Casey Anthony Charged With Murder

15 10 2008

Things got pretty heated on Tuesday when I appeared on CNN Headline News with an attorney,ilaw enforcement analysts, and a field producer as news broke that Casey Anthony (Florida mom of 3-year-old Caylee Anthony who has been missing since June 15th) had been indicted for murder by a grand jury.
I was asked about her state of mind after finding out she had been indicted, but also her state of mind over the past few months -Caylee. A spokesman for Casey Anthony’s attorney was concerned about some things that were said in the segment. He commented on the host, the law enforcement analysts and myself. He even referred to me by name.

I actually think he was complimenting me and the host, Mike Galanos (who is really good), but because emotions were running so high, it was hard to be sure we had been talking about the case on and off for two hours as breaking news on the murder indictment trickled in.

It got me wondering…what is it about THIS case? I’ve discussed it on Nancy Grace (who is also really good) three, maybe four different times. Nancy has been covering the case very thoroughly for months. And viewers tune in. It seems there’s something new everyday. Read the rest of this entry »





See Me Live in San Diego

2 10 2008
Dr. Lisa

Dr. Lisa

I’m speaking in San Diego and it’s open to the public!!!!

Usually, agencies and organizations bring me in to talk only to their staff, but these 2 talks are open to EVERYONE.

Thursday October 23, 2008

1) Teens with Mental Health Disorders: Who They REALLY Are   (Daytime)
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2) When to Worry: How to Tell if Your Teen Needs Help–and What to Do Next   (Evening)

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Would be great to see you if you live in the area!

We’ll have copies of my book When To Worry and new DVD The Secret Cut available at a discount!





Dr. Lisa Goes Head-to-Head With Owner of Brothel on CNN

19 09 2008

Last week I appeared on CNN with Dennis Hof, the owner of the most famous legal brothel in Nevada. The topic was a 22-year-old who was auctioning off her virginity to help pay for graduate school-she wants to be a Marriage and Family Therapist. Yikes! Things got pretty heated on the show…..

As you can imagine, I wasn’t a fan of the idea. It’s her body and her choice as to what she wants to do with it (this is NOT the first auction of this kind). But what effect will this very public auction have on young girls graduating from high school-especially  if their family doesn’t have money to send them to college?

Will these girls decide to finance their education by auctioning off their virginity to the highest bidder?

I have a Ph.D in Psychology and paid for my education with a combination of waitressing, student loans, and low-paying counseling jobs. What about those options?

This public “virginity auction” comes at an interesting time. Virginity is actually fashionable again now that The Jonas Brothers and other pop stars are talking about the virtue of waiting until marriage to have sex. Even if teens can’t wait until marriage, don’t we at least want them to wait until they’re in a committed relationship-rather than the one with the most CASH?

I find it sad….for the auctionee, but mostly for the young people who will hear about her and think it’s a good idea.





ADHD Among Youth On The Rise..NOT SO FAST!!!!

28 08 2008

The headline is all over the place: ADHD Is on the Rise. ADHD has increased 1997-2006. A new survey from the CDC/National Center for Health Statistics says it’s so.

I can’t and won’t believe the conclusions of this survey.

I’m not saying that ADHD is or is not on the rise (in fact, soon I’ll talk about how common ADHD is!), but I am frustrated by headlines and so-called
“national studies” that are inaccurate and weak.

This study found:

  • 9% of children have ADHD

  • Boys had ADHD more often than girls

  • White and Black children have ADHD more than Hispanic children

  • Children with Medicaid have ADHD more than uninsured or privately insured children

This study (and the headlines) forget to emphasize that they consider a child as suffering from ADHD if “a doctor or health professional ever told the parent that their child had ADHD….

I think that is crazy.

Just because a doctor SAID a youth has ADHD in no way means the youth ACTUALLY HAS the disorder. In fact, they aren’t even saying that a “mental health professional” said the youth had ADHD.
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No Mood Swings, Pregnancy or Violence for US Olympic Gymnasts!

19 08 2008

Everywhere I look, it seems as though there is another story about “moody” teens, pregnant teens or teen violence– and I am often called to comment on it.

Teen Champions

Teen Champions

How refreshing to watch the female gymnasts at the 2008

Olympics demonstrate the exact opposite of how teens are typically portrayed in the media. Those teenage girls were respectful, focused, driven, and exhibited phenomenal sportsmanship! Despite the “superhuman” twists, turns, and vaults these girls displayed, what made me feel so good, is how human and how adolescent they still are:

Shawn Johnson, 16, from Iowa watches So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With The Stars. She has had three of her short stories published and is an honor roll student. Read More…

Nastia Liukin, 19, from Texas listens to Kelly Clarkson and has been accepted at Southern Methodist University. Read More…

Olympic Champions

Olympic Champions

Alicia Sacramone, 21, wants to become a fashion designer. She views her parents as her biggest role models due to teaching her that “hard work brings rewards.” Read the rest of this entry »





Dr. Lisa Boesky in OK! Magazine

6 08 2008

Dr. Lisa was interviewed for a feature article in this week’s OK! Magazine.

Dr. Lisa was asked to provide information about “emotional eating” and the magazine designed a quiz for readers to take to distinguish whether they

August Edition of Ok! Magazine

August Edition of Ok! Magazine

1) show clear signs of being an emotional eater

2) generally have their diet in check or

3) have found healthy ways to cope with emotions

Check it out on local newsstands!

Do you overeat when you are stressed

Do you feel guilty or ashamed after eating too much?

Do you reach for high-sugar, high-calorie foods to calm           down—and it works?

Are you able to eat normally with others, but lose control of your eating when alone?

Does your weight fluctuate based on what is happening at your job or in your relationship?

Eating high-sugar, high-carb foods can actually increase the brain’s Serotonin (a “feel-good” neurotransmitter). Emotional eating isn’t about food, so a diet isn’t going to help. Emotional eaters need to find new and healthier ways of “coping” with strong feelings and stress–so the impulse to eat no longer feels overwhelming.





Teen Birth Rates on the Rise

1 08 2008
Pregnant Teens

Pregnant Teens

(HealthDay News) — The teen birth rate is up for the first time in 15 years, and homicides among teens are up for the first time in 12 years, a new government report finds. Dr. Lisa Boesky, clinical psychologist and national speaker recently appeared on CBS’ The Early Show to discuss this phenomenon brought to the mainstream media because of the pregnancy pact among teens in Massachusetts On the plus side, there has been a drop in childhood deaths from injuries, and fewer eighth graders are smoking, according to the report, put out by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics. The proportion of Asian and Hispanic children in the population has increased, which reflects the growing diversity among individuals of all ages across the country. A particularly disturbing trend was the increase in Homicides committed by teenagers– up for the first time since the early 1990’s. Other risky behaviors, such as alcohol and drug use did not increase or decrease. Read More..