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+ Thoughts on Covid-19

+ Thoughts on Covid-19

Amongst all this chaos, it’s time that we focus on the positive. Our community has come together to fight COVID-19 and I feel we must recognize some of our accomplishments to date. Thank you to all physicians, healthcare workers, teachers, researchers and people worldwide, for working to combat this lethal disease. People truly can accomplish […]

Couples in Covid-19 Quarantine

Couples in Covid-19 Quarantine

On April 1, 2020, Doctor Sam hosted a Facebook Live discussion with Dr. Rachael Silverman about communication techniques, structure, and ways families can destress while in close quarters. Make sure to follow Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist Doctor Sam on Facebook to receive invitations to future events: https://www.facebook.com/doctorsamllc/

2018 HEArt Show

2018 HEArt Show

Doctor Sam is proud to be a sponsor of the 2018 HEArt Show, an annual event to promote awareness of the healing power of expressive arts and to raise funds for organizations that utilize art in the healing process. Where: Sacred Treehouse 250 Royal Court Delray Beach, FL 33444 When: Friday, September 28, 2018 6:00pm-9:00pm […]

We Are All Human Beings

We Are All Human Beings

Hurricanes destroyed homes and businesses in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. The damage that these storms caused, while large, was often followed by an equally large sense of community. The heart-felt stories are numerous. University of Miami physicians guided a mother through the home-birth of her daughter, Destiny, during the storm. Marc Bell opened his […]

Understanding death: A child’s perspective

Understanding death: A child’s perspective

Many assume that children who are young “won’t remember” or “won’t understand” death. However, in many cases, children are more perceptive than adults realize. Depending on a child’s level of cognitive development, death can be a challenging topic for parents to discuss with their children. Here, I explain stages of development and how children understand […]

Something to Smile About

Something to Smile About

“Smile and the world smiles with you. . .” People have repeated this phrase for years and its particularly significant early in life. Consider a newborn baby who is not yet able to engage socially. While many parents have an innate love for their child, their attachment often increases at 6 to 8 weeks. This […]

What Moms Mean to their Children

What Moms Mean to their Children

The attachment between a mother and her child begins before the baby is born. From conception, a mother starts visualizing her newborn, modifies her lifestyle to care for the fetus, and starts attuning to her body’s signals that naturally change during pregnancy. Upon birth, most mothers change their priorities. They refocus concerns about their own […]

Gary Chapman’s 5 Love Languages

Gary Chapman’s 5 Love Languages

Some people believe in a soul mate. When they find that person there is intense passion, attraction and also feelings of vulnerability. These emotions initially unite two people. But with time, the excitement dwindles and couples often forget how to recreate their initial chemistry. Part of maintaining your soul mate’s hunger for your love involves […]

Helping Hands

Helping Hands

American culture values self-sufficiency. We learn at a young age to only ask a teacher, coach or counselor for help when it’s critically and imminently needed. While encouraging independence is valuable, we need to place more emphasis on human interaction and the importance of seeking help. Many people feel embarrassed to ask for help and […]

Minimizing Stress and Taking Care of the Caretaker

Minimizing Stress and Taking Care of the Caretaker

As a parent, do you ever feel like your life is devoted to others and that there is little time for you to do anything you find enjoyable? Are you constantly pulled in different directions? Parents are expected to manage work, children, a spouse, extracurricular activities, doctor appointments, grocery shopping, cleaning and much more. The […]

Catastrophic Thinking: the Negative Impacts

Catastrophic Thinking: the Negative Impacts

Too often people use words like never, forever, always and impossible. These words can be harmful and are often related to all-or-none (and sometimes catastrophic) thinking. Extreme and catastrophic thinking may be related to poor physical conditions and social experiences. For example, a 2015 study assessed catastrophic thinking in patients with distal radial fractures and […]

The Three States of Mind

The Three States of Mind

Decisions are made constantly. They may be as important as the person you choose to marry or as simple as what to eat. Regardless of what the decision is, you need to be mindful of the thought process utilized when coming to those decisions. Dialectical behavioral therapy teaches people about the three states of mind:  […]

A Life Worth Living

A Life Worth Living

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart,” Helen Keller nobly expressed. She desired a human connection and learned how to read, write and speak despite being deaf and blind. She made her life worth living. Why is this important? While most […]

Voices Heard When Others are Silenced

Voices Heard When Others are Silenced

It is hard for people to unite. People fear differences, change and a world where they may be an outcast in a sea of homogeneity. But children learning to embrace one another, irrespective of their race, religion, gender, sexuality or abilities are some of the most important lessons that parents can teach. When differences divide, […]

Parenting an Adolescent

Parenting an Adolescent

During adolescence children strive for independence. They flee from the nuances of childhood and simultaneously ignore the responsibilities of adulthood. If they make a mistake, they expect parents to rescue them; but when they accomplish something great, they take full credit. Naturally, this lends itself to friction between parents and their adolescent children. Adolescents often […]

The College Application Nightmare

The College Application Nightmare

An estimated 20.5 million students attend college and enrollment rates have increased by approximately 20 percent between 2003 and 2013.1 Many parents are guilty of measuring success according to which universities have granted their offspring a ticket of acceptance. This can make the college planning and the application process a nightmare for high school juniors and their families. Adolescents need […]

Whose Bed is it Anyways?

Whose Bed is it Anyways?

You’ve been asleep for 2 hours when feet tiptoe into the bedroom around 1AM followed by a blanket being dragged across the carpet. Johnny hops between you and your spouse and is wrapped in a cocoon within minutes. Too tired to move, you close your eyes and go back to sleep. Your little visitor now […]

Anxiety Awareness

Anxiety Awareness

Anxiety is an internal state of restlessness that may be difficult to suppress. Some people bite their nails, while others sweat and shake. The physical and mental effects of anxiety disorders can be debilitating. Therefore, children must employ effective coping mechanisms before their anxiety becomes unbearable. The approximate lifetime prevalence of anxiety disorders is 16%.1 Generalized anxiety […]

Visible Blindness

Visible Blindness

Kristy was breathtaking. She was about 4’11”, had beautiful brown hair and blistering blue eyes. Her skin was gentle, soft, much like a China doll and always natural. Kristy didn’t wear makeup, she didn’t need to. However, she didn’t see herself as beautiful. She couldn’t. All she could see was loneliness at the lunch table […]

Detecting Depression

Detecting Depression

Parents know there’s something wrong. Their child has been to the pediatrician and the medical work up is unremarkable – but something is off. A parent’s instinct is often more helpful than clinical tests. If a parent is concerned, it’s everyone’s job to listen. In order to meet clinical criteria for major depression, symptoms last […]

Leading: Appealing to others’ needs and wants

Leading: Appealing to others’ needs and wants

Dwight D. Eisenhower said, “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” Leaders have the ability to motivate others to perform. They understand that human behavior is driven by needs like shelter, food and clothing. Once these needs are fulfilled, people extend their […]

It’s not “fine”

It’s not “fine”

Everyone has pet peeves that make them irritated; one of mine is using the word “fine” as a complete response to a question. Think about someone you know who uses the word fine regularly. Is it possible that they use the word so “Feelings Inside are Not Expressed?” Or is it because they are, according to Aerosmith, “Fucked Up, Insecure, Neurotic, […]

Facebook – Take it at Face Value

Facebook – Take it at Face Value

Our world on social media is characterized by constant comparison to the lives of others. But what you see is sometimes a distorted view of reality. The world has changed since the birth of Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and other social media services. Many individuals look to these services to connect with others and fail to […]

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