What’s TeenShrink?

I have been searching for an innovative way to provide professional adolescent and parent counseling services to more people who want it at a fraction of the cost of traditional counseling and in a form that is ultra-convenient and flexible.  “Time” is in short supply these days as families shuffle from soccer practice to tutoring to dance, etc.  Not to mention frantically searching for time to get homework done, eat dinner, and prepare for the next day.  I finally found the answer and have been designing this service for over a year now.  It’s now officially launched!  http://www.teenshrink.net

I call this ‘portable counseling’ and families can purchase individual or family memberships for a nominal monthly fee. http://www.drkoyroberts.com/teenshrink_membership.html 
You can work with a professional counselor http://www.drkoyroberts.com/teenshrink_counselor.html over the phone at a time that is most convenient for you or your teen.  You also have the option of working with her through email, text messaging, and anytime access to the AdviceLine.  The AdviceLine is available 7 days-a-week and in the evenings when you or your teen need some quick advice, tips, or support.  This service is included free of charge when you purchase the ‘ecounseling’ or ‘comprehensive’ membership plans.  Feel free to call 972.998.3878 for brief consultation.  Some teens and parents even choose this service an adjunct to traditional counseling because they want support and solution-focused advice between office visits.  Please email us at help@teenshrink.net and we will be happy to assist you or answer all your questions!

Bipolar Epidemic?

According to a recent study the number of children and adolescents treated for Bipolar Disorder has increased from 20,000 in 1994 to 800,000 in 2003.  This is a 40 fold increase that is certain to have grown substantially since 2003.  This represents about 1 percent of the general population under the age of 20.  Some argue that Bipolar is the new and latest mental health fad much like ADD/ADHD was in the 90’s.  The controversy surrounding pediatric bipolar is in part due to the difficulty and subjectivity of the diagnosis itself.  Bipolar is characterized by fluctuating and extreme mood swings but the clinical picture in children is difficult to sort out because there is often no consistent pattern.  If you’re interested in understanding pediatric biploar visit the site www.bpkids.org.  This is a fantastic educational resource.  I am sure there will be much more for us to learn about its diagnosis and treatment especially since the first research study regarding pediatric bipolar did not appear until 1995.  Until then clinicians were led to believe it was a disorder affecting adults only.  The dramatic rise in diagnoses can certainly be attributed to mental health professionals and doctors ability to understand and identify the symptoms more accurately and with more clarity.  While others suggest its the latest fad fueled by the deep pockets of drug companies.  Read Benedict Carey’s New York Times article at