Even Preschoolers Get the Blues

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

By Dan Florell, Ph.D. & Praveena Salins, M.D.  “Who didn’t put away the cookies?” the mother asked. Four year old Tammy started crying and said, “I did mommy. I am so sorry. It is all my fault. I will never ever do that again! I’m just so stupid!” Tammy’s mother calmed Tammy down and reassured her that she wasn’t in trouble. The excessive guilt shown…

Anxiety that Goes Beyond Normal Worries

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“I don’t know if I studied enough,” commented the teenage girl, “I just never can seem to get enough time to study. I barely got in five hours to study for the test last night but that should be enough, shouldn’t it?” Her mother nods in agreement but is getting concerned about her daughter’s behavior. Her daughter is so easily distracted and always seems to…

Teens Tech Use and Impact on Sleep

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

It was late at night and the room was dark except for the glow of the computer screen. The adolescent boy was hunched over the computer playing just a little more of World of Warcraft before heading to bed. Thirty minutes later, he logged off the game and laid down in bed. Despite feeling exhausted, he could not seem to fall asleep. It took nearly…

Keep an Eye Out for Physical Delays in Toddlers

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The group playdate had already started at the church. The room was full of toddlers crawling, walking, and running around to various play areas. The mother put her 18-month old son down on the floor and watched him crawl off to play with the other toddlers. As she started talking with the other mothers and caregivers, the mother noticed that most of the toddlers her…