Author: Dr. Ramey

  • Dr. Ramey

    Dr. Ramey is the executive director of the Dayton Children’s Hospital Center for Pediatric Mental Health Resources and writes FamilyWise, a weekly parenting column in the Dayton Daily News that is distributed through the New York Times wire service. He is also a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.

Should you be a parent? 5 questions to ask first.

About 20 percent of women don’t have children, a rate twice as high as the 1970s according to the Pew Research Center. For some, the decision is due to life circumstances or medical problems. For about 10 percent of women, … Continue reading

Does my kid not have a conscience?

Kids without a conscience are the most distressing children I see in my office. What concerns me about these youngsters is not that they will all end up in jail. In fact, many of them will be successful in a … Continue reading

Being your better self

Fifteen-year-old Ethan began our first session with the stark declaration that “I want to act more like the person I really am.” I had no idea what he meant. The words sounded like a quote from a self-help book, so … Continue reading

Root causes of mental disorders

There are times I don’t like my job.  Many of the kids that I see for mental disorders are only there because they are victims of bad homes or preventable childhood trauma. There is a national shortage of mental health … Continue reading

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