Working Mothers: No Negative Impact

For a long time, working mothers have been worried that they were lacking as parents, that they were not good enough parents, and that they were negatively impacting their children.  Unfortunately, much of this belief was perpetuated in the media and in some research.  New information has come to light, however, that can reassure women […]

Addiction and Its Impact

The music industry lost a great voice this past week when Amy Winehouse died.  She has had a long, and very public, struggle with addiction.  Ultimately, at  time when she may have actually been turning her life around, it lead to her death. There was another great loss over the past month in the fight […]

Understanding Bipolar II

Recently, Catherine Zeta-Jones was hospitalized for psychiatric reasons, and revealed that she was struggling with symptoms of Bipolar II Disorder. Additionally, Demi Lovato reported being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder during her treatment stay over the winter. Most of us know what Bipolar Disorder is, but few have heard about Bipolar II. There is a difference […]

A Mother’s Tragic Choice

I was on The Early Show speaking with Erica Hill and Kevin Ryan, the president of Covenant House, a child-care agency, about Kristin LaBrie. LaBrie is a Massachusetts mother who has been charged with attempted murder for withholding cancer medications from her autistic son, who was 9 years old when he died of leukemia in […]

Can Trying to Be Happy Make You Unhappy?

Can the pursuit of happiness actually be detrimental? New research reveals that it might. Firstly, though we have to answer the age-old question, what is happiness? Do we measure it as short-term, instant gratification or a long-term outlook? Most of us look at the short-term rather than long-term fulfillment. We always look at what we […]

Talking to Kids about the Tsunami

Disasters occur. We have all seen it happen: 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, Earthquake in Haiti, and now the Tsunami in Japan. It’s often difficult to know how to speak with children about these situations. Emotional reactions to these types of situations will vary in nature and severity from child to child. These responses are impacted by […]

Self-Injury and The Impact of YouTube

Non-suicidal self-injury is something that occurs amongst teens and young adults in alarming rates.  Current research indicates that almost 1 in 4 teens engages in some sort of deliberate self-harm as a means of regulating emotion.  This is an area of great interest to me and one that I specialize in within my private practice. […]

Patience is a virtue.

How often do you find yourself losing your patience? Living in NYC, I find that I am often feeling as though I have to get where I am going faster than the people around me understand and often want to push them out of the way to get where I am going.  Luckily, this is […]

Forecasting the New Year

Surprisingly, or perhaps not so, certain days and months are going to be better for you this year than others.  Some researchers have been able to predict which days are going to be good, and which not so much, for you this year; when you should be aware of a potential break up and when […]

Small Changes, Big Results

The Early Show is doing a short series on small changes that you can make in your life that will result in positive changes for your well-being.  The segment focuses on mental health, physical health and dietary changes you can make to start the year off right.  I was on this morning talking about the […]

Surprise! Teens need more sleep!

No surprise here…teenagers do not get enough sleep.  For a long time this has been the case, and now, with texting, computers, and television taking teens late into the night, they definitely are not getting the amount of sleep that they need. A new study just came out indicating that if school started 30 minutes […]

Too much, too soon?

I got to participate in a 2 part segment this week focusing on when it’s “too much, too soon?” Michelle Miller, of CBS, interviewed middle schoolers and freshmen in Hackensack and talked about digital media, dating and sex. The candid responses of the kids involved are terrific and really do shed some light on how […]