A roundup of new resources, articles, and information on Psych Central.
January has been a slow month for us here at Psych Central. Having been snowed in for half the month (we're based out of New England), a lot of our free time has been spent in digging out from underneath a few feet of snow! Our new server has been humming along fine, and our online support community appears to be growing by leaps and bounds. Everytime we turn around, we see people hanging out in the chat room now! Last Tuesday night, we believe we hit a record of 30 simultaneous users in chat at one time. Thank you for choosing Psych Central as your place to find support online.
Because of our original publishing schedule, we decided to skip publishing a version of the newsletter in January 2005. From now on, look for your new newsletter to appear during the last week of the prior month or the first week of the new month. For instance, this February 2005 issue is being published at the end of January; all future issues will follow this new schedule.
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We've added over 40 new resources to our Internet directory this month. Some highlights include:
The Szasz Blog
The purpose of The Szasz Blog is to advance the debate about Thomas S. Szasz's basic ideas and their practical implications.
Don't Feed the Animals - Vlasto Publishing
We teach our children the ins and outs of the physical world; now there is a book, "Don't Feed the Animals" that guides a child to an even greater understanding of their inner world. In "Don't Feed The Animals", mesmerizing images guide the reader through a young girls challenges in a weird and wonderful zoo.
With each obstacle in her path, her negative thoughts magically turn into "thought" animals that hug, grab, and hold on tightly to her. Will she free herself of the burden of the animals? ...only if she sees the signs and learns hot to "not feed the animals," i.e. her negative thoughts.
At-Risk.org has been compiled as a resource for parents and the general public in search of information about at-risk youth. This site will present you with information and articles about helping at-risk youth.
Over the past decade, more and more attention has been given to the issues associated with at-risk youth including youth crime, violence, sex, substance abuse, poor academic performance, etc. Research shows that at-risk youth struggle with complex issues and scenarios that are brought on by peers, mentors, family members, and difficult social environments. The increased complexity of todays at-risk youth has forced parents and federal agencies to work together to find solutions. There has been growing interest in community-based efforts that help to educate and direct at-risk youth and families to a variety of helpful services.
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 28 Jan 2005
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