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A Guide for Parents' Response to School Violence

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Given recent tragedies in the news, our communities have been under a great deal of stress. The Weill Cornell Medicine community grieves the loss of those in St. Louis, Missouri, Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, New York. We understand the ramifications this tragedy has on our mental health and the mental health of our children.

As a parent, it may not come naturally to consider your emotional experience and mental health because the concern, focus, and priority is attending to...

Dr. Susan Vaughan appointed as Aaron Stern, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychodynamic Psychiatry

Susan C. Vaughan, M.D.

We are delighted to announce that Susan C. Vaughan, M.D., will be joining the full-time faculty of Weill Cornell Medicine as the next Aaron Stern, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Psychodynamic Psychiatry and the Director of the Aaron Stern, M.D., Ph.D., Program in Psychodynamic Psychiatry.  Dr. Vaughan is distinguished psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, educator, and scholar.  She has written three best-selling books:...

Immediate Relief: In the Clinic and the Lab, Physician-scientists Explore Ketamine’s Potentially Powerful Role in Psychiatry

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Illustration Credit: David Pohl/The Ispot

Depression is the most common mental illness as well as the number one cause of disability among people between the ages of 15 and 44. And for millions of sufferers, antidepressants have literally saved lives that could otherwise have been lost to suicide. But selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs—the most common class of drugs prescribed for depression—can take six weeks to begin alleviating symptoms, and that’s without the...

Back to School: Tips for parents to support their child’s transition back to in-person learning


It’s that time of year again! The return to school always brings a mix of emotions: excitement about the new year, worry about changes in routine, apprehension for new experiences, sadness with the end of summer, and stress around feeling prepared. This fall brings the added layer of uncertainty and concern for safety as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose a potential risk to our communities. For many, anxiety and stress is more palpable, and understandably so.

Parents face an...

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