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Voices In The Family

March 2009

How the Economy Affects Our Lives

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The troubled economy has affected many people's lives; and job loss, loss of savings and retirement as well as tighter finances in general also impact people's mental health. How is the field of psychology responding to the increased need for services, especially in times when many people can't afford sessions? How does job loss and lack of money affect relationships? On the second part of our Economy Series here on Voices in the Family, Dr. Dan Gottlieb and his guests will explore how the troubled economy affects our mental health, and offer coping strategies. Our guests are Peter C. Whybrow, Director of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. He is also author of American Mania: When More is not Enough, and Dacher Keltner who is a Professor of Psychology at Berkeley, his research focuses on emotion. He is the author of Born to be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life. Dan will also talk with Richard Brousell who is a family therapist in Wilmington, Delaware.

FInd out more about Dr. Whybrow's work: www.semel.ucla.edu

FInd out more about Dr. Keltner's research: psychology.berkeley.edu

Runaway Teens

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Each year, about 2.8 million teens run away and spend time living on the streets; many never return home again. Why do so many teens choose to leave their homes? Is it to find safety from abuse, freedom or perhaps a feeling of unwantedness by their parents? On the next Voices in the Family, Dr. Dan Gottlieb will speak with Debra Gwartney to discuss her memoir Live Through This. The book describes Gwartney's struggle with her two runaway daughters, her relationship with them before and after running away and how they were able to heal. Dan will also talk with Debra's oldest daughter Amanda about what provoked her to run, what happened to her while living on the streets and how her relationship with her mother is today. We'll also hear from Willie Little, program director for Youth Emergency Services in Philadelphia, a local organization that provides shelter and services for runaway teens.

To find out more about Debra Gwartney visit www.debragwartney.com.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Returning Troops

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As the 6th anniversary of the War in Iraq nears, more American soldiers are returning home. Researchers estimate that about 1 in 5 soldiers returning from Iraq or Afghanistan are suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, but less than half seek help. This week on Voices in the Family, we'll explore the reluctance to seek treatment, and find out how PTSD is identified and treated. Dr. Dan's guests are Dr. Patricia Resick and Dr. Matthew J. Friedman. Friedman is the Executive Director of the United States Department of Veteran Affairs National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. He is also the author of After the War Zone. Patricia Resick is Director of the Women's Health Division of the National Center for PTSD. She is also Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Boston University. We will also be joined by a vet who will tell the story of her experience with PTSD and its effects on her life.

For more information and additional resources visit the National Center for PTSD's website, or check out www.giveanhour.org a website for returning troops to get therapy.

Eating Disorders

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One in 20 women between the ages of 18 and 30 are affected by an eating disorder, all varying in severity and symptoms. Dr. Dan Gottlieb and his guests will discuss the latest in eating disorder research and treatment. We'll be joined by Dr. Jane Shure and Dr. Michael Lowe. Shure is the co-editor of Effective Clinical Practice in the Treatment of Eating Disorders: The Heart of the Matter. Lowe is a Professor of Psychology at Drexel University who is researching eating disorders. We'll also hear one woman's story about her battle with an eating disorder.

For more information on eating disorders:
National Eating Disorders Association
A Chance to Heal
The National Institute of Mental Health: Eating Disorders

Pressures Facing Girls

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The next two programs on Voices in the Family will be dedicated to the topic of pressures facing our kids today. On this first part of the series, our guest is Dr. Stephen Hinshaw. He argues that girls struggle with what he calls the "triple bind;" they must be good at girl stuff, excel at boy stuff, and look great. He is the author of The Triple Bind and serves as the chair of the psychology department at U.C. Berkeley. We'll also hear from Dr. Roni Cohen-Sandler and Jan Figueira. Cohen-Sandler is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the pressures facing girls and women, and has written Stressed-Out Girls. Figueira is the CEO of Girls Inc. of PA and NJ.

For more information on The Triple Bind visit www.randomhouse.com

Learn more about Girls Inc. at www.girlsinc.org

Visit Roni Cohen-Sandler at www.ronicohensandler.com