Todays’s NYTimes suggests that the two suspects in the Bostan Marathon bombings may have been disenfranchised and troubled young people who found direction and guidance on the internet. More than Islam the central actor here is the the connectivity that enables anyone to develop relationships to those who espouse the best and and worst of […]
I asked the graduate students in my child psychopathology class about their reactions to the Boston Marathon bombings. Their surprise that I would ask confused me. Was I really the first to ask? It seems as though we haven’t found a way to have the tough, complicated discussions that might be the only thing we […]
At a moment when we mourn eight-year old Martin Richard, 23 year-old Lu Lingzi, 29 year-old Krystle Campbell and 26 year-old Officer Sean Collier as well as the 176 other victims of suspects Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev terrorist actions, isn’t it time to make peace with some limits on personal freedoms?
Youthful Tendency Disorder, a term coined by The Onion, pokes fun at diagnostic categories. It satirizes the modern psychiatric and psychological observation of pathology in normal behavior. Given the numbers of people suffering from serious and sometimes life threatening mental illness, is this humor fair?
I was pleased to see Elyn R. Sak’s article in the New York Times today. Her story opens a new dialogue about mental illness. Instead of cultivating “patient” status and transforming people into fractions of who they could otherwise be, treatment for serious mental illness should focus on the management of symptoms. In this way […]
Many people felt rather blue this week, feeling kind of sad and even hopeless. Each person had their own personal reasons for feeling depressed. I certainly wouldn’t want to underestimate depression’s depth of feeling nor challenge its force. It is my life’s work to help others untangle that mighty web that threatens to strangle a person’s sense […]
Everyone is trying to do all they can to respond to the Newtown tragedy. Far away in a busy city, this piece at CNN.com is what I could do. May this time of year bring warmth, love and comfort to all. And change.
I don’t have answers. I don’t have wisdom. I can only open my mind and my heart. Many parents and other adults wonder how to respond to this tragedy. They want to know how to talk to their kids. Here a list of sites offerring advice. Personally, I still can’t comprehend the reality of having […]
Does being self-reliant mean a person can’t also have needs? Is the success of the wealthy also built upon the working and middle classes? Are those stricken by poverty affected by the more resourced classes? Some thoughts about this at the InAmerica blog at CNN.com.
People who consult with me rarely ask this question directly, but it often lingers in the background. The assumed but often unstated answer emphasizes how talking to a trained clinician will help diminish problems like depression/anxiety/obsessions. That answer, however, rarely satisfies. What people really want to know is “Why do I NEED therapy? The best […]