CU Boulder to lead Pac-12 research initiative on student-athlete concussions

November 17th, 2017 - By jen in Athletic/Performance Enhancement, Mild/Traumatic Brain Injury

The Pac-12 Confer­ence announced today that CU Boulder has been selected to lead its Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being Concus­sion Coor­di­nating Unit (PCCU), a multi-year, multi-site research initia­tive that will estab­lish best prac­tices and clin­ical infra­struc­ture for advancing educa­tion on trau­matic brain injury in student-athletes through the use of Sync­Think EYE-SYNC tech­nology, a world leader in neuro-tech­nology with foun­da­tional intel­lec­tual prop­erty in eye-tracking. Read full article: … Continue reading

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

August 14th, 2017 - By jen in Teens

Around 2012, I noticed abrupt shifts in teen behav­iors and emotional states. The gentle slopes of the line graphs became steep moun­tains and sheer cliffs, and many of the distinc­tive char­ac­ter­is­tics of the Millen­nial gener­a­tion began to disap­pear. In all my analyses of gener­a­tional data—some reaching back to the 1930s—I had never seen anything like it. Read full article: The Atlantic, “Have Smart­phones Destroyed a … Continue reading

No, Your Teen Doesn’t Hate You. It’s Just Summer.

June 27th, 2017 - By jen in Teens

As summer gets underway, teenagers may be home more often, but that doesn’t neces­sarily mean you’ll see more of them. If they retreat to their rooms for hours or seem cagey about their plans, don’t take it person­ally. Following are four truths about teens that may help you and your adoles­cent coexist. Read full article: The New York Times, “No, Your Teen Doesn’t Hate You. … Continue reading

More than a third of teenage girls experience depression, new study says

June 13th, 2017 - By jen in Psychotherapy, Teens

A large new study out this week contains some alarming data about the state of children’s mental health in the United States, finding that depres­sion in many chil­dren appears to start as early as age 11. By the time they hit age 17, the analysis found, 13.6 percent of boys and a stag­gering 36.1 percent of girls have been or are depressed. Read full article: The Wash­ington Post, “More … Continue reading

When I Was Your Age’ And Other Pitfalls Of Talking To Teens About Stress

April 27th, 2017 - By jen in Teens

It’s diffi­cult to have a teenager’s mind. The brain develops rapidly during the adoles­cent years, which partially explains why teens expe­ri­ence anger, sadness and frus­tra­tion so intensely… During these tumul­tuous years, hormones surge, bodies change and adoles­cents must face a number of social and acad­emic chal­lenges, such as managing their rela­tion­ships, coping with peer rejec­tion and,— espe­cially this time of year — grad­u­ating from high … Continue reading

Do You Zone Out? Procrastinate? Might Be Adult ADHD

April 12th, 2017 - By jen in Information on ADD/ADHD

Do you pop up from your seat during meet­ings and finish other people’s sentences? And maybe you also procras­ti­nate, or find your­self zoning out in the middle of one-on-one conver­sa­tions?  It’s possible you have adult ADHD… Six simple ques­tions can reli­ably iden­tify adults with atten­­tion-deficit/hy­per­ac­­tivity disorder, according to a World Health Orga­ni­za­tion advi­sory group working with two addi­tional psychi­a­trists. Read full article: npr, “Do You … Continue reading

The Best Exercise for Aging Muscles

April 3rd, 2017 - By jen in Athletic/Performance Enhancement

The toll that aging takes on a body extends all the way down to the cellular level. But the damage accrued by cells in older muscles is espe­cially severe, because they do not regen­erate easily and they become weaker as their mito­chon­dria, which produce energy, diminish in vigor and number. Read full article: The New York Times, “The Best Exer­cise for Aging Muscles”

Texas School Triples Recess Time, Solves Attention Deficit Disorder

March 20th, 2017 - By jen in Information on ADD/ADHD, Uncategorized

Public educa­tion is more stressful than ever for our chil­dren, as stan­dard­ized testing require­ments increase and programs like art, music and phys­ical educa­tion are being phased out. The result of this type of envi­ron­ment is predictable, and the medical estab­lish­ment and big pharma are making a killing by drug­ging active chil­dren with ADHD medica­tions – but one Texas school district is chal­lenging that status quo. … Continue reading

Depression Strikes Today’s Teen Girls Especially Hard

February 14th, 2017 - By jen in Psychotherapy

It’s tough to be a teenager. Hormones kick in, peer pres­sures esca­late and acad­emic expec­ta­tions loom large. Kids become more aware of their envi­ron­ment in the teen years — down the block and online..But a recent study published in the journal Pedi­atrics suggests many more teenage girls in the U.S. may be expe­ri­encing major depres­sive episodes at this age than boys. Read full article: npr, … Continue reading