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

You Still Need Your Brain

May 22nd, 2017 - By jen in Uncategorized

Most adults recall memo­rizing the names of rivers or the Pythagorean theorem in school and wondering, “When am I ever gonna use this stuff?” Kids today have a high-profile spokesman. Jonathan Rochelle, the director of Google’s educa­tion apps group, said last year at an industry confer­ence that he “cannot answer” why his chil­dren should learn the quadratic equa­tion. He wonders why they cannot “ask Google.” … Continue reading

Learning to Think Like a Computer

April 27th, 2017 - By jen in Uncategorized

It’s obvious that computers have become indis­pens­able problem-solving part­ners, not to mention personal compan­ions. But it’s suddenly not enough to be a fluent user of soft­ware inter­faces. Under­standing what lies behind the computer’s seeming magic now seems crucial. In partic­ular, “compu­ta­tional thinking” is capti­vating educa­tors, from kinder­garten teachers to college profes­sors, offering a new language and orien­ta­tion to tackle prob­lems in other areas of life. … 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

Training Your Brain So That You Don’t Need Reading Glasses

April 6th, 2017 - By jen in Uncategorized

By middle age, the lenses in your eyes harden, becoming less flex­ible. Your eye muscles increas­ingly struggle to bend them to focus on this print… But a new form of training — brain retraining, really — may delay the inevitable age-related loss of close-range visual focus so that you won’t need reading glasses. Read full article: The New York Times, “Training Your Brain So That … 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

Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones?

March 16th, 2017 - By jen in Uncategorized

Amid an opioid epidemic, the rise of deadly synthetic drugs and the widening legal­iza­tion of mari­juana, a curious bright spot has emerged in the youth drug culture: Amer­ican teenagers are growing less likely to try or regu­larly use drugs, including alcohol. Read full article: The New York Times, “Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smart­phones?”