Saturday, December 30, 2006

Parents Have a Role in Helping Kids who are Affected by ADHD or Mood Disorders

I was encouraged to read a recent article in the New York Times that psychologists and psychiatrists are finally getting on board with what family therapists have been advancing for years; namely, parents and other support people have an incredible amount of influence on helping children mitigate symptoms related to ADHD or mood disorders such as depression or bipolar disorder. Also encouraging to me was hearing these "experts" acknowledge that the drugs that are prescribed to young children often have deleterious side effects; since the FDA does not allow clinical trials to be conducted on children, nothing is known about the long-term effects of taking these drugs starting in childhood. As someone who neither can nor wishes to prescribe drugs to children, I was heartened to read how the work I've done with families for years with--by these families' own reports--a satisfactory degree of success is finally gaining traction in more traditional psychological fields of work. The field of psychology has done a grave disservice to parents by besmirching parental influence on children (chiefly, blaming mothers for children's problems) and is finally rectifying its past by promoting children's health through the healing power of good parenting practices. Yet again, here is more evidence from the "well, duh!" field of "modern" medicine that the problem is the problem--not children, nor the parents who care for them.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Welcome To Managing Life Transitions

This is the inaugural post of Managing Life Transitions, wherein I hope to create a meeting place for people navigating life's most challenging and meaningful turning points: becoming a family through partnership/marriage, adding a new member through birth or adoption, introducing a new sibling into the fold, coping with parenting challenges, strengthening a couple's bond after parenthood, and coping with unexpected grief or loss. While I intend to post semi-regularly about these topics, my hope is this blog will be an ever-evolving resource and testament of our remarkable capacity for resiliency, hope, meaning, and joy. I look forward to doing more research on these topics and hearing from others about their own experiences of living with life's only constant: change.