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Put Your Phone Away and Pay Attention to Your Kids

October 25th, 2014
This psychologist is worried. It seems that everywhere I go a sizable number of the parents are ignoring their kids. At the grocery store: Mom is pushing one child in the cart. Two others are hanging onto the sides ...

The Skill of Mindful Listening

The Skill of Mindful ListeningCommunication in the 21st century has some unique challenges, and some basic etiquette reminders may prove useful to facilitate effective communication. One may feel invalidated, ignored, or disrespected when attempting to talk with someone and competing for attention with their phone or ...

Get the Kids Off Those Screens

Get the Kids off Those ScreensIt’s probably not new information for you. American children are now spending more time on the “screens” in their lives than on any other single activity. According to a 2010 study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, children and teens were spending 50 ...

The Anxiety of Facebook

The Anxiety of FacebookSocial media has changed the way people interact. We can now remain in constant contact with hundreds of so-called friends, even ones we rarely see in person. The impact of social media on society has prompted researchers to investigate whether its effect is positive or ...

Frustration with Video Games Leads to Aggressive Behavior

Frustration with Video Games Leads to Aggressive Behavior The debate about whether the violence in video games perpetrates violence in real life is an ongoing one. Many parents, wanting to ensure the best for their children, remain uncertain about whether to allow their children to play ...

Boys Need Help with Self-Esteem, Too

Boys Need Help with Self-Esteem, TooI’ve been writing an advice column for years. Lately, I’ve been receiving more and more letters from boys who feel bad about themselves, who are depressed that the only friends they have are online, and who feel directionless. Some aren’t doing ...

The Future of Computerized Therapy

The Future of Computerized TherapyThere are some problems that continue to defeat computer science researchers. One example is natural language understanding. It is currently not possible for a computer to participate in an unconstrained, fluid and meaningful conversation with a person. This result alone places limitations ...

Top 5 Myths about Computerized Therapy

Top 5 Myths about Computerized TherapyThere are a lot of misunderstandings when it comes to the future of psychotherapy -- especially therapy that involves a computer. Won't we all just be talking to computers in the future for our therapy needs? Isn't it unethical to conduct ...

Computerized Therapy: Will Your Next Therapist Be a Computer?

Computerized Therapy: Will Your Next Therapist Be a Computer?You have probably heard of ELIZA at one time or another. In the mid-1960s, Joseph Weizenbaum, a computer scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, developed a computer program to simulate a Rogerian psychotherapist. ELIZA, as the program ...

Psychotherapy Treatment for PTSD

Therapy has been shown to be effective in the treatment of PTSD.  However, since trauma symptoms are very specific, not all types of therapy are appropriate.  SAMHSA has a list of every evidenced based therapeutic program by the National Registry of Programs and Practices, 17 of which list PTSD relief as an outcome. There ...

The Unlimited Potential of Online Mental Health Tools

The Unlimited Potential of Online Mental Health ToolsNew technology is becoming vital for providing easy-to-access mental health care, says a top mental health expert from London, UK. Writing in the Journal of Mental Health, Professor Til Wykes of King's College London states there is a "huge ...

Together Alone: Computers, Technology & Kids

Together Alone: Computers, Technology & KidsWhat’s happening in the ad world these days? One TV ad running in my area is of a mother who, the narrator chirps, is a master multitasker. She is on a cell phone while making her kids breakfast and sending them off ...

OCD and Isolation

OCD and IsolationOne of the most heartbreaking aspects of my son Dan’s descent into severe obsessive-compulsive disorder was his progressive isolation from his friends. Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence for those with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and often becomes a ...

So You Think You Want to Take Online Classes?

So You Think You Want to Take Online Classes? If you are a college student or if you are an adult who simply wants to become better educated, it’s a good time to take stock and to think about what you may need to ...

Success in College Despite Learning Disabilities

Success in College Despite Learning DisabilitiesIt happens every semester. A freshman shyly approaches me after the first class with the form from the advising center stating that the student has a documented learning disability and needs reasonable accommodations. I always ask to meet with the ...

Red Flags of Love Fraud: 10 Signs You’re Dating a Sociopath

BOOK REVIEW.
Donna Andersen started LoveFraud.com after her former husband drained her of $227,000, cheated on her, fathered a child outside their marriage, and remarried 10 days after their divorce was finalized. The website, which was created to warn others about the dangers of love frauders, was the impetus for Andersen’s book, Red Flags of Love Fraud. The ...

10 Things You Can Do Today to Improve Your Life

Therapists Spill: 10 Things You Can Do Today to Improve Your LifeYou don’t need an overhaul to improve the quality of your life. Just a few steps can help to boost your well-being and make ...

Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology: An Integrative Handbook of the Mind

BOOK REVIEW.
The Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology is a streamlined compilation of the Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB), which use multidisciplinary views to help understand the human mind. The objective of this relatively new field is to study “the ways in which relationships and the brain interact to shape our mental lives” and “is meant ...

Where Have All the Bicycles Gone? Kids Today

Where Have All the Bicycles Gone? Kids TodayChildhood has moved indoors. What a shame. Children are meant to be running free in open spaces, climbing trees, finding frogs and turtles, biking to the playground, and being hard to find at dinnertime. Today's child is ...

iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming Its Hold on Us

BOOK REVIEW.
One of Dr. Larry Rosen’s friends feels he must be continuously connected to his electronic devices. If he is in a conversation that is more than 15 minutes long, “he excuses himself to go to the restroom so that he can check his iPhone.” Is this a sign of addiction? Narcissistic personality disorder? Anxiety? Does ...

Hypersexuality: Symptoms of Sexual Addiction

Hypersexuality: Symptoms of Sexual AddictionSexual addiction or hypersexuality is defined as a dysfunctional preoccupation with sexual fantasy, often in combination with the obsessive pursuit of casual or non-intimate sex; pornography; compulsive masturbation; romantic intensity and objectified partner sex for a period of ...

Teens, Texting and Driving: Disaster in the Making

Teens, Texting and Driving: Disaster in the MakingHaving been rear-ended not once but twice in the same month by teens who were texting and driving, I have a renewed interest in and alarm about the behavior. Never mind that being crashed into at 50 miles ...

Texting, Sexting… What’s Next?

Texting, sexting... Whats Next?A mother with her three teenage daughters sat in my office the other day. Two of the girls were there for sick visits. The third sister was just along for the ride. When I walked into the room, all three girls had ...