My family and I have driven past Maplecrest Farm near I-77 in Brecksville at least 3 times a week for the past 4 years. Whenever we do, my daughter Isabella, now 7, and my son Aidan, now 5, never fail to get excited at the sight of horses grazing or capering around at …Read More
LeBron James was supposed to be a Cleveland icon for generations to come. His story was a classic heroic tale, prematurely cut short, in my opinion, by self-absorption, immaturity and cowardice. Watching his charade of an interview on ESPN last Thursday night, many northeast Ohioans felt angry, disrespected, betrayed, humiliated, and sad. Emotions …Read More
In Praise of Dads: The pivotal role of the father in a child’s life
As Father’s Day approached this past Sunday, the father’s role in our lives was a topic of discussion in the media. Like most of us on this special day, I took a walk down memory lane to think about my …Read More
What Families and Friends Can Do
Walking on Eggshells
Dean* was sobbing like a child. That morning, Dean’s 18 year old son Brad had found Dean sitting inside a running car in a closed garage. Acting quickly, Brad turned off the car, opened the garage door and called his mother Nancy. Nancy had just moved into her …Read More
So, I Do Have Bipolar Disorder: Now What?
So, after having been evaluated by 3-4 different psychiatrists, you have finally been diagnosed correctly with bipolar disorder. What do you do now? Here is what you should do:
Take the challenge.
Nobody wants or plans to be diagnosed with a serious illness, but when life throws a …Read More
Do I Have Bipolar Disorder?
David’s Good Fortune: Lessons to be Learned
After landing in jail for a car accident that killed two friends, David began experiencing an improvement in the symptoms of his Bipolar Disorder for the very first time. He desperately wanted to be released from jail on time, and that meant complying …Read More
As a twelve year old growing up in India, I used to be panic-strickened every time my parents asked me to fetch an item from the neighborhood grocery store. The reason: another 12 year old boy, son of our next door neighbor, who almost always intercepted me in order to pick a fight. …Read More
Unruly Children: How to Manage Them
We have all heard the terms ‘terrible twos’, ‘tween terror’ and ‘teen mean’, etc. And the struggles of parents to deal with a certain unruly child are all too familiar to most of us.
What is an unruly child?
A child who does not conform to family/societal rules, does not …Read More
When Tragedy Strikes: How Can We Cope?
The news is tragic. A 16 year old Granger Township high school student and her 13 year old brother are killed in a two-car accident. As a parent, I understand the overwhelming grief this heartbreaking event has brought to the family and to the entire community.
Teen death: …Read More
The guy next door
I first met Matt* at a county jail when, as a psychiatrist-in-training, I was undergoing my forensic psychiatry rotation. He was 27 and married, about 5’8” and of average build. He was well-groomed, clean shaven, mild-mannered and soft-spoken. While interviewing him, I learned that he had molested several underage girls …Read More