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September 4th, 2019

The opioid epidemic (also called opioid crisis) refers to the rapid increase in the use of prescription and non-prescription opioids in the United States.

July 2nd, 2019

Parents need to be aware of one of the most commonly prescribed drugs, Xanax, as it has also become the most commonly abused prescription drug by teenagers.

June 17th, 2019

Maneuvering through the challenges of adolescence comes with many difficulties and stressors.

June 6th, 2019

Summer is here, and the year is winding down. This will be my last column of the school year and I want to thank Dr. Linsey Gotanda and the principals of each school for letting me share my thoughts with you.

May 15th, 2019

In our last columns, I discussed the various types of anxiety disorders and the signs and symptoms to look for. As an essential reminder, anxiety is the most common form of mental health issue and also the most treatable.

May 2nd, 2019

In last week’s column, we looked at anxiety and what the different anxiety disorders are. Today, I will cover the causes of anxiety and how to recognize it in your children.

What Causes Anxiety?

May 1st, 2019

Anxiety is the most common and prevalent mental health issue that adults, teens and children experience. The good news is that it is a very treatable problem, with high levels of success in overcoming it.

April 11th, 2019

Amongst parents I work with, one of the most consistent complaints and concerns revolve around screen time, video games and the battle over the cellphone. Like much that technology has to offer, there are benefits and consequences of progress.

April 1st, 2019

We all love our children. We all want to do what is best for them, protect them, help them to succeed and ensure nothing bad happens to them. We need to find a balance, however, between support and enabling.

March 14th, 2019

I’ve been in private practice as a psychologist for 42 years. When I first started my career, I worked extensively with children, adolescents and families.

March 4th, 2019

The incidence of eating disorders among teens is rapidly increasing, and the dangerous and harmful effects of suffering from these problems are among the most significant risks our teens face.

February 21st, 2019

In my last column, I presented data on how prevalent eating disorders are among teens and what the different eating disorder diagnoses are.

February 7th, 2019

Among the most frightening and dangerous mental health issues teens struggle with are eating disorders. The problem is widespread, and I hope to be able to share basic facts, statistics, causes and strategies in this and in future articles.

January 31st, 2019

As we all know, teens encounter a variety of stressors in their lives, and develop both healthy and unhealthy ways to cope with their internal difficulties.

January 17th, 2019

In last week’s column, I presented warning signs and risk factors related to Teen suicide. This is, obviously, a very serious topic. Today, we’ll look at some of the things parents can do to make a difference, and to minimize the risks.