Tuesday, July 23, 2013

My 9 News Interview About the Cleveland Kidnapping Survivors

Here is the video from my interview last week where I discuss the mental state of the three women who were kidnapped and held captive for years in a Cleveland home.

If you are attempting to watch the video on a mobile device that is not Flash enabled, you can see the video here: Women In Ohio Kidnapping Case Thank Public For Support

I continue to be amazed at how strong they come across in their video statements.

Thank you for watching-- Max Wachtel, Ph.D.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Picture I Would Have Chosen For The Cover Of This Week's Rolling Stone

This is a photograph of Alex Teves. He is a former student of mine at the University of Denver. I have taught hundreds of students over the last 12 years, and Alex definitely stood out from the crowd. He was smart and funny, and the at-risk students he worked with loved him. They loved him.

Alex died on July 20, 2012 in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. He draped his body over the love of his life to protect her from a shower of bullets. He is a true hero.

Alex, you are my choice to grace the cover of Rolling Stone this week. Rest in peace.

Thanks for reading-- Max Wachtel, Ph.D.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Woman Accused of Intentionally Overdosing Teenagers In Her Home: My 9 News Interview

This is a creepy first degree murder story out of Arapahoe County, Colorado where Almeda Sullivan, a former teacher's aide for Cherry Creek High School, is accused of selling prescription pain killers to teenagers and intentionally overdosing them in order to test the limits of the human body.

Will Ripley interviewed me and the story aired last night. Here is the video:

Thanks for reading-- Max Wachtel, Ph.D.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Teenagers, Texting And Driving: The News Gets Worse

Can we all agree that this man is probably
not very much fun to spend time with?
On my drive home from work, I looked in my rearview mirror and spotted a woman in an SUV directly behind me staring at her iPhone. We were at a stoplight, and she was resting her hand on the steering wheel while holding her phone in the Two O'Clock position and staring directly at it. It almost looked like she was taking a picture of me. In retrospect, she might have been ogling the Tesla Roadster that was at the same light right beside me. Although, my Camry is fairly intriguing, so I'm not completely sure.

Whatever she was doing on her phone, she did not seem to care that anyone saw her. Even with all of the new research showing how dangerous it is to drive while distracted, this lady did not mind broadcasting to all those around her that she might as well have been blind drunk.

That incident got me thinking about a study highlighted in the July/August issue of the American Psychological Association's Monitor on Psychology. In the study published in the June issue of Pediatrics, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discovered that teenagers who text while driving also take other dangerous risks behind the wheel. For example, they are more likely to drive drunk, be a passenger in a car where someone is driving drunk, and skip wearing a seatbelt.

Although the study only focused on teens, it makes me wonder if adults who text while driving take other risks as well.

What are your thoughts? Have you ridden in cars with drivers who text? Do those same drivers take other risks? How old are they?

And, for those of you with kids who drive--what do you do to keep your kids from using their phones while driving? If you discover they text while driving, have you thought about having a frank conversation with them about the other risks they take behind the wheel?

Interestingly, the woman in the SUV put her phone away as soon as the light turned green. She made the same series of turns as I did and stayed directly behind me for several miles. I never saw her get her phone out again.

Thanks for reading-- Max Wachtel, Ph.D.


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