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The Spectrum of Eating Disorder Treatments

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People often react emotionally to a diagnosis of an eating disorder and because of the anxiety, the family and the client are often not able to discern the best treatments. With this confusion in mind, the non-profit National Eating Disorder Association has generated some very useful guidelines… […]

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The pot your kids are smoking is NOT the pot of your high school days

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As Bill Clinton and President Obama shared, I smoked pot in high school and college and “experimented” with other drugs, too. You very likely did, as well. The weed we have smoked was elementary, in comparison to today’s professionally grown marijuana.The New York Times “This Is Your Brain on D… […]

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Caveat emptor! Addictions Treatment Is Becoming Very Big Business For Some

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A successful business strategy to exploit the growing addictions-treatment market is abandoning the niche approach, acquiring private equity capital and consolidating all the needs under one very large roof.The private-pay Addictions Treatment World has shown steady, profitable grow… […]

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30 Mins More Sleep Is Smart Vote For Virginia School Board!

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Congratulation to Fairfax County (Va.) School Board, the 10th largest in the country, for moving the high school first class bell from 7:20 to 8am. “The Children’s National Medical Center, who found that teens need up to nine hours of sleep for optimal physical, mental and emotional health. Teens… […]

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Why Wilderness Programs Use Rolling Admissions

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It used to be that wilderness programs were expeditionary, and the group that formed set off and experienced the entire physical and emotional journey together. This design made for an extremely profound and rich graduation, with the parents joining for a 3 day long finale of initiatives… […]

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The Magic of Fire-Making In Wilderness

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When was the last time you felt awestruck?It is significant that we don’t experience mystery and magic in our “normal” lives nowadays. Skype, jetliners, hybrid cars and smartphones are now generic. Our culture has become immune and cynical to real Wonder: “to be filled with admiration, amazement,… […]

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Steve Jobs Had Boundaries Around Electronics, So Shouldn’t You Parents?

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In a rather humbling revelation, the New York Times posted a very counter-intuitive view held by a few of the world’s most-famous technical giants around “screentime”, when the screen is in their home, with their children. What we might expect is completely wrong. […]

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ADHD: Psychotherapy vs Meds, In A Battle That Shouldn’t Be Happening

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It seems that kids who take ADHD meds do not get therapy according to this study that assessed 1,500 counties across the country. The study also showed that where there were more therapists, the amount of kids who received psychotherapy was higher. […]

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