1. Essential Information for Parents Concerning Childhood Psychosis

    Psychosis is a disconnection from reality, the two main symptoms being delusions and hallucinations. Delusions are a thought disorder, an unshakeable belief that people hold even though they are untrue and not based in reality. Hallucinations are incorrect sensory perceptions which include when people hear, see, smell, taste, or feel things that are not really there. For example, a person with psy…Read More

  2. Body Positivity Under the Sun: A Journey Towards Embracing Summer Attire

    Q: Summer is approaching and with that comes the anxiety of having to wear more revealing clothes. I always feel so insecure about my body and it prevents me from enjoying the season to the fullest. Do you have any advice on how to become more accepting of my body and feel more confident in my own skin? A: You are certainly not alone since insecurities become more prevalent during the summer. It i…Read More

  3. Cool Mom, Out of Control Kids: How to Regain Authority Without Losing Your Connection

    Q: We have that house where all the kids like to hang out. That’s just how I like it. I’m the “cool mom” and, truth be told, it’s a bit of an ego boost for me. That said, sometimes these kids are a bit much. They help themselves to food in the kitchen and leave a mess. They’re rowdy and have cursed within my earshot. I’d like to rein them in a little bit, but I don’t want to sacrif…Read More

  4. The Aftermath of the Pandemic: Navigating the Surge in Teenage Depression and Suicide

    Depression in teens- especially teen girls- is on the rise. Teen girls are about 3 times as likely to have experienced depression recently than teen boys, according to the Pew Research Center. Some people theorize this could be because of the increasing popularity and usage of social media, which impacts the mental health of girls greater than boys, according to a 2019 study from The University of…Read More

  5. Is Psych Testing Really Necessary?

    Q: Why should I choose a comprehensive psychological evaluation when I can get a diagnosis from my child’s physician? What value does testing offer? A: This is a great question! The value of a comprehensive psychological evaluation (often referred to as “testing”) by far outweighs the costs. To begin, it provides you with a holistic image of your child, highlighting their strengths along wit…Read More

  6. Mixed Black Racial Identity Issues for Gen Z’s and Beyond

    It seems like there is no identity crisis quite like that of mixed black heritage in America. With differing views on how mixed race Black people should self identify, people often think of themselves as “too Black” or “not Black enough.” Take Barack Obama for example, he is a mixed race African American with a white mother and a Black father. On the 2010 census, Obama had the option to hi…Read More

  7. Making the Most of Your Second-Choice School

    Q: When applying to colleges, my top dream school was always Tufts; I could envision myself being there and I began to fall in love with it even more, every day. However, I got rejected last weekend and I am going to attend my second choice, Lehigh. Although this was my second choice, I didn't consider going here because I was infatuated with the idea of Tufts. How can I get emotionally psyched to…Read More

  8. A Clean Break Before College?

    Q: I’m a senior at Northwest and have been in a relationship for two years. My boyfriend and I are both headed to college in the fall; I’m going to UCLA and he’s going to Florida State, we'll be so far from each other that we’re not sure if we should continue the relationship. I care about him a lot and don't want to lose him, but I'm not sure if a long-distance relationship will work whil…Read More

  9. The Correlation Between Marijuana and Educational Outcomes in Teens

    As teen marijuana use is on the rise, parents all over the country are worried about how their teens’ marijuana use could impact their education. The human brain continues to develop until the age of 25, and research suggests using marijuana can interfere with this development, affecting how connections are formed in the brain. Studies have shown a correlation between marijuana use and lower gra…Read More

  10. Less Yelling in 2023: Steps for Better Communication With Your Kids.

    Q: As I am thinking about New Year's Resolutions, my goal is to not yell at my kids as frequently. As a working mother, it has been challenging to give my kids attention. By the end of the day, I lose my temper and yell at them. I later feel guilty and eventually apologize to them. However, this yelling-apologizing cycle has gone on too long. How can I stop myself? A: You’re not alone, lots of p…Read More