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October 30, 2015
by Lorna Hecht, MFT

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Patrick Kennedy's Family Reflections

October 30, 2015 19:10 by Lorna Hecht, MFT

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The Kennedy family has been in the news lately. Patrick Kennedy, son of former U.S. Senator Edward (Ted) Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy, has released a memoir that has become controversial, at least within the Kennedy family itself. In the memoir, Patrick, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, details a family history of alcohol abuse and mental illness. [More]

October 29, 2015
by Anne Kip Watson

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Football Season - Preventing Child Head Trauma

October 29, 2015 02:04 by Anne Kip Watson

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With recent headlines for the National Football League on head injuries revealing devastating results, more questions are now being raised about how to keep kids safe from similar future outcomes. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University, new research examining the brains of 91 deceased football players found signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE in 96 perfect of them. [More]

October 19, 2015
by Mary Horn, Psy.D.

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Can We Stop the Mass Shootings In the United States?

October 19, 2015 05:55 by Mary Horn, Psy.D.

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Lately a common news topic is mass murder/suicide. With the media reporting shootings about once a month (lately sometimes more), we are left with anguish, heartbreak, anger, confusion and fear. Besides grief, the aftermath always includes the questions of why it happened and how it could have been prevented or foreseen. [More]

October 5, 2015
by Eric Ellis, Psy.D.

Breaking the Stigma of Psychosomatization

October 5, 2015 05:55 by Eric Ellis, Psy.D.

If you are suffering from a so-called psychosomatic disorder, you know how deflating it can be to go to the doctor and be told the problem is in your head. Unfortunately, this experience gives people the false impression that there symptoms are not real. In this video podcast, learn how to contextualize so-called psychosomatic issues in a western medicine world. [More]

October 3, 2015
by Theravive

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Hajj Takes Over 1000 Lives- Brutal Stampede

October 3, 2015 05:55 by Theravive

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In the deadliest incident in 25 years, more than 1000 people are dead and over 900 injured during the last rituals of the Hajj, the Islamic annual pilgrimage that takes place each year in Saudi Arabia. The stampede occurred during a ritual called “stoning the devil” on Thursday, with some pilgrims saving their entire lives in order to participate. The event was held in a tent city about two miles from the holy site in Islam’s holiest city, Mecca. More than 2 million pilgrims attend the Hajj in Saudi Arabia. The pilgrimage is a requirement of Islam that all Muslims make the pilgrims at least once in their lives. [More]

October 2, 2015
by Alicia Meade, MA, LCSW

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Football Season Starts With a Blow- Why So Much Aggression?

October 2, 2015 05:55 by Alicia Meade, MA, LCSW

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September has been a newsworthy month for high school football but not for reasons that are positive. First there was the incident involving two Texas high school students blindsiding a defenseless football official with a brutal tackle during the last few minutes of a game. Then there was the Linden High School athlete who pulled off the football helmet of another player from the opposing team, striking him in the head until 10 stitches were required. Given the recent level of poor sportsmanship in high school football, many are left wondering what is going on. [More]

September 29, 2015
by Autumn Robinson, MA, PhD Candidate

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Danny Pintauro from Who’s the Boss Reveals Secret

September 29, 2015 05:55 by Autumn Robinson, MA, PhD Candidate

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This weekend we were stunned to find out that Danny Pintauro, the child star of Who’s the Boss for 8 years in the 1980’s, revealed to Oprah Winfrey on Friday that he has been HIV positive for 12 years. Danny chose to keep his diagnosis a secret for over a decade because he says that he just wasn’t ready to have what he knew would be a huge conversation about the issue, in addition to sharing something that was deeply personal about himself. [More]

September 28, 2015
by Agnes Oh, PsyD, LMFT

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California Reforms to Curb Excessive Use of Psychotropic Medications on Foster Youth: A Breaking New Initiative

September 28, 2015 05:55 by Agnes Oh, PsyD, LMFT

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After three years of joining efforts with more than 100 high-level health care professionals, attorneys, foster youth/caregivers/advocates, and the Department of Social Services, California has unveiled a sweeping set of guidelines aimed at cracking down on the overuse of psychiatric medication in foster care (de Sá, April 2015). The exhaustive efforts began in 2012 and have given birth to the new proposed measures which recently passed the Senate and are now in the Assembly to be finalized (de Sá, July 2015). [More]