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Why Bill Gates Saw a Child Psychologist

Friday, February 12, 2016

Many, if not most, parents aren’t completely comfortable with sharing the fact that their child is seeing a mental health professional. This is unfortunate as even the brightest and (otherwise) well-adjusted kids can benefit from professional help navigating the challenges of adolescence.

Recently, Bill Gates grabbed headlines by mentioning that his parents sent him to a child psychologist at the age of 12 because of his “disruptive” behavior. Of course, that same rebellious spirit would push Gates to drop out of Harvard after one year to found one of the most important... Read More

 
 

Would Mastering Presidential Debate Skills Help or Hurt Your Relationships?

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Debate is a competition at the high school and college level.  During a Presidential election year debate clips are bound to be everywhere you look.

Regardless of your political affiliation, the debate skills of Ted Cruz are impressive to say the least, with the Senator from Texas defying the polls to win the Iowa caucus. Much like Barack Obama in 2008, Cruz seems to win over crowds wherever he goes, and even people who can’t stand him will admit that he sounds great talking about ideas they hate.

Just... Read More

 
 

Holiday Lonliness - A Problem For Many With Mental Illness

Thursday, December 17, 2015
Holiday Lonliness - A Problem For Many With Mental Illness

Many individuals with mental illness feel disconnected from others, resulting in feelings of loneliness.  During the holiday season, this loneliness may become pervasive and overwhelming as those struggling with mental health issues may have difficulty perceiving a connection with family and friends.  Sometimes this is the result of shame or embarrassment that interferes with building and maintaining needed relationships.  Other times, isolating is a symptom of the underlying illness itself.  Yet, science has shown that humans have an innate need to feel connected.  Having a connection with others improves our overall... Read More

 
 

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy - The Five W’s of DBT

Monday, April 27, 2015
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy - The Five W’s of DBT

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a therapy modality that has been found to be effective in treating individuals with borderline personality disorder as well as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and eating disorders.  Below is some information that highlights the key elements and how they are effective in treatment.

Key Terms:

Dialectics - The mind’s way of understanding concepts and appreciating their polar opposites. For example, the desire to restrict food (as with someone who struggles with anorexia) AND the desire to remain in recovery from one’s eating disorder.... Read More
 
 

What Is Depression?

Monday, March 16, 2015
What Is Depression?

What Is Depression?

We’ve all felt “sad” or “blue” at one time or another. Rare bouts of depression that last only a few days are usually not a problem for most people.  But, clinical depression – the type that people seek help for - is a different story.  Major depressive episodes are the hallmark features of this type of depression.  These episodes are characterized by extreme symptoms that interfere with daily functioning.

What Are the Symptoms of Depression?

Clinical depression, or a major depressive... Read More

 
 

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