Anatomy of Motivation, Part 1 (Episode 153)

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Boys Adrift by Dr. Leonard Sax

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe interview Dr. Leonard Sax, author of Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men, about boys’ motivation (or lack thereof), the reasons for underachievement, and what parents and schools can do to help. In Part 1, we discuss:

  • How changes in education could reduce boys’ motivation to succeed in school
  • How the increasing frequency of the use of stimulant medication to treat ADHD might affect brain areas involved in motivation. Dr. Sax wrote about these effects in an article for the New York Times. Dr. Biederman’s case is discussed here.

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We’ll reiterate the “word of caution” that Dr. Sax mentions near the end of this episode: When we discuss medication used to treat ADHD, the discussion is intended to provide information only, and should not be used to guide specific treatment of any individual. You should not change a medication or discontinue medication without talking to your physician.

A further note: As I noted in the interview, Dr. Sax makes strong statements about the possible impact of stimulant medications on the brain areas responsible for motivation, but in his book, he provides examples of kids who recovered from these effects. The side effects that he talks about are not necessarily a “life sentence”.

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Note: Posts on Family Anatomy are for education only, and are not intended to replace professional or medical advice. If you need to talk to someone about family or mental health issues, you can get a referral from your family doctor. Doctors Brian and Giuseppe discussed kids in general in this episode, but every child is unique; your experience may vary from that discussed in this episode.

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Anatomy of Radical Parenting (Episode 116)

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Vanessa Van Petten

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk with Vanessa Van Petten, author of “You’re Grounded!: How to Stop Fighting and Make the Teenage Years Easier” and creator of radicalparenting.com, about parenting teenagers “from the kid’s perspective.”

What do teens want parents to know?

How can families avoid common conflicts and cyclical arguments?

Find out what Vanessa thinks this week!

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Deep Brain Stimulation an effective treatment for Parkinson's

A study in this week’s issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that deep brain stimulus of either of two brain areas (the subthalamic nucleus or globus pallidus) is more effective than the current best medical treatment for Parkinson’s Disease. Patients were randomly divided into three groups: two received deep brain stimulation (DBS), and the third worked with movement disorder neurologists.

Seventy-one percent of DBS patients reported significant improvement in symptoms, compared to thirty-two percent of the meical treatment patients. The DBS reported, on average, 4.5 hours more symptom-free time (“on” time); the medical treatment group did not report any change in “on” time. The DBS patients also reported improvements in their quality of life. However, they also experienced more adverse events than the medical treatment group, including one death from cerebral hemorrhage.

This is the third story we’ve posted in the past several months indicating that DBS is an effective treatment for various conditions; previous studies investigated its impact on depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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FA068 – Anatomy of Friendship

FriendsDoctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about children and adult friendships.

What makes someone your friend?

How are friendships maintained?

And what if your kids have trouble making friends?

We’ll fill you in!

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