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What Is Goal-Directed Treatment Planning?
Every intervention for psychiatric illness should have a desired outcome and a way to monitor progress and efficacy, says Dr. Barry Nurcombe. Otherwise you get "therapeutic drift."
My son gets angry easily and is anxious about it. Will a safe, over-the-counter remedy or a gluten-free diet help?
Excessive anger can be caused by many things. Understanding what's behind it is the first step to helping the child, and behavioral therapy has been shown to be more effective than diet or supplements.- Ron J. Steingard, MD
Why We Keep Adding Psychiatric Disorders
Psychiatrists are accused of trying to pathologize more and more behavior, but in fact we're trying to understand behavior better, in order to do more for people who are suffering- Harold S. Koplewicz, MD
When should we tell our kids that we're getting a divorce?
Don't put the conversation off unless you aren't completely sure about your decision. Your kids may already have some idea, and you don't want them to hear it from anyone else.- Alan Ravitz, MD, MS
When Should I Worry About Tantrums?
Dr. Gabrielle Carlson tells us that, like any troubling behavior, parents should worry about extreme outbursts when they meet three criteria: they're persistent, pervasive, impairing.
How Anxiety Leads to Disruptive Behavior
Kids who seem angry and oppositional are often severely anxious and unable to express themselves.- Caroline Miller
Our 7-year-old, who is tapering off Prozac, is upset and irritable. Is that a symptom of withdrawal?
Coming off medications like Prozac, which has a long half-life, is usually pretty smooth. I'd have someone check out what else might be happening to your son.- Ron J. Steingard, MD
What Is Pragmatic Language?
'The functions of language are many,' Dr. Lydia Soifer says, and being able to differentiate how others are using it is a skill as important as vocabulary or conjugation. And it doesn't come easily to some.
Love on the Spectrum
Amy Harmon's new book chronicles the challenges, and surprises, of Aspie romance- Beth Arky
From A to ZZZZs: Tips for Getting to Bed, Staying Asleep and Waking Up
Join Ken Schuster, PsyD, for a lecture and discussion that will explore the importance of developing good sleep habits in children and as well as the ways that sleep routines can be disrupted.