This is a supplemental publication of Woodbury Reports' Places for Struggling Teens, www.strugglingteens.com. We search the Internet to find articles and opinions that might be helpful to professionals in the private parent-choice network, and parents working with teens with behavioral/emotional/learning problems.
I am not privy to the facts of this investigation, nor have I ever spoken with Ariel Castro, but it seems likely that he is attempting to use sex addiction as an excuse for what he’s done. There may or may not be an element of sexual compulsion in Castro’s horrific behavior; I couldn’t say for sure without conducting a full, in-person assessment. That said, judging from the information presented in numerous media reports Ariel Castro is probably not a sex addict. Instead, he appears to be a violent sex offender.
Research shows that wilderness therapy is a promising new treatment method for adolescents to promote the changes in behavior necessary for these individuals to become fully functional members of society.
When in history has a male ever been concerned about fitting into a pair of skinny jeans? Media has hyper-focused on the skinny male model. Today’s fashion is geared towards the emaciated male in a pair of skinny jeans.
PTSD symptoms are a wonderful solution to surviving war (or any other trauma) physically and mentally. They are evidence of courage, initiative, endurance, speed, luck and caring. You wouldn't have to get numb if you didn't care. But the same things that get you through the trauma alive can also become your biggest problem over time.
Coaches can help their players by being aware that eating disorders are a potential problem and by approaching weight-related issues cautiously. Coaches can also help their players by being educated on the subject; for example, most coaches are likely unaware that anorexia is the deadliest of all psychiatric illnesses.
As I heard my classmates talk about their struggles with raising their children—most of whom are much older than my own—it hit me. Hard. Parenting doesn’t get easier, and I’m never going to get it right.
French children don't need medications to control their behavior.
Lon Woodbury's insight:
This article was the topic of discussion in an Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) List Serve and the consensus is overgeneralizing doesn't serve well, and some consultants have had many French children who thought the French system was rigid and they did not understand ADHD, and those children had done well when enrolled in a US Therapeutic Boarding School or an American system that was more flexible in meeting individual children's needs. -Lon
New edition of psychiatry's dictionary of disorders sparks transatlantic row about alleged role of big pharma in diagnoses.
Critics claim that the American Psychiatric Association's increasingly voluminous manual will see millions of people unnecessarily categorised as having psychiatric disorders. For example, shyness in children, temper tantrums and depression following the death of a loved one could become medical problems, treatable with drugs. So could internet addiction.
Parents need to be very careful about alternative autism approaches and testimonials. Very careful. Usually when an alternative approach "works," there is something else going on -- natural development, the very real placebo response, the fact that families seek alternative approaches when in crisis and the fact that they're coming together and paying attention and focusing can help a lot, etc. The problem is that the success or development is then attributed to the alternative approach.