Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, For The Inquirer

Clinical Director of The Anxiety Behaviors Clinic at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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Medical mystery: Why was woman having violent thoughts about her loved ones?

She was thinking about killing her husband. In tears, she told me that she loved her husband but wondered if she should seek a divorce just to protect him from herself. She was already avoiding him so much, and she missed him terribly.


How school closings due to coronavirus are helping parents see benefits of later start times for teens | Expert Opinion

For many families, the school-from-home day starts later than a typical day and the lack of travel time to school has resulted in many teens gaining an hour or more of shut-eye in the morning.

Medical mystery: The healthy young woman who feared losing control

The new college student described an increasing fear that she would become sick to her stomach while away from home and — before she could find a bathroom — experience a bout of very public diarrhea.

Anxiety in kids is real. But so is their parents’ power to heal them.

"My impression is that parents have forgotten that it is common for children to feel anxious sometimes," writes the clinical director of the Anxiety Behaviors Clinic at CHOP.

Insomnia in teens is a major public health problem. Here’s how to fix it.

A recent study indicated that 69 percent of high school students are failing to obtain the eight to 10 hours per night that they need.

Black children are suffering higher rates of depression and anxiety. What’s going on?

Persistent social stress is among the factors researchers city to explain why black youth now are reporting higher rates of emotional problems than white peers, a reversal of the historic pattern.

Domestic abuse: Long lasting effects on women and their children

Nationally, over 20 percent of women will experience intimate partner violence in their lifetime. Research has shown the effects can be lasting and devastating for women and their children.

Fathers are at risk for postpartum depression, too

The rate of fathers identified as experiencing postpartum depression during routine well-child visits in the 15 months after their infants' birth was almost the same as that of mothers, found a recent study in JAMA Pediatrics.

Tips for talking to kids about suicide

Although kids cannot relate to Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, they'll definitely have questions about suicide when they hear about it. If your child is old enough to understand the permanence of death, around age 7, tell the truth.