29 06, 2016

Separation, Panic and School Refusal

By | June 29th, 2016|Kid Korner, Teen Topics|

Separation anxiety disorder (SAD) is a relatively common disorder in children and adolescents and panic disorder (PD) is a relatively common disorder in adults. Investigators have suggested that SAD and PD may be related in several ways:

  • The symptoms that children with SAD exhibit when separated from their parents look much like symptoms of panic […]
1 06, 2016

Nocturnal Enuresis: Augmenting the Bell-and-Pad

By | June 1st, 2016|Kid Korner|

While most pediatricians favor pharmacologic treatments for nocturnal enuresis, there is growing interest in other treatment strategies, in part because of the limited effectiveness of medications (less than 50% increase in dry nights) and high relapse rates (most children return to their previous wetting frequency) after discontinuing the medication (Moffat, et al., 1993). A well-studied […]

17 05, 2016

Children and Sleep

By | May 17th, 2016|Kid Korner, Sleep Sense|

Parents tend to sleep well when their children sleep well. Fortunately, things work out just fine for most kids and parents because sleep is hard wired. That is, your child’s brain will get the sleep necessary to help him or her develop into a vital and healthy human being. However, that is not to say […]

4 05, 2016

What Does OCD Mean Anyway? A Quick Guide for Kids and Families

By | May 4th, 2016|From OCD to Anxiety, Kid Korner|

What Does the D in OCD Mean?

Obsessions (the thoughts, images, and doubts that bother and scare you) and compulsions (the things you do and think to decrease your fear and discomfort) are upsetting enough but for some kids, the D in OCD can be pretty upsetting too. So what does the D in OCD mean […]

8 04, 2016

Applying Lessons from Exposure Therapy to Daily Life

By | April 8th, 2016|From OCD to Anxiety, Partner Perspectives|

Exposure therapy is often a primary treatment component when working on anxiety. Whether an individual is coming to treatment for a specific fear, social anxiety, OCD, or another type of anxiety presentation, exposure can be a critical aid in reducing distress. It can also significantly change our relationship with anxiety and the role it plays […]

22 02, 2016

National Epidemic of Underslept Teenagers, and What Parents Can Do about It

By | February 22nd, 2016|Sleep Sense, Teen Topics|

A growing body of research shows that we are raising a generation of teens who are over-stressed and under-slept (see SFBACCT partner Daniela Owen’s blog post on the recent Atlantic article on teen suicide HERE). A 2014 report published by the American Academy of Pediatrics called the issue of tired teens a […]

23 11, 2015

The Real Cost of High Achievement… Life or Death Decisions

By | November 23rd, 2015|Mood Matters, Teen Topics|

In the December 2015 issue of the The Atlantic, Hanna Rosin wrote a thoughtful and haunting piece entitled “The Silicon Valley Suicides: Why are so many kids with bright prospects killing themselves in Palo Alto?” With Palo Alto just a bit south of our group in Oakland, the article really hit home. Teenagers […]

8 11, 2015

Does your child have a hard time calming down? Belly Breathing can help

By | November 8th, 2015|Kid Korner|

Does your child have a hard time calming down when she gets angry? Does you child get really worked up when he’s scared? Does your child seem unable to cope with big emotions? Perhaps one of the simplest and most effective calming strategies would help your child gain more control over his emotions. It is […]

7 10, 2015


By | October 7th, 2015|From OCD to Anxiety|

Uncertainty can feel uncomfortable, very uncomfortable. It can feel frightening and even dangerous.  We can’t avoid it, although we often try. Yet, when we learn to work with it and even embrace it, (yes, embrace it!), we can be more open, curious, and free from the struggle of trying to control it.


Uncertainty is a word […]

2 10, 2015

Alternative Thoughts: Beyond the Thought Record

By | October 2nd, 2015|Partner Perspectives|

“Cognitive restructuring” is one of the cornerstone skills of Cognitive Therapy. It involves identifying thoughts that are impacting our mood and considering alternatives that may be more helpful or accurate. Practicing this simple skill allows us to recognize that our thoughts are flexible and adaptable, and that they have a big impact on how we […]