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Chores – Are they a key to a child’s self-esteem?

In a word, ”YES,” but let’s look at the issue more carefully… 1. What are the actual benefits of Chores? Research shows that children who have chores experience higher self-esteem, are better able to deal with frustration and delayed gratification, are more responsible and usually perform better in school.  Some say that young adults’ success … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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” … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Bullying Prevention Awareness Month: Where is the Empathy?

In an interview on Fox 2 News on Thursday October 10, 2013 Clinic Director of Birmingham Maple Clinic, Lori Edelson instructed parents to teach empathy to reduce incidence of bullying in school age children. After her profound statement other experts gave similar advice. A Florida arrest of 14 year olds following the suicide of their … Read more

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 … Read more