Wes Crenshaw

Dr. Wes Crenshaw joined "St. Louis on the Air" in studio.
Áine O'Connor | St. Louis Public Radio

It may be easier than ever before for young people to be open and curious about their sexuality; or at least, Julia Poe of Prairie Village, Kansas seems to think so. Poe identifies as bisexual and believes that for people of her generation, coming out is becoming more common and less traumatic—just as same-sex marriage, recently legalized across the country, is increasingly frequent and accepted.

Psychologist Wes Crenshaw
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Sex. That little three-letter word strikes fear in many parents’ hearts.

Psychologist Wes Crenshaw told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Monday that the biggest mistake parents make when trying to talk to their kids about sex is “freaking out.”

“Parents just cannot afford to think their kids are the least bit naïve. Kids are tied into the internet and to each other. They know way too much nowadays to take simple answers,” Crenshaw said. Rather than a one-time conversation, talking about sex and sex education is an almost endless conversation, he said.

Psychologist Wes Crenshaw
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If there’s a gender war, the girls are winning, says psychologist Wes Crenshaw.

“Right now, to be a young white female is to be in a cohort of highly competitive applicants to just about any advanced program that there is,” Crenshaw said.

Women outnumber and outperform men in college. In middle and high school, girls also get better grades than boys. Crenshaw says these performance differences can be traced back to how children are raised, and the distractions they face.

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Difficulty focusing. Impulsiveness. Restlessness. These are general characteristics that at one time or another can be attributed to most people. But when these traits are habitual and interfere with everyday activities and tasks, they can be signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, known as ADD or ADHD.

Psychologist Wes Crenshaw prefers the term ADD because most people diagnosed with the disorder don’t have hyperactivity.