Friday, January 13, 2017

Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescence

Research suggests that Borderline Personality Disorder symptoms during adolescence demonstrate substantial malleability and respond to intervention. The DSM-5 does allow for this diagnosis in adolescence. Dr. Stephanie Stepp, discusses the development of Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescence and the importance of treatment.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Authentic Happiness

Happiness is not trivial- It is listed as part of our Rights in the Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Authentic Happiness can be broken down into three different elements that we choose for their own sakes: positive emotion, engagement, and meaning. To learn where you stand on the continuum of Happiness, consider taking some of these assessments.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Forgiveness and the New Year!

Why not make Forgiveness your New Year’s Resolution?  “Stress Relief is probably the chief factor connecting forgiveness and well being.” From the January 2017 issue of Monitor on Psychology- article entitled- “Forgiveness Can Improve Mental Health and Physical Health. Research Shows How to Get There” by Kirsten Weir.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Sensory Processing Disorder- Is it Real?

From the American Board of Pediatrics- “…there is no universally accepted framework for diagnosis; sensory processing disorder generally should not be diagnosed.”
Proponents believe that children with Sensory Processing Disorder have difficulty processing outside stimuli that can affect learning, behavior, attention and daily tasks.
Parents should work with their pediatrician and other clinicians to fully investigate treatments recommended as there may be other diagnosis that should be assessed.

Saturday, October 29, 2016


Angela Duckworth’s new book, defines Passion and Perseverance as two keys to Grit. One area she is looking into involves  “Outward Bound “ and why this model can affect some kids to get “grittier.” Outdoor programs are intentional in pushing kids to solve problems and overcome difficulties in nature treks. In parenting teens and children it is recommended to not solve all problems and issues that the young person may come up against. It is important to let the young person know that they have unconditional support, but with the expectation that they have the capability to work through issues.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Psychotic Symptoms, Teen Boys, Marijuana

Each year that teen boys use marijuana weekly, their subclinical psychotic symptoms rose by 21%. The increase was greatest for paranoia. Adolescent boys are at increased risk of persistent subclinical levels of psychotic symptoms. This can include paranoia and hallucinations even after stopping. The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center did this study. As marijuana becomes legalized, the understanding should be that it is still a drug and not for developing brains.

Friday, August 26, 2016

ADHD and the Office of Civil Rights

One in nine complaints to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Education is related to students with ADHD. The OCR found that school districts were not properly evaluating students and also not offering the services required for students to succeed. The OCR has written a letter to provide guidance to schools on the Federal Obligations they must meet.