Communication

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Time to Lay the Stereotype of the Teen Brain to Rest

by Dan Romer, University of Pennsylvania A deficit in the development of the teenage brain has been blamed for teens’ behavior in recent years, but it may be time to lay the stereotype of the wild teenage brain to rest. Brain deficits don’t make teens do risky things; lack of experience and a drive to explore […]

Losing Your First Love – A Guide for Teens

by Donna C. Moss, MA, LCSW-R As many of us have learned from Elisabeth Kübler-Ross on death and dying, “the five stages, denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance are a part of the framework that makes up our learning to live with the one we lost. They are tools to help us frame and identify what […]

Fighting the Shadows: Learning and Fearing Other

By Jody Gerbig Juvenile male birds have been attacking my windows recently, or rather they have been attacking their own reflections in the windows. Feeling threatened, they flutter into and peck at the clear panes until are stunned and fall to the ground. Every afternoon I hear the thump, thump of their heads hitting and […]

What This Mom of Kids with Special Needs Wishes People Wouldn’t Say to Her

By Valli Gideons Challenge: chal-inj ~ something that by its nature or character serves as a call to battle, contest, special effort, etc. Raising kids is hard. Like, really, really hard. Period. Throw in a diagnosis like hearing loss and you may find yourself thinking this is not for the faint of heart. My children […]

Trauma or Trigger – 3 Ways to Know the Difference

By Donna C. Moss, MA, LCSW-R These days trigger warnings and PTSD are all over college campuses, counseling centers and popular culture. But if you’re confused, you’re not alone. I find it troubling that these two have been conflated to mean the same thing. They are, in fact, very different. A trigger is like when […]

Re-inventing Thanksgiving Expectations

By Lacey Byrne, Yellowbrick Staff Writer Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I’m not sure if it’s because I love sweet potato casserole (minus the marshmallows), homemade cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie or because it’s the only holiday we celebrate that is non-religious and non-materialistic. Probably a little bit of both. Because my parents […]

Busted! 3 Reasons Not to Sext. Ever!

By Donna C. Moss, MA, LCSW-R The family came in ashamed and scared. They wanted me to dictate what to tell their 12-year-old child about her sexting with a 16-year-old boy. I said wait, slow down. Just like a journalist’s job is to show not tell, a therapist’s job is to guide not do. I […]

Will machine learning stop suicide?

By Shane G. Owens, Ph.D., ABPP   We are making great strides in preventing the things that kill Americans, except in stopping suicide. Since the turn of the century, we’ve gotten worse at suicide prevention. It is the 10th leading cause of death, claiming 44,193 lives in 2015, and is the second leading cause of death […]