Entries by Dr. Jenna

Suicide: When it Appears on Facebook

How to report suicidal content/threats on Facebook by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention February 15, 2011 at 11:16am · Facebook Help: How do I help someone who has posted suicidal content on the site? If you have encountered a direct threat of suicide on Facebook, please immediately contact law enforcement. You can submit reports of suicidal content […]

Swinging a Weighted Bat Does Not Improve Swing

According to research published in the February Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Swinging a weighted bat before hitting doesn’t enable a baseball hitter to swing any faster. Scientists at three universities asked 22 collegiate baseball players to take three swings each with a test bat, followed by two easy swings with each player’s game […]

Zero Tolerance Rules and Suicide: Dr Jenna on NPR’s Tell Me More

March 1, 2011 The recent suicide of a student in suburban Washington, D.C., after being suspended from school has sparked a fierce debate on disciplinary policies. Angry parents say “zero tolerance” rules are too harsh on kids. And a recent report by a Philadelphia youth advocacy group says “zero tolerance” policies are particularly harmful to […]

Daniel Amen: Big Profits Without Scientific Evidence

A recent story in the Washington Post about the infamous psychiatrist Daniel Amen reminded me why psychiatrists are poorly respected and have such a bad reputation. I am too young to remember lobotomies, or treatments for “hysteria”, but I have read about them. I also had a distant cousin who spent many years in an asylum for […]

ADHD Medications Do NOT Increase Cardiac Risk

Drugs to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, (stimulants such as Ritalin/methylphenidate or Adderall/ amphetamine) for ADHD, don’t appear to put kids at higher risk of heart problems or death. Scattered reports of sudden deaths among children on the medications have caused concern among parents and doctors in recent years, and several of the drugs now […]

Antidepressants: Do They Help? Or Don’t They?

The Controversy The media has continued to highlight the high-stakes battle that pharmaceutical companies have waged to make a profit by convincing doctors to prescribe antidepressants. Recent articles have focused more on the fact that pharmaceutical companies were not made to release studies that failed to demonstrate effectiveness of their products. Some articles have focused […]

Antidepressants NOT Linked to Suicide

In 2005, the FDA issued a black box warning for antidepressants and suicidal thoughts and behavior in children and young adults. Many clinicians felt that this warning was inconsistent with their clinical experiences, and that it was not consistent with the data. In Wisconsin, the rate of prescribing these agents to children did not decrease after […]

Pursuit of Happiness May Actually Make Us Unhappy!

The relentless pursuit of happiness–when defined as the experience of pleasure or positive feelings–may be doing us more harm than good. Researchers have found that  this sort of happiness does less to improve our  important  physical health than the type of well-being that comes from engaging in meaningful activity, termed “eudaimonic well-being.” “Eudaimonia” is a […]

Words: How you talk to your children can hurt or help them

The emotional abuse of harsh words, spoken thoughtlessly, can lead a child feeling berated, belittled, demoralized. The impact this has on a child’s emotional development is insidious. A child’s spirit can be destroyed, and they may lose any positive sense of self. Emotional abuse destroy’s a child’s ability to feel loveable, to love himself or […]

“Gay Parenting” Study Draws Criticism

By CARRIE GANN (@carrie_gann) , ABC News Medical Unit June 11, 2012 A new study finds that adult children of parents in same-sex relationships fare worse socially, psychologically and physically than people raised in other family arrangements. Critics call the study deeply flawed, saying the results don’t accurately describe — or even measure — any children raised in stable […]