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15
Aug

How To Help When Someone You Love Is Depressed

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  In the wake of the sudden and tragic death of comedian and actor Robin Williams, the topic of depression once again rises to the surface. And rightfully so. It is a disease that affects millions of people each year. Yet while the sheer number of people who suffer from depression is alarming, the amount [...]

04
Aug

Talking To Your Child About Tragedy

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“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are [...]

22
Jul

Eating Disorders 101 – What To Look For and When To Seek Help

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  According to a recent study, nearly 25 million Americans suffer from eating disorders. While it’s tempting to place all the blame on our society’s infatuation with celebrities, super models and fad diets, there are many other factors, such as depression and mental illness, that can play a role in the development and furthering of [...]

07
Jul

Fantasy or Reality: Do Teens Always Know the Difference?

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  In a recent interview about the Slenderman controversy, I talked about how the media can impact teens. In case you’re not familiar with this scenario, Slenderman is a fictitious character that was created in 2009 as part of an online contest seeking paranormal images. The original creator of Slenderman submitted a black-and-white picture that [...]

12
Jun

9 Tips for Nurturing the Father-Son Relationship

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Earlier this month I shared a blog post with my favorite tips for dads raising daughters. As Father’s Day approaches, it’s only right to make sure I give fathers of sons equal billing—although as the father of girls, this territory is a bit foreign to me. Truth is, much of what I shared in my [...]

02
Jun

7 Tips for Nurturing the Dad-Daughter Relationship

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Father’s Day is June 15, so it seems like a good time to talk about the relationship between dads and daughters. It’s one I’m keenly familiar with as my wife and I have two daughters of our own. A little bit later this month I’ll share my thoughts on raising sons and the importance of [...]

29
May

Life After the Diploma

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Graduation arrived early in Central Ohio this year, with most ceremonies taking place in May rather than June. Our family had the pleasure of celebrating two graduations as our older daughter graduated from college and her younger sister graduated from high school. Both were momentous occasions, and we are understandably proud of their accomplishments. Now [...]

19
May

The Negative Effects of Internet Addiction

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  In a recent radio interview on 610 WTVN, I talked with Joel Riley about the negative effects of Internet addiction. It’s a fascinating topic, especially since it has gained rapid momentum in recent years. Although Internet addiction is not technically considered a clinical addiction, that may soon change. The American Psychiatric Association may be [...]

30
Apr

What is Happiness?

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There is a trend of happiness challenges taking the Internet by storm. Although I love the idea of people wanting to improve their lives and be happy, I am concerned about the potential implications of what happens when we make happiness the goal. The results could be counterproductive, leaving us feeling sad, frustrated, and definitely [...]

14
Apr

The Reality of Phobias

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Most people experience a certain degree of anxiety or nervousness from time to time. Whether related to family issues, jobs, health or finances, stress is a normal part of life that many people learn to effectively manage. For some, however, extreme anxiety disorders, such as phobias, are much harder to manage and can become quite [...]