Author Archive | Lori Kanat Edelson

Anxiety Over Leaving For Summer Camp

I. Sleep-Away Camp is Not for Everyone A. Some parents believe summertime is the time children should be free of commitments and schedules; learn to occupy themselves and enjoy creative free play. B. Sleep-over camp can be very costly. C. Sleep-over camp became popular for kids who lived in urban areas as an opportunity to […]

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Survivor’s Guilt in Cancer Patients

Survival after cancer treatment has been discussed and researched extensively.  Fears about recurrence, panic and anxiety that peaks just before the 3-month, then 6-month, then annual exams, are experiences every cancer patient has and talks about. What is LESS talked about is the guilt that many cancer survivors feel for “surviving” – when so many […]

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One of the Hardest Things Parents Have To Do

Believe it or not – while the list of responsibilities, lessons, chores and joys of parenthood are too numerous to list, one of THE most important, and most difficult, tasks of parenthood is to maintain a healthy, vibrant relationship between the parents. Once the baby arrives, it becomes everyone’s priority and treasure. That “status” often […]

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Facts about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Seasonal Affective Disorder, a type of winter depression that affects millions every year between September and April, andparticularly during December, January and February. While many admit to feeling “more and more tired” and have an aversion togo out during the winter months, people who suffer from SAD are typically debilitated by the condition and find […]

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Parents are as Responsible as their Violent Children

With the recently publicized report of Adam Lanza’s mental state since early childhood, there is yet more reason to recognize that while there are several key factors that intersect to create the “perfect storm,”  what underlies these violent rampages across the U.S. and across the globe, involves much more than access to weapons of destruction […]

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We Start At Home

Everyone is searching for answers as we watch our world and our country terrorized and traumatized in one city after another. Debates over gun control, over health care, over the availability (or lack thereof) of mental health care, the dissolution of the family, the isolated individuals we are raising who are more hooked in to […]

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COPING WITH ELECTION LET-DOWN AND ELECTION RESULTS

Big expectations lead to big disappointments. In this case, everyone seems uptight, worried, dreading the worst.  Everyone seems to have either given up or they have an overwhelming passionate investment in winning. The level of anger and vitriol generated by this election has become our preoccupation. All of this could easily lead to “post-election let-down” […]

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Top Tips For College Students To Stay Safe On Campus

Use (or install) locks on your doors, windows, file cabinets, storage for valuables. Never walk alone at night; especially “under the influence.” Never be left alone at a party without your friends. Stay aware of your surroundings; do not let personal technology distract you. Keep emergency contacts in your phone. Keep some cash and identification […]

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Are We Over-Prescribing ADHD Medications to Children? (Audio)

This Tuesday, February 4th, BMC’s Clinical Director, Lori Edelson, and child psychiatrist Dr. Jeffrey London from the BMC were guests on The Craig Fahle Show on 101.9FM WDET to discuss the current state of ADHD diagnoses and treatment.  In the interview, both mental health experts agree that comprehensive evaluation is necessary for both child and […]

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Bullying Prevention: Birmingham Maple Clinic on Fox 2 News

According to new research from the University of Texas, Arlington and co-authored by a Michigan State University doctoral student, anti-bullying programs that are now commonplace in schools may be having the opposite of their intended effect. The findings, published in a study published today in the Journal of Criminology, found surprisingly that students at schools […]

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