The Unravelling of Womanhood - Be Careful What You Wish For

I think a great deal about the world my daughter will face, and then worry grips me that she will be set up to fail. Getting stuck in youth is just one of the pitfalls I have seen in patients. They grow up in a society that glorifies and emphasizes youth for the wrong reasons. Will she be shown the right incentives for her to get past the fear of growing up and become a woman? This year, the winner of Best Actress at the Oscars was Michelle Yeoh. A 60-year-old childless actress, wearing something fit for a virginal 16-year-old, told little girls in her speech: “don’t ever let anyone tell you that you’re past your prime”. Since no one else took issue, I guess we are well past the point of discussing the consequences of messaging girls that they should strive to look like and stay in the life of a teenager till infinity. As lives are lived with an obsessive focus on pleasure in the present (in the current economic crisis people cancel the dentist but take up loans to vacation), there is

“What should I tell my daughter?” New Podcast

Image Today Evelyn Locher and I released the first episode of our new podcast series “What Should I Tell My Daughter”! We discuss the things we were told growing up, what the cosequences of that sort of messaging has been and question if it’s prudent to continue on that messaging to the next generation of women. We focus on our daughters and how we can best guide them through the challenges of the modern world. Be that in a corporate environment, with instagram realities or social media trends and how to deal with difficult questions they might ask us like: Why should I have kids? I feel very lucky to have Evelyn Locher as a partner in this, she is the yin to my yang with her years of experience in consulting for one of the Big 4 in Zürich. We start off with an episode on how personality generally differs between the genders, the Big 5 model and specificall

Interview with Derrell Jones for Family on Trial


Are We Doomed To Become Parents Of Teens With Mental Disorders?

#Mental health now has over 68 billion views. #Tics has 4.2 billion, #borderline personality disorder 1.5 billion and #dissociative identity disorder has 1.3 billion. Tik Tok is taking over the world, its’ algorithms pruned by an army of psychologists to suck teens in and spend hours watching reel after reel. With teens now spending up to 9 hours of screen time a day, what could possibly go wrong? Dissociative Identity Disorder (aka Multiple Personality Disorder), tic-disorders and Borderline Personality Disorder have never had prevalence rates above 2%. On all the different social media platforms, however, you find communities with aesthetically pleasing videos romanticizing symptoms and criteria for diagnosing. Influencers give the impression that having the disorder makes you “someone”. Does it then come as a surprise that clinicians everywhere are reporting that teens are self-diagnosing using the exact terms from the Diagnostic Manual? One study suggests the prevalence rate of Dis