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AD/HD Medications And Summer: To Take or Not To Take

November 14, 2012 | By

It is that time of year again: The grass is green, the birds are singing, and the school bells will not ring for another couple of months. Since the demand for sustained attention and concentration often are less in the summer, some parents of children with AD/HD question whether or not their children need to […]

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AD/HD 101: Across The Lifespan

November 14, 2012 | By

A wise thought to consider as we begin to think about the evaluation of AD/HD: Everything that looks like AD/HD is not AD/HD. (In fact, much of it is not!) The symptoms of inattentiveness, impulsivity, and restlessness are all quite common and universal. For example, most people tend to experience one or more of them “on a […]

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Self-Injury: Cutting, Purging, and Other Addictive Behaviors

October 17, 2012 | By

Adolescents who are struggling to find ways to cope with a variety of intense emotions may resort to self-mutilation, also termed self-inflicted violence (SIV). SIV is defined as intentionally harming one’s body, without suicidal intent. These unwise coping attempts include cutting (the most common form of self-injury), burning, hitting oneself, picking at skin, reopening wounds, […]

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Conversion Disorders and Pseudo-Seizures: “The doctor says I am not sick, but why do I feel so bad?”

October 17, 2012 | By

Your seizures have been out of control lately, so you have been hospitalized for 24-hour monitoring. You have been hooked up to an EEG machine for several days now, waiting for the “big event.” After a day or so off your medication, your muscles have started to twitch, breathing has become irregular, and so on. […]

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Ten Interesting Things You Can Do ANYWHERE for Free, or Next to Nothing

October 17, 2012 | By

Ten Interesting Things You Can Do ANYWHERE for Free, or Next to Nothing Take a leisurely stroll around your own neighborhood. Ask someone to join you, if you like. Look for the little (or big) things that some of your neighbors are doing to make a prettier picture out of their yard and house. If […]

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Five Interesting Things You Can Do in Birmingham for Free, or Next to Nothing

October 17, 2012 | By

Go to Five Points South, sit on a bench, and watch people. Take a walk, run, bike ride, or skate down the exercise pathway lining Lakeshore Drive in Homewood. Visit the Birmingham Museum of Art, and pick your 3 favorite works. Find a place to enjoy Birmingham’s scenic beauty, perhaps on Red Mountain, Shades Mountain, […]

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A Few Thoughts to Ponder

October 17, 2012 | By

How we view money is often indicative of how we choose to manage the rest of our lives. Recent research addresses why in a culture of such material wealth, Amer-icans tend not to be happy with what they have. They came up with the following ideas: Once we achieve a given economic level, instead of […]

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Marriage: Giving Yours the Time it Deserves

October 17, 2012 | By

Most of us don’t neglect our children…we neglect our marriages. And in doing so, we actually give our kids a much worse deal (divorce). Indeed, one of the most robust statistics in all of social science is that well-known horror that since 1970, one-half of all new marriages end in divorce…and for second marriages and […]

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Learning Your Partner More Deeply

October 17, 2012 | By

I know a guy who grew up in a close, loving family with four brothers and an Air Force general for a father. His family didn’t feel they had made emotional contact with each other unless they were yelling and gesticulating excitedly and he was used to arguing in a very loud, emotional fashion. He […]

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Communicating about Conflict in Intimate Relationships

October 17, 2012 | By

A famous family therapist, Carl Whitaker, has said, “Conflict is the pathway to intimacy.” What on Earth did he mean by that?? Doesn’t conflict feel uncomfortable, and tense, and like an argument? Isn’t each side is trying to win, and avoid losing? How could that lead to intimacy? Whitaker understood several things about conflict. First, […]

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