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…

Eating Disorders: More than Skin Deep
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Eating Disorders: More than Skin Deep

At this point, most people are able to agree that social media, photoshop, fad diets, and the traditional gaunt runway model’s body type contribute to unrealistic expectations of how our bodies “should” look and what it means to be beautiful.  And as more and more celebrities, adults, parents, and teenagers discuss their struggles with eating…

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…

Teens, Young Adults and Substance Use
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Teens, Young Adults and Substance Use

There’s a thin line between love and hate. Usually that old saying refers to a relationship between people, but it also applies to our relationship with alcohol and other substances. Alcohol can be particularly tricky, since its consumption is so socially acceptable, and even encouraged. We also have the issue of marijuana, which is increasingly finding a place in our cultural fabric. The…

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…

KCUR Up to Date: Having a Genuine Conversation with Your Teen
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KCUR Up to Date: Having a Genuine Conversation with Your Teen

We often think of parents and children as existing on opposite sides of a wide communication gap built of generational misunderstandings. Too often that gap leads both parents and kids to simply avoid what they both see as awkward conversations about sexuality, substance abuse, and even simple topics like school performance and peer relationships. When…

Thirteen Reasons Why: Fox 4 Morning Show Extended Facebook Interview
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Thirteen Reasons Why: Fox 4 Morning Show Extended Facebook Interview

The response to our broadcast interviews about the Netflix miniseries Thirteen Reasons Why was so strong during the 9:00am hour on April 27th, that Mark Alford and I decided to move the conversation on to Facebook, where we took questions from a number of viewers. Mark asked some great questions and we therefore didn’t get…