Fox4 Therapy Thursday: Are Teens Really More Anxious Now?
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Fox4 Therapy Thursday: Are Teens Really More Anxious Now?

According to the National Institute of Mental Health 25% of teenagers will at one point or another be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and 6% will be considered severe. Eighty years of research suggests either an increase in anxiety among teens or a better recognition of a condition that’s existed all along. Either way, I’ve never…

What Breed is Grace The Therapy Cat?
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What Breed is Grace The Therapy Cat?

Dear Dr. Wes: What kind of breed is Grace? I have an identical cat named Princess that is 24 years old, and very healthy. Just don’t know their breed, but they are highly intelligent as I’m sure you are aware of. Mark Dear Mark: My daughter studied this extensively (because that’s what my daughter does)…

Fox4 Therapy Thursday: When Teens are Reluctant to Learn to Drive
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Fox4 Therapy Thursday: When Teens are Reluctant to Learn to Drive

Most adults remember, at age fourteen, waiting with bated breath at the doorway of the driver’s license office, imagining what it will feel like to walk back out to the parking lot with a learner’s permit, restricted license, or the holy grail of a full driver’s license. My first time I showed up without my…

How to Find a Good Therapist, Especially for ADHD
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How to Find a Good Therapist, Especially for ADHD

Dear Dr. Wes: What tips do you have for finding a good therapist, particularly for a child with ADHD? Thanks, Simon This is an issue of great interest to many readers, Simon. So, I’m going to answer it more generally and then add in a few specifics about ADHD kids and families. First, consider consulting your…

KCUR Up to Date: Teens & Anxiety
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KCUR Up to Date: Teens & Anxiety

According to the National Institute of Mental Health 25% of teenagers will at one point or another be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and 6% will be considered severe. Research over the last 80 years suggests either an increase in anxiety among teens or better recognition of a condition that’s existed all along. Either way, over…

Can a School Require My Child to Take Medication?
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Can a School Require My Child to Take Medication?

Dear Dr. Wes: I heard you on Up to Date with Steve Kraske talking about IEPs, 504s, and student improvement plans and medication management with psychotherapy. The school told us that if my child didn’t take medication, he’d be kicked out of elementary school. Can they do that? Dear Listener: The short answer is “no.” No school…

How Teens Use Selfies and Social Media to Enhance or Degrade Self-Esteem
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How Teens Use Selfies and Social Media to Enhance or Degrade Self-Esteem

Teens and young adults love to post moments from their daily lives on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat, and a few even still use Facebook, though for most that’s something us old folks like to tinker with. But parents and many family psychologists wonder whether posting a teen’s best, most glamorous moments, and most perfectly filtered portraits only serves to…

KCUR Up to Date: Thirteen Reasons Why...And Why Not
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KCUR Up to Date: Thirteen Reasons Why...And Why Not

We had a great on-air conversation about Thirteen Reasons Why on Kansas City Public Radio as the film and controversy continue to draw considerable attention.  While I remain convinced that this is an important, if imperfect, tool for discussing a broad array of teen issues, I’ve heard some very intelligent dissent. Very little of it…