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In California, Marijuana is All But Legal

In California, marijuana is all but legal.  Medical marijuana dispensaries are prevalent throughout the state.  Our public discourse extols the benefits and relative harmlessness of the drug.  Every California ballot includes a proposition to “Legalize It.” But although marijuana may have medicinal merits, we must be wary of…

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Trauma Can Affect Different People in Different Ways

  Trauma can affect different people in different ways.  For some, it will impact their relationships, professional lives and mental well being for years after the event itself.  We have all heard and read about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which delineates the psychological effects of trauma.  While…

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Nation’s Divorce Rate Continues to Ascend

As the nation’s divorce rate continues to ascend, the dissolution of marriage vows has lost much of its stigma.  For many unhappy couples, the decision to separate is difficult to make, but it is not ridden with the same sense of guilt and shame that it was years…

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Prevalence of Cutting Among Teenagers

While the general public becomes increasingly aware of the prevalence of cutting among teenagers, it remains difficult to assess and treat. According to a recent study, due to a lack of standardized assessment tools and the absence of a clear-cut definition of what self-harm actually is, it is…

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Bath Salts Dangers Underscored

Author: Los Angeles Times L.A. County health officials warn against using the drug, which has been linked to a number of bizarre incidents and arrests nationwide. Los Angeles County health officials warned Tuesday against the use of bath salts — the designer drug involved in a series of…

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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.