Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Finding the Just-Right Level of Self-Esteem for a Child

2/27/13. You can have too much self-esteem but not too much self-respect.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Molly Crockett, Ph.D.. Neuroscientist

2/25/13. At a TED talk in November, Molly Crockett, Ph.D. speaks about the dangers of misleading neuroscience headlines and products:

"Some supposed brain boosters have no scientific basis, while many news articles misinterpret data. We haven't found a 'buy button' inside the brain, we can't tell whether someone is lying or in love just by looking at their brain scans, we can't turn sinners into saints with hormones."

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

How To Instill False Memories

2/20/13. Lots of damage has resulted from daughters falsely accusing their fathers of sexual abuse. Of course, there are cases when fathers do sexually abuse their daughters. Planting false memories in people is a difficult to treat "virus" in the mind whose accusations shatters families and ruins lives.                                                          

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Long-term Course of ADHD Diagnosed in Preschool Years Can be Chronic and Severe

2/19/13. Careful monitoring of medication, and psychological therapy --- individual and family, are important avenues of treatment for ADHD. Medication only treatment is often not sufficient. Psychological therapy only is often not sufficient. Patients must get the treatment they need, not just what the professional has to offer.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

National Institute of Mental Health

2/13/13. Make use of the wealth of information on mental health you are paying for.

Failing America's Mentally Ill

2/13/13. Letters to the Editor regarding E. Fuller Torrey's article in the WSJ.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Music for the Hearing Impaired - Good Vibrations

2/5/13. My cousin Risa's son Jonah --- winner of the Google national science project --- invented a method for the hearing impaired to feel the vibrations of music--- remarkable!!!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Concerns about ADHD Practices

2/3/13. This is a tragic story about a young man who took medication prescribed for ADHD for many months --- and then committed suicide. This is a story that the news media specializes in:  SENSATIONAL, FRIGHTENING, and EXTREMELY RARE.

No where in the news do you read about children, adolescents, and adults coming to a psychologist and physician whose lives were improved by accurate psychological evaluations, accurate diagnoses, effective medication treatments, and the life-saving psychological therapies ---- these events are not news.

The diagnostic and treatment process often prevents suicide, stabilizes moods, and reduce the desire and impulsivity associated with abusing mind-numbing alcohol and drugs --- this is not news.