Category: Blog

Autism: Gender Differences In Girls

  Autism advocate, author and recent Loyola Marymount University graduate, Christine Motokane, boldly states on my podcast this week, “I am breaking stereotypes.” Understatement. Christine shares her triumphs and challenges as a female with autism who was diagnosed at age four. As a teen she read many books about autism that she described were “very […]

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Mental Health & The Importance of Sleep

“Psychiatrists and psychologists were like our version of superheroes,” a comment Ilana Glazer, actress, comedian, and previous student at NYU made about her experience with the CAMS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies) program.  As Vice Chair for Education and Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the NYU School of Medicine, Dr. […]

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Protect Your Brain

“Dr. Denise, you need to see the movie, Concussion, with Will Smith. It depicts exactly what I have experienced living with depression and dementia, ” encouraged Gary Goodridge, legendary MMA UFC and Pride fighter.  That is exactly what I did before interviewing him this week. I didn’t stop there. I read his book “Gatekeeper: The […]

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Keeping The Family Peace

What does Family Peace even mean? Are you thinking that sounds a bit too “Kumbayah”? I do not think every minute of family time is going to go smoothly. I am talking about “mostly kind, mostly peaceful”. Trust me. I am a Mother as well as a Doctor. We have teens and a kindergartner. So, […]

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Medication and Child Psychiatry

I am personally grateful that I went to medical school and became an Adult and Child Psychiatrist. Why? Because mental health is the most important part of a person’s well-being. Happy individuals with healthy thoughts create a society in which we can all thrive. We need to think of our children and our future. We […]

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Anxiety

Did you know that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder  (OCD) affects 2-4% of adolescents and that 80% of people who have OCD experience symptoms before age 18? It is important to point out that most mental health challenges start in childhood. I value science and the need for a uniform way of discussing mental health, yet feel […]

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Childhood Anxiety Disorders

As a Child Psychiatrist I see a lot of children struggling with different types of anxiety: Separation Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety, Social Anxiety.  The symptoms of each above often “travel together” and are persistent into the adult years which can lead to other more serious challenges such as substance abuse and other mood disorders. Here’s the […]

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How To Thrive During a Crisis

Child Psychiatry Crisis’ come in many flavors. I am going to list some of the most common chief complaints I experience from the parents of my patients: “My son’s grades went from B’s to D’s & F’s. We have done everything. Tutors. Therapy. Help!” “My daughter is complaining of stomach aches.  She has missed almost […]

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