Affluenza

The word today is affluenza . the unhealthy and unwelcome psychological and social effects of affluence regarded especially as a widespread societal problem: such asa :  feelings of guilt, lack of motivation, and social isolation experienced by wealthy people <Even so, psychologists are slowly recognizing that great riches are sometimes accompanied by a wealth of crippling emotional and psychological fears. … Read More

H.A.L.T.

Hungry Angry Lonely Tired   As we enter this busy holiday time of year, I am reminded of the acronym from recovery circles, called HALT. I think we are more vulnerable at certain times of year and certainly this is true during Christmas and Hanukkah holidays. We miss our loved ones no longer with us, we rush around doing “retail … Read More

Wrap Up of the Mid-Atlantic Boarding School Tour

May just finished up an outstanding tour of five Mid-Atlantic boarding schools with 5 wonderful educational consultants from around the country. The three day tour began at Mercersburg Academy. They enjoyed time with Doug Hale, as this is his last year as head at Mercersburg, after a long productive career. He certainly leaves the school in a strong place. Then we … Read More

Medical Marijuana in Psychiatry

There is a big experiment going on inside the United States right now regarding medical marijuana.  I find it interesting that they did not talk about the established medical benefit of marijuana reducing nausea in cancer patients?  However, the slide show/article below is focused on the psychiatric pros and cons of the legal use of marijuana by the medical community. … Read More

College Campuses and Non Stranger Rapes

At the recommendation of one of our educational consulting colleagues, I just finished reading Missoula: Rape and The Justice System in a College Town, by John Krakauer. I rarely read non fiction books except those that are directly related to mental health issues, dealing with anxiety, depression, personality disorders, attachment, and/or addiction. However, this book was very well written and … Read More

Family Involvement in Wilderness

Many years back, approximately 10 years ago, wilderness therapy was perceived by most professionals and families as a “necessary stop” before a therapeutic school, for students who exhibited a defiant attitude and were into as we say “sex, drugs, and rock and roll”. Now we know that wilderness programs can be designed as well for anxious students, students on the … Read More

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

Are Kids Getting Enough Movement?

Do you remember recess being your favorite part of the day when you were in school? I know I loved going outside at lunch time and even after I got home from school. This article makes some good points for why kids need to have exercise throughout the day. In wilderness therapy you are very active and that is why … 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

Book Recommendations

Louise attended The Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE) this past week in Minneapolis, Minnesota at Augsburg College. As she was networking with other professionals, she and John Britton, Counselor at the Collegiate Program for The Ranch at Dove Tree, in Lubbock, TX, shared their favorite books to help young adults struggling with addiction issues. One book they both … Read More