What Causes Depression?

What Causes Depression? What Causes Depression? It really depends on who you ask.  If you ask a physician, whose training is in biology, physiology, and neurology, you will likely get an answer that talks about genetic and biochemical causes. If you ask me – my...

When Did Shy Become A Problem?

When did shy become a problem? There is an old joke among mental health professionals (old; not necessarily funny): if a patient is early for his appointment, he’s anxious; if he’s late, he’s passive-aggressive; and if the patient is precisely on...

School Refusal

Most kids like to go to school; if nothing else, they enjoy seeing their friends. Some kids get themselves so worked up at the thought of going to school they manifest symptoms of anxiety. A few children may simply be manipulative; others may be fearful of a specific...

OCD in Childhood…

…what it’s not. I am amazed at the parents who either over-react or under-react to their childs struggles in life. It seems like I am constantly trying to convince some parents their child really does have problems. Some behaviors just aren’t normal...

Children and Depression

About 11 percent of adolescents have experienced depression by their 18th birthday.  Girls are more likely to have gone through depression than boys. When it comes to children and depression the risk for depression increases the older a child becomes. According to the...

Bipolar Disorder in Children

The Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s treatment guidelines (or practice parameters) for children with bipolar disorder can be found here: (guidelines). I do have some problems with what I’ve read so far: to begin with,...

How to take SSRI’s

This Op Ed piece, SSRIs – Nightmares by the Dozen, is filled with anecdotal stories about the horror’s of anti-depressant medication. The first problem I see is the nature of stories: for every one horror story of a person committing suicide or homicide, I...

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