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Teen Depression: Some Questions and Answers
Yoga for Emotional Health
Divorced for Christmas: Dealing with the Holidays
Newtown Shootings: Resources for Parents
Psychologist, psychiatrist, counselor, therapist, shrink: What's the Difference?


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Aurora Theater Shooting
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Fear and Hope
Newtown Shootings: Resources for Parents
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Teen Depression: Some Questions and Answers

Recently, a smart teenager asked me some questions for a school assignment on teen depression.  He wanted to know if depression is a state of mind or a chemical imbalance balance in the brain. He asked about what symptoms are common in teen depression, if medication helps, and what I think about natural remedies. Here are some of the thoughts I shared:

You ask some good questions to which there are not such easy answers.  Depression occurs both in the mind AND the brain/body.  We humans are mammals, so what happens in the mind, happens in the brain and vice versa.

Yoga for Emotional Health

Yoga has long been known to help people live more comfortably with their emotions.  Some psychologists and other mental health counselors incorporate certain yoga poses or a series of connected poses (a "vinyasa") right into their therapy sessions these days.  While you should obviously talk with your doctor before trying a new form of exercise and while this blog is obviously not medical advice, you may find it interesting to consider a few thoughts about using yoga to manage emotions.

Divorced for Christmas: Dealing with the Holidays

Of all the changes divorce brings, the holidays can be some of the toughest.  Times that used to be anticipated with eagerness and joy can now feel empty, lonely, and downright painful. 

 If you have children, focus all you can on making the holidays warm and good for them.   Don't worry if you don't have them right on Christmas morning.   Really, kids don't care if they celebrate Christmas on Dec 23 or Dec 29 or on New Year's Eve.  What is important to them is the feeling of tradition, continuity, fun, and love.

Newtown Shootings: Resources for Parents

This week, I would like to share a blog from my friends and colleagues at the Boulder Institute for Psychotherapy and Research (BIPR).  I attend many classes and study groups at BIPR and greatly respect the information they provide. Here's the link:  


Another set of good resources for parents is available at the website for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network:  

Psychologist, psychiatrist, counselor, therapist, shrink: What's the Difference?

What is a psychologist?  How is a psychologist different from a psychiatrist, counselor, or therapist?  We hear those words tossed around in ways that can be confusing.  Here are a few basics, at least as they are true in Colorado:

1.  A psychologistis a doctor of psychology (Psy.D.) or a doctor of philosophy in psychology (Ph.D.).  In addition to the doctorate, psychologists must complete a number of requirements before becoming licensed in Colorado.  Most psychologists are also counselors and therapists but only professionals with a doctorate, post-doctorate requirements completed, and a valid Colorado license can legally call themselves psychologists.

Thanksgiving Thoughts

Now that the jack o' lanterns and candy are put away and the zombies, ghosts, witches, and adventure heroes seem to have left our streets for another year, it's time to turn our thoughts toward Thanksgiving.  In terms of mental health and happiness, Thanksgiving may be one of the best times of the year!  Now this will not be true if we get hung up about putting on a fancy show for the holiday or if we take every comment our friends and relatives make too seriously.  The pilgrims didn't think twice about the crystal, silver, and linens because I don't think they had much, if any.

Seasons and Reasons

As the seasons change, so do our lives.  We are always growing, learning, and becoming more.In the mountains this weekend, I saw the first aspen trees changing color.  Impossible, I thought; we're still in the middle of summer.  Yet, there they were:  yellow, gold, and even a few red leaves quaking in the slightly cooler breeze.  Definite signs of Autumn.  How can time pass so quickly?  Still, there is a good lesson from Mother Nature here:  Simply that the seasons of life are always changing.  

It's been a hard summer for most of us in Colorado.

What to Expect When Your Child Comes for Therapy

Marian Camden, Psy.D., LLC

Licensed Psychologist

7500 E. Arapahoe Road, Suite 375

Centennial, CO 80112

Phone:  720-493-4827  Fax:  303-779-8572
What to Expect When Your Child Comes to Therapy
Bringing a child in for therapy is a big decision for most parents.  This handout answers basic questions about child therapy and provides an overview of how I work with children and their families.  We will certainly be talking more as our work together progresses.
The first meeting:

Aurora Movie Theater Shooting Tragedy: Thoughts on How to Help Yourself and Your Children

To my neighbors in Aurora and the surrounding areas, 

At first, it's hard to know what to say, how to help, even as a psychologist, in the face of the tragedy at the Batman movie opening. It has shaken all of our lives.  Please know that my heart aches along with yours.  My questions and fear and anger are all right there, too.  How could this happen to us--again?  Surely, here in the metro-Denver-Boulder area we saw enough of this horror at Columbine years ago.  We remember where we were, what we saw, how we felt.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


 The following information is provided by goodtherapy.org.  If you would like to learn more, check out the links provided below or give me a call.  I have helped people suffering from PTSD and related symptoms and problems for many years and am happy to share with you what I have found to be helpful and healing.  PTSD can feel totally overwhelming, but there are some great ways these days to find real relief and healing.    Marian Camden, Psy.
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