Posts Tagged ‘teens’

April 12, 2013

Suicide and Guns

The headline this week about Pastor Rick Warren’s 27 year old son committing suicide brings the tragedy of suicide as well as the connection between guns and suicide to our attention. The Warren family, like the grieving families of Newtown have tried to use their anguish to advocate for social change concerning guns as well […]

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April 6, 2013

Are We Over-Prescribing Psychiatric Medications For Children and Teens?

A recent editorial in the New York Times, “Diagnosis: Human” by Ted Gup attracted much attention and controversy. Gup writes about a concern that is discussed frequently; a fear that psychiatry is over-diagnosing and pathologizing normal human experience. His recent article criticizes the use of medications for ADHD arguing that we “rush to medicate” that […]

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March 3, 2013

Alcohol, Weed and Self Medication

What do we mean by “self-medication”?  The term gets thrown around a lot but I think it’s actually pretty apt.People use all types of drug to modify their moods. For people with more troublesome mood problems the risk of getting in to trouble with drugs is more likely as people will often “self medicate” trying […]

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April 24, 2012

Symptoms of Depression? Is He Depressed?

Is your wife (or child or mother or boyfriend) depressed?  This can be a harder question to answer than you might think.  Depression can be elusive to recognize and assess.  Often it is obvious.  The person cries easily, talks of wishing they were dead, doesn’t want to go anywhere or do anything.  They say, “I […]

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January 22, 2012

It’s Not Easy Being A Teen

There is a vast generational difference today between teenagers and their parents.  With modern technology the pace of change is always accelerating and the world which teenagers inhabit today is so different from the one in which their parents developed that communication can be challenging.  Centuries ago little changed from one generation to the next […]

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