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.