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Blog posts : "children"

Aaron Swartz, suicide, and the dilemmas of being above average

January 16, 2013

It seems an injustice to say that Aaron Swartz’s legal troubles caused his suicide.

Swartz was familiar with depression and his legal problems no doubt caused enormous stress. Stress exacerbates depression, and severe depression is agony. There is no better word for the experience than agony. Whe…

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Parents, kids, and anger: Emotions are a message, not a problem

January 8, 2013

People who counsel adults know how crucial it is for children to have good role models for managing emotions. Unfortunately, many problematic emotional habits get handed down from one generation to the next, especially where anger is concerned.   

Looking at this issue has nothing to do with assi…

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Child sex offenders: Sub-human or all too human?

June 22, 2012

You might think separating fact from fiction about child sex offenders to be a waste of time. If people are found guilty of this crime, does it matter if what we believe about them is myth? Setting feelings aside, there are a couple good reasons why we need to see abusers realistically. 

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WWDC: Widening world of digital counseling; treating depression in children and adolescents

April 28, 2012

It was bound to happen sooner or later. There is a 3D computer fantasy game that teaches good thinking habits as effectively as biological therapist units can. The game, designed for children and adolescents, is called SPARX (not to be confused with SPANX which are women’s undergarments). …

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Children with bipolar disorder: Maybe true, definitely troubling

April 24, 2012

If the incidence of a childhood illness increased 4,000% in 9 years, you would think more people would be alarmed. The diagnosis of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder (PBD) did increase that much from 1994 to 2003, and is still on the rise. There is more buzz in the media about it the past few years…

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Growing Pains or Dysthymia?

December 11, 2011

WASHINGTON, December 10, 2011 - Dysthymia is a type of depression that can begin during childhood or puberty. Its symptoms are milder than major depression, but dysthymia hangs on much longer. This mood disorder can continue for two or more years in adults, and one or more in children. Because t…

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