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Can I use cannabis and emerge unscathed? How to talk about marijuana without sounding like your parents.
It’s complicated. This WBUR article does a really fabulous job of looking at facts and not sensationalizing an oft-sensationalized topic. I really do believe that cannabis increases the risk of psychosis for some people. My former colleague at McLean Hospital, Dr. Dost Öngür, chief … Continue reading
Is AA the only choice?
If Alcoholics Anonymous or similar 12-step substance abuse programs work for you or someone you know, that is fantastic and I encourage sticking with it as long as it works. If AA does not seem to fit for you, or … Continue reading
Is this normal teenage stuff or is my child depressed? Also, taking away electronics will help…right?
As far as I am concerned, I will help you or your child in the same way regardless of the answer to this question: by providing skills to modify thoughts and behaviors to improve mood and overall quality of life. … Continue reading
So you want to forbid drinking, but you want your teenager to tell you if she drinks?
As any parent of a teenager can tell you, navigating alcohol use in and out of the context of driving is a complicated balancing act. Parents at once want to forbid a behavior (drinking alcohol) while also encouraging a behavior … Continue reading
Understanding OCD and OCD Treatment
The headline for this article is so misleading I don’t want it here on my blog. OCD treatment is challenging and can be frightening, but with a good therapist, clients feel safe and in completely in control when doing ERP. Other than … Continue reading
Do personality traits contribute to substance use and addiction in adolescents?
While I would never counsel a parent to sound the alarm if they noticed these traits in the absence of signs and evidence of substance use, it is helpful to understand the role of personality traits in the development of addiction. It … Continue reading
The Importance of Coordinating Care in First-Episode Psychosis
Here’s an article from the National Institute of Mental health that explains the results of a large study of outcomes for young people who have had a first-episode of psychosis. While more costly in terms of time and money, comprehensive … Continue reading
What is Social Anxiety and How Do We Treat It?
A great interview with Stefan G. Hofmann, the director of the Social Anxiety Program at Boston University, which is one of the premier treatment and research centers for social anxiety in the world. What Is Social Anxiety?
Go to Sleep Only When You Are Sleepy, Get up at The Same Time Every Morning
This is one of the fundamental rules of managing insomnia, and this article does a nice job of explaining why. There’s also some great information on why adolescents really do need adequate sleep. The science of sleeping in, and why … Continue reading
Learning Effective More Effective Ways to Resolve Conflict with Adolescents
While I often take issue with psychology articles in The Times due to lack of any evidence to back up the author’s claims, this article is really great (although I don’t love the title). Not only do we learn that … Continue reading