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If you’re in Los Angeles area, pick up the March issue of L.A. Parent magazine

I’m delighted to have a feature article in the latest print issue distributed throughout Southern CA. The article titled “A Mother Knows”  is particularly meaningful to me in that the events I share took place there when I was a single mom to two sons, and we struggled with multiple mental disorders, including my son Alex’s diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia, his younger brother’s depression and anxiety disorder and my own lifelong untreated depression. Happy to say we’ve all reached recovery, one reason why I’m sharing our experiences.

The print edition is also available online;  read it here.

 

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Off to San Diego for the Youth & Families Roundtable Conference

I’m presenting a workshop on Making Brain Science Family Friendly at this annual conference for parent mental health advocates in San Diego. This year’s theme is attacking stigma in all its forms. It’s a great group and terrific agenda. Check … Continue reading

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SF Reading Roundup: This Week’s Top Literary Events | 7×7

Tuesday, January 31, 7:30 pm, at The Booksmith (1644 Haight St.) Local science writer Costello’s world was rocked when her son developed schizophrenia, but the parallels to her other family members couldn’t be ignored. From a grandfather who died in … Continue reading

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New Study: Autism Overdiagnosed? Possibly, Because Many Children Seem To “Outgrow” It

This study underscores the need for parents to learn about the symptoms of disorders that frequently co-occur with autism, such as learning problems and anxiety, in order to judge a child’s level of risk for increasing severity of the autism … Continue reading

NAMI | Reviews A LETHAL INHERITANCE…

Costello’s book has three focal points that complement and illuminate each other. The first is the story of the author’s son who was diagnosed with schizophrenia in his teens. The second is the mother’s search of her family tree for clues as to where the illness came from, how mental illness may have affected her ancestors, and ultimately, how it affects her present family. Lastly, the author discusses past, present, and possible future descriptions of the course and treatment of this disorder. …In short, A Lethal Inheritance tells how far we have come in understanding schizophrenia and yet how far away we are from fully comprehending and effectively treating it. By focusing on individuals with mental illness, their families, and large populations, Costello gives a good overview of where we are now in the journey to uncover the causes and treatments for mental illness.

Click to read full review.

NAMI | 2011.

Spanking in the USA: A sad state of affairs and why spanking is never ok. – Child Psychology and Parenting Blog: Child-Psych.org

Spanking in the USA: A sad state of affairs and why spanking is never ok. – Child Psychology and Parenting Blog: Child-Psych.org.

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Early Detection of Autism May Lead to Better Interventions | Psych Central News

Early Detection of Autism May Lead to Better Interventions | Psych Central News.

A website for parents of Tweens…

An article of mine on Tweenparent.com--check out this site esp if you have tweens at home!

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All in the Family…

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Your “Aw shucks” moment of the day…certainly made mine.

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How a Bully Is Made | My story on Psych Central

How a Bully Is Made | Psych Central.