfred Adler -- another early 20th century psychologist -- wasn’t interested in analyzing the psyche of individuals. Instead, he focused on the degree to which people feel nested in community. To Adler, the ...

Losing Our Moral Compass: The Negative Effects of Overstressing Academic Achievement

Losing Our Moral Compass: The Negative Effects of Overstressing Academic AchievementI look at the story headlines in various magazines and newspapers. “Gotta Start ‘em Young!” shouts one; “Test Scores Down” shouts another. Article after article talks about getting children into the best preschool ...

Revisiting a School Program that Rescued ‘Losers’

Revisiting a School Program that Rescued LosersA few years ago, I read Dr. Bob Brooks’ monthly article which focused on one of his favorite themes: schools that can turn around failing students by identifying their areas of competence and creating innovative approaches that build on these ...

Reflections on Grass Root Changes in Educating Children

Reflections on Grass Root Changes in Educating Children A few years ago, I was sitting at my desk this morning and reviewing several articles discussing and debating changes taking place in schools across the country. All the articles were dated in the past two ...

Schools Fail to Educate at Least 30 Percent of Our Students

Schools Fail to Educate at Least 30 Percent of Our Students“No Child Left Behind” is a joke. Most of the urban and rural students, primarily from families below the poverty level, are not getting even a rudimentary education. In fact, ...

Bright Not Broken: Gifted Kids, ADHD, and Autism

BOOK REVIEW.
Diane M. Kennedy and Rebecca S. Banks, the authors of Bright Not Broken, and the contributor, Temple Grandin, all have a combination of personal and professional experience with learning and developmental disabilities. Kennedy and Banks are mothers, as well as professionals who previously collaborated on the book The ADHD-Autism Connection, and each has multiple children who ...

ERP Therapy: A Good Choice for Treating OCD

ERP Therapy: A Good Choice for Treating OCDDuring OCD Awareness Week in October, I sat in front of my computer, mesmerized, as I watched a live Internet broadcast of first-person OCD stories. At the same time these stories were being broadcast, there were chat rooms open ...

The Media and Mental Illness: The Good, the Bad and the Ridiculous

The Media and Mental Illness: The Good, the Bad and the Ridiculous When portraying mental illness and psychotherapy, the media tends to get it wrong -- a lot -- which has far-reaching results. Inaccurate depictions fuel stigma and may prevent people from seeking help. “There are ...