Concerns About A.D.H.D. Practices and Prescriptions


Concerns About A.D.H.D. Practices and Prescription

February 2, 2013 — Drowned in a Stream of Prescriptions Every morning on her way to work, Kathy Fee holds her breath as she drives past the squat brick building that houses Dominion Psychiatric Associates.  It was there that her son, Richard, visited a doctor and received prescriptions for Adderall, an amphetamine-based medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It was in the parking lot that she insisted to Richard that he did not have A.D.H.D., not as a child and not now as a 24-year-old college graduate, and that he was getting dangerously addicted to the medication. It was inside the building that her husband, Rick, implored Richard’s doctor to stop prescribing him Adderall, warning, “You’re going to kill him.”

8th grade SADD events coming up


8th grade SADD pizza events coming up

SADD FlyerJanuary 27, 2013 — 8th grade SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) is a program designed to promote a safer, healthy community for Brookline youth. These monthly meetings during the academic year feature informative discussions, led by Peer Leaders on relevant social, emotional and health issues facing teens today. PIZZA at every meeting! 

When?    6.30 PM, February 6, March 6, April 10, May 8
Where?  Room 385A Brookline High School

Questions? Hope Schroy at 617-713-5149 or

Binge drinkers may be recategorized as alcoholics


Binge drinkers may be re-categorized as alcoholics

January 27, 2013 — “Are you an alcoholic— or just a problem drinker? It may not matter, according to the latest version of the DSM, psychiatry’s diagnostic manual,” writes Maia Szalavitz at Time magazine, examining possible consequences for teens and young adults of revisions to the medical definition of alcoholism. “And now, in a new study of the different levels of alcohol misuse, scientists say the changes made to the DSM-5 may not even represent a significant improvement in the diagnosis of alcoholism. Continue reading

TV tactics for troubled teens raise the risk


TV tactics for troubled teens raise the risk

January 27, 2013 — “Terrifying teens by making them lie in coffins, forcing them to spend a night on a frigid street or a bare prison cell— these harsh measures are used in reality shows in an attempt to put delinquents back on the straight and narrow.  But the strategies may make for better TV than treatment.” Maia Szalavitz, at Time magazine, examines TV show scare tactics, pointing to studies that show that teens subjected to these harsh regimes are far more likely to commit crimes than are those who receive no intervention at all.

How risky is our teens’ behavior?


How risky is the behavior of Brookline students? 2011 survey

December 14, 2012 — The 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey has given us the scoop on what our kids are up to. Check out Healthy Brookline Volume XIV for the latest results for Brookline on teens’ alcohol, drug and tobacco use, unhealthy diets, inadequate physical activity, unprotected sex, and other behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence. Continue reading

What are our middle schoolers up to?


What are our middle schoolers up to?IMG_0715

December 14, 2012 — B-CASA and B-PEN are hosting a parent empowerment event: What are our middle schoolers up to? And how do we stop them…? Or rather, how do we guide their choices? Save the date: Tuesday January 15, 7.00pm–8.30pm at Devotion School. More info coming soon.