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Board-certified general and child and adolescent psychiatry. Education: Cornell, Johns Hopkins, and trained at the U of Chcgo, now Northwestern U med


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Jan. 28, 2014 12:24 am
The time is soon, place here, and regular people are tethered to technology...It is a world where the virtual realities we ourselves create bewitch us into epidemics of addictive perversions and obsessions. Her can make it nicely as a cute basic romantic comedy: Sensuous virgin (Samantha, voice of Scarlett Johansson) seduces older "sensitive man" (Theodore, Joachim Phoenix), and gloriously...  Read More
Dec. 14, 2013 8:59 am
These ideas are worth bearing in mind as parity for mental health coverage and major healthcare reform take us into uncharted waters. Our brains give us language, and used expertly it can be an awesome neuroscience tool. In fact, the profession that trained me -- modern psychiatry -- was first built on the careful and caring art of listening to speech and language in all their nuances...  Read More
Oct. 3, 2013 1:22 pm
ROBOTS AND LANGUAGE -- WHAT IS HUMAN? We now build very special personal machines that speak with us uniquely, so how we interact with them tells a lot about us as individuals, cultures, and civilizations. The stuff of Pinocchio is here. Are we confusing ourselves about what it basically means to be human beings? Will it affect how humanely we treat each other? Will we soon need to assert...  Read More
Jul. 12, 2013 5:30 pm
Kids can really teach us a lesson or two about inventiveness. Many kids the world over come up with amazing things, but that most special toy comes early. It can be a stick, it can be a blanket (or its tired threadbare remnant), a Teddy bear, thumb sucking, and, these days, it can also be an iPad. Here is how the child’s brilliant invention works: The child chooses something—usually a soft and...  Read More
Jul. 4, 2013 1:13 pm
Report from the field: This personal chronicle of one doctor’s recent journeys into some corners of his profession, currently rarely noticed by most colleagues and the public, illuminates issues now in the news with grave implications for all our futures. Some solutions to the basic conflict between the need to create billable records and the delivery of competent language-based psychiatric...  Read More
May 18, 2013 1:51 pm
A wet diaper detector to alarm mom or dad is soon coming to Twitter! "Can't seem to remember to change your baby's diapers? That's what social media is for." LOL. Great piece, Mr. Cooper. OK. Taking some of the guesswork out of caring for Baby seems like a great idea without a downside. Who needs anxious uncertainty and guesswork in parenting? The clever idea is so obvious and simple, it...  Read More
Apr. 20, 2013 3:46 pm
IN THE WAKE OF THE BOSTON MARATHON TERRORIST ATTACK: NATIONAL AND INDIVIDUAL PSYCHIC TRAUMA AND HEALING Since a school shooting in 1988, the author has studied and written on the causes and effects of terror and violence. Here are some pieces relevant today, the end of another traumatic and healing week in America. For more please visit here . HEALING A NATION 9-11 NATIONAL TRAUMA...  Read More
Apr. 6, 2013 12:39 pm
More and more, recent press coverage is now exploring the new explosive trend in younger age groups consuming interactive media via touchscreens . "Is this trend a menace or boon?" is what people wonder, and the answer is usually a reasonable "Maybe a boon, but we need more research." And there follow debates among experts. This is hardly helpful. Parents cannot wait for the science to catch...  Read More
Dec. 25, 2012 11:54 pm
Summary: Expert urges American Academy of Pediatrics to update screen time guidelines to include tablets and gives parents interim guidance for best use of new tablets for children. Now that the holiday season is over, many children have in their hands new iPads and Minis and other tablets. As the use of tablets increases among children of all ages , questions and concerns are once again...  Read More
Apr. 29, 2012 11:02 pm
It May Be the Start of Something Big Unplugging media during the annual Screen Free Week, April 30-May 6, is a good start towards increasing awareness of how we've slipped into habitual overuse of screen electronics, and maybe a better lifestyle. "The idea is to encourage folks to experiment with limiting, or better yet, abstaining, especially from TV where youngsters are concerned," according...  Read More
Apr. 23, 2012 10:01 pm
Let's leave the debating to scientists and lawyers and just do what's good for kids! Parents can and should manage children's media and technology consumption better (and we already do know how) – just as they do good hygiene and nutrition. There are those who claim or imply that violent video gaming increased the Norwegian mass killer's skill and/or motivation, while others argue that there...  Read More
Mar. 22, 2012 5:44 am
Strong Family Life and Teacher Relationship Must Anchor Youngster Tablet Use THE URGENT PROBLEM : Technology can benefit but may also harm growing and grown brains alike. Source: MUST SEE long but excellent video. BRAVO! MILKEN INSTITUTE for publishing the best perspective yet: ANSWER I : Face-to-face contact....  Read More
Mar. 5, 2012 9:32 pm
As the buzz grows louder with Apple's new iPad's launch this week, children will continue to covet the magic tablet more than any other toy. Parents must now keep learning how to better use these devices because these are not toys but actually brilliantly engineered adult tools. In fact, if we really think about it, the iPad is a disembodied robot presaging its more advanced progeny. And in the...  Read More
Feb. 17, 2012 1:58 pm
A Nielsen survey just released shows that 77% (and increasing) of 12 year olds and younger kids in tablet-owning households play games, while 57% access "educational" apps. "But most of the games kids play are solitary, and many of those called "educational" apps have hardly been shown to have any such value, since there is no credible standard for that claim," according to a leading Chicago...  Read More
Jan. 5, 2012 4:12 pm
We have been working for over a year on this iPad app and finally launched it today. Innovative, unique, expert-curated, child/family-centered, developmentally sensitive browser customizable by parents. Timers actually allot a balanced age-, gender-, language-appropriate online experience giving the right proportions of family, social, values, educational, and fun experiences. ...  Read More
Dec. 18, 2011 7:08 pm
Attention is that busy traffic cop pivoting and whistle-blowing in the midst of the streams of information spamming into our minds. These days, the overworked cop is slaving overtime and burning out. Too many of us -- especially kids -- are overwhelmed by too much information. Experts and teachers alike are increasingly worried that the chaotic tsunami of information pouring through iPads,...  Read More
Oct. 29, 2011 11:42 am
In contrast to the ever-growing business, industry, and science endeavors that have successfully aligned synergistically with technology in recent years, the critical Family Information Technology (FIT) space is actually becoming increasingly chaotic, destructive, and misaligned. Experts are worried, and parents are confused and scared as family life is degrading and kids are dumbing down. While...  Read More
Jun. 7, 2011 11:18 am
A recent multicenter study shows that teen male school bullies will later become perpetrators of intimate partner violence. Dismissing such violent antisocial behavior as “boys will be boys” should be replaced with alarm and rephrasing to “boys who bully will be men who abuse women.” Although cyberbullying may differ in a variety of ways and deserves its own studies, such behavior nevertheless...  Read More
Jun. 2, 2011 12:39 pm
Cellphones and living brains should probably not be placed too close to one another, according to a panel of World Health Organization experts. If the laws of physics hold, the threat is even greater to youngsters, whose skulls, separating their tender brains from the live microwave antenna at their ears, are thinner. While this issue is controversial, why take a chance? More broadly, but...  Read More
May 20, 2011 11:40 am
/ A Child Psychiatrist Takes a Stand on the Dangers & Delights of Digital Media with A Plan and App for Raising Healthy Kids in a High-tech World / So, you’re about to have a baby, and there are so many things to do. You decorate your nursery… start interviewing caregivers…and establish a college fund. And, you should start creating a digital media plan, determining how (and how often) your...  Read More
Apr. 21, 2011 3:24 pm
Matt Richtel of the New York Times just authored three fascinating related articles about kids' advertising in the digital age.* One describes McDonald's Corp.’s efforts to engage kids in clandestine consumer transactions by having them play free video games. Unfortunately, busy caring parents may have to face yet another difficulty as they attempt to keep their kids' media and food...  Read More
Apr. 7, 2011 4:59 pm
Bravo, David Pogue. Your story about your youngster's interaction with the vacuum cleaner is fascinating. Fascination is infectious. So, as a child psychiatrist, I am fascinated by how fascinated you seem with your son’s fascination with the tech devices around him. I wonder, has he inherited your fascination with gadgets? Surely, he senses how he is fascinating you. Wow. This reverberating...  Read More
Mar. 29, 2011 12:29 pm
Although experts all consistently agree that kids need parental guidance to assure safe and effective social media and other online media consumption, there are few parent tools available and no comprehensive approach to family media consumption. We need to go beyond safety concerns to truly give families the benefits of technology. Parents need to be empowered and educated and have tech tools...  Read More
Mar. 27, 2011 3:29 pm A well-worthwhile read is Always Connected: The new digital media habits of young children by Aviva Lucas Gutnick et al. My own take is that yet again we are seeing the increasingly potent new technologies relentlessly pushing media towards the very same cradle where we nurture, protect, and love our young infants. Increasingly more kids are...  Read More
Mar. 24, 2011 10:34 am
(David Schwimmer and Andy Bellin's important play Trust had a three months' debut run at Chicago's Looking Glass Theater a year ago, and is now resurfacing as a movie. My review of the play follows here.) Trust is a moving portrayal of the life-changing consequences of an Internet romance between an innocent teenage girl and an adult male predator. Easy access and privacy in real time...  Read More
Mar. 20, 2011 11:06 pm The fourteen energetic dancers of Hubbard Street Chicago treated us to a mesmerizing interpretation of Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar’s new Too Beaucoup . Clad head to foot in flesh-colored body stockings and matching makeup, the anonymous, seemingly cloned, dancers were driven relentlessly by the persistent breathtaking soundtrack. IMHO,...  Read More
Mar. 19, 2011 12:12 pm
The other day I had a sharp momentary panic when I realized I forgot my iPhone. I searched for it desperately. I called it. It was nowhere to be found. I felt naked, exposed, incomplete. I felt a hole in my world. I was suddenly in a silence -- isolated and out of touch with what would surely be momentous breaking news from my kids or patients. I even imagined my phone as lying lost somewhere,...  Read More
Mar. 9, 2011 11:13 pm Many kids will go unaffected. Some kids (or grownups, for that matter) might get some ideas. But some will secretly see, hear, and almost taste themselves as shooters as they play the shooter. And some bad kids will imitate the shooters in real life. And some...  Read More
Jan. 15, 2011 2:34 pm
I feel compelled to share my surprise at my eagerness to share these thoughts with an intelligent readership. This is why: Against a backdrop of awesome discoveries of the wonders of the social brain and delicate ecologies of life, magical interactive technology is tethering almost everyone to everyone and itself with a chaotic, yet strangely compelling buzz. And we respond ourselves without...  Read More
Apr. 24, 2010 12:56 pm
Cell phones "have become indispensable tools in teen communication patterns. Text messaging explodes as teens embrace it as the centerpiece of their communication strategies with friends," declares a current Pew Research Center study. According to the Pew study, 1/3 of kids ages 12 to 17 send up to 3000 texts a month, and according to the recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll, 1/5 of this age...  Read More
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