Category Archives: Teens

11 Nov
32

The Baker Act and Your Rights as Parents

The Baker Act (Translation) John Eddy Sarmiento, Reporter: Since 1971 in the State of Florida there is a law that considers the possibility that any person could be mentally ill. Rosa Prieto, Spokesperson for the Citizens Commission on Human Rights ...

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21 Apr
0

Does Ritalin Stifle Creativity?

Looking at a Questionable Treatment in a New Light Some astute researchers hypothesize youngsters’ creativity is being extinguished by Ritalin. Jeffrey Zaslow, reporter for The Wall Street Journal asks “whether the Ritalin Revolution will sap tomorrow’s work force of some ...

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24 Mar
1

Florida School Sends Bullying Victim to Mental Hospital

Parents never quite know what might happen when they send their child off for a routine day of public schooling here in Florida. Alishia Montelongo went off to classes at Wolfson High School in the Duval County School District in ...

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06 Feb
88

Baker Act Is Harmful Not Helpful

The Baker Act is the name of the mental health law in Florida and it covers all aspects of mental health including involuntary examination and commitment.  This is the law that is initiated to send a person against their will ...

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19 Jan
0

The Joke is on Us… Psychiatric Students Study Seinfeld

Psychiatry professor Anthony Tobia of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is teaching his students about psychiatric disorders through required watching of Seinfeld episodes. It sounds like a joke, but Dr. Tobia is completely serious. He states “When you get ...

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07 Nov
0

One life-long thing that can dramatically impact learning

I plan for 8-9 hours. My husband aims for less – maybe closer to 6 hours. My best pal tallies around 7 hours. What am I talking about? No, it’s not study or homework time. It is the time allotted ...

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23 Oct
0

What Might Florida Be Like if Medical Marijuana Wins?

As November approaches, sheriffs and medical doctors all over the state have been coming out strongly against Florida Constitutional Amendment 2 that would establish medical marijuana in Florida. Dr. Alan B. Pillersdorf, president of The Florida Medical Association that represents ...

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03 Sep
0

HOW CAN AN ADVOCATE HELP WITH UNDERSTANDING?

The definition of ‘delay’ according to Merriam-Webster: (noun) a situation in which something happens later than it should. That seems clear. We move on and look at the definition of ‘process’, again, according to Merriam-Webster: (noun) a series of changes ...

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30 Jun
0

HOW DOES ADVOCACY HELP MY CHILD?

Mom A got calls weekly and then daily as a result of extreme behavior from her daughter in school. Tantrums. Refusals to join in on the group work. Failure to follow the daily activities for all children. Then came the ...

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12 May
0

Florida Slides toward Legal Pot and Psychiatric Commitments

Florida medical marijuana just got a boost last week when the Florida House and Senate passed its own medical marijuana bill ahead of the November 2014 ballot initiative vote in which the citizens of Florida will decide if they want ...

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