Depression and suicide. They aren’t what you associate with children, especially elementary-level kids. Yet, there’s a growing trend that pediatric medicine has been monitoring since at least 2002 of rising suicides in school-aged children. Just last year, in September 2016, a joint paper covering … [Read more...] about Depression, Suicide & School Aged Children
Physician-patient privilege. Doctor-patient confidentiality. HIPPA. There’s a lot that goes into medical confidentiality these days, and the line between what is and isn’t shared is constantly under attack. Since the inception of government-driven healthcare, concern and outright fear about what is … [Read more...] about Doctor-Patient Privilege: Does It Cover Illegal Substance Use?
Do you know what enabling is? We discussed what it means recently in What Is Enabling? Now, we’re clearing up some confusion by talking about what enabling isn’t. There are many mixed opinions about what does and doesn’t enable an addict. Just look at these two opposite opinions: Stop … [Read more...] about 2 Things Enabling Isn’t
If you want an individual in your life to recover, don’t enable their addiction. Have you ever heard this advice? Maybe you read it online, in a book, or heard it from a counselor or medical professional. Either way, it’s good advice. Enabling doesn’t help anyone, but what exactly is enabling? With … [Read more...] about What Is Enabling?
Andrew is addicted to cocaine. 15 years ago he drank himself drunk and smoked weed for the first time. It was intense, and something about it was pleasurable. Andrew wanted more, and one of his buddies introduced him to cocaine. Before he knew it, he was behind bars serving a sentence for … [Read more...] about Does Calling Addiction a Disease Enable Addicts?
Have you ever wondered why your daughter is in a hurry to set up a pretend classroom after she spent the whole day in school? What about your son who takes all the throw blankets off the couch and strategically places them over the dining room table? Did you notice the kids next door running through … [Read more...] about Playing Pretend & Your Child’s Cognitive Development
Have you ever heard the term “beer belly”? Well, it’s true. Drinking beer can lead to a budlging belly that calls for an extra notch or two on the belt. So if you’re counting calories or even looking to lose weight, then you should think twice before gulping down that beer in your hand. Alcohol and … [Read more...] about Will Alcohol Make Me Fat?