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

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

The Power of Concentration

January 9th, 2017 - By jen in Psychotherapy, Uncategorized

Though the concept orig­i­nates in ancient Buddhist, Hindu and Chinese tradi­tions, when it comes to exper­i­mental psychology, mind­ful­ness is less about spir­i­tu­ality and more about concen­tra­tion: the ability to quiet your mind, focus your atten­tion on the present, and dismiss any distrac­tions that come your way. Read Full Article: The New York Times, “The Power of Concen­tra­tion”