• Therapy

    Reasons Couples Go To Therapy

      Two reasons are tied for first place. Published on July 11, 2013 by Sean M. Horan, Ph.D. in Adventures in Dating In my experiences, for some individuals “couples therapy” is a stigmatized term accompanied with shame and perceived failure. I would like to challenge this thought pattern by reminding people that attending couples therapy demonstrates a commitment to working on, and even enhancing, one’s relationship. Perhaps most alarming though when it comes to couples therapy is how under-utilized it is. Consider the following: “Only about one fourth of divorcing couples report seeking professional help of any kind to improve their relationship (Albrecht, Bahr, & Goodman, 1983; C. A. Johnson…

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    When School Makes Kids Anxious

      Back-to-school jitters are normal, but it's important parents know when a child's anxiety is something more serious. By Dr. Sanjay Gupta   When School Makes Kids Anxious  Heading back to school can be stressful for children, especially younger ones separated from their parents for the first time and kids changing grades or schools. Periods of stress are normal, but research shows that children with excessive anxiety may miss out on valuable social experiences or perform poorly in the classroom. Parents need to know the difference between back-to-school jitters and more serious anxiety disorders. “School-based anxiety can go under the radar for parents because the child isn’t causing any problems…

  • Meds

    Prescription Sleep Aids a Common Choice for American Insomnia

      By Steven Reinberg   THURSDAY, Aug. 29 (HealthDay News) — About 4 percent of American adults — more than 8.5 million people — have used a prescription sleep aid in the past month, and the use increases with age, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. In addition, more women (5 percent) than men (3.1 percent) over the age of 20 take these drugs, and those with higher education levels are more likely to use them, the researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. “This is the first time we have a national estimate on how many people are taking prescription medications for sleep,” said report coauthor…

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    A Glut of Antidepressants

    August 12, 2013, 2:53 pm   By RONI CARYN RABIN Over the past two decades, the use of antidepressants has skyrocketed. One in 10 Americans now takes an antidepressant medication; among women in their 40s and 50s, the figure is one in four. Experts have offered numerous reasons. Depression is common, and economic struggles have added to our stress and anxiety. Television ads promote antidepressants, and insurance plans usually cover them, even while limiting talk therapy. But a recent study suggests another explanation: that the condition is being overdiagnosed on a remarkable scale. The study, published in April in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, found that nearly two-thirds of a…

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    Starting College: A Guide for Parents: 2013

     Posted: 07/29/2013 11:14 am It is midsummer, 2013. With memories of high school graduations still strong but sadly beginning to fade, as in the cascade of summers before, millions of families are busily preparing for a signal event in their lives — sending a child off to start college. To be sure, most things about starting college are the same for these students and families as they were in the past — even the same as they were for the very parents who send them off. However, much is different as well. Advice abounds for the students themselves; I will provide little more here. My intended audience is those proud…

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    The Caregivers’ Guide to Summer Travel

     Marki Flannery President, Partners in Care   Lily Avelon used to travel the world, but she hadn't left the country in 10 years as her Parkinson's disease advanced. It took a simple question from her occupational therapist to get her back in the air. "She told me she loved to travel, and I said, 'Well, why can't you?'" recalls Gerard Muncic, an occupational therapist with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. He helped her talk through — and create solutions for — the many obstacles she feared. One by one, Gerard broke down those barriers. Surely she could get to and from the airport, and once there, she could…