Dr. Karen Ruskin, PsyD., LMFT https://www.drkarenruskin.com Relationship Expert Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:11:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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/#respond 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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How’s your mental health this summer? https://www.drkarenruskin.com/hows-your-mental-health-this-summer/ https://www.drkarenruskin.com/hows-your-mental-health-this-summer/#respond Wed, 06 Jun 2018 19:08:17 +0000 http://www.drkarenruskin.com/?p=9098

For many, thoughts of the summer and the summer itself, brings smiling faces. For others, summer time is filled with anxiety, emotional discomfort and feelings of sadness. During my bi-weekly regular mental health segment on NECN with Joy Lim Nakrin, this week’s topic: Summer Mental Health I address 4 top reasons why there are those who struggle emotionally during the summer months. Additionally, I provide 4 tips to help make your summer be an emotionally healthy one. You are invited to view this segment, and all of my segments on demand, if you miss them live-on-air.

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Marriage Tips https://www.drkarenruskin.com/marriage-tips/ https://www.drkarenruskin.com/marriage-tips/#respond Tue, 22 May 2018 18:09:00 +0000 http://www.drkarenruskin.com/?p=9085

Marriage Expert Dr. Karen Ruskin & NECN Anchor Joy Lim Nakrin

Marriage – empty nest, pre-marriage, newlyweds, long time marrieds – looking for a few practical tips? During my bi-weekly segment on NECN’s morning news with Joy Lim Nakrin, where I provide analysis and tips on timely topics, today I discussed: marriage, including my marriage book: Dr. Karen’s Marriage Manual. If you wish to watch this interview on demand, here is the link: Marriage – what you need to know. If you wish to learn more about my much talked about marriage book discussed on air, check out this link: Dr. Karen’s Marriage Manual.

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Digital Media – Effects on the Developing Brain https://www.drkarenruskin.com/digital-media-effects-on-the-developing-brain/ https://www.drkarenruskin.com/digital-media-effects-on-the-developing-brain/#respond Mon, 21 May 2018 18:34:34 +0000 http://www.drkarenruskin.com/?p=9070

Keynote Dr. Karen Ruskin at Foxborough Regional Charter School

This weekend I had the pleasure of being the keynote speaker for the Foxborough Regional Charter School’s annual Family Engagement Conference – Parenting in the 21st Century. My keynote: Digital Media – the effects on the developing brain.

My intent for this keynote was to provide the most up to date research, as well as real life practical tips. Thus resulting in parents feeling both informed and empowered to make the best choices for their family in creating a healthy digital media plan (AKA screen time plan), for their children and family.

A few of the topics I addressed included:  

  • From distraction to addiction
  • Digital media addiction
  • The effects of digital media on the brain (neuroplasticity, neural pruning, creating problematic symptoms due to living in the cyber world, social skills, anxiety, self esteem, depression, concentration, attention, focus, memory, behavior, mood, communication skills,…).
  • The effects of digital media on the body
  • Tech jumping/unrelated screen jumping, AKA digital multi-tasking
  • Quantity vs. quality of digital media
  • Life outside of cyber world (family time, physical activity, socialization, parents role in creating activities,…)
  • Conscious, mindful decisions about digital media
  • Digital media is here to stay, and is a needed skill. Being in control of digital media vs. digital media in control of your kids
  • Video games, attention seeking selfies, social media, watching the lives of others vs. living your own life,…
  • Boys vs. girls
  • Healthy relationship with digital media/what’s your kids’ digital media diet?
  • Parent role modeling, avoid distracted parenting symptom
  • Plan for each age and stage of children’s lives: digital media management
  • How you help your children create a digital media plan matters
  • Strategy for making a shift in one’s life including: releasing anxiety and ending digital media addiction

Post the keynote speech it was deeply moving to me to have mini break-out sessions with those parents who desired to share with me their personal situation and ask me their questions. Providing concrete tips and strategies tailored to their children and family was meaningful.

A huge thank you to the Foxborough Regional Charter School’s Family Engagement Coordinator Karen Harris, who made this happen. As well as a shout out to communication specialist Amanda Mathias (thanks for taking pictures), and the rest of the FRCS team who worked hard to make this a success. Till next time…

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Santa Fe School Shooting – Boys and Violence https://www.drkarenruskin.com/santa-fe-school-shooting-boys-and-violence/ https://www.drkarenruskin.com/santa-fe-school-shooting-boys-and-violence/#comments Sat, 19 May 2018 19:24:59 +0000 http://www.drkarenruskin.com/?p=9064

Boys are getting lost, in school and at home. They don’t have a voice. Boys becoming men is an important topic that is not being addressed, and we are seeing the problematic outcome of this. The tragic Santa Fe School Shooting, is one of far too many cases of a young male expressing inner turmoil with outward violence. Boys express deep emotional pain with outward anger resulting in violence.

FOX News At Night’s Shannon Bream with Dr. Karen Ruskin

This is but a few of my points during an interview on FOX News at Night with Shannon Bream. If you missed it on air live on 5/18/18, the link is available for you to view on demand: Sante Fe Shooting – Psychotherapist Commentary.

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Summer Jobs For Teenagers – Value of Work https://www.drkarenruskin.com/summer-jobs-for-teenagers-the-value-of-work/ https://www.drkarenruskin.com/summer-jobs-for-teenagers-the-value-of-work/#respond Tue, 15 May 2018 21:21:49 +0000 http://www.drkarenruskin.com/?p=9049

Psychotherapist Dr Karen Ruskin, Anchor Joy Lim Nakrin on NECN

Teenagers: to work this summer or not to work? That is the question, and my most recent on air discussion during my regular bi-weekly appearance on NECN with anchor Joy Lim Nakrin, where I share analysis and tips on timely topics through my lens as a Psychotherapist/Family Therapist.

My answer: oh yes! There is much value for a teenager to work over the summer, which absolutely includes mental health. If you missed this live interview, check out the why and the what for summer jobs by viewing it now: Teens and the value of working over the summer.

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Vote yes to ban marijuana recreational shops https://www.drkarenruskin.com/vote-yes-to-ban-marijuana-recreational-shops/ https://www.drkarenruskin.com/vote-yes-to-ban-marijuana-recreational-shops/#respond Tue, 01 May 2018 16:27:45 +0000 http://www.drkarenruskin.com/?p=9008

On air today on Sharon Community TV (SCTV) I hosted a panel discussing the importance of voting yes to ban recreational marijuana shops. Each panelist provided through their lens of expertise, factual information to the public as to why voting yes to the ban is absolutely the decision urged.

Dr. Karen Ruskin , J.J. McGrath, Connie Dai, Jill Katz

We provided our viewers with the information that on Tuesday May 8th at 7pm at the Sharon High School gym 66% of those in attendance must vote yes to ban recreational marijuana shops here in our town of Sharon, otherwise, it is coming…. Therefore, every vote counts. If you are interested in viewing our 30 minute informative panel discussion program to learn more, it airs daily starting today leading up to voting day & beyond on local Sharon TV Channel 8 (check what times on SCTV website). Or, view now: Dr. Karen Ruskin & Panel: Vote Yes To Ban Recreational Marijuana Shops. Below in this blog you will find the following: panelists information, a summary of a few of the points explored on air, and links to various videos and articles to learn facts and details about Marijuana so that you can be ‘in the know’ with evidence based research and factual information rather than simply having emotional based bias that is far too often posted on social media.

Panel included:

  • Dr. Karen Ruskin, Psychotherapist (show host/panelist)
  • Former Deputy Chief of Police and Current Selectman; J.J. McGrath (panelist)
  • Sharon Cares Spokesperson Connie Dai, attorney by profession (panelist)
  • Jill Katz, Registered Nurse in various MA schools (panelist)
  • A statement from one of the town of Sharon’s highly reputable physician’s Dr. Heather Boxerman

A few of the highlighted topics during our panel discussion includes as follows:

  • Explanation of all four articles that are up for voting as summarized by Connie (as there’s been much reported confusion in town), as well as explaining why voting on May 8th is so imperative, and if the ban does not occur, the voting that will take place on May 15th.
  • The company Four Daughters initial agreement and assurance to the Selectman as explained by J.J. was that the marijuana facility was for medical purposes only, which led to the approval. J.J. shared that recreational was absolutely not what was agreed upon, promised directly to him, and yet here it is. (hmmmm, was the town of Sharon duped?)
  • Real life account and patterns observed through J.J.’s lens of when he was a narcotics officer, of the role marijuana played in problematic behavior of the youth population and concerning family dynamic issues.
  • Concerning facts about Marijuana use explained by Dr. Karen Ruskin (e.g., mental health issues, social conformity vs. teaching our kids to be leaders not allowing the collective group to make decisions for us, addiction/diagnosis, dependency, negative medical health effects, negative societal effects, driving accidents).
  • The Federal and State governments ongoing disagreement, and the significance of that fact explained by Jill. Additionally Jill provided the most up to date mandates in the school system in our changing time due to Marijuana, and how our youth are affected. (Additional points check out comprehensive one sheet, side picture).
  • The negative impact a recreational shop would have on Sharon including it’s health, public safety, and reputation as stated by Dr. Heather Boxerman. Included in Dr. Boxerman’s stance/statement is that marijuana is a gateway drug causing further addictions to drugs such as heroin and cocaine, proven to lower one’s IQ, trigger psychiatric illness, and associated with reckless driving and an increase in motor vehicle accidents.
  • To date our neighboring towns in Norwood, Walpole, Foxboro and Stoughton banned recreational marijuana shops.
  • Recreational marijuana and recreational marijuana shops is a critical public health issue effecting us as individuals, our children, our family, our neighbors, our town, our community, surrounding towns, our country – in a wide variety of ways.
  • And more… check out the panel discussion

Panel Discussion – Vote to ban recreational marijuana retail shops in Sharon MA

Each panelist cares about Sharon. Additionally we each have in common with one another that we work and/or reside in Sharon, and all our children either currently are or have gone through the Sharon school system. A big thank you to each panelist for taking the time to provide education to our community.

A big thank you to all of those in the community behind the scenes taking part in playing a role in spreading the word.

A big thank you to Sharon Community TV’s team for pulling together a slot for our show at the last minute with fast turn around time.

Links to varied timely videos and articles to learn about the implications of marijuana:

(As I mentioned during the panel program, I desire to assure that the public has a varied range of information to digest to learn the facts. Due to limited time constraints of which is the reality when on TV, each article and points are not mentioned on air, rather offered here for the public to review at their leisure):

The case against recreational marijuana shops:

  • American Academy of Pediatrics Reaffirms Opposition to Legalizing Marijuana for Recreational Use: http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?p=AONE&sw=w&u=mlin_b_simmcol&v=2.1&it=r&id=GALE%7CA398876456&sid=ebsco&asid=886ceb55#.Wuh8N81_vPM.gmail
  • Colorado’s results: various evidence based articles in this link from Colorado.gov for the wide range of topics people ask about including; brain effects, addiction, traffic/injury and more: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/marijuana-health-report
  • A rehabilitation center providing information about the negative effects of MJ including the social societal impact: http://www.nber.org/digest/oct14/w20085.htmlhttps://luxury.rehabs.com/marijuana-rehab/social-impact-and-effects-of-marijuana/
  • Ed Gogek, MD is a psychiatrist specializing in addiction, and author. In this video he explains the case against MJ and it’s link to opiod abuse addressing why law makers and the public should not be going in the direction of legalization: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeVRaU7L7HI&feature=youtu.be
  •  Documentary video – detailing the negative impact of MJ on society, addiction, and more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mFglI7KEpI&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop
  • MJ negative effects on medical health specifically the lungs: http://www.lung.org/stop-smoking/smoking-facts/marijuana-and-lung-health.html?gclid=CjwKCAjwwPfVBRBiEiwAdkM0HfHBffhIDWAKjiAzdnYohqBu-7SA_UFlJScYP-ovGNPPubTC1en7XBoCAgIQAvD_BwE
  • Spike in MJ- fueled crashes: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2018/04/washington_state_traffic_official_to_talk_spike_in_impaired_driving?amp
  • Statistics on traffic and accidents related to MJ: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0tmPQ67k3NVc2lFeDFoMUJ1N2c/vie
  • Since facility went up in Brockton, MA- MJ negative effects on students: http://www.enterprisenews.com/news/20180327/brockton-superintendent-cites-spike-in-marijuana-incidents-at-schools
  • Link between MJ use and psychiatric disorders: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/marijuana/there-link-between-marijuana-use-psychiatric-disorders
  • Facebook page in MA to opt out of MJ: https://www.facebook.com/Be-Smarter-Opt-Out-Massachusetts-1698272567119112/
  • Facebook page – Smart approaches to MJ: https://www.facebook.com/groups/581144218912057/?fref=nf
  • Negative effects MJ legalization caused in Colorado: https://www.dailysignal.com/2014/08/20/7-harmful-side-effects-pot-legalization-caused-colorado/
  • MJ effecting American’s in the long term: http://thefederalist.com/2017/03/31/legalizing-marijuana-will-hurt-americans-long-term/
  • Negative effects of MJ and legalization: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/08/07/marijuana-devastated-colorado-dont-legalize-nationally-jeff-hunt-column/536010001/

Summary/bullet points of 3 additional informative articles:

Ghosh, T. S., Vigil, D. I., Maffey, A., Tolliver, R., Van Dyke, M., Kattari, L., … & Wolk, L. (2017). Lessons learned after three years of legalized, recreational marijuana: The Colorado experience. Preventive medicine104, 4-6.

  • Increase in hospitalizations with marijuana-related codes by 70% between 2013 and 2015 (CDPHE, 2016).
  • State Patrol data for the first 10 months of 2016 show that DUI’s where marijuana was noted as an impairing substance were 16% higher than the same period in 2014 (Colorado State Patrol, 2016). 
  • Fatalities where the driver tested positive for cannabinoids increased by 80% between 2013 (55) and 2015 (99) (Colorado Department of Transportation, 2016).
  • Calls for children 0–8 increased 63% in the first year after legalization from the Poison Center Data (Ghosh et al., 2017).
  • Spending money for education: Colorado developed a general media campaign on awareness of marijuana laws which had nearly 170 million media impressions within nine months (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 2016e) and
  • Colorado campaign focused on youth, which has had 23.5 million media impressions in the last five months (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 2016f) and
  • Colorado has a campaign targeting pregnant and breastfeeding women which has generated 4–6 5 million impressions in its first five months (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 2016h).   

Berg, C. J., Henriksen, L., Cavazos-Rehg, P., Haardoerfer, R., & Freisthler, B. (2018). The emerging marijuana retail environment: Key lessons learned from tobacco and alcohol retail research. Addictive behaviors

  • Greater density of medical marijuana dispensaries in 50 midsize California cities was associated with higher odds of past-month use and greater frequency of use among adults (Freisthler & Gruenewald, 2014). 
  • Among US adults who tried marijuana at least once, living in a state with a higher density of marijuana dispensaries was associated with higher odds of using marijuana in alternative forms (e.g., vaping, edibles) (Borodovsky et al., 2016)
  • Neighborhoods having medical marijuana dispensaries had a 6.8% increase in the number of marijuana hospitalizations with a marijuana abuse/dependence code (Mair, Freisthler, Ponicki, & Gaidus, 2015). 
  • Collectively, this literature suggests that spatial access to tobacco and alcohol retailers and exposure to the widespread marketing these sites contain may contribute to substance use and disparities in patterns of use. 
  • Drug retailers are disproportionately located in neighborhoods characterized by socioeconomic disadvantage and higher proportions of racial/ethnic minorities, and that retail marketing differs by neighborhood demography. 
Endsley, P., Embrey, M. L., & National Association of School Nurses, (NASN) (2014). Marijuana and Children. Position Statement.
National Association of School Nurses
  • NASN supports smoking marijuana for medicinal use is not recommended for children.
  • NASN recognizes that marijuana made available for adult recreational use poses the potential for  increased prevalence and abuse potential among youth. 
  • There are well‐documented, serious cognitive effects; health implications; and safety concerns of recreational marijuana use. 
  • NASN concludes that the legal availability of marijuana presents more accessibility to the student population and, therefore, puts students at higher risk of use and health consequences.   

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Social Media – Healthy Debate or Hurtful Personal Attacks? https://www.drkarenruskin.com/social-media-healthy-debate-or-hurtful-personal-attacks/ https://www.drkarenruskin.com/social-media-healthy-debate-or-hurtful-personal-attacks/#respond Fri, 27 Apr 2018 23:19:09 +0000 http://www.drkarenruskin.com/?p=8998

So many people are on social media. Thus, many know what it is like to post their opinion about a debate-worthy topic to only get blasted personally rather than the focus being on the debate topic at hand.

NECN – Anchor Joy Lim Nakrin, Psychotherapist Dr. Karen Ruskin

Why is the communication style for some on social media attack oriented and aggressive? What are tips to be a healthy social media communicator? How to respond to the unhealthy communicators? If you are interested in the answer to these questions, check out my latest interview on NECN where anchor Joy Lim Nakrin and I discuss this very topic. Social Media: healthy debate vs hurtful communication

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