Mother and teenage daughter talking about STD prevention
    July 23, 2018
    STD Prevention: How Parents Can Help their Children Skip the Pain of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

    Every parent in the world wants to slow down the time when they need to talk to their child about the “birds and the bees”. But no matter how awkward it may be, it is one of the most important les…

    Teen girl holding her head in her hands. Could she be a drug-addicted teen?
    March 19, 2018
    Six Ways a Parent Can Help a Drug-Addicted Teen

    If coping with a personal drug addiction is tough, learning that your child is addicted can be terrifying. Your first impulse may be to ignore the signs and hope the problem is “just a phase.” Or …

    Teen Neuro-hormonal Changes - Teen girl in red sweater using a professional camera to take a photo of a winter scene.
    February 26, 2018
    Channeling Teen Neuro-hormonal Changes

    As many parents can attest, the teen years are some of the most challenging. As a parent, it can be hard to remember what it was like to be a teenager, so you might feel a bit lost. Suddenly, your chi…

    Group of teens posing for a selfie on the steps o a building. Posting selfies is part of teen social media behavior.
    September 5, 2017
    Social Media Behavior: It’s Time to Talk with Your Teen

    Most parents understand the importance of discussing online safety and security with their children, but may not understand how regular social media use can have a negative impact on mental well-being…

    The Teen (Prescription) Drug Problem
    June 5, 2017
    The Teen (Prescription) Drug Problem

    Parents worry. We just do, but there are a few times that cause us to worry more than normal. High on that list – teenage parties. Even though we trust your teen to make the right choices, we may st…

    Attractive Young Man Lying on Sofa at Night and Illuminated by Light from Screen of Cell Phone at Home in Living Room
    May 24, 2016
    Parent Confidential – Teens, Tech and Sex: What you need to know now

    As a gynecologist, I thought that I was staying pretty connected to what is going on with sex and dating.  However, more and more I learn new information from my teenage patients about what sex is li…

    Health teens playing in fall leaves. Social interactions can help prevent teenage drug addiction.
    March 14, 2016
    Mental illness and Drug Abuse in Teens

    Teens who experience depression, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses are likely to fall prey to substance abuse and teenage drug addiction. This is called “comorbidity,” which develops whe…

    Beautiful golden lab autism service dog sitting in a green forrest.
    September 3, 2015
    How to Prepare for an Autism Service Dog

    In just a couple of weeks, I’ll be bringing my autism service dog home. I’m really excited and can’t wait to take advantage of all the positive changes he’s going to bring to my life. As we co…

    July 5, 2015
    Teens with Asperger Syndrome: How Swimming Changed One Teen’s Life

    A few years ago, I was like many other teens with Asperger Syndrome. I didn’t have many friends and struggled to fit in at school. As a result, I kept mostly to myself. For fun, I’d have my mom t…

    Young man on public transportation holding on to a rail with one hand and texting with the other.
    April 10, 2015
    Overplugged: By Killing Boredom You Could Be Killing Creativity

    Boredom gets a bad name these days. For a child to say, “I’m bored” is often seen as a symptom of poor planning, as opposed to being viewed as natural occurrence. Instead of embracing boredom as…

    Close-up of a sad teenage girl.
    March 23, 2015
    3 Developmental Tasks which Push Some Teens over the Edge and How to Parent them

    It is so hard to understand why a teenager with so much life ahead of them would decide to commit suicide. Teenagers are naturally self-centered, self-focused and oriented only to what is happening ri…

    Five women and two men holding a sign that reads "We Are Marching for so many #MarchAgainst ED
    July 25, 2014
    Present Day

    My daughter spent almost five months in the UCSD Adolescent Eating Disorder Treatment Program in 2012 and six weeks in their adult program in 2013, after a relapse. She continues to check in with her …

    Happy Family at a wedding
    July 24, 2014
    FBT What?

    Family Based Treatment (FBT) understands this truth: recovery from an eating disorder cannot be made without full weight restoration and ongoing full nutrition. There is another important acknowledgem…

    Line drawing of an elephant
    July 23, 2014
    Eating Disorders: Down the Rabbit Hole

    I am fond of prefacing conversations about eating disorders with: “If, everything you know about eating disorders you learned from an ABC Afterschool Special or Lifetime TV movie, you don’t know a…

    Smiling teenage girl on a beach
    July 22, 2014
    When Choice Isn’t A Choice

    Long before I knew the term “disordered eating,” I knew its environment. My stunningly beautiful mother maintained her perfectly-proportioned, svelte figure with Carnation Instant Breakfast, cigar…

    Whit Picket Fence with yellow flowers in the background
    July 21, 2014
    Taking the Road you Never Wished to Travel

    Intellectually, we know John Lennon nailed it, “ Life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans.” Truly owning that sentiment is something else. For me, an inveterate planner (ri…

    February 19, 2014
    Time to Talk about Teen Suicide

    Sadly, it's time to talk about teen suicide again. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in our young people 15-24; approximately 4,000 Americans in this age group died of their own actions last y…

    When I Was Your Age
    July 24, 2008
    When I Was Your Age…

    How do our children’s experiences compare to our own experiences at the same age? The 2008 Duke University Child Well-Being Index compared high school seniors from 1975-1977 to seniors 28 years late…

    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…

    Eating Disorders in Teens
    March 29, 2001
    Eating Disorders in Teens

    Nearly one sixth of high school boys and one third of high school girls show some of the symptoms of an eating disorder, according to a presentation at the 2001 annual meeting of The Society for Adole…