Book Review–The Emperor’s New Drugs by: Irving Kirsch

  My son went to a new psychiatrist who told him that after prescribing antidepressants for years and also believing that depression, at least in part, is caused by a chemical imbalance, he had decided to do more research. He had come to the conclusion that there was no clear evidence that antidepressants were more clinically effective than placebos! He … Read More

Darcie goes to Indiana

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 – Butler University. The leaves had begun to change on this charming urban, yet tucked away Indianapolis campus. I drove separately from my colleagues on the charter bus, so I arrived a few minutes early. The staff was very warm and enthusiastic about welcoming us to Butler University. Prior to this tour, when I thought of Butler … Read More

Travels in Utah

October 6th, 2014   May and Louise toured Discovery Ranch (DR) for Girls this morning. The campus was previously owned by a man that built the complex for his extended family. It is absolutely gorgeous! The program has approximately 35 girls right now and very little had to be done to adapt this property as a home for the girls. The … Read More

Helicopter Teacher

I know we have all heard the phrase “helicopter parents” but have you heard the phrase “helicopter teachers”? This article describes how the students of this generation are so focused on grades and performance. They expect each teacher to “spell out” or specifically tell them what is required in a paper so they can get a good grade. What happened … Read More

Robin Williams: Suicide and Depression

This is a post from Derek Bowles, Co-Owner and Primary Therapist at Crossroads Academy, that he wrote last week after Robin Williams suicide. He makes some good points. “I wanted to take a moment to respond to the lost of Robin Williams and to post my thoughts about suicide and to discuss the process on what may happen when someone … Read More

NDD: Nature Deficit Disorder

Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD) is a term coined by Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods. May and I sometimes find that when we recommend wilderness therapy as a first step in a series of interventions for an adolescent or young adult, the home therapist will strongly disagree with our recommendation! They will say things like: “this child … Read More

New “diagnosis” Ferrari Deficit Disorder

We really enjoyed reading this article about this new disorder. See what you think! Distinguishing Bipolar Disorder From ADHD Frequently, I am asked about how to distinguish symptoms of bipolar disorder from those of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). While this question arises more often when seeing children or adolescents, it comes up in the course of evaluating adult patients … Read More

What is Enmeshment?

This week I asked a grandfather to look up the term enmeshment, referring to the relationship between his son and grandson. Interestingly, he was able to see that he was also enmeshed and that this characteristic of unhealthy boundaries and an inability to separate emotions between him and his son had caused family issues for many years. This blog below, … Read More

Graduates

Minorities and first generation college students often start out with very high hopes and expectations. As they encounter difficulties and a poor grade or demanding professor, the natural tendency is to move from a place of excitement and competence to a place of shame:  I thought I could move beyond my poverty and move up, but I don’t have the … Read More

The Digital Age

Girls take 10-20 pictures, pick the “best” picture, showing they are happy and put together, and then post that picture, often on Instagram.  As other girls read the post, they believe that all that is really going on in the peer’s life is great stuff.  Girls do not post bad things as a rule!  If a boy drinks too much … Read More