Putting the Hohoho in the Holiday

Ten Tips for the (Divorced) Holidays
Boston psychologist Robin Deutsch is the director of the Center of Excellence for Children, Families and the Law at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School.


Wide-spread Use of Psychoactive Drugs in Children

It's a short walk from unhappy teen to Rx: non-psychiatrists prescribe 80% of antidepressant and anxiolytic medications––primarily internists, gynecologists, family practitioners, PAs, and nurse practitioners. Yet the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says extensive analysis of clinical trials showed antidepressants may cause or worsen suicidal thinking or behavior in children and adolescents. An in-depth two part discussion can be found in The New York Review of Books by Marcia Angell (former editor of The New England Journal of Medicine and now lecturer in social medicine at Harvard), here and here.


Post-partum Depression

It's Not Just for Mothers Anymore
A new study published in the December issue of the medical journal Pediatrics "Paternal Depressive Symptoms and Child Behavioral or Emotional Problems in the United States" will encourage fathers to seek help (and clinicians to offer it).


Finances for Divorcing Mothers

Cinder Without Her Fella
Local financial advisor Carin Thomas offers a light-hearted but essential financial workbook for women going through divorce.