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…

Mental Health Tips for the Holidays

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The mother was thinking about everything that needed to get done before Christmas and the holidays. First, she had to make sure all of the kids had their presents and stocking stuffers. Then, she needed to go to the grocery store to pick up food and ingredients for the meals and snacks that everyone enjoys. Third, her husband had to pick up their relatives from…

Infants’ First Attachment and School

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The parents entered their son’s pre-school to attend a parent-teacher conference. The teacher greeted them warmly and proceeded to tell the parents what a delight their son was to have in class. She told them how he helped around the classroom, shared with others, and got along so well with his classmates. As the parents left the conference, the father whispered to his wife, “I…

Changes in Adolescent Sleep Patterns

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The sun was shining bright and it lit up the house. The house was alive with activity with the exception of one lone family member who was coming down the stairs. It was 10am and the teenager was just woke up. The teenager’s parents were wondering what had happened over the past year to their daughter. She used to be up at the crack of…

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