July 28th, 2011
05:39 PM ET
Editor's note: Dr. Drew Pinsky, a board-certified internist, regularly interviews people in the spotlight to learn more about their emotional lives. Nadya Suleman will be Dr. Drew’s guest on a special edition of "Dr. Drew" on HLN Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.
Nadya Suleman - we gawked, we gasped, we rolled our eyes. Ultimately, we turned her into a cartoon character, giving her the moniker "Octomom" - not altogether unreasonable, considering her bizarre behavior:
To us, it looked like the reckless decision of a madwoman - giving birth to eight children on top of the six she already had. Raising just one child is a world of responsibility - raising multiples, even more so (I know from experience – I have triplets), but 14?
We asked, how could she dive headlong into such a huge commitment, alone.
July 21st, 2011
12:07 PM ET
Editor's note: Dr. Drew Pinsky, a board-certified internist, regularly interviews people in the spotlight to learn more about their emotional lives. Bristol Palin will be Dr. Drew’s guest on a special edition of "Dr. Drew" on HLN Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.
One thing jumped out at me over and over again when I interviewed Bristol Palin: She had difficulty identifying and expressing feelings.
Even when pressed, she was unable to dig deep and readily find an emotional response.
Based on how Bristol described her family, the Palins seem to exhibit what in my line of work is called an “enmeshed” family. It’s more than being close. It’s being too close.
May 11th, 2011
11:07 AM ET
Editor's note: “Dr. Drew” dives into the debate around “wet houses,” where chronic alcoholics are allowed to drink, 9 p.m. ET Wednesday on HLN.
I have no problem, in principle, with wet houses - essentially, places where alcoholics can drink until they die. I have no problem with them for some people. I wouldn’t want anyone I love to live in one. But I don’t want to take away someone’s right to a dignified death even if it’s because of a treatable condition like alcoholism.
Let’s face it. There are some cases that just can’t be treated: those with such severe brain damage, there’s no chance of meaningful life, and those with irreversible liver damage who do not meet criteria for transplantation
Still, I have some questions and you should too before a “wet house” becomes an option, or last resort.
May 5th, 2011
05:11 PM ET
May 4: Not a holiday. Not a special occasion. But it is one of the most important days of the year - The National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Too many of our children are having children.
The U.S. has double the teen pregnancy rate of Canada. It’s four times greater than in Germany and France. And eight times higher than in Japan. America’s rate of teen pregnancy is the highest in the developed world. I’d love to focus on the fact that fewer teens are having babies now, than 20 years ago. But I can’t. Not today, anyway.
I work with MTV’s “Teen Moms." I come face-to-face with young girls who are pregnant - 16-year-old girls who may have to failed to use protection or have used it correctly. They are shocked to find themselves in “trouble."
May 4th, 2011
10:04 AM ET
May 4 is the 10th annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. And on that day about 1,000 teenage girls will give birth.
Warnings about the trials and tribulations that inevitably follow apparently aren’t enough to stop them - just ask Maci, Farrah and Catelynn.
They may be “stars” of MTV’s “Teen Mom," but the reality of their situation is this: They are children having children.
Millions of viewers are drawn into the drama of the show and the lives of these young women. Their stories are so powerful, their situations so relatable, that schools and churches use them - for better or worse - as examples.
I’m pleased to welcome Maci, Farrah Catelynn and their cautionary tales to “Dr. Drew" on Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on HLN. We want to contribute to the dialogue about teen pregnancy. And we want you to do so too.
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