Leichsenring Steinert Ioannidis 2019.
The Bleacher’s “I wanna get better” is first and foremost a great song. It inspires hope while avoiding trite platitudes – that was what initially grabbed my attention. Intrigued, I looked up the music video and was titillated to see that the song was about psychotherapy. I had mused as much – after all, that’s my job and the themes seemed relevant. I was blown away by the creative, connected feel the video elicits. I have wondered, myself, about a common refrain that either I hear or that I want to hear from my patients…. Something like the refrain “I wanna get better.” I can’t say that’s the resounding refrain in my office – maybe more like, ‘I’d like to…
There are probably 14 reasons to cancel this show but let’s find the silver lining. Suicide among young people is on the rise, I have seen this personally in my practice and the epidemiology confirms the clinical observation. So it’s certainly a relevant and timely topic for young people. Sometimes art leads us to new levels of clinical understanding or awareness – until then here’s a toolkit to help.
When you talk to high school juniors, many of them have college on the brain. And that’s great because college offers the world to our children by offering knowledge, experiences, and training for each person to begin to craft a meaningful life. Some kids are emotionally, intellectually, and socially prepared. Some are not. Some have been thinking about their dream school since fifth grade, others have been trailing in the footsteps of their parents, and others merely complicit with their parents hopes for a prestigious education and all the successes these matriculations have been hyped up to imply. Bleary eyed guidance counselors corral juniors and their parents into meetings with important messages – often unheeded – and scores of parents…