Dr. Karen Ruskin, PsyD., LMFT https://www.drkarenruskin.com Relationship Expert Wed, 19 Sep 2018 20:27:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Dr Oz’s Thought Leaders Discuss Roseanne’s Controversial Tweet https://www.drkarenruskin.com/dr-ozs-thought-leaders-discuss-roseannes-controversial-tweet/ https://www.drkarenruskin.com/dr-ozs-thought-leaders-discuss-roseannes-controversial-tweet/#respond Wed, 19 Sep 2018 20:24:41 +0000 http://www.drkarenruskin.com/?p=9240

Dr Oz Show with thought leaders Dr Karen Ruskin, Charlamagne, Sophia Nelson, DeVon Franklin

As a mental health professional it is truly an honor to be considered a thought leader by The Dr. Oz Show, and as such appear on a panel of fellow thought leaders, each from a different area of expertise, for the program’s Fall 2018 season premiere. We, the panel, watched the exclusive interview between celebrity Roseanne Barr and Dr. Oz. Then, the panel met together with Dr. Oz where he asked us questions about the interview, and we openly shared our perspectives. In this blog I share 4 videos of the panel’s discussion that did not air on TV. Topics include: mental health, taking ownership, personal growth, and forgiveness. I hope you find it informative.

Panelists included:

  • Dr. Karen Ruskin – Mental health perspective
  • Sophia Nelson – Political perspective
  • Charlamagne – Celebrity perspective
  • DeVon Franklin – Spiritual perspective

Dr. Oz and his team kindly put online for the viewers each block of the panel’s discussion. Below you will find the breakdown of 4 videos. As TV viewers you may know that what airs on TV sometimes is simply but a portion, a piece of a larger discussion. Often due to television time constraints. Unfortunately, this sometimes results in viewers projecting thoughts that did not occur or making judgements, as they are unaware of all of the context of the discussion. I am hopeful that by my posting below the aforementioned 4 videos The Dr. Oz Show provided online for the viewers, that this will allow my following an opportunity to have the full scoop. As I do see the discussion and the points therein that the panel had as important, and you may as well. Certainly there will be portions you the viewer may agree with and other portions you may not. Just as each of us panelists may not have agreed with each statement the other made. The panel discussion was meant to explore in an open forum, not debate and argue, rather share each person’s perspective.

Dr Oz and Psychotherapist Dr Karen Ruskin

It was meaningful to me to have had the opportunity to discuss mental health in the context of Roseanne’s controversial tweet. My angle provided was through the lens of a mental health position, without judgement nor interpretation as to whether Roseanne is a racist or not (for that is what the media and the public have been discussing since her controversial tweet). Rather my articulations was thematically presented to explain the mental health perspective. I am hopeful that my interview provided education and thoughtful opportunity for the viewers.

What did not air on TV on The Dr. Oz Show –

Dr. Karen Ruskin, Sophia Nelson, Charlamagne, DeVon Franklin provide their perspective in reaction to Roseanne Barr’s controversial tweet:

  1. Panel provides initial reaction on Roseanne Barr’s controversial tweet. Dr. Oz asks Dr. Ruskin if she was surprised that Roseanne brought up mental health issues in the context of her tweet
  2. Dr. Ruskin explains steps must be taken when trying to make a concrete change if medication is playing a role in problematic behaviors, in order to take ownership of one’s mental health.
  3. Understanding how others feel as a step towards change. Dr. Ruskin discusses that the public does not know Roseanne’s personal growth journey, only what is presented to the public.
  4. Dr. Oz  asks the panel; should Roseanne be forgiven? Dr. Ruskin explains from a mental health angle.

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Trauma reaction & coping tips in times of tragedy https://www.drkarenruskin.com/trauma-reaction-coping-tips-in-times-of-tragedy/ https://www.drkarenruskin.com/trauma-reaction-coping-tips-in-times-of-tragedy/#respond Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:54:09 +0000 http://www.drkarenruskin.com/?p=9233

Joy Lim Nakrin, Dr. Karen Ruskin

Trauma reaction personality style and coping tips in times of tragedy was today’s topic during my regular bi-weekly mental health segment on NECN with Joy Lim Nakrin.

If you missed this live interview in response to the Merrimack Explosions, you are invited to view it on demand: Trauma & Tragedy – Tips.

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Dr Oz Fall 2018 Season Premiere Photos – Barr’s Controversial Tweet https://www.drkarenruskin.com/dr-oz-fall-2018-season-premiere-photos-barrs-controversial-tweet/ https://www.drkarenruskin.com/dr-oz-fall-2018-season-premiere-photos-barrs-controversial-tweet/#respond Sun, 16 Sep 2018 17:26:35 +0000 http://www.drkarenruskin.com/?p=9224

Dr Oz, DeVon Franklin, Sophia Nelson, Charlamagne, Dr Karen Ruskin

To kick off The Dr. Oz Show’s season premiere Fall 2018 is quite the honor for me, as I participated in a panel where we discussed mental health, unity and forgiveness beyond race, in reaction to Roseanne Barr’s sit down with Dr. Oz where she discussed her controversial tweet in an exclusive interview. This is a meaningful and important topic.

Dr Oz, Dr Karen Ruskin

The panel included my perspective through the lens of a mental health professional, Sophia Nelson shared her take from a political angle, Charlamagne came at it from a celebrity lens, and DeVon Franklin spoke from the spiritual perspective.

Provided in this blog are a few pictures from the interview, before the air date.

The Dr Oz Show – chatting with a great group of panelists following our tape-to-live segment. (Charlamagne, Dr Oz, Dr Karen Ruskin, Sophia Nelson, DeVon Franklin)

Don’t miss the season premiere of The Dr. Oz Show airing on Tuesday 9/18/18. Check your local listing for time and network.

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Tips to Help Children Attain Academic Success https://www.drkarenruskin.com/tips-to-help-children-attain-academic-success/ https://www.drkarenruskin.com/tips-to-help-children-attain-academic-success/#respond Sat, 08 Sep 2018 21:21:51 +0000 http://www.drkarenruskin.com/?p=9211

Nature vs. Nurture, the age old debate and important discussion as to what influences us as humans. When it comes to formal educational attainment and success, it is my strong opinion that this is not an either/or debate. As a psychotherapist working with individuals of all ages, families and couples, it is quite clear to me that the subject of nature vs. nurture is rather: nature AND nurture effects who we are. Thus, a both/and scenario not an either/or debate.

Joy Lim Nakrin & Dr. Karen Ruskin

During my regular bi-weekly mental health segment on NECN with anchor Joy Lim Nakrin where I provide analysis and tips on timely topics that viewers want to learn about, it is this most recent episode that the topic of nature vs. nurture and educational attainment was discussed. If you missed my live interview where we discuss a new study in ‘Nature Genetics’ revealing genes as predictor for educational attainment, my analysis, perspective and tips for parents and kids, I invite you to view it on demand: Nature vs. Nurture: educational attainment.

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Athletes and Mental Health https://www.drkarenruskin.com/athletes-and-mental-health/ https://www.drkarenruskin.com/athletes-and-mental-health/#respond Mon, 27 Aug 2018 22:40:10 +0000 http://www.drkarenruskin.com/?p=9202

The 5 Part series on mental health in the NBA cannot go unnoticed, especially by a Psychotherapist such as myself in particular as I counsel professional athletes and coaches at the highest level as well as the college and High School level providing individual treatment, relationship/marriage counseling, and family therapy. I am so glad and proud of the NBA that they are highlighting mental wellness, as it is not just an NBA problem it is an everybody problem. Calling attention to mental health and wellness will indeed help the many. Thus, I wanted to make it a point to provide the link to the series on my blog today as I am confident there are a wide range of points and stories that the public will find helpful.

Additionally, below I have listed 6 talking points that I find helpful in the work that I do with my clientele. By listing them in this format I am hopeful other therapists will consider the significance in their work with clientele.

  1. Effects of social media on mental health (why & how to detach)
  2. NBA’s attention to mental wellness vs mental illness
  3. MVP: Meditation, Visualization, Positive self talk
  4. Stigma (Psychotherapist vs Performance Coach)
  5. Emotional Management (on and off the court)
  6. Types of counseling (CBT, ACT, Insight & awareness treatment, Systemic…)

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Helping Kids Adjust to Change https://www.drkarenruskin.com/helping-kids-adjust-to-change/ https://www.drkarenruskin.com/helping-kids-adjust-to-change/#respond Tue, 21 Aug 2018 17:53:10 +0000 http://www.drkarenruskin.com/?p=9196

Joy Lim Nakrin & Dr. Karen Ruskin on NECN

As parents, helping one’s children to adjust to the new school year, and transition smoothly when change occurs, all kinds of change, is an important part of parenting. During my bi-weekly segment on NECN this morning, I provided parenting tips to help with the process. If you missed my live segment, here’s the link for viewing on demand: Helping children adjust to change.

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Census Survey: Couples And Financial Secrecy https://www.drkarenruskin.com/census-survey-couples-and-financial-secrecy/ https://www.drkarenruskin.com/census-survey-couples-and-financial-secrecy/#respond Wed, 01 Aug 2018 00:58:23 +0000 http://www.drkarenruskin.com/?p=9173

Joy Lim Nakrin & Dr. Karen Ruskin

New U.S. Census Bureau research shows that the income couples report on Census Bureau surveys do not always match tax data. Why the discrepancy? During my bi-weekly segment on NECN where I provide analysis and tips on timely mental health topics, I weighed in on this topic. Additionally, I discussed financial secrecy between couples in terms of what they do or do not disclose to one another. Concrete tips for having a healthy financial relationship was addressed. If you missed this live segment, provided is the link for viewing on demand: Relationship Financial Secrecy.

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Me Too Movement – The Effect On Dating https://www.drkarenruskin.com/me-too-movement-the-effect-on-dating/ https://www.drkarenruskin.com/me-too-movement-the-effect-on-dating/#comments Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:11:56 +0000 http://www.drkarenruskin.com/?p=9159

The Me Too movement is extremely significant. The importance of holding those accountable for sexual assault is imperative. The after-effects this movement has had on dating and relationships is profound as well. I am hearing from males and females their experience in dating in terms of how this movement has effected them.

During my bi-weekly segment on NECN with anchor Joy Lim Nakrin, this week’s discussion I provided viewers with the view of males and females in the effects Me Too has had on dating. Although this is not the experience of all males and all females, it is certainly enough of a theme posted by celebrities for the public to read, as well as the everyday public whom are coming in for relationship coaching expressing their challenges.

If you missed my interview live, as always, here is the link for viewing on demand: MeToo’s impact on dating: males vs. females.

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Independence: What it is and How to attain it https://www.drkarenruskin.com/independence-what-it-is-and-how-to-attain-it/ https://www.drkarenruskin.com/independence-what-it-is-and-how-to-attain-it/#respond Sat, 07 Jul 2018 14:58:52 +0000 http://www.drkarenruskin.com/?p=9141

What is independence? How can you help yourself and your children be independent? These are the questions I answered and Claiming Your Independence is the topic I addressed this week, during my regular bi-weekly mental health segment on NECN with anchor Joy Lim Nakrin.

Dr Karen Ruskin & Joy Lim Nakrin on NECN

As we celebrate the national July 4th holiday of Independence Day, as a mental health professional I see this as an opportunity to help people to claim their independence on Independence Day. For viewing on demand, in the event you missed this live segment, here is the link: Claim Your Independence.

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Summer Transition And Adjustment For Families https://www.drkarenruskin.com/summer-transition-and-adjustment-for-families/ https://www.drkarenruskin.com/summer-transition-and-adjustment-for-families/#respond Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:23:34 +0000 http://www.drkarenruskin.com/?p=9126

Anchor Joy Lim Nakrin with Psychotherapist Dr. Karen Ruskin

Summer is a time of transition for many families. Which means adjustment. During my regular bi-weekly mental health segment on NECN with anchor Joy Lim Nakrin, we discussed this topic today. We explored that for some families this results in positive feelings, excitement and connection. For others the result is family tension, family conflict and feelings of nervousness. Whether children are transitioning to summer camp or to college or to returning home for the summer from college… whether adults are trying to adjust to their child spending time over the summer with their x-spouse, with grandparents, leaving for graduate school or their child is back home post college – parents and kids may desire a few tips to help them experience a happy, adjusted summer transition. I invite you to view my latest interview, if you missed it live-on-air this morning, it is now available for viewing on demand: Summer Transition For Families.

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