The Toxic Race to Perfection is Damaging Our Teens

Author: Psychology Today (via Kenneth Ginsburg) Perfectionism Undercuts the Core Ingredients Needed for Success The race to perfection is having a toxic impact on this generation and therefore our future. The article “Super People” by James Atlas (New York Times 10/2/11) describes the distorted reality that our young…

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Risky Rise of the Good-Grade Pill

Author: New York Times He steered into the high school parking lot, clicked off the ignition and scanned the scraps of his recent weeks. Crinkled chip bags on the dashboard. Soda cups at his feet. And on the passenger seat, a rumpled SAT practice book whose owner had…

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The Grim Neurology of Teenage Drinking

Author: New York Times Teenagers have been drinking alcohol for centuries. In pre-Revolutionary America, young apprentices were handed buckets of ale. In the 1890’s, at the age of 15, the writer Jack London regularly drank grown sailors under the table.

The Connection Between Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse

Author: Treatment Solutions A new technique that is being used among treatment facilities today is to look for and treat co-occurring conditions, such as substance abuse and mental illness.  Another disorder that has recently been linked to substance abuse is eating disorder.

A Serving of Gratitude May Save the Day

Author: New York Times The most psychologically correct holiday of the year is upon us. Thanksgiving may be the holiday from hell for nutritionists, and it produces plenty of war stories for psychiatrists dealing with drunken family meltdowns. But it has recently become the favorite feast of psychologists…

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The Power of Meditation

Author: Huffington Post “I intend to believe in the power of meditation” | Support Mieke’s Intent There are two kinds of people in this world: those that are able to meditate and those that are not. I fall into the second category. I have tried many times but…

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What Is The Prodrome: Signs & Symptoms

Author: The Staglin Music Festival Center for the Assessment and Prevention of Prodromal States (CAPPS) What Is The Prodrome?  The “prodromal syndrome” is not a diagnosis, but the technical term used by mental health professionals to describe a specific group of symptoms that may precede the onset of…

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Parental Divorce & Adolescence

Author: Psychology Today Just because parental divorce has become so common today (many statistics suggest around 50% of first marriages divorce) doesn’t make it any less painful or formative in the lives of children and adolescents when it occurs. As I suggest in my book, “The Everything Parent’s…

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10 Steps To A Positive Body Image

Author: National Eating Disorder Association About Author: The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. We campaign for prevention, improved access to quality treatment, and increased research funding to better understand and treat eating disorders. We…

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