Joey’s Secret: Defensive, strong, yet never good enough.

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  I followed my mother around the mall, transforming hanging lights into spaceships and  marble tiles into the surfaces of planets.  Shiny reflections were laser beams to be avoided and hurdled. Zoom zoom, the mannequin Martians will be defeated! JOSEPH ALLEN TANNER!!!!! A … Continue reading

All the lost boys: There are no humans in terrorism.

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Last night I listened to my boys take turns running across the basement with a football, giggling and shrieking when they were tackled.  Then, before-bed, their damp, shampoo-fresh heads bobbed up and down as they jumped on a mattress on … Continue reading

Mental Illness and Young Adults: Why College Campuses are in Crisis

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Let’s talk about the mental health of young adults in the United States.  It seems to me, from what I’ve read and observed in my corner of the country, that we are headed for a crisis if something doesn’t change. … Continue reading

Reader Asks: My kid says she hates herself! What do I do?

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Question: The other day my six year old fell riding her bike.  When I went over to her to comfort her, she was crying because she skinned her knee, but she was also saying she hates herself.  I didn’t know … Continue reading

Jimmy’s Secret: Why the Red, Yellow, Green Behavioral System Doesn’t Work.

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Dear Diary, So I’m back to school for the year. The thought of school makes me want to squish my sweaty palm into my sweaty armpit over and over. I’ve been practicing that sound all summer. On the first day … Continue reading

Reader Asks: How can I help my chunky kids slim down?

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By Angelica Shiels, Psy.D. A reader asks, My kids are chunky. Not fat, but pudgy enough to need husky jeans! How do I address this and help them slim down a bit without giving them body image issues? Well, mom-who-wants-to-help, I’m … Continue reading