Sports heroes’ fall from grace is nothing new, but the Lakers star had a chance to stand up for kids who worship him and he threw a brick, writes Dr. Harold Koplewicz.
Harold S. Koplewicz, M.D., is a leading child and adolescent psychiatrist. He is the president of the Child Mind Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming mental health care for the world’s children. An awarding-winning master clinician and advocate for children and teens with psychiatric disorders, Dr. Koplewicz has appeared on “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “Oprah” and NPR, and his writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post and other national publications. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology and author of several acclaimed books, including “It’s Nobody’s Fault: New Hope and Help for Difficult Children and their Parents” and “More Than Moody: Recognizing and Treating Adolescent Depression.”
Every child faces challenges when heading back to school. But back-to-school time can be exceptionally difficult for the 20 percent of children who suffer from a psychiatric or learning disorder.
Soccer players — or, as the rest of the world calls them, football players — can be tricky. They sometimes fall and then, with a pained expression on their face and an eye on the referee, they roll around on the ground, face glazed with tears and sweat, pointing a finger at an opposing player. [...]
Television shows for American teens are ripe with sentimental moments. Over the years I’ve watched plenty of them, and part of the pleasure is being able to discuss the storylines and characters with my teenage patients. Onscreen fictions often provide us with an entry point to conversations that are personal, about relationships, fears, vulnerability and [...]
Orlando Bloom is famous for his roles in “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “The Lord of the Rings,” among others, but not many people are aware that he came of age with dyslexia. “I was an angry, angry child at times,” Bloom told me, reflecting on the challenges he faced growing up with a learning [...]
Last week, when news broke about the Times Square bomber, I was traveling between New York and Florida. Perhaps because I was in airports, I found myself thinking more than usual about fear and anxiety in post-9/11 America. When Faisal Shahzad’s face and Nissan Pathfinder appeared on major news networks, my wife and I had [...]
When parents talk to me about their kids’ well-being, they usually raise concerns about the bonds formed at school, friendships that are increasingly maintained through cell phone texts, instant messages and chats on social networking sites like Facebook. Parents tell me that they’re not only worried about “cyber-bullying,” but also they’re nervous about the impact [...]