Preventing Suicide in Teens

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

His son had become increasingly despondent over the past few weeks. Any time the father tried to talk with him, his son would pull away. In the few times he got his son to talk, his son would make comments about how he was worthless and nothing really mattered anymore. The father knew his son was depressed but was not sure what to do. He…

Being Comfortable with Your Own Thoughts

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

Would you rather be alone with your own thoughts for 15 minutes or give yourself a painful electric shock? The question seems like a hypothetical one that a person would find in a board game or during idle conversation with friends. However, this very type of situation was presented to participants in an experiment by some social psychologists. They found that people elected to voluntarily…

Time for Back to School Check-Ups

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

As the start of the school year comes, it is time for children and adolescents to get their annual check-ups. Most families make the trip to their pediatrician prior to school to get sports physicals or various vaccinations that schools require. The benefits of annual well-child check-ups go beyond meeting school’s requirements. The check-up is part of establishing a medical home for the child or…

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