Separation Anxiety and Object Permanence
    August 12, 2002
    Separation Anxiety and Object Permanence

    Dr. Greene`s Answer: Separation anxiety coincides with a new intellectual skill called object permanence--the ability to remember objects and specific people that are not present. Your baby can now c…

    Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI) and Their Impact on Growth Rates
    July 22, 2002
    Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI) and Their Impact on Growth Rates

    Some of the most widely prescribed medicines in the world are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). They are antidepressant medicines that have also been shown to be useful in a number of ot…

    Teens, Migraines, and Finger Temps
    June 26, 2002
    Teens, Migraines, and Finger Temps

    Migraines affect at least 8 million children in the United States alone, resulting in more than one million missed school days each year. These headaches can be debilitating. Nevertheless, they are of…

    Baby Blues
    April 11, 2002
    Baby Blues

    Dr. Greene's Answer: MsHopeful, I sense your beautiful mother’s heart in what you write. I can see how it must feel for your daughter when her baby cries and she cannot soothe her. I also see how it…

    Depression and Pregnancy
    April 11, 2002
    Depression and Pregnancy

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Masonwalls, my heart weeps for you. Such sadness in your time of joy, such joy in your sadness. And fear surrounding it all. No wonder you can’t stop crying. Sometimes life feel…

    Teen Depression More Likely When Parents Are Depressed
    January 3, 2002
    Teen Depression More Likely When Parents Are Depressed

    Teens whose parents are depressed are 6 times more likely than their peers to become depressed themselves - but there are ways to prevent this. The general rate of depression in adolescents is 3% to 8…

    It's Time to Get That Old Trunk in the Attic
    September 18, 2001
    It’s Time to Get That Old Trunk in the Attic

    Turn your cherished family photos into a bookstore quality book.  Better yet -- make one for everyone on your list! Last year's holidays for Grandma, your favorite family vacation for the kids, and a…

    Teens and Tragedy
    September 15, 2001
    Teens and Tragedy

    You may have been hearing the many warnings about exposing young children to too much of the televised re-tellings of the tragedy. Teenagers, though, are at a different point in their lives. While som…

    The Aftermath of Tragedy
    September 12, 2001
    The Aftermath of Tragedy

    One of my children asked me to tell parents everywhere to please turn off their TV's and radios when their kids are around. He has a good point: children do not need to watch images of destruction ove…

    When Teens Can’t Sleep
    July 30, 2001
    When Teens Can’t Sleep

    Anxiety (which is often brought on by a stressful event) is probably the most common cause of difficulty falling asleep. This is called "stress-related insomnia." It is a self-limited problem that usu…

    Art: A Window to the Soul
    July 17, 2001
    Art: A Window to the Soul

    Young children's drawings offer valuable clues as to what they are thinking and feeling. Often their artwork tells stories far more clearly than their words. Parents and professionals have long used l…

    Imagination and Fear
    June 28, 2001
    Imagination and Fear

    At around age three, most children enter into a magical time where make-believe is the order of the day. Imagination and creativity spring to life. Playtime becomes a setting where wonderful dreams an…

    OCD Contagious?
    January 17, 2001
    OCD Contagious?

    We once thought stress caused ulcers; we now know that bacteria frequently do -- in people that are genetically prone. Similarly, we once thought that obsessive-compulsive disorder was strictly a ment…

    OCD
    January 16, 2001
    OCD

    We once thought that obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) was rare in children, but a careful evaluation published in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinics of North America in 1999 found that bet…

    Mental Disorders and Children
    January 8, 2001
    Mental Disorders and Children

    There is a strong link between mental disorders in parents and their children, according to a study in the January 2001 American Journal of Psychiatry. When parents have major depression or a panic di…

    Mental Illness and Children
    January 4, 2001
    Mental Illness and Children

    United States Surgeon General David Satcher released a report in January 2001 describing a mental health crisis in children. Mental illness severe enough to hinder kids from learning or developing app…

    Media Violence is Harmful to Kids!
    September 5, 2000
    Media Violence is Harmful to Kids!

    The "Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children," at the August 2000 congressional public health summit, cited well over 1,000 studies that "point overwhelmingly to a causal c…

    AAP Guidelines for Diagnosing ADHD
    May 10, 2000
    AAP Guidelines for Diagnosing ADHD

    Too often, difficult children are incorrectly labeled with ADHD. On the other hand, many children who do have ADHD remain undiagnosed. And in either case, related learning disabilities or mood problem…

    Reducing Psychiatric Symptoms In Children
    February 8, 2000
    Reducing Psychiatric Symptoms In Children

    An interesting Duke University study of 1,422 children found that mental health services are quite effective at reducing psychiatric symptoms of children - if the children receive enough sessions.  B…

    Children Deserve Support For Family Alcohol Abuse
    January 10, 2000
    Children Deserve Support For Family Alcohol Abuse

    More than one in four children in the United States now live with a family member who has an alcohol abuse problem, according to a report in the January 2000 issue of the American Journal of Public He…