Suicide is on the rise especially amongst our youth. Here’s one tragic story about a young woman’s struggle with mental illness and according to her parents, how the system failed her. Sadly, her life ended by suicide.
Stigma and cultural gender norms impact many men’s choice to not proactively address their mental health. This article explores why men don’t seek mental health treatment as frequently as their female counterparts.
Workplace culture has significant effects on productivity and mental health. This article discusses how employer kindness impacts employee performance and mental health.
Teens are struggling with mental health issues at higher rates than previous generations and there are many research studies that aim to help us understand possible underlying reasons. Research often cites technology and social media as a contributing factor but can it also have a positive impact on our teens? Our kids have more access
Does your child need therapy? Here are some tips for determining if your child may benefit from treatment.
It’s so important to reduce the stigma of seeking therapy and obtaining professional support. TV and celebrities can reach wide audiences and help to normalize therapy and addressing issues of mental heath and wellness.
Parents have many things to juggle and when there are unanticipated challenges in life. Therapy can be especially useful during these times and help parents learn to effectively manage stressful periods throughout the lifespan.
Mental illnesses impact the person with the diagnosis and the entire family. Some mental health conditions can go undiagnosed for years but that does not mean that family members are not adversely impacted by family dynamics and behavioral patterns/symptoms associated with the illness.
In recent years, there has been growing pressure for new mothers to breastfeed their infants. However, for some women, breastfeeding is challenging and can add unnecessary stress to an already difficult time filled with hormone influx and sleep deprivation. Some doctors in the field are starting to shift their perspectives to one that asserts breastfeeding
I work with many parents who struggle after launching their children. This transition, often known as Empty Nest Syndrome, can be really challenging and difficult. Here’s one mother’s story as she tries to navigate this frightening new chapter in her life.
Therapy is not only for those struggling with a problem or mental heath condition. Many choose to seek therapy to maintain wellness or improve their relationships.
People have misconceptions about eating disorders. A common one is that an individual with Anorexia is extremely thin. This is not always the case and here’s one woman’s journey through an eating disorder.
Research supports the notion that the presence or absence of social relationships impact mental health. This article explores the relationship between loneliness/connection and mental health.
Homecoming season can be a stressful time of year for many teens and for a myriad of reasons. Here are tips and suggestions for navigating this time of year with your teen.
Here are several reasons you may consider showing gratitude more often.
Sam Smith shares his personal experience with therapy with fans and raises awareness about mental health.
Owning your own business can be exciting and empowering but at the same time, it can also be overwhelming and stressful. Here’s a closer look at some of the pro’s & con’s of owning a small business.
Long term therapy vs. short term? Here’s a look at how short term treatment may help alleviate symptoms and stress.
Perimenopause can begin many years prior to menopause. Women may experience symptoms such as irregular menstrual cycles, hormonal shifts, and difficultly with sleep. This article discusses perimenopause and how it can be a trying period of life for many women.
What are the ingredients to becoming happier? This article explains the science behind happiness.
Presidential candidate, Pete Buttigieg proposes a plan that promotes more access and resources for those in need of mental health and substance abuse treatment.
Living with a mental illness can prove challenging. It certainly can have an impact on one’s family and relationships. Here are insightful tips from a man with a mental illness.
Pop culture often misuses terms including mental health diagnoses. We often hear people incorrectly label others as “bipolar” which only perpetuates misinformation on this serious mental health condition.
Many of us know that meditation and deep breathing can help us to navigate through difficult parts of our day. And, it’s always encouraging when celebrities share their personal experiences to raise awareness on mental health and strategies that help during times of stress.
Preparing for college is a daunting task for many families. There are many things to consider while prepping your child for school. Ensuring your child is aware of and connected with (if necessary) mental health services at school is incredibly valuable.
For younger generations, mass shootings have become somewhat normalized in society. However, that does not make in any less traumatic, fear inducing, and stressful. Here are tips for the APA on coping with mass shootings.
The stigma surrounding mental illness remains strong. Physicians and medical professionals are not immune to mental health problems. In fact, some research suggests they suffer from these conditions at higher rates than other professionals. But should they disclose their illnesses as they would if diagnosed with some other medical condition such as diabetes, or a
We all yearn for connection but most of us can improve our skill sets to build these emotional connections. This article suggests we begin by becoming better listeners.
Going back to school triggers anxiety for most kids but those on the Autism Spectrum may be especially susceptible to feeling anxious this time of year. Here are tips to help your child ease back into the transition of the new school year.
May kids and teens feel anxious before returning to school. Here are tips to help your child or teen reduce their apprehensions about school.
We all know what it feels like to be “burnt out.” Business owners and organizations should work diligently at identifying burnout in their employees and creating a plan to reduce it.
Owning a business requires so many moving parts. It can be incredibly rewarding but, at the same time, very stressful. Here are tips from 25 business owners on to manage stress.
Kindness is important to all relationships. But is it the secret to a lasting partnership or marriage? Research by Gottman, a world renown relationship expert, suggests that kindness is, indeed, a critical element for a successful long term relationship.
Pre-technology, people met others through blind dates, at bars, and out in the real world. Now it appears that online dating has become the most popular way to finding dates. While this increases access to the dating pool, it also comes with challenges. This article discusses the evolution of online dating.
Many therapists hear the question, “when will I know if I’m ready to be in a relationship?” This article thoughtfully explores this very topic.
Most individuals seek the approval of their parents. This holds true for dating and finding a significant other. Here are tips for those whose parents don’t like their partners.
As people live longer lives, many of us find ourselves in the Sandwich Generation. That is, people who are raising their families while also taking care of their elder parents. This can be extremely stressful and challenging. Here’s one person’s story of what it’s like to be in this situation.
Young women often face the pressure of getting married, finding their “perfect mate,” and settling down. Inevitably, this becomes magnified when so many of their friends are having wedding and baby showers. Here’s a reminder that it’s equally important to celebrate ALL aspects of one’s life such as friendships, work-related success, health, and some of
A relatable article for many people who find themselves alone later in life. Whether it’s due to becoming an empty nester, divorced, widowed, it can be a difficult transitional time for people.
Parents often find that it’s difficult to enforce school year screen time rules during summer. Here are tips for creating screen-time rules for summer.
Summertime often comes with transition, varying expectations, and less structure for many of us. Here are tips for self-care during the summer months.
Here are tips for cultivating emotional intimacy.
Self injury in teens is far more common than one may think. Here are tips for parenting a teen who engages in self-injury.
Are you tired of dating apps? If so, here are what other people are doing to meet people offline.
We’ve all heard about the mind-body connection. Research shows there are physical symptoms often associated with mental health conditions.
In this article individuals with PTSD provide tips for their loved ones on what and what not to do when trying to help.
Celebrities are not immune to mental illness. Gina Rodriguez raises awareness by sharing details of her own struggle with anxiety, panic, and suicidal thoughts.
Do you have a fear of commitment? If so, this article is for you…
Hypochondria is a clinical condition where one develops a preoccupation and abnormal fear about one’s health. This article is bravely written by someone who suffers from Hypochondriasis.
Caring for an older parent can be difficult, especially if other family members do not contribute equally. Here are tips for working together with your siblings to ensure your older parent’s needs are being met through a team effort.
Setting boundaries with your children may depend on many variables such as how you were raised, the temperament of your child, and many other variables. This article discusses how to set healthy boundaries with your children.
It’s easier than ever to track your children’s internet use and whereabouts. But, can it cross a line and violate privacy? Here’s an opinion on the subject.
So many people report difficulty sleeping at night and there are so many negative repercussions. Here are 17 tips for improving your sleep.
Parenting teens is hard. But what should you do when your adolescent is dishonest with you? This article addresses how to navigate these difficult parenting moments that we are all bound to have at some point or another.
We’ve all encountered challenging relationships in our lives but when does it cross the line and become toxic? Read below….
There is a lot of research on birth order and how it impacts development and family dynamics. This is a must read for anyone parenting “a middle child.”
Midlife comes with it’s own set of challenges that often are referred to as midlife crisis. Here are signs that you or your spouse may be experiencing amidlife crisis.
There are many different parenting styles. Helicopter moms are described as hovering parents who oversee and manage virtually every aspect of their child’s life. This article shares one mother’s experience and perspective on helicopter mothers.
All long term relationships are fluid and change over time. Here are 5 tips from the Gottman Institute for strengthening the friendship in your marriage.
With summer coming, there is less structured time for children and teens. Here’s an article discussing how and when to set limits with technology.
Here are tips to become more productive at work.
Do you ever feel unsettled or anxious after something good happens in your life? Here’s an explanation of why this occurs to so many of us.
Sophie Turner bravely shares her painful experience with depression and suicidal ideation. She also talks about recovery and how after treatment, she is in a much better psychological space.
Millennials (born between 1982-2004) are known to focus more on health and balance. Do they drink less than other generations?
Many Americans go into debt and possible bankruptcy over medical bills. This article examines how different healthcare is in Europe and why most Europeans don’t go into debt over medical expenses.
It is estimated that nearly 40 % of Americans are obese. This can have dramatic effects on one’s health and life expectancy. This article explores how Oxytocin may have the potential to reduce obesity in some people.
Managing an illness while working can be undoubtedly stressful and challenging. Here are tips for navigating a chronic illness on the job.
Anyone who owns a small business understands the stress and multitasking involved. It’s important to cultivate skills to manage all of the demands of operating a small business. Here are 5 practical tips for managing stress while you manage your business.
Relationships are complicated and we don’t always get to choose certain ones (family, in laws, etc). But then you have a choice, here are things to watch out for and avoid.
Here are some tips for raising successful and happy children.
Life can throw curve balls to all of us. But, do we create drama and stress in our own lives? Here are tips to help you reduce the drama in your life.
Gratitude and focusing on the positive aspects of your life and experiences can have a tremendous impact on your health and life. This article explains the research and theory behind it.
Too much pressure on your children may have unintended negative consequences.
I often hear about teens and young adults have numerous diagnoses such as ADHD, ADD, and OCD before receiving a formal diagnosis of Autism. At this time, there are no blood tests to diagnose mental health disorders. And, there is a lot of overlap between some of these diagnostic categories. This article discusses why the
Depression can adversely impact relationships. Here’s a therapist’s advice to a young woman whose boyfriend is depressed.
Many people have a relative they find unpleasant, self-centered, and/or abrasive. But, what if it’s YOUR mother? Here’s advice from a therapist for people in this situation.
Media sends messages about what “real women” are like. The problem lies when women fall outside of those parameters or boundaries. This article discusses how campaigns targeting “real women” tends to exclude so many others.
Many people file for bankruptcy resulting from medical bills. Here are tips for navigating medical bill debt.
Contrary to what many people think, it IS possible to safely go off antidepressants under the supervision of a psychiatrist or medical doctor. This article discusses this process further.
Sadly, depression and suicide are on the rise among our youth. But why? Research suggests social media and changing social norms may be a culprit.
Are you an introvert? If so, some of these tweets may resonate 🙂
Is there a gender and racial bias at the doctor’s office? Do women and people of color not receive the same advice, treatment, or services as men or people of European American descent? This article suggests there may be implicit bias at play and provides suggestions for mitigating it.
The recent HBO documentary Leaving Neverland interviews 2 men who allege they were victims of sexual abuse over the course of years by Michael Jackson. Many people may assume it would be helpful for other trauma survivors to watch, and for some, it might. However, for others it may be too triggering, retraumatizing, and unhealthy
Rates of depression & anxiety are on the rise amongst our youth. Research suggests social media and enormous academic pressure are to blame. The recent college admissions scandal highlights this issue.
We all know that social media does not reveal most aspects of another person’s life. Despite this, many people compare their lives to others’ they see on social media. This article provides perspective on social comparison through the lens of social media.
Another senseless mass shooting occurred, this time in New Zealand. The Pittsburgh Jewish Group, another community who recently endured a similar attack, raised money to support the New Zealand community.
Reducing sexual assault and violence begins with education and having early conversations with our youth. Here’s an educator’s insights on this topic.
Many parents discuss their child’s addiction-like behavior to technology. Here are proactive steps to take to prevent addiction to technology.
Is your teen grouchy or depressed? This article discusses depression in adolescents and how sometimes it may be overlooked as typical teenage angst.
When teens enter into the dating world, it can create a lot of anxiety for parents. Here are 3 tips for navigating this often challenging time.
Deciding to end a marriage is often a difficult decision. Here’s advice on divorce from experts.
Happy teen, happy parent? This article suggests yes and here’s why.
Play is central to a child’s development but it may also boost mental wellness?
It’s not surprise that with graduate school comes stress and enormous pressure. This article examines why graduate students suffer from mental health problems at astonishing rates.
All healthy relationships need boundaries, respect, and awareness. Without these key ingredients, relationships are likely to fail. Here’s one person’s discovery after reflecting on her new relationship.
Studies suggest that those in the farming industry suffer depression at high rates. This article explores variables that contribute to this crisis.
Adam Lambert provides a glimpse into his struggle with depression in his new song. This, along with other celebrities who share their personal stories regarding mental illness, can help reduce the stigma surrounding it.
We’ve all heard how exercise is so important to maintain our health. But, can it ward off depression? Read this article…..
Is there a mental health crisis on our college campuses? This article discusses the need for increased support for college students who are struggling with anxiety and depression.
We’ve all heard bad relationship advice over the course of our lives. Here is some you could ignore….
Millenials are at risk for these health issues so awareness, good judgment, vigilance, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are key.
This study suggests that young gender non-conforming kids often have an early sense that their assigned gender does not match their internal gender identity.
Why are suicide rates rising at alarming rates? This article suggests that mental health disorders such as depression may be a contributing factor. This is why its so important to seek professional treatment if your child or teen is struggling with mental health conditions or navigating certain demands in their lives.
Sadly, teen suicide is on the rise. This article explored the possible underlying reasons.
This study explores the relationship between childhood materialism and self-esteem.
Technology makes our lives easier but it does not come without detriments. Our teens face many issues that we never had and its largely due to technology and social media.
Relationships serve as mirrors and we are often treated by others in the ways that we see ourselves. This is an insightful article that explains this process further.
Every generation comes with its own unique challenges. Millennials, people born between 1981-1996, are no exception. Financial struggles are a significant issue for this generation and this article explains why this is the case.
Comparing our relationships to others is natural especially with the masks of social media. Here are some of the myths surrounding what makes a “happy relationship.”
Existential therapy is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on universal issues like death, responsibility, freedom, and meaning of life. This article illustrates one person’s experience in existential therapy and why this modality is making a big comeback.
Suicide is on the rise at concerning rates. Stigma around mental illness and suicide may prevent individuals from reaching out for help or sharing their experiences with others. Here are the alarming statistics on suicide.
Tired of seeing ageist messages? Here’s a paradigm shift for those of us who are midlife.
Do you have a successful relationship with your partner? If you answered “no,” here are some things that successful couples do to ensure they have a happy & healthy relationship.
As parents, we want to know what’s going on in our kids minds but they are not always forthcoming with information. Here are tips for encouraging your child to open up and share important things with you.
Is narcissism on the rise amongst our youth? Dr. Jean Twenge believes our children are becoming more self-centered and entitled and here’s why.
Is there an issue with growing entitlement in our youth? Read the article below to learn more…
There are many myths surround mental illness. Here’s an article to help debunk the misinformation about Bipolar Disorder.
Depression is a condition that affects many Americans today. However, there are a lot of myths and misnomers about what depression is and is not. Read below …
Reciprocity is important to most relationships. Many of us have experienced disappointment when relationships feel unequitable over time. Here’s an interesting article on the unspoken rules of reciprocity in relationships.
Here are strategies to reduce your stress that are backed up by science as being effective.
Here are tips for parents who are a raising a child with special needs. Creating balance and making self-care is a priority.
Most of us have experienced betrayal in some form or another. What happens when you encounter betrayal in the workplace? Read below.
Mental health conditions are on the rise. According to some research, 1 in 5 college students struggle with anxiety and depression. Here are some possible reasons for the increase in mental illnesses in this demographic.
Many teens are obsessed with their social media accounts and managing them takes so much effort and time. What impact does this have on our youth’s mental health?
So many Americans are anxious about the cost of higher education. Education should not be a privilege and incurring debt to obtain it seems unreasonable. A must read….
Raising a child with disabilities can be overwhelming and challenging. Social isolation and marginalization can add to this. This article highlights why it’s so important to teach all of our children about not only respecting differences but to also embrace them.
Here are tips for keeping your relationship strong and healthy.
Raising a child with a disability can be rewarding as well as challenging. This article speaks to some of the challenges and hardships that come with parenting a child with a disability.
Here are tweets from individuals sharing insights from their therapy sessions.
Do you like to sing in your car? If so, keep doing it…. Here are some benefits associated with singing while driving your car.
Anxiety is far more common than you may think and if you suffer from it, this article will resonate with you.
This short video offers suggestions on how limiting time on social media can benefit your well-being. No surprises here….
Anxiety can be so isolating and debilitating. Here are tips for supporting those who suffer from it.
Way to go Kevin Love! Another high profile person with courage shares his experience with panic in efforts to reduce the stigma of mental illness.
Many people dread the holiday season for a multitude of reasons. If you are one of them, this is a must read article…..
Feeling blue this holiday season? You are not alone. Here are 5 tips to beat the holiday blues.
Women are more likely to suffer from depression. Without professional help and support, depression can be debilitating. Here are insights on depression from different women…..
The holidays often come with stress especially when one is unattached and surrounded by couples and families. For many, it may be uncomfortable being single while attending a work function or family gathering. Here are some tips and perspective for us that are single during the holidays.
Holidays can prove stressful for many of us. Here are some tips for navigating sadness and stress around holiday time.
Dr. Haidt, a social psychologist, discusses how good parental intentions often hinder our children’s development and ability to cope with stressors of life.
Seeking psychotherapy for the first time can be frightening. Here are some things to ponder if you are considering getting help for yourself or a loved one. Remember, research shows psychotherapy is effective in helping individuals cope with and manage stress, mental health conditions, and relational difficulties. #Psychotherapy #mentalhealthcounseling
There continues to be a damaging stigma around mental illness. NAMI shares 9 tips for reducing the stigma against mental illness. #mentalillness #reducestigma
There are many myths and stereotypes surrounding mental illness. We need more education, awareness, and dialogue, so we can reduce the stigma and promote mental health in our lives and communities. #reducestigma #mentalhealthmyths
Any working mother knows that challenges that come with balancing all of the demands in her life. Here are great tips for creating more balance…. #workingmother #work/lifebalance
Creating work-life balance can prove challenging for all of us. Here are 15 tips that may help you achieve better work-life balance.
Does your workplace promote mental health and wellness? Here’s an article that sheds light on this topic and compelling reasons why it’s so important to hone in on your employees’ mental health. #mentalhealth&workplace
Mental illness does not discriminate. Keira Knightley shares her personal journey through a mental breakdown. #mentalillness #keiraknightley
With the Kavanaugh hearings and the #MeToo movement, there’s been more of a spotlight on sexual assault and harassment. There may be more broader long term effects for victims than previously thought. #sexualassault #MeToo #EffectsSexualAssault
Lady Gaga uses her celebrity to speak out on very important issues: suicide and the stigma surrounding mental health. #reducestigma #suicide #LadyGaga
Here are 5 tips to help teach your children and teens about addressing their feelings and engaging in proactive ways to manage the inevitable stressors of life.
Prince Harry encourages people to seek help when struggling with mental health issues. He said, “you need to know that part of being strong and tough is having the courage to seek help when you need it.” #mentalhealth #reducestimga #PrinceHarry
Ireland Baldwin shares her story and long struggle with Anorexia, an eating disorder.
Teens often turn to prescription drugs to get high or create an altered state. Here’s an article on Xanax, a benzodiazepine, which is gaining popularity amongst teens and why that’s dangerous.
Here are mantras to use in the face of anxiety.
Here’s an interview with Dr Stuart Beck, a doctor that works on an inpatient unit. He shares insights on suicide.
Disabilities that create challenges in dressing, can be frustrating. Here are some encouraging developments in the clothing world.
Karamo Brown shares his personal experience with a suicide attempt and how he sought help and is doing better. Everyone goes through rough times but if you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, please reach out for help or call the Suicide Hotline 800-273-8255
Teen Vogue is taking steps to be more inclusive and showcase diversity.
Sadly, suicide is on the rise. Here are things you can do to help others who may be struggling with mental illness and/or suicidal thoughts.
Seeking psychotherapy still has stigma attached to it. It’s refreshing when public figures use their popularity to normalize therapy and to remove stigma. Go Jon Hamm!
Vaping has become popular amongst teens today. The FDA is taking action to prevent addiction and use.
Addiction is an important topic to broach with your children and teens. Many parents may feel unsure how to go about initiating this dialogue. Here are some tips….
It’s difficult to shield and protect our children from news that may be anxiety provoking or disturbing. Media coverage on recent natural disasters such as hurricanes and wildfires are likely frightening for our children. Here are tips for talking to your children about these events.
Do you eat dinner late? Do you find yourself hungry before turning in for the night? If so, this is a must read!!
Have you ever heard your girlfriend, partner, or wife say “nothing is wrong” even though there clearly was an issue? GQ attempts to shed light on this so partners can better understand what may be behind this common exchange in relationships.
Most of us know what it feels like to experience a break up. Some of us may have stayed longer even though we knew it would not work out and was an unhealthy relationship. Here’s a GQ article on when to walk away from a bad relationship.
Modern day life comes with conveniences and opportunities that benefit all of us. However, there are some distinct downsides that we also much acknowledge and address. Loneliness may be one of these downsides. Read below to learn more.
Relationships can be complicated. Here are some hard truths about relationships that we may not want to believe or accept. Read below.
Parent- teen relationships can prove challenging. Here are 10 tips for successfully navigating the parent-teen years.
For those of us who are on social media, we all know how easily it can pull you in. This article highlights how social networking can be a negative force on our lives.
Parents often discuss how the advancement of technology and social media are impacting their children, teens, and families. Watch this short video to learn about how social media is impacting your teen.
Social media has its merits and pitfalls. Here are some of the ways it adversely affects our well-being.
We all benefit from advances in technology and modern day life. However, it does not come without trade offs. Here is an article on how modern day life impacts our health.
Talking about your mental health struggles can be difficult, especially when you feel others don’t want to engage in a dialogue about it. Here are some tips for sharing things about your mental health with others.
People often think of self-harm as physical in nature. But there are other ways individuals engage in self-harm. Read this article to learn more….
Having a newborn is overwhelming for all new mothers. But some women experience postpartum depression which is a treatable disorder once it’s identified. Here’s information on postpartum depression and how it differs from the baby blues.
Once you decide to tie the knot, you are not only marrying your partner but you are likely becoming a part of a larger family circle. Here are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to extended family and in-laws.
All of us feel anxious at times. As a parent, it’s not always easy to know how to support our kids when they experience anxiety. Here are some tips.
The stigma of mental illness and suicide perpetuates shame and silence. Two lethal and dangerous things when addressing mental health and suicide.
We are all touched by mental illness. Whether it’s us, a friend, family member, or co-worker, we all know someone who has suffered from mental illness. Here is a courageous story about a young woman with Bipolar II that touches upon the stigma of mental illness that still exists today.
Navigating a mental health condition is challenging. But the stigma that comes with it only makes if more difficult. We, as a society, all can change this and do our part to reduce stigma of mental illnesses.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m passionate about this topic. We all have an important part in reducing stigma against mental health conditions. Here’s what you can do…
Relationships are complicated and require ongoing work. Here are strategies for improving the important relationships in your life.
We are live in a diverse world and it’s important to teach your children about this from an early age. Here are some valuable tips from an expert.
Appearance isn’t everything. Here is a quick read on what confident women see when they look at themselves.
Talking to your teen about healthy living and weight can be a delicate subject. Here are do’s and don’ts for discussing this topic with your teen.
We are all bombarded by media with messages about body image. How can parents prevent the media from adversely impacting their teen? Here are some pointers….
Here are simple tips for parents or children who are feeling anxious about returning to school
Our culture and media influence us in so many ways. For example, it sends messages to us about what it considered beautiful or successful. This article discusses body image for women and how it’s changed over time and not for the better. The pressure is still on….
Schizophrenia is a mental health condition that impacts the way one thinks and behaves. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, this disease affects between .25% and .64% of Americans. Here’s an article that explains Schizophrenia and available treatments.
Here are 13 more tips for promoting healthy self-esteem in boys….
Here are helpful tips for helping your child develop healthy self-esteem.
This Good Men Project article explores possible underlying issues when men are emotionally unavailable.
As a clinical psychologist, I work with men and women who often seek help for their relationships. Many wonder if they are capable of being emotionally available to their partners and what that would look and feel like in their relationships. I also work with individuals who feel their partners are unavailable and emotionally distant.
Recent research suggests women in midlife have high rates of depression. Unfortunately, many of these individuals do not seek help. This article helps us understand why this demographic suffer with depression at higher rates and the importance of seeking help.
Midlife can be a difficult transitional time for women. Many facets of one’s life are changing both physically, relationally, and hormonally. Amy Capetta shares 13 common experiences for the woman in midlife.
Committed relationships are complicated and require time, attention, and work. In my private practice, this is often a source of stress and strain between couples. Allison Slater Tate explores how to make a marriage or couple stronger while raising children.
It is well known that after couples have children, the dynamic of their relationship changes. However, it is important to remember to nurture your relationship with your partner as much as you do with your children.
Do we truly know the impact of technology and screen time on brain development? Could it be a variable in the increase in mental health conditions in youth? This article bu John Hamilton give us some important points to think about in terms of technology use and it’s impact on child development.
We all wonder how to limit screen time for our children and the potential negative impact of always being attached to a device. But, do we reflect on our our own screen time? Are we on our phones during dinner, when our children are talking to us, or during family time? Erika Christakis explores how
In this Atlantic article, Lukianoff and Haidt discuss the shift on college campuses around semantics and potential implications.
There is a plethora of research of the different generations and the issues they face. Don Joseph Goewey discusses the stress many Millennials and Generation X experience and how they can effectively navigate it.
You cannot judge a book by it’s cover. The same holds true for mental illness. Elise Jamison illuminates on what teen depression looks like and it may not be what you think.
Many parents talk about the positive and negative impacts that technology has on their children. CBS shares a new study that links phone use to mental health issues in teens.
Many people work from home and there are obvious benefits. However, there may be some downsides too. Paige Smith writes about some of the challenges that come with working from home.
Many people experience jitters and uneasiness in social situations. But some may have symptoms severe enough that interfere with their daily lives. If you or someone you know suffers from social anxiety, please reach out for help.
Mental Illness & Stigma? We all know there is a stigma against mental illness which inevitably makes one’s struggle with mental illness more challenging. This stigma is embedded in our culture and we may be doing things unintentionally that perpetuate misperceptions about mental illness. Lindsay Holmes shares thoughts on how YOU may be shaming mental
We all need to practice self-care at every stage of life. Nicole Pajer gives 14 tips for staying mentally fit as you age.
Celebrities who share their personal struggles with mental illness can help others feel less stigmatized and alone. Kudos to those who have the courage to share their stories!
Here are common mistakes women in midlife make and the unintended consequences.
Here are things to pay attention to in your midlife and when to seek help
These days with social media, it’s difficult to shield our children from mature and unpleasant topics. Here are tips for discussing sexual assault and harassment to your children.
Many colleagues have observed and discussed an uptick in anxiety amongst their clients. In particular, many children present with anxiety and here is a possible reason why….
Adrienne Smith provides 6 tips for improving wellness in the workplace.
Creating a healthy culture that promotes wellness and health is a vital component to having productive and loyal employees. Dr. Deborah Teplow shares ideas and information on implementing this into the workplace and the benefits that will likely follow.
Louise Stanger illuminates on the issues related to power, sexual misconduct, and recent changes in our culture.
Here are tips for responding to crisis in the workplace
Tonya Riley shares the recent advancements in technology and it’s present and future utility in mental health.
Kristin Fawcett shares her perspective in this topic in her Mental Health blog. There are numerous apps for helping anxiety to depression, but can these really help? Some studies show some benefit but it’ important to consider these apps as a augmentation to professional treatment in many cases.
In his Forbes article, Dan Schawbel discusses ways to approach a work crisis or conflict. He references Judy Smith’s book and offers tips when confronted with complex crises.
Many people, especially survivors of sexual trauma, may find all of the media on #MeToo upsetting. Rachel Moss offers tips for managing your reactions to reports of sexual misconduct in the media.
Joyce Marter offers insights on navigating the #metoo movement.
Ali Cherry discusses how being dishonest adversely impacts our health.
FInding time, motivation, or desire for working out and exercising can be challenging for many of us! Lisa Katz shares 6 perks of working out that many of us may not even know about….
Sometimes we confuse selfishness with being self-responsible. Dr. Margaret Paul explains the difference between the two, in her Huff Post article.
Do you sleep in close proximity to your partner or on opposite ends of the bed? Here’s what your sleeping position may say about you and your relationship.
Relationships require a lot of work and time. However, long distance relationships may come with additional challenges. In her Huff Post blog, Elena Prokopets shares insights from experiences with long distance relationships and why it works for her and her partner.
It’s challenging to think of ways to connect with friends that don’t involve coffee or drinks. YesandYes.com share 15 ideas with us!
When we are arguing with someone and they seem angry, we sometimes feel hurt, criticized, or rejected. In response, we may shut down or become defensive. Dr. Margaret Paul discusses the importance of maintaining compassion for others in the face of anger.
Keeping secrets can be harmful to your relationship. Abby Rodman shares why….
Sexual assault it everywhere in the news. Nancy C. Lee shares the importance of talking with your child about healthy relationships and to open the lines of communication so if your child is the victim of assault, they will hopefully, feel comfortable confiding in you.
Many couples sleep in separate beds for different reasons. James Cave discusses how this “bedtime” choice can impact your relationship.
There is no such thing as a “perfect partner” and every problem that arises in a relationship may not be resolvable. Kyle Benson shares insights on longer term relationships and explains how issues always exist in relationships.
Dr. Carmen Harra provides 6 tips for keeping the spark alive in your relationship.
It’s all over the news and with each passing day, more people come courageously come forward with their stories and experiences. This New York Times article summarizes recent allegations of men in power who have engaged in sexual misconduct.
Pressure for the millennial generation is enormous and very different than for their parents’ generation. Andrew Hill explains the challenges associated with being a millennial.
Redbook shares 16 secrets for a healthy longlasting relationship.
Christine Burke shares 25 reasons she thinks her marriage is strong…. An article that will resonate with many of us
We all can be judgmental of others. But, it’s better when we try to remain objective, compassionate, and empathic as opposed to making negative assumptions, divisions, and conclusion about others. Here are steps to take to become less judgemental.
It’s hard to let go as your child becomes a teenager and to know where to shift the boundaries around parenting. Elaine Bowers speaks to this topic and emphasizes the importance of not micromanaging your teen.
Jeff Bogle provides 10 great tips for raising a leader!
Laurie Hunt shares stories from parents whose children encounter social cliques and associated challenges.
Navigating social circles can be challenging, especially during adolescence. Dr. Joshua Mandel articulates ways to manage cliques and bullying during these developmental years.
Teaching our children to embrace others that may be different from them is an important life lesson and value. Laura Owens shares tips for teaching this to your children.
Wendy Wisner openly talks about what it is like to be a parent when you struggle with anxiety. Not an easy thing…..
Many people judge you for your children’s behavior or simply just don’t understand your child’s behaviors. Natasha Daniels provides 4 tips for educating people on your child’s behavior that may result from anxiety.
We all have gossiped or participated by being a passive listener when others gossiped. Shanti Sosiewski highlights important reasons to avoid gossiping about others. “If you propose to speak, always ask yourself, is it true, is it necessary, is it kind” –Buddha
In this article, Zack McDermott talks honestly about his first psychotic break and the aftermath of living with Bipolar Disorder.
Maria Bamford, a well known comedian, shares her story about mental illness, finding stability, and love.
There is little evidence to support that people with mental illness commit violent acts. In her Atlantic article, Olga Khazan argues those who commit mass murder often do not identify themselves as having an illness nor would they be likely to seek treatment. Moreover, many do not have a history of mental health issues.
Anyone with social anxiety knows the challenges that come with it. It can be very uncomfortable going to social gatherings or out with new people. Minou Clark discusses social anxiety and ways it impacts those suffering from it.
Chronic anxiety can be debilitating at times; however, there are some silver linings as Emily Popek shares in her blog.
Jenna B courageously shares a glimpse into her journey with depression. She notes how loneliness often accompanies depression and only makes things more unbearable. Jenna encourages those who have a loved one who is experiencing a depressive episode to reach out and let that person know you are there for them.
Nobody is immune to anxiety, not even those who are famous. 8 celebrities share how exercise helps them to manage anxiety.
Physicians are at risk for substance and abuse just like everyone else. In fact, burnout and high stress may possibly place them at a slightly increased risk for these issues. Confidential state sponsored treatment programs tailored to support doctors with substance abuse may help those in need.
Here is a list of things that you may try when you have anxiety…..
If you ever experienced anxiety, you know it can present as physical symptoms. Andrea Peterson shares her personal struggle with anxiety and how she manages it.
Holidays do not come without stress. The Mayo Clinic provides tips for managing the challenges that accompany the holidays.
Here’s why constantly checking social media can cause more harm than good, according to Lindsay Holmes.
This Atlantic article explores the importance of metrics and research to guide the effectiveness of psychological treatment.
Depression affects not only those suffering from it but also those closest to the person. Children may be confused if they see or sense changes in a parent but no one explains the reason behind it. Lauren Rearick provides tips for explaining depression to your kids.
Social media can be damaging on many fronts. However, it can also be beneficial for those with mental health struggles to reach out to others with similar issues. Sarah Klein writes about 9 courageous individuals who use Instagram as a way to educate, reduce stigma, and connect to others.
Many of us struggle with anxiety. But, it should not prevent us from pursuing our goals and dreams. Claire Eastham shares her personal journey with anxiety and how she will approach motherhood despite having this condition.
This blog article, originally published in The Mighty, illustrates that shame and stigma that accompany mental illness. It’s a reminder about how much more work needs to be done to eradicate the stigma of mental illness!
Here are tips for altering your diet to fight symptoms of depression.
Every woman who experiences symptoms of perimenopause understands the struggles associated with this phase of life. Here are some nutrition tips for women who are in perimenopause.
Cecelia Smith and Grant Stoddard share the 15 foods to AVOID if you struggle with depression or anxiety.
Food can significantly impact our mood and feelings. William Cole shares foods that can help ease stress and anxiety.
Many of us worry and ruminate about things we cannot control. Julie Beck explains how constant anxiety impacts us individually and as a society as a whole.
There may be benefits to being neurotic, according to this Huff Post article.
Many couples can relate to this Atlantic article! Chores and delegation of household tasks impact our relationships.
A must read for any mother…..Christa Melnyk Hines shares tips for navigating mom cliques in your community
Parents.com shares tips for creating more work/life balance for moms.
We are bombarded with negative news on what seems like a daily basis. Here are some tips from Caroline Knorr on raising positive kids in negative times.
Lindsay Holmes shares statistics on suicide. Rates of suicide have significantly increased and it’s important that we work on ways to educate people, reduce stigma, and find ways to prevent it.
Psychologists share their tips for staying happy in this Huff Post article.
Paula Fitzgibbons shares a mother’s journey with anxiety and how it provided her with different perspective when her daughter developed the same symptoms.
Nobody is immune to anxiety. Sarah Klein shares these tips from psychologists for managing anxiety.
Helpguide.org provides these simple suggestions for boosting mood and improving your mental health.
New research suggests that strong friendships in adolescence can have lasting effects on long term mental health, according to Medical News Today.
Lindsay Holmes writes about the prevalence of mental illness in her Huff Post article.
ParentToolKit.com provides tips for parents for supporting their teens cultivate healthy relationships.
Lisa Barr shares her perspective on dangers of parents who socially engineer their children’s friendships.
Andrew Stafford writes about how we are conditioned to want all details to stories and the implications of this overexposure.
According Jean Twenge, a psychologist, argues that smartphones have a negative impact on our children in her Guardian interview.
In this Guardian article, Kevin Bradock shares his perspective on why men suffer from mental illness in silence.
In his Guardian article, Richard Taylor writes about stigma around suicide/mental illness and how gender impacts it.
Homelessness is expected to increase in the future. Here are 3 people’s stories about how they found themselves homeless.
Anyone who has experienced a panic attack knows how awful and terrifying it can be. Joanna Novak shares her story and how anxiety impacts her in her New York Times article.
What do your Instagram Posts reveal about you? According to new research, they may hold clues about your mental health.
In her NYT article, Dorothy Bendel shares her journey with an eating disorder.
Mental illness and life’s stressors do not discriminate. According to a recent study, physicians may be more reluctant to seek out mental health services. Nathaniel Morris discusses reasons for this and why it’s problematic, in his Washington Post article.
Madalyn Parker took time off from work and received a supportive compassionate response for her boss! In her Washington Post article, Michelle Singletary discusses why this should be the norm and not the exception in the workplace.
What can someone’s art tell us about their psyche? This Washington Post article provides some insights into how one may project things about oneself into their artwork.
Rachel Adams discusses sibling rivalry, something that is natural yet frustrating for parents in her Huff Post blog.
Those of us with more than 1 child understand the complexities of the sibling relationship. We all hear bickering amongst our kids and things like, “it’s not fair” or “he always gets his way and I never get my way.” Rachel Garlinghouse shares a parenting strategy that’s helped her manage this common issue that occurs
Can parents love all of their children equally? According to Kate Bratskeir, this is impossible. Read her Huff Post blog.
The bond between sisters in complicated. Kyli Singh shares her thoughts on the sisterly bond in her Huff Post blog.
LIndsay Holmes shares tips for supporting your loved one with anxiety.
Barakat Adenike Sheriff writes about depression and the workplace. She provides tips for supporting colleagues or employees who are struggling with depression.
Lindsay Holmes highlights how people suffering from depression function differently than those without this mental health condition.
Katy Perry shares her positive experience with psychotherapy in her Huff Post interview.
Dr. Frances Allen explains why our country does a poor job helping those with mental illnesses in his Huff Post article.
Depression is a prevalent condition that can be debilitating, especially without treatment. Andrea Barber shares her story in this Huff Post article.
In her Atlantic article, Olga Khazan writes about the massive inequity in our healthcare system.
In her Atlantic article, Sarah Zhang writes about the FDA’s taking a popular painkiller off the market due to high potential for abuse.
Alana Semuels discusses the opioid epidemic and explores who may be at fault for causing it.
Jeremy Arnold writes about what our emotions are telling us and the wisdom behind them, in his Huff Post article.
Feeling depressed? Read these comics, they may shift your perspective and anxiety.
Dr. Travis Bradberry shares 9 things smart people don’t do in her Huff Post article.
Latrice McNeal shares 5 things she learned in her own psychotherapy.
Men in Hollywood are talking about their own therapy and helping to reduce stigma.
Laura A. Jacobs shares some common misconceptions about the trans community in her Huff Post article.
Vikki Zielger shares insights on how to minimize the stigma of divorce in her Huff Post article.
Here are inspirational quotes from celebs on co-parenting.
Mari Lyles shares advice for women who are navigating divorce in her Huff Post article.
Kate Fenner shares how schizophrenia affects her day to day life through these illustrations in Huff Post article.
Anxiety and other mental health conditions do not discriminate. Even movie stars struggle with mental illness. Emma Stone shares her personal struggle with anxiety and how she copes with it in Huff Post article.
Lindsay Holmes shares 11 perfect tweets about going to therapy in Huff Post blog
Michael Phelps and Allison Schimtt share how therapy helped them in several areas of life in Huff Post article.
Instagram launched a mental health campaign so people with various mental health conditions can share their stories. Lindsay Holmes shares more about this campaign in her Huff Post blog.
People refer friends to their hair stylists, handyman, and accountant but, they are less likely to to recommend their therapist. Why is this? Many people fear the stigma or judgment that may come with disclosure that they are in therapy. Sarah Ruiz-Grossman discusses this issue in her Huff Post article.
Depression can be debilitating. In her Huff Post article, Elyse Wanshel illustrates this point through a social media post.
In his Huff Post article, Wray Herbert explains how failures in emotional perspective taking often lead to “annoying” interactions. For example, we may overestimate others’ interest in hearing about our success and accomplishments. A must read…
Wray Herbert explains how cortisol impacts marriage and long term relationships in his Huff Post article.
In his Huff Post article, Wray Herbert shares how physical disasters such as earthquakes can influence relational instability.
Here are 6 criteria for well-being in David Sze’s Huff Post article.
Li Zhou explains why dress codes reinforce sexism and discrimination in her Atlantic article.
Joel Peterson shares the science behind praise and why it’s so important in his Hoff Post article.
We all love our coffee but here are 7 negative side effects from it.
Helen Sanders shares how these two spices can impact mental health and well being.
We all feel down or anxious from time to time. What distinguishes a disorder from a transient feeling? Laura Greenstein explain how to tell the difference in her NAMI article.
Mental Health America shares tips for workplace satisfaction and workplace wellness.
Mental Health America shares 7 important facts about eating disorders.
Suzy Strutner explains why words matter when it comes to mental health in her Huff Post article.
Lindsay Holmes shares short videos and visual images that are calming and possibly helpful in reducing your stress level.
Liz Petrone shares her personal story with depression and recovery.
Neesa Suncheuri shares her insights on the stigma around mental illness and all of the judgments that come with it in Huff Post
Here’s what anxiety feels like…. Lindsay Holmes shares photos to capture anxiety in her Huff Post Blog.
In the Huff Post, Eleanor Goldberg discusses how climate change could adversely impact mental health.
Elizabeth Gilbert shares how her emotional pain manifested in her body as physical pain in her Huff Post blog.
In Huff Post article, Lindsay Holmes writes about benefits of keeping a journal.
Sarah Schuster writes an article in Huff Post on 26 habits of depressed people.
Here’s Lili Reinhard’s outlook on mental health and mental illness in Huff Post article.
Lindsay Holmes discusses new study that reveals many people take psychotropic medications.
Brett Greene shares 13 tips for relieving stress during these uncertain times in his Huff Post article.
In this Huff Post article, you will learn several things about depression at every age.
YiYun Li shares her story which is greatly impacted by mental illness and the stigma that surrounds it.
Kudos to Facebook. It’s rolling out a new program targeting those at risk for suicide.
Lindsay Holmes discusses study which found some people prefer therapy over medications.
According to this Huff Post article, here are 11 compelling reasons one should seek therapy.
Zahara Hill writes about Baltimore’s efforts to reduce stigma for those with mental health conditions.
Here are signs that you may be struggling with stress and symptoms associated with a nervous breakdown.
Ben Affleck shares his story about facing addiction and importance of getting treatment in Huff Post article.
Here are 7 signs you may be experiencing symptoms associated with a nervous breakdown. In the Huff Post, Rosie McCall explains how stress impacts our bodies and can manifest in a number of ways. Here is a link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/7-signs-of-a-nervous-breakdown_us_58c9a5b9e4b0e0d348b34008?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
In the Huff Post article, Selena Gomez shares how she found therapy to be helpful for her.
Katy Perry referenced Britney Spears when talking about her own mental health. Fans reacted and let Katy Perry know this was “not a good look.” Cole Delbyck shares more on this story in his Huff Post article.
Our country appears very polarized which creates uncertainty, lack of unity, and a “us vs. them” mentality. In her Psychology Today article, Allison Carmen points out importance of communicating the issues so our country can resolve issues and find ways to unite. Here is a link: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-gift-maybe/201702/survival-guide-uncertain-times-week-2-communicate
Stress can adversely affect our health and lead to problems in our relationships, workplace, and life. Dr. Neel Burton shares some strategies for managing stress in his Psychology Today article. Here is a link: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/hide-and-seek/201702/how-reduce-stress
Divorce is a difficult process for most people and families. And, while it’s common, it can create a lot of stress and uncertainty. However, it also provides individuals with new opportunities for creating a new chapter in their lives that can be fulfilling and meaningful. Drs. Sreenivasin and Weinberger write about divorce during middle age
Healthy relationships require work and attention. Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo shares 13 tips for keeping your relationship on track in her Psychology Today article. Here is a link: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/better-perfect/201702/13-ways-put-the-spark-back-your-relationship
Research shows connection with others is crucial for psychological well-being. Dr. Diana Raab discusses 7 ways to express your love and care for others in her Psychology Today blog. Here is a link: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-empowerment-diary/201702/7-ways-express-your-love
Suicide is on the rise in our country. There are many reasons why people may choose to end their lives. However, suicide can be prevented with appropriate interventions. In Psychology Today, Dr. Wendy Boring-Bray writes about suicide and some of the possible reasons people decide to end their lives by suicide. Here is
Mindfulness can be helpful to all of us. New research suggests the mindfulness can also reduce worry/anxiety. In Psychology Today, Dr. Marlynn Wei discusses how mindfulness can impact worry. Here is a link: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/urban-survival/201702/new-research-finds-mindfulness-reduces-worry
Mental health carries stigma and poking fun only perpetuates it. Katy Perry referenced Britney Spears when talking about her own mental health. Fans reacted and let Katy Perry know this was “not a good look.” Cole Delbyck shares more on this story in his Huff Post article. Here is a link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/katy-perry-britney-spears-grammys_us_58a10115e4b03df370d77f89
We live in a fast paced society often leaving little time for reflection on what we could be doing differently in our careers, parenting, relationships, and life. Dr. Erin Leyba discusses the importance of reflection in our day to day lives and provides a list of questions to ponder in her Psychology Today blog. Here
Have you ever felt manipulated and exploited in a relationship? In his Psychology Today blog, Preston Ni explains how these 8 signs may indicate you are in a relationship with a “Gaslighter.” Here is a link: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/communication-success/201702/8-signs-youre-in-relationship-gaslighter
Suicide rates have risen in recent years and can be devastating for those left behind. In her Huff Post article, Laura Smith shares her feelings about her dear friend who died by suicide. Here is a link” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-two-words-i-would-have-said-to-my-friend-who-died_us_5862fb6de4b04d7df167d1cf?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
Generalized Anxiety Disorder is characterized by intense anxiety that can interfere with one’s ability to function in day to day activities. In her Huff Post article, Nicolle Hook shares a letter with readers to provide a glimpse into what it’s like to live with generalized anxiety disorder. Here is a link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/a-letter-to-those-affected-by-my-anxiety_us_5892144ee4b04c35d583555d?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
According to new research from the Center for Disease Control, we are not doing enough to support the mental health needs of our communities. In addition, the suicide rate has increased along with teen depression. In the Huff Post, Sara Miller writes about this new study and implications for our country. Here is a link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/new-report-shows-the-us-is-failing-when-it-comes-to-mental-health_us_5878ff01e4b0b3c7a7b0ea5c?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
Here are Becky Mansfield’s suggestions for supporting your teen with peer pressure. 9 Tips For Helping Your Tween or Teen With Peer Pressure
Autism and ADHD have many overlapping symptoms. In her ADDITUDE article, Eileen Costello sheds light on the similarities and differences between these two conditions which can be diagnosed together or separately. Here is a link: http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/6594-2.html
In her Huffington Post, Emma Haak reviews 5 things that age us. While none of the things on this list surprised me, it’s a helpful reminder to stay on top of managing stress, eating well, and surrounding myself with positive and healthy relationships. Here is a link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/surprising-things-that-age-you_us_583cbaf4e4b04b66c01b8784?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
A recent study finds that many medical students struggle with depression possibly due to stress, lack of sleep, and intense competition. In their Huffington Post article, Anna Almendrala and Carolyn Gregoire write about this study, it’s findings, and possible implications. Here is a link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/medical-students-depression_us_584efe55e4b0bd9c3dfdf24b?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
Anyone who has struggled with anxiety knows how “anticipation around the next time” can adversely impact one’s day to day life. In her Huffington Post blog, Carolyn Gregoire writes about anxiety disorders and the physical sensations or symptoms that accompany them. Here is a link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/anxiety-sensitivity-fear-of-fear_us_5852d5c9e4b012849c05e675?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
It’s always admirable when famous individuals use their influence to benefit the good of others. In a Huffington Post blog, Lindsay Holmes covers a story on Kesha, a singer, who openly talks about her struggle with mental heath as a strength, not a weakness. Here is a link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kesha-mental-health-billboard_us_58484250e4b0d0df1837597c?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
As a McLean Hospital guest blogger, Alan S. shares his long struggle with mental illness and how he eventually found happiness in his life. Here is a link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mclean-hospital/deconstructing-stigma-pic_b_14096024.html?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
It should come as no surprise that affection and acceptance have a positive influence children during childhood and way beyond. In the Huffington Post blog, Dana Westreich Hirt explains the long term implications of of showing affection and acceptance to family members, especially children. Here is a link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/how-to-raise-kids-who-can-love-and-be-loved_us_587d2d2fe4b0b2a4c83ddee0?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
In the Huffington Post, Carla Herreria covers a story about Ciro Ortiz. Ciro is a young boy from New York who offers “therapy” to stressed out adults for $2. He then gives his profits to peers who cannot afford to buy their own lunch. What an spirited and inspirational child and story! Here is a
Healthy relationships at work greatly impact one’s happiness and productivity. Conversely, an overly critical or punitive boss can impede on one’s happiness and quality of their work on the job. Carolyn Gregoire writes about the negative impact a toxic boss can have on your mental health in her Huff Post article. Here is a link:
There are numerous misconceptions around mental illness which can be harmful on multiple levels. Richa Gupta discusses misconceptions of obsessive compulsive disorder and depression and why it’s so important to dispel the misinformation floating around in the media and everyday culture. Here is a link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-mental-health-misconceptions-that-flood-us_us_5878803de4b03e071c14fc0a?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
All parents know the challenges that come with raising children. However, it can prove even more difficult when one’s child struggles with a disability or mental health condition. In the Huffington Post, Heather Nardi shares her story and highlights that despite up’s and down’s, parents should never give up hope for their child’s future. Here is
Children with diagnostic labels has increased significantly in recent years. Dr. Allen Frances discusses some of the dangers of giving children a definitive diagnosis in uncertain circumstances as things may change as the child develops. He also explains some of the variables that play into early diagnoses such as the educational system and changes in
Comorbidity refers to having more than one condition at the same time. In his Psychology Today article, Dr. Christopher Badcock explains how one may have Autism and Bipolar Disorder at the same time. Here is a link: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-imprinted-brain/201611/can-you-be-autistic-and-bipolar-the-same-time
It’s never too late to find connection with others including romantic connections. In Psychology Today, Jennifer Haupt writes a lovely story about her mother who found love at 93. Inspiring…. Here is a link: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/one-true-thing/201610/my-mothers-first-love-age-93-caroline-leavitt
Dementia is a condition where there is a decline in cognitive functioning such as memory. People with dementia also lose their ability to carry out everyday tasks. In Psychology Today, Dr. Mario Garrett writes about brain plasticity and dementia. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/iage/201611/never-too-old-grow-new-brain-against-dementia
Dr. Mark Williams shares evidenced based strategies to improve your memory in his Psychology Today article. Here is a link: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-art-and-science-aging-well/201611/specific-ways-improve-your-memory
Brain plasticity refers to the brain’s ability to change throughout the lifespan. Dr. Mario Garrett writes about brain plasticity following stroke. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/iage/201611/stroke-and-the-power-brain-plasticity
Here are Dr. Pillemer’s 3 tips for getting along with your in-laws, in his Psychology Today article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/lessons-loving/201611/3-rules-getting-along-your-in-laws
There are double standards when it comes to gender. In Psychology Today, Dr. Sarah Murray writes about how men process reejction in the bedroom and it may not be what you thought. Here is a link: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/myths-desire/201611/how-sexual-rejection-affects-men-in-relationships
All relationships require work and effort. Many couples enter into treatment when their problems become overwhelming and they are unsure if they can make things work. In Psychology Today, Susan Gadoua disucsses her perspective on whether one should stay or go. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/contemplating-divorce/201101/how-do-you-know-if-you-should-stay-or-go
Preliminary research suggests caffeine may help to prevent memory loss. Susan McQuillan discusses this research in her Psychology Today article. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/cravings/201610/caffeine-helps-prevent-memory-loss-research-shows?collection=1095953
Sherlock Holmes, albeit fictional, teaches us all a few things on the aging process. Dr. Alan Castel uses this character to share insights on aging and its impact on memory function in his Psychology Today article: Here is a link: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/metacognition-and-the-mind/201507/sherlock-holmes-the-case-memory-and-aging?collection=1095953
According to Dr. Ede, people with insulin resistance are at higher risk for developing Alzheimer’s Disease. She explains the research in her Psychology Today article: Here is a link: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/diagnosis-diet/201609/preventing-alzheimer-s-disease-is-easier-you-think?collection=1095953
Sadly, there are too few resources for those with mental health issues. As a result of funding cuts, limited access to resources, and stigma, more and more patients with mental illnesses are going to ER. This is problematic becasue many ER departments do not have resources, space, or enough expertise to meet the needs of these
We have all heard about the benefits of probiotics on health. But, new preliminary research sugests that gut bacterias can also aid in improving mood and cognition. Carolyn Gregoire explains this new research and potential implications in her Huff Post article. Here is a link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/gut-bacteria-mental-health_us_581770a7e4b064e1b4b3a842?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
Holiday seasons often comes with stress. In Psychology Today, Dr. Degges-White shares 8 tips for managing the stress associated with the holidays. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/lifetime-connections/201611/8-tips-coping-holiday-stress-and-holiday-despair
There is stigma against mental illness but there are also those who romanticize it. Lindsay Holmes shares John Green’s thoughts on the perils of romanticizing mental illness. Here is a link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/john-green-mental-illness-romanticized_us_5807b236e4b0b994d4c34b1c?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
We have all felt lonely at some time and point in our lives. It’s a part of the human experience. Suzy Strutner explains why in her Huff Post article. Here’s the link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/loneliness_us_581bb7f8e4b0aac624834ae3?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
Everyone knows that during winter, there seems to be a lack of sunshine. In this Huff Post article, Carolyn Gregoire writes about the link between sunshine and mood. Here’s a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/sunshine-mental-health_us_581cad75e4b0e80b02c95953?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
New research suggests that anti-inflammatory drugs may reduce depression. In her Huff Post article, Sara Miller discusses research that suggests inflammation’s role in depressive disorders and how certain medications may help reduce symtpoms. Here is a link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/new-anti-inflammatory-drugs-may-help-treat-depression_us_5808ebbae4b0b994d4c4fef5?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
Anxiety, abuse of prescription drugs, and depression are 3 major problems that many college students confront, according to Kayla Matthews in her Huff Post article. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kayla-matthews/3-health-problems-that-ar_b_12898670.html?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
People have mixed reactions to the Presidential election. Many minority groups are concerned about the new administration’s policies and how it will directly impact their lives. Many people who rely on Medicaid or subsidized insurance plans are concerned about being able to access the care they need to manage their conditions and to meet the
Hypochondria is a condition where one excessively worries about his or her health. In the Huff Post, Lindsay Holmes writes about a study that suggests people with hypochondria often suffer from more health conditions such as cardiac events. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hypochondria-health-issues_us_58331a34e4b099512f83d4f6
Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that affects roughly 1 percent of the population. There has been increased focus on identifying high risk individuals and early intervention. In his Huff Post article, Jonathan Cohn writes about the potential implications of early identification and intervention on the course of Schizophrenia. Here is a link to the
Understanding the etiology of certain mental conditions is complex. In the Huff Post, Dr Cohen addresses the problems with some of the current explanations of mental illness and the importance of continung research on structural levels along with conceptualizing mental illnesses as dimensional or on continuums. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mclean-hospital/are-we-looking-at-psychia_b_12911802.html
Culture largley shapes attitudes about many things and on many levels. In Psychology Today, John E. Robison shares his thoughts on neurodiversity and Australian culture. Here is a link: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/my-life-aspergers/201609/being-autistic-the-bottom-the-world
Break ups can be difficult and sometimes catch one by surprise. In Psychology Today, Dr. Weber provides tips for navigating through break ups that were unexpected. Here is a link: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/having-sex-wanting-intimacy/201610/overcoming-the-breakup-blindside
Technology and social media are such a significant part of our culture and everyday life. In his Psychology Today article, Dr. Samuel Veissiere sheds light on addiction to technology. Here is a link: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/culture-mind-and-brain/201610/addicted-your-phone-science-has-good-news
Sexual intimacy can be fluid in a long term relationship. But, what factors contribute to having a great sex life over time? In Psychology Today, Susan McQuillan discusses some of the research and implications for having a satisfying sex life with your partner. Here is a link: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/cravings/201610/who-has-the-best-sex
All marriages require work and effort. However, sometimes relationships are deeply troubled and in need of help. In Oprah.com, Leigh Newman shares some of the telling signs that one’s marriage is truly in trouble. Here is a link: http://www.oprah.com/relationships/How-to-Tell-If-Your-Marriage-Is-In-Trouble-Is-the-Relationship-Over
Your Tango provides 50 marriage tips from various experts. Here is a link: http://www.yourtango.com/201170768/50-best-marriage-tips-ever
There are limited housing options for adults with disabilities other than traditional group homes or nursing facilities. In the Chicago Tribune, Bonnie Miller Rubin writes a piece on how families with adult children with special needs collaborate to create housing for their children. Here is a link to the article: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-01-23/health/ct-met-disabled-housing-0123-20130123_1_young-adults-autism-family-group
It is not easy raising a child with special needs. For some families, the challenges continue well into adulthood. In a NBC New article, Jane Derenowski and Linda Carroll discuss some of the issues that families face when they have adult children with disabilities. Here is a link to the article: http://www.nbcnews.com/health/disabled-adult-child-can-mean-uncertain-future-parents-8C11379333
It’s no secret that media influences peoples opinions. Sometimes this is harmful, especially when the media distorts the truth. In US News, Kirstin Fawcett disucsses how the media often misrepresents mental illness and pereptuates negative stereotypes about certain conditions. Here is a link: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/health-wellness/articles/2015/04/16/how-mental-illness-is-misrepresented-in-the-media
Anxiety disorders can be debilitating. Jalysa King bravely shares her struggle with panic attacks and provides her readers with a glimpse into what she encounters and struggles with on a day to day basis. Here is a link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/anxious-heart-day-to-day-with-anxiety_us_57ea9425e4b0972364dea486
Accordingt to the National Center for Heath Statistics, suicide rates rose by a siginificant amount from 1999-2014. People often do not know what to say or how to address this very serious subject. In the Huffington Post, Laura DiMinno shares her paradigm shift in effort to break through the silence that lies around the subject of
Huffington Post’s Lindsay Holmes shares 5 distressing realities about mental health in our country. for example, she highlights suicide rates are on the rise and media often distorts the truth about mental health conditions. Here is link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/world-mental-health-day-2016_us_57f3d21ae4b01b16aaff2c85
Building Bridges Adolescent Group Therapy (14-18 year olds) Group members can expect to: Review, strengthen and practice DBT and CBT skills and apply to their daily lives Feel a sense of community with peers facing similar challenges Gain insight and feedback in a warm, nonjudgmental supportive environment Wednesday evenings from 7-7:50 pm
There are many parts of oneself that make up identity. In Psychology Today, Michael Formica breaks down various parts of our identity and the importance of knowing these different parts of the ourselves. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/enlightened-living/201604/how-s-your-self-relationship
Affection is important in relationships and Dr. Horan, in his Psychology Today article, explains why….. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/adventures-in-dating/201602/why-affection-means-everything-in-relationship
Depression is prevalent for adolescents. The Huff Post reposted an article by Sara G Miller, from LiveScience, which explains why more US teens may experience clinical depression. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/heres-why-more-more-us-teens-may-be-facing-depression_us_57ae0ccee4b007c36e4e9060?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
Mental illness does not discriminate; it’s an equal opportunity predator. In fact, past Presidents in the United States have struggled with mental health conditions. Stephanie Pappas sheds light on Presidents who have experienced mental health conditions and still achieved greatness, in her Huff Post article. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/some-of-our-most-beloved-presidents-likely-experienced-mental-illness_us_57b49129e4b0edfa80daaca0?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
For anyone who has experienced a panic attack, they can tell you it’s a terrifying, uncomfortable, and distressing experience. Liza Walter provides tips for what you should or should not say to someone who is having a panic attack in her Huff Post article. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/yourtango/what-you-should-and-shouldnt-say-to-someone-having-a-panic-attack_b_12014982.html?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
Children with Autism are prone to struggle with social relationships. However, this does not mean they are incapable of cultivating friendships and connections to others. Babble.com provides tips for parents with children who struggle to make social connections. Here is a link to the article: https://www.babble.com/parenting/when-your-child-with-autism-has-trouble-making-friends/?cmp=elp|none|natural|huffpo|2016-09-15||mental-health-stress
Raising a child with mental health or behavioral issues can be extremely challenging and distressing. The Huff Post reprinted an article from Pacer.com that provides tips for parents who have a child with disabilities. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-stress-of-raising-a-child-with-mental-health-challenges_us_57db1e0de4b04fa361d9964c?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
Alcohol is a large part of our culture. Pay attention to television ads, billboards, and how many social/professional contexts where alcohol is part of the landscape. In the Huff Post, Brian Hughes warns on the perils of bringing alcohol into the workplace. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brian-hughes/the-negative-impact-of-alcohol_b_12039814.html?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
A man’s connection to others is equally as important to a women’s need for connection. CNN’s Amy Chillag writes a piece on the importance of male friendships and how it impacts a man’s mental well-being. Here is a link to the article: http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/26/health/iyw-male-friendship-men-mental-health/
Bipolar Disorder is a serious mental health condition that requires treatment. However, treatment can often be cost-prohibitive. CNN’s Jenny Gold follows the story of a young woman and her family’s journey after she was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Their story shares their navigation through a complex mental health system with inevitable up’s and down’s. The story provides
Here is an interesting article by Dr. Bruce Levine in the Huff Post. It addresses various ways of viewing mental illness and, I think, provides hope and optimism for those suffering from serious mental health conditions. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bruce-e-levine/compelling-alternativesou_b_11833358.html
It can be intimidating to seek professional help for problems. However, seeking help can be life changing and provide you with tools that make life feel manageable again. Talkspace Online Therapy Blogger, Marci Payne shares 8 tips to help you make the best of your counseling experience. Here is a link to the article: 8
Many people have misconceptions about what therapy is and isn’t. Talkspace Online Therapy Blogger, Joseph Rauch helps explain some of the key differences between a therapist and a friend. Here is a link the the article: How Working With a Therapist is Different Than Talking to a Friend
We all get stressed from time to time. In Psychology Today, Paula Davis-Laack shared tips for managing common stressors. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/pressure-proof/201607/quick-tips-manage-6-common-stressors
Do you have difficulty saying “no” to others? In Psychology Today, Dr. Mariana Bockarova shares strategies for setting healthy firm boundaries with others. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/romantically-attached/201608/how-set-boundaries-the-people-pleaser-in-all-us
Stress is often associated with negative things. However, stress can be helpful in some ways too. In Psychology Today, Tim Leberecht shares how stress can work for you. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-romance-work/201607/what-stress-can-do-you
We all worry about certain things but do we often feel anxious about things that we shouldn’t give a lot of thought? In Psychology Today, Sarah Cotterill shares her view that people worry about all of the wrong things. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-science-adversity/201607/we-worry-about-the-wrong-things
Media has tremendous influence over what is considered “beautiful” in our culture. There are a myriad of other reasons women want to feel attractive but often fall short. Dr. Nigel Barber writes about why some women feel badly about their appearances. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-human-beast/201305/why-women-feel-bad-about-their-appearance
Recent terror attacks and unprecedented violence has us all afraid and uncertain. But, does this mean, we as a nation suffer from PTSD? Dr. Judith Edersheim shares her perspective on this issue in her Huff Post blog. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/judith-g-edersheim-jd-md/does-america-have-ptsd_b_11179788.html?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
Life can be hectic and busy and you may find it difficult to find time for yourself. In the Huff Post, Rachel Yaline highlights the importance of making time for yourself. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rachael-yahne/why-its-so-important-to-make-yourself-a-priority_b_11074676.html?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
Do you know workaholics? Do you consider this a mental health condition? In the Huff Post, Adi Gaskell writes about those who work a lot and some of the issues they may encounter as a result. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/adi-gaskell/is-workaholism-a-mental-i_b_11175974.html?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
In his Huff Post article: David Briggs writes about how to foster kindness and gratitude. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-briggs/how-to-foster-kindness-an_b_11186708.html?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
Stigma around mental illness still exists and damages those suffering from various mental health conditions. In the Huff Post, Lindsay Holmes explains why mental illness does not cause terrorism and how these assumptions are dangerous to perpetuate in our society/culture. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mental-illness-terrorism_us_578d1b54e4b0fa896c3f7b30?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
Clinical depression can be debilitating and devastating for those suffering from it. In the Huff Post, Racheal Rettner writes about Behavioral Activation Therapy and how it may be more cost effective that more traditional therapies. Here is the link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/depressed-patients-do-well-with-cheaper-treatment_us_579633e9e4b02d5d5ed23ee1?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
With the Presidential elections approaching, Demi Lovato comments on high stakes for those with mental illnesses. Abigail Williams highlights Lovato’s perspective in her Huff Post article. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/demi-lovato-mental-illness-presidential-election_us_57974e04e4b0d3568f8462cc?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
Having a baby is exciting but can also be overwhelming on many fronts. While it is normal to feel a range of emotions during this time, some women become depressed and suffer from a condition known as Postpartum Depression. In the Huff Post, Roma Van Der Walt shares why exercise can help those struggling with
Schizophrenia is largely misunderstood and often inaccurately portrayed in the media. In Psychology Today, Dr. Ralph Ryback shares factual information about what Schizophrenia is and is not. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-truisms-wellness/201511/4-myths-about-schizophrenia-and-the-facts-you-need-know
Sheldon Cooper is eccentric but bright and creative. He fits some of the criteria for Pervasive Developmental Disorder, otherwise known as, the Autism Spectrum. In Psychology Today, Dr. Romeo Vitelli shares his conceptualization of Sheldon Cooper, a character from the Big Bang Theory. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/media-spotlight/201607/dissecting-sheldon-cooper
Pokemon Go is the newest craze! But, what are the real pro’s and con’s associated with this virtual game? In Psychology Today, Dr. Marlynn Wei helps sort out some of the potential benefits and problems with Pokemon Go. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/urban-survival/201607/the-psychological-pros-and-cons-pok-mon-go
Being single is sometimes viewed in a negative light. There are stereotypes about people who are single which are often erroneous. In Psychology Today, Dr. Bella DePaulo helps debunk some of the stereotypes associated with being single. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/living-single/201607/the-revealing-questions-no-one-is-asking-about-single-life
With Presidential elections approaching, we are constantly reminded about the division of our nation. There are heated debates on policies, values, and ideologies. In Psychology Today, Dr. Saul Levine explains how polarization of views can be toxic to our society and humanity at large. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/our-emotional-footprint/201607/psychological-and-political-polarization-are-toxic
All relationships require attention, time, and work. In Psychology Today, Dr. Barton Goldsmith shares 10 tips for keeping intimate relationships healthy. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/emotional-fitness/201607/dr-gs-10-rules-love
Texting often replaces face to face interaction. What impact is this having on our relationships? According to Rita Watson, not such a good one. In her Psychology Today article, she explains how texting and technology are adversely impacting our relationships. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/love-and-gratitude/201607/talking-instead-texting-can-save-relationships
We have all heard ourselves or others say, “we treat all of our children equally and love them all the same.” But is this possible? In Psychology Today, Dr. Frank T. McAndrew explains his hypothesis about family dynamics with in households with multiple children. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/out-the-ooze/201607/is-it-possible-invest-equally-in-all-your-children
We all have a responsibility to challenge our own biases and stereotype of others. The media is powerful and often influences how individuals understand important topics such as mental illness. In the Huffington Post, Lindsay Holmes shares insight on how the media perpetuates negative damaging myths about mental illness. Here is a link to the
Anxiety is something we all experience from time to time. However, some individuals may be severely impacted by anxiety,to the point, where it adversely affects their functioning. In the Huffington Post, Shanice J Douglas shares 4 strategies for navigating anxiety. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/four-steps-to-overcoming-anxiety_us_578518b0e4b09c5504c428ae?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
These days, it is not uncommon to turn on the television and to witness horrendous brutality. According to a Huffington Post article by Liz Adetiba and Anna Almendrala, repeated exposure to these horrific videos can be harmful to our mental health, especially if we are witnessing individuals that we identify as being similar to us. Here
Unfortunately, there still is stigma and inaccurate stereotypes around mental illness. In the Huffington Post, Bell speaks out against damaging stereotype around mental illness. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kristen-bell-depression-redbook_us_57866557e4b08608d3327951?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
In Independent.com, Kashmira Gander pays tribute to those with autism. This article does not focus on disability or limitations, rather it highlights the special abilities and accomplishments of those who fall somewhere on the Autism Spectrum. What a refreshing perspective. Here is a link to the article: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/autistic-pride-day-2016-why-we-are-proud-to-have-autism-neurotypical-a7085066.html
Suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in the Unites States for persons of all ages in 2013 (CDC.gov). This statistic does not account for those people who have contemplated suicide or even made attempts to end their life. In the NYT, Jamie Brickhouse writes an insightful article on overcoming the shame of a suicide
Opiate addiction is known to be a prevalent problem in our modern culture. However, if used under supervision of a doctor, could it be useful in treating certain mental health conditions? In the New York Times, Anna Fels explores this very issue. Here is a link to the article: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/05/opinion/sunday/are-opioids-the-next-antidepressant.html
Understanding relational dynamics is complicated. Often when people seek therapy, they discover certain relational patterns and try to understand why they seek or act out certain patterns. In Psychology Today, Dr. Laura Firestone explains how early attachment affects relationship choices. She also adds that one can modify patterns if they find they are repeatedly
Long term couples often encounter difference in sex drives. This could result from many reasons and change over the course of a relationship. In Psychology Today, Michele Weiner-Davis provides 9 tips for the partner who has a higher desire for sex. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/divorce-busting/201001/9-tips-the-partner-higher-sex-drive
Many couples ponder about what essential ingredients are necessary for a successful long lasting relationship. In Psychology Today, Dr. Jeffrey Bernstein shares importance of spending quiet time together. He posits this is one of the key ingredients to a happy relationship and explains the reasoning behind it. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/liking-the-child-you-love/201606/happy-couples-do-often
Cognitive reappraisal involves looking at a situation from a neutral perspective which in turn decreases negativity and intense emotional reactions. In Psychology Today, Sarah Cotterill writes about how cognitive reappraisal can be helpful in facing cancer. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-science-adversity/201606/rethinking-marriageand-cancer
Most people strive to feel secure and content in their long term relationships. However, when this does not occur, people may become plagued with insecure thoughts which may interfere with their relationships. In Psychology Today, Dr. Susan Krauss Whitbourne sheds light on how fears of rejection can lead to problems in a relationship and ultimately
Alcoholism is so prevalent in our society. In Psychology Today, Sarah Benton writes about red flags when people start making rules around their drinking. This article will likely resonate with many people who drink alcohol on regular basis. Here is link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-high-functioning-alcoholic/201510/fools-rules-justifying-drinking
Radicalism and clashing of ideologies often preempt wars and perpetuate attitudes such as “us versus them.” In Psychology Today, Dr. Steven Stosny helps shed light on how we all play a part in perpetuating these attitudes and what we can do to change it. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/anger-in-the-age-entitlement/201606/how-we-all-contribute-terrorism?collection=1090782
Many of us struggle to comprehend how one can murder another human being. In Psychology Today, Dr. Steven Hayes explains how this can occur based on scientific research. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/get-out-your-mind/201606/the-orlando-massacre-why-we-hate
In Psychology Today, Kevin Nadal, the Executive Director of CLAGS, shares a insightful sensitive message to everyone affected by the recent Orlando shootings. However, he also writes about perils of perpetuating hate or violence towards any group or person that may be different from one’s own group or identity. Here is a link to the
Children and adolescents may have a difficult time grasping the violence that seems all too common in our society. They may have fears about their safety or struggle to understand why people kill others that may be different from them. Psychologybenefits.org provides 7 tips for discussing the recent shootings in Orlando with your child. Here
Dr. Frances opines the DSM 5 creates more mental health conditions and narrows down the margin for what is considered normal. In his Psychology Today article, he argues the perils associated with over-pathologizing people and what motivates this process. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/dsm5-in-distress/201003/dsm-5-goes-too-far-in-creating-new-mental-disorders?collection=61161
Culture influences many aspects of our lives. In Psychology Today, Susan McQuillan writes an interesting article that explores the relationship between weight and culture. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/cravings/201605/how-your-culture-affects-your-weight
Depression and mental illness can adversely impact one’s relationships. In Psychology Today, Caitlin Cantor provides tips for people who are dating someone with depression. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/modern-sex/201605/5-tips-dating-someone-who-struggles-depression
We often hear that happiness comes from within. However, Dr. Bella DePaulo posits this does not always hold true. In her Psychology Today article, she argues that many external factors such as discrimination and inequity affect one’s happiness. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/living-single/201605/does-happiness-really-come-within
We all know people or may be someone who has knowingly stayed in an unhealthy relationship. But why? In Psychology Today, Dr. Suzanne Degges-White explains some reasons people remain in unhealthy relationships. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/lifetime-connections/201605/stop-dating-the-wrong-person
In his Psychology Today article, Dr. Noam Shpancer discusses different variables that affect how many sexual partners one has over time. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/insight-therapy/201605/how-many-sex-partners-does-it-take-be-happy
According to a research study in Science Daily, individuals with COPD are more susceptible to depression and if their depression goes untreated, it could adversely affects their overall health. Here is a link to the article: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160503130837.htm
Technology has definitely affected relationships and spontaneity. In Psychology Today, Amy Green writes about how this phenomenon and its effect on all of us. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/psy-curious/201605/why-we-need-be-spontaneous
Learning Springs School is designed to meet the needs of its students, many of which have Autism Spectrum Disorders. Rachel Gebreyes writes about this special school that tailors its curriculum to its students in her Huff Post article. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-amazing-school-thats-putting-the-needs-of-students-with-autism-first_us_5727bb3fe4b096e9f08ec3dd?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
People often use sleep aides/medication for insomnia. However, research supports efficacy of psychotherapy for chronic insomnia. In the Huff Post, Andrew Seaman discusses ways therapy can help with chronic sleep issues. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/psychotherapy-may-help-insomnia_us_5728e314e4b0bc9cb044bbce?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
In the Huff Post, Lindsay Holmes shares 5 tips for facing one’s fear while flying. These tips can also be helpful for other situations that trigger anxiety or panic. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/fear-flying-flight-anxiety-tips-experts_us_572a272be4b016f378944f02?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
In the Huff Post, Kristen Bell shares her outlook on mental health. She highlights how mental illness is perceived differently than medical diagnoses such as diabetes. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kristen-bell-depression-anxiety_us_572ca56ce4b0bc9cb04672cd?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
Mental illness often affects productivity in the workplace. In the Huff Post, Lindsay Holmes highlights how many individuals do not disclose their mental health struggles at work for fear of negative repercussions. Imagine if mental health awareness was part of the workplace dialogue? Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mental-health-work-stats_us_5730a6d8e4b0bc9cb0475adc?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
There is always controversy on best practices for managing behavior issues with children. In the Atlantic, Olga Khazan writes about a child psychologist’s perspective on child rearing and intervening with problematic behaviors. Here is a link to the article: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/03/no-spanking-no-time-out-no-problems/475440/
Depressed people often feel helpless, worthless, and engaged in rumination. These thought patterns can adversely impact all aspects of one’s life. In Psychology Today, Dr. Wehrenberg explains the importance of addressing depressive cognition and taking action in realistic ways to work through depression (and all of the stuff that comes with it). Here is a link
Being gifted may come with challenges. In Psychology Today, Dr. Marty Nemko interviewed Edward Amend, an expert in this area of study, to gain some insights into some of the issues that gifted individuals may encounter at some point in their lives. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/how-do-life/201604/the-unhappy-intellectually-gifted-child
Many college students struggle with mental heath conditions. It is important these students have access to support, treatment, and appropriate accommodations so their college dreams are not shattered. In Psychology Today, Dr. Marcia Morris provides tips to help college bound students address their mental health issues. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/college-wellness/201604/help-your-child-psychiatric-needs-prepare-college
ADHD is prevalent in today’s society and often comes with negative connotations. However, as with most things, there are silver linings and gifts that can accompany someone with ADHD. In Psychology Today, Dr. Lara Honos-Webb writes about a gene linked to ADHD and speculates many creative successful people with labels of ADHD have this genetic profile. Thus,
Self-esteem is an evaluation of one’s self-worth and is critical to personal happiness and self-fulfillment. In Psychology Today, Dr. Guy Winch shares several strategies for nourishing one’s self-esteem. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-squeaky-wheel/201604/how-nourish-your-self-esteem
Chrissy Makris writes about love and how each experience leads to the next even when there is heartbreak and pain, in her Huffington Post article. A good perspective… Here is a link to her article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chrissy-makris/not-everyone-is-going-to-love-you_b_9653098.html?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
In the Huffington Post, Lindsay Holmes writes a piece on Ruby Rose, an actress who struggles with depression. Ruby Rose discusses her personal battle with depression and also provides hope to those with this illness. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ruby-rose-depression_us_5702e3afe4b083f5c608a551?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
According to a recent survey from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 7 kids suffers from a psychological disorder. In the Huffington Post, Lindsay Holmes writes about importance of monitoring our children and ensuring they have access to proper treatment and support. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kids-psychological-disorders_us_56ec63e2e4b03a640a6a835e?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
Suicide is among the three leading causes of death worldwide. Many people who feel suicidal do not reach out for help or support. In the Huffington Post, Lindsay Holmes discusses a small study that suggests personal attention from loved ones or professionals can have positive impact on those struggling with depression and/or suicidal thoughts or
Research suggests that untreated mental illnesses ends up costing more than one may think. People with untreated mental illnesses often struggle to meet the demands of their lives (jobs, relationships, etc.). In the Huffington Post, Willa Frej posits that treatments for mental health conditions are cost effective for the global economy. Here is link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/depression-and-anxiety-cost-the-world-1-trillion-every-year-who-says_us_570e50a8e4b03d8b7b9eee81?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
Depression is a serious mental health condition that affects many individuals. Unfortunately, the stigma that surrounds mental illness often compounds the pain and suffering of those with depression. In the Huffington Post, Lindsay Holmes writes about Doug Leddin, a man who courageously shares his personal struggle with depression on social media. Here is a link
Victims of rape often encounter long lasting negative effects. In the Huffington Post, Katie Rose Guest Pryal shares how being raped continues to adversely impact her life. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/katie-rose-guest-pryal/we-believe-you-even-if-yo_b_9700492.html?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
Autism is on the rise and there is controversy on underlying reasons. In Today.com, Maggie Fox writes about possible reasons this neuro-developmental disorder is being diagnosed at alarming higher rates. Here is a link to the article: http://www.nbcnews.com/health/kids-health/study-suggests-autism-being-overdiagnosed-n450671
As we age, we may feel our memory falter from time to time. It’s important to do what we can to remain active and engaged. In Today.com, Linda Carroll provides 7 tips that can help keep your brain sharp. Here is a link to the article: http://www.today.com/health/lumosity-let-you-down-7-proven-strategies-keep-your-brain-t65371
We’ve all heard that exercise is essential for mental and physical well-being. In PsychCentral, Janice Wood shares recent research that suggests rigorous exercise can improve the mood of those suffering from depression. Here is a link: http://psychcentral.com/news/2016/02/28/people-who-exercise-have-better-mental-fitness/99703.html
Depression can be debilitating especially if it goes untreated. In PsychCentral, Dr. Grohol discusses importance of seeking help for depression. Here is a link: http://psychcentral.com/disorders/depression/
PsyBlog discusses research on variables thought to underlie Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. 2 Factors Found To Underlie Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
The scientific community is always making strides towards better understanding how our brains work. Dr. Tali Shenfield writes about how memory works in her blog article on examinedexistence.com The Mystery of Memory
In longer term relationships, it’s only natural that keeping passion alive requires conscious effort, communication, and commitment. In PsychCentral, Dr. Rick Nauert writes about a new study that discussed this issue. Here is a link: Tactics to Keep Sexual Passion Alive in Long-term Relationships
According to recent research, inflammation may play a role in Schizophrenia. In PsychCentral, Traci Pederson discusses recent study that suggests reducing inflammation, may help improve cognitive difficulties of those with Schizophrenia. Here is a link: Reducing Inflammation May Improve Cognition in Schizophrenia
“Helicopter Parents” feel the need to be overly involved in most aspects of their kids’ lives. In a NBC News report, Erika Edwards highlights some of the perils of being a helicopter parent. Here is a link to the article: http://www.nbcnews.com/video/helicopter-parents-a-real-threat-to-kids-540137027696
Doctors often prescribe medication for anxiety disorders. Unfortunately, many of these medications can be addictive and people often rely on them to ward off anxiety or psychological pain. In an article on NBCNEWS.com, Maggie Fox highlights recent statistics on anxiety medication overdoses. Here is a link to the article: http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/anxiety-drug-overdoses-have-quadrupled-over-last-two-decades-study-n521086
All of us have encountered adversity and challenges in our lives. And, hopefully, most of us would note that we learned something or grew for our experience. In the Huff Post, Carolyn Gregoire discusses some benefits from going through difficult times. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/post-traumatic-growth-creativity_us_568426c0e4b014efe0d9d8e8?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
Psychotherapy can be prohibitively expensive. However, there are ways to make it more affordable. In the Huff Post, Lindsay Holmes provides creative suggestions for finding budget friendly counseling services or treatment. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/affordable-therapy-options_us_568c0dc0e4b014efe0dbe606?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
We all feel anxious from time to time. However, those who suffer from anxiety disorders may perceive situations differently than those without these conditions. In the Huff Post, Lindsay Holmes discusses recent research that suggests people with anxiety disorders are less able to differentiate threatening situations from neutral ones. Here is a link to the
Adolescence can be a tumultuous time in one’s development. During this developmental period, adolescents are changing physically, psychologically, and socially. All of these changes can impact learning. Dr. Carl E Pickhardt illuminates on this topic in Psychology Today. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/surviving-your-childs-adolescence/201602/why-adolescents-can-become-harder-teach-children
Myths and stereotypes often influence our culture and thoughts about certain things. However, it can be dangerous to believe and “buy into” them without accurate information and perspective. In Psychology Today, Peg Streep highlights 4 myths that float around society that are simply untrue. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/tech-support/201602/4-myths-about-america-give-in-2016
According to new statistics, mental health issues are increasing among children. The Atlantic displays this data in charts and breaks it down by region, disorder, etc. Here is a link to the article: http://www.theatlantic.com/sponsored/athena-where-does-it-hurt/
Mental illness lives everywhere. However, many suffer quietly and silently. The NYT article shares the stories of many in New York that suffer from mental illness and adversity. Here is a link to the article: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/12/19/nyregion/neediest-mental-health-package.html?_r=1
Dealing with any health condition can be taxing and overwhelming. Mental illness is no exception and in some ways may be more difficult given the stigma associated with having one. In the Huff Post, Rachel Griffin points out how those struggling with mental health conditions demonstrate strength, not weakness. Here is a link to the
Panic attacks can be frightening, paralyzing, and embarrassing. However, this condition is highly treatable when people learn strategies for managing or reducing them. In the Huff Post, Lindsay Holmes provides a window into what people think when experiencing a panic attack. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/panic-attack-thoughts_us_56b0e38de4b0a1b96203ce80?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
Depression is a serious and debilitating mental health condition that can affect children, adolescents, and adults. In a Huff Post article, Lisa Rapaport writes about prevalence of untreated depression in teens and adverse implications. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/a-surprising-number-of-teens-with-depression-arent-getting-treatment_us_56b0e3fde4b0fbfdd6155ccf?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
Addiction is complex and very much prevalent in our society. In the Huff Post, Sara Miller explains 3 stages of addiction and implications for treatment. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/understanding-the-3-stages-of-addiction-could-help-us-treat-the-disease_us_56aa3bb2e4b00164892285cb?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
Eating disorders are largely misunderstood by people. Eating disorders are serious and can be life-threatening. In the Huff Post, Jennifer Rollin discusses important things to consider if you are struggling with an eating disorder. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jennifer-rollin/3-things-people-with-eating-disorders-need-to-know_b_9285050.html?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
Businesses that are more in tune with the mental wellness of their employees are so far ahead of the curve. Jenny Che writes about businesses that are trying to raise awareness of mental illnesses, increase access to mental health services, and to de-stigmatize attitudes around mental illness. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/workplace-stress-mental-health_us_56c4e753e4b0b40245c8e017?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
Routine is important but so is spontaneity. We’ve all had the experience when we felt recharged or energized by trying something new and outside of our usual routine. In the Huff Post, Emily Conyngham points out the benefits of stepping outside of one’s comfort zone. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/emily-conyngham/comfort-zone_b_9235888.html?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
Depression is prevalent among men but often not discussed, likely due to the stigma associated with mental illness. In the NYT, Steven Petrow courageously shares his personal experiences with depression and why he thinks it’s so important to discuss with others. Here’s a link to the article: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/02/08/opening-up-about-depression/?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nythealth&smtyp=cur&_r=0
Relationships take time and work. This is not always easy when your schedule is tight and you have many responsibilities to juggle. Kira Asatryan writes about words that can have a negative impact on your relationships in her PsychCentral article. Here is a link to the article: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2016/02/06/the-one-word-that-can-kill-a-friendship/
Being a therapist has it’s challenges and always requires self-reflection. I feel passionate about helping others and feel privileged that others place trust in me as to allow me into the most intimate parts of their lives. In the Huff Post, Megan Bruneau writes about 12 things she’s learned from her clinical work as a
We all worry about things from time to time. However, sometimes, we can become consumed with things that are actually insignificant. Catherine DiBenedetto suggests 5 things we should stop worrying about in her Huff Post blog. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/healthcom/5-things-you-seriously-sh_b_8961658.html?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
Depression is prevalent and often goes undiagnosed and treated. In the Huff Post, Lindsay Holmes discusses the importance of depression screenings when seeing other healthcare professionals. A five minute screening could potentially identify those struggling with this illness and result in coordination of care and treatment. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/09/national-depression-scree_n_5941302.html?utm_hp_ref=mental-health
In the New York Times, Dr. Aaron Carroll writes a poignant article about depression and physicians. He shares things from personal experience and stresses importance of seeking help when depression strikes. Here is a link to the article: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/01/12/upshot/silence-is-the-enemy-for-doctors-who-have-depression.html?smid=fb-nytwell&smtyp=cur&referer=http://m.facebook.com&_r=1
Being a people pleaser can result in a person always compromising their needs, wants, and desires. Mary Patterson Broome writes a piece on how people pleasing can become a detriment to one’s happiness and health. Here is a link to the article: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/life/9-struggles-people-pleasers-know-all-too-well?cid=soc_WomensHealthMag_TWITTER_Women%27s%20Health__
Many people struggle with depression but many people don’t seek professional help. Depression is a treatable mental illness but it is important that individuals recognize when they need professional treatment. In themighty.com, Kelly Jenson shares several things people struggling with depression may tell themselves. Here is a link to the article: http://themighty.com/2016/01/5-lies-my-depression-told-me/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=MH_Facebook_Page
In BusinessInsider.com, Mike Nudelman writes about what mentally strong individuals avoid doing. Here is a link to the article: http://www.businessinsider.com/12-things-mentally-strong-people-dont-do-2016-1?utm_content=buffer2f823&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer
Depression is treatable and the earlier the intervention, the better the prognosis. Dr. Tali Shenfield shares early symptoms of depression in her blog on HealthHost.co.uk Here is a link to the article: http://www.health-host.co.uk/recognize-early-symptoms-depression/
We all learn from our mistakes and experiences if we are open to introspection and self-reflection. In Women’s Health, Scott Power shares what 8 men learned from their failed relationships. Here is a link to the article: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/sex-and-love/men-share-failed-relationships?cid=soc_WomensHealthMag_TWITTER_Women%27s%20Health__Relationships
Emotional intelligence is important to navigate social situations and relationships. MichelleBorba.com shares strategies for boost kids’ EQ. Here is a link to the article: 7 Ways to Boost Kids’ Emotional Intelligence
Some estimate that 1 in 3 with Autism may possess exceptional skills and abilities. In the Atlantic, Linda Marsh follows a young man’s story and explores the possible link between Autism and savants. Here is a link to the article: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/01/savants-autism-spectrum-prodigies/424248/
You learn your best friend’s husband had an affair with the neighbor and the two of you spend hours talking about what a horrible person she is and wonder how she could try to ruin another woman’s family. This is not uncommon. Often, when men cheat, many people blame the “other woman.” Why is this? In
Affairs can destroy relationships. In Psychology Today, R. Scott Gornto delves into possible underlying reasons that lead to affairs. This perspective is important because it highlights common issues within the relationship, that often go unaddressed, which ultimately result in one person choosing to be involved in an affair. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-stories-we-tell-ourselves/201512/why-people-really-have-affairs
Autism and Schizophrenia are conditions that effect thinking, functioning, and processing. In the Washington Post, Rachel Fetman writes about new research suggesting manipulation of select brain cells may affect circuitry in brains of those with Autism and Schizophrenia. Implications of this study may have positive impact on future understanding and treatments for these conditions. Here
Many couples keep secrets from one another. However, this can potentially cause conflict in a relationship. In Psychology Today, Dr. Susan Krauss Whitbourne writes about how secrets can affect relationships. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201510/how-secrets-can-strengthen-or-destroy-your-relationship
Losing a loved one is painful and can be difficult to process to go through. Everyone’s journey through this process is unique; however, there are some common things people go through while grieving loss. In a blog on www.lastingchangecounseling.com, there are useful insights on the grieving process. Here is a link to the article: http://www.lastingchangecounseling.com/the-7-essentials-for-coping-with-grief/
Divorce can be challenging even in the most amicable circumstances. When remarriage occurs, it can stir up all kinds of negative emotions between divorced people. In PsychCentral, Dr. Amy Bellows writes on this topic and how certain boundaries are necessary when divorced people remarry. Here is a link to the article: http://blogs.psychcentral.com/mixing-bowl/2015/12/good-fences-make-great-neighbors-boundaries-after-remarriage/
Facebook and social media are effective ways to stay connected and informed. However, people can become addicted and obsessed with social media in ways that are unhealthy. In PsychCentral, James Emry points out perks associated with disconnecting from Facebook for 7 days. Here is a link to the article: http://blogs.psychcentral.com/psychology-personality/2015/12/10/happy-on-facebook-how-7-days-off-can-make-you-jubilant-james-emry/
Many adults struggle with ADD and/or ADHD. This can impact job performance and other everyday tasks of life. Kelly Babcock shares strategies to help people with ADHD succeed at work. Here is link to the article in PsychCentral: http://blogs.psychcentral.com/adhd-man/2015/11/5-things-your-boss-needs-to-know-about-your-adhd/
We all experience negativity from time to time. Dr. Tali Shenfield writes about importance of finding outlets for negative energy in Psychologyofwellbeing.com. Here is a link to the article: http://psychologyofwellbeing.com/201402/finding-an-outlet-for-your-negative-energy.html
Advances in research has scientists better understand the etiology of certain diseases. In a recent study at MIT, scientists discovered the Shank3 gene is implicated in Autism and Schizophrenia. Here is a link to the article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/12/151210125208.htm
We all get stuck and feel unmotivated at various points. In HealthyPlace.com, Emily Roberts writes about how to conquer lack of motivation by using DBT skills. Here is a link to the article: http://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/buildingselfesteem/2015/11/feel-motivated-and-confident-with-this-dbt-skill/
In today’s day and age, we are constantly reminded by media that life is full of uncertainty. With more gun shootings, school lock-downs, and threats of terrorism, it’s difficult to not worry about our children, families, and safety. However, it is important to keep things in check so we do not project our anxieties onto our
According to the CDC, 40,000+ individuals die from suicide each year in the United States. It is a major epidemic and requires attention from every community so there are efforts at education, resources, outreach, and prevention. As with anything else, there are discrepancies in the media about suicide and it is often suggested that suicides
Stress is a part of our lives and can be difficult to manage over a short or longer period of time. Once we feel we are on top of things, more things pile up and result in us being out of balance and overwhelmed. In Goodtherapy.org, Angela Avery, MA gives tips for navigating through stress
Any parent knows there are no instruction manuals for parenting. There are so many challenges that arise while raising children. In AllPsych.com, Dr. Christopher Heffner provides several suggestions for parents to help shape their child’s behaviors in positive ways. Here is a link to the article: http://allpsych.com/journal/parentingskills/
Breaking up with a significant other can be difficult. It is normal to experience a range of emotions during and after the break-up. In PsychiatristsNYC.com, Dr. Amanda Itzkoff shares 7 tips for coping with break-ups. Here is a link to the article: http://psychiatristsnyc.com/7-tips-for-getting-over-a-breakup/
Bipolar Disorder is a serious mental illness. Individuals with this condition often struggle with episodes of depression and mania. A new study suggests that people can control their mania with certain interventions. In MentalHealthMatters.com, Julie Frey writes about this new study and discusses implications for treatment. Here is a link to the article: http://mental-health-matters.com/new-bipolar-treatment-proves-patients-can-control-their-mania/
We all experience negativity from time to time. Dr. Tali Shenfield writes about importance of finding outlets for negative energy in Psychologyofwellbeing.com. Here is a link to the article: http://psychologyofwellbeing.com/201402/finding-an-outlet-for-your-negative-energy.html
It is difficult to discuss tragic events even among adults. However, it can be even more diffuclt when talking about these issues with children. In CNN.com, Kelly Wallace writes about how to address these difficult topics with children. Here is a link to the article: http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/16/health/talking-to-kids-tragic-events-advice-parents/index.html
Mental illness is often misunderstood. In PsychCentral, Jerry Nelson writes about 10 common myths around mental illness. Here is a link to the article: http://blogs.psychcentral.com/sober-life/2015/11/10-common-myths-about-mental-illness/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
Bipolar Disorder is a serious mental illness. Individuals with this condition often struggle with episodes of depression and mania. A new study suggests that people can control their mania with certain interventions. In MentalHealthMatters.com, Julie Frey writes about this new study and discusses implications for treatment. Here is a link to the article: http://mental-health-matters.com/new-bipolar-treatment-proves-patients-can-control-their-mania/
Being a teen can prove to be a challenging time in one’s life. Teen girls are often bombarded with unhealthy and unrealistic images which can affect their feelings about their bodies. In Parentingteens.about.com, Amy Morin writes about 7 things parents can do to help their teens develop a healthy body image. Here is a link
Life can be stressful and hectic. We may not always have balance despite our best intentions. In the Huff Post, Jodi Aman shares strategies for maintaining a happy life. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jodi-aman/this-is-the-best-thing-you-can-do-for-a-happy-life_b_8575054.html
Many children struggle with executive fucntioning. Dr. Tali Shenfield provides tips for optimizing your child’s executive functioning. Here is a link to the article: http://www.psy-ed.com/wpblog/child-executive-functioning/
Autism has been on the rise in recent years. New estimates suggest 1 in 45 children have Autism. In the Huffpost.com, Cari Nierenberg writes about possible reasons for higher rates of diagnosis. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/1-in-45-children-in-the-us-has-autism-according-to-new-estimate_56460e0ae4b08cda3488741d
In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, many people witnessed horrific and deadly acts that may have lingering effects on them. For example, some people may experience anxiety or flashbacks to the events they witnessed during the attacks. In CNN.com, Carina Storrs explains how counseling can help survivors navigate the aftermath of traumatic
All children and teens are exposed to technology whether we like it or not. Even schools use IPads and computers for education and communication with students. However, it is important to limit and monitor screen time. In PsychCentral, Ellen Toronto writes about negotiating screen time for your children. Here is a link to the article:
We all experience anxiety from time to time. In Foxnews.com, Julie Revelent shares strategies to use when anxiety strikes. Here is a link to the article: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/08/02/10-natural-ways-to-manage-anxiety.html
Most of us require reminders about self-care. In Health.com, Rachel Macy Stafford shares 6 tips that improved her quality of life. Here is a link to the article: http://news.health.com/2015/09/17/6-simple-self-care-tips-that-changed-my-life/?xid=socialflow_twitter_health
There is still stigma associated with mental illness. Unfortunately, stigma can result in isolation, shame, and worsening of symptoms. In PsychCentral, Rebecca Chamaa highlights this point and what it could look like if people reacted to other conditions like they react to mental illness. Here is a link to the article: http://blogs.psychcentral.com/schizophrenia-life/2015/11/what-if-we-treated-other-illnesses-like-we-do-mental-illness/
Stigma and shame still lurk around those who struggle with mental health issues. In the Huff Post, Rachel Griffin writes a beautiful letter to those with mental illness. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rachel-griffin/an-open-letter-to-a-person-with-mental-illness_b_8266846.html?1444743211
We’ve often heard that the brain’s wiring is set and cannot be altered. However, with advances in neuroscience, we are learning that this may not always be the case. Dr. Metzner writes about plasticity of our brains and how we can all change our wiring to a certain extent by reprogramming our our brains. Here is a
A new study reveals that newly diagnosed individuals with Schizophrenia often do best with psychotherapy in conjunction with minimal psychotropic medications, according to New York Times article. Benedict Carey writes about the study that shows hope and promise for those struggling with Schizophrenia. Here is a link to the article: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/20/health/talk-therapy-found-to-ease-schizophrenia.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=second-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0
In LiveScience.com, Cari Nierenberg highlights how a large number of children with mental health issues do not access mental health treatment with trained counselors or therapist. They often see their pediatricians for such concerns. Hopefully, more children and their families will be referred to appropriate professionals for mental health treatment. Here is the link to
We all have defense mechanisms that we use to ward off perceived danger. In PsychCentral, Jenise Harmon explains how we use defense mechanism and when they can become disruptive to our lives. Here is a link to the article: http://blogs.psychcentral.com/your-life/2015/10/understanding-defense-mechanisms/
Having a musical talent or interest has many benefits. However, many people may be unaware of how many benefits. According to a new study, playing a musical instrument may help spur emotional and behavioral growth in children. In the Washington Post, Amy Ellis Nutt writes about the new study that links music lessons to positive
We all know what it’s like to feel anxious. However, some of us experience more anxiety than others and over time, it may impair our fucntioning. In Goodtherapy.com, Becki A Hein, writes an insightful article on understanding the root of anxiety and how to cope with it. Here is a link to the article: http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/what-you-resist-may-make-you-anxious-0117144
Texting has replaced many other modes of communication. It is easy and quick yet it does not come without adverse consequences. In the NYT, Roni Caryn Rabin reviews recent studies suggestive that compulsive texting may affect academic performance. Here is a link to the article: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/10/12/compulsive-texting-takes-toll-on-teenagers/?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=nythealth&smtyp=cur&_r=0
Life is hectic and it is not always easy to juggle all of the demands in life. Anna Kaminsky provides tips for scheduling quality time with your family. Here is a link to the article: http://www.howtolearn.com/2013/10/best-ways-to-schedule-quality-family-time/
Every parent has helped their child with homework from time to time. However, sometimes a child’s homework can become a stressor in the home for various reasons. In the NYT, KJ Dell’Antonia writes about common reasons homework can being stress into the home. Here is a link to the article: http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/09/10/when-homework-stresses-parents-as-well-as-students/?_r=1
Parenting can be challenging. However, it can prove even more challenging when you have a child with special needs. In Mother Nature Network, Jenn Savedge discusses the importance of providing stress relief for mothers who have a child on the ASD spectrum. Here is a link to the article: http://www.mnn.com/family/family-activities/blogs/what-about-mom-reducing-stress-in-mothers-of-children-with-autism?utm_content=buffer3c2c5&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
Culturally Competent Mental Health Care for the LGBT Community By Stephanie Simpson, LCSW There are endless factors that can prevent an individual from seeking mental health treatment. Stigma, fear of judgment, and being vulnerable are some of the more common worries. However, for the gay community, seeking treatment can be an especially daunting undertaking. The
Animal lovers understand the special connection pet owners have with their pets. Losing a pet can be devastating and often gets overlooked or dismissed by others. In the Washington Post, Joe Yonan writes a thoughtful article about his experiences after losing his dog. Here is a link to the article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/the-death-of-pet-can-hurt-as-much-as-the-loss-of-a-relative/2012/02/21/gIQALXTXcS_story.html
Identifying Low Self-esteem In Children by Carolyn Bulmash, LCSW Back to school time is upon us, and the children in our lives will soon be facing new social and emotional challenges. Feelings of self-worth change shape and start to become solidified during adolescence. It may be difficult for us to identify struggles in our
A beautiful morning run in Park Ridge with NAMI to “stamp out” the stigma of mental illness. Daniel Carcillo from the Blackhawks joined the group, sharing some of his own personal struggles and introduced his foundation Chapter 5, developed to help players transitioning out of the sport. We were lucky to have a family share
We all carry hand sanitizer to help ward off germs. However, having it around does not come without risk. According to CNN.com, children who ingest hand sanitizer often show up at emergency rooms showing signs of intoxication and related injuries. Here is a link to the article: http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/14/health/hand-sanitizer-poisoning/index.html
We all know someone who always seems to blame others for things that go wrong. In Psychology Today, Dr. Susan Krauss Whitbourne helps shed light on why some people tend to engage in the blame game. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201509/five-reasons-we-play-the-blame-game
The landscape of special education is changing rapidly. In the Creativity Post, Nina Fiore writes about important elements for creating a progressive and inclusive academic environment for all children. Here is a link to the article: http://www.creativitypost.com/education/focus_on_abilities_and_benefit_all_children_a_case_for_progressive_inclusio
In the Huff Post, Abigail Libers writes about unlocking different talents or abilities by tapping into different parts of your brain by using new associations. Very interesting! Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/unlock-your-brains-potential_55f1dc26e4b002d5c0789e68?ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000045
We live in a highly competitive culture where rankings and social comparisons are often the basis for how people define their worth/value. In an interesting article in The Atlantic, Matthew Hutson discusses why people compete with one another. Here is a link to the article: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/10/why-we-compete/403201/
Divorce affects the entire family. Many parents feel confusion around how to tell their children that they are getting divorced. In Psychology Today, Vikki Stark shares thoughtful suggestions for broaching the subject of divorce with children. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/schlepping-through-heartbreak/201509/how-tell-the-kids-you-re-getting-divorced
We all know what it’s like to feel shy from time to time. However, when someone struggles with shyness often, it can cause issues in various contexts. In About.com, Amy Morin writes about how to help shy teens develop more self-confidence. Here is a link to the article: http://parentingteens.about.com/od/talktoyourteen/fl/How-to-Help-a-Shy-Teen-Become-Less-Passive.htm
We all feel anxious from time to time. We may also experience racing thoughts. In PsychCentral, Margarita Tartakovsky shares strategies for managing racing thoughts. Here is a link to the article: http://blogs.psychcentral.com/weightless/2015/09/more-ways-to-manage-racing-thoughts/
The mind-body connection is strong and we all must remember that we will experience negative thoughts from time to time. In PsychCentral, Renee Jain provides suggestions for intervening with negative thoughts. Here is a link to the article: http://blogs.psychcentral.com/stress-better/2015/09/thoughtbuster-locate-your-negative-thought-and-yank-it-out/
Having a baby is supposed to be one of the happiest times in a woman’s life. However, some women struggle with depression before and after having their child. In the Chicago Tribune, Alison Bowen writes an article about pre-baby blues. It’s important for women to seek support and treatment if they are feeling symptoms of
Sometimes we overlook or miss signs our teens may be struggling with an issue. In PsychCentral, Christine Hammond outlines signs and behaviors that may indicate your teen is battling a problem. Here is a link to the article: http://pro.psychcentral.com/exhausted-woman/2015/09/how-to-know-if-a-teen-is-in-trouble/
Talking To Your Teenager About Suicide By Carolyn Bulmash, LCSW One of the unfortunate realities we all must come to accept is that suicide is on the rise. With more day to day stressors of finances, job security, and a whole new world of hate and discrimination throughout the globe and cyberspace, more people are
Parenting has it’s challenges. There are no manuals out there to guide us through all of the unique challenges we face as parents. In themomiverse.com, Sean Grover shares 10 characteristics of effective parents. Here is a link to the article: http://www.themomiverse.com/motherhood-and-family/10-best-parenting-qualities/?utm_content=bufferaab4f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
Intrusive thoughts can be distressing and interfere with one’s daily functioning. In Brainblogger.com, Dr. Carla Clark writes about strategies for managing unwanted intrusive thoughts. Here is a link to the article: http://brainblogger.com/2015/08/09/controlling-intrusive-thoughts-suppress-repress-or-accept/
It can be challenging to feel calm especially when you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed. In PsychCentral.com, Margarita Tartkovsky shares strategies for being more present and feeling peace even in the face of stress. Here is a link to the article: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2015/08/09/finding-peace-in-any-moment/
Flashbacks associated with trauma or PTSD can be debilitating and distressing. In MentalHealthMatters.com, Sean Bennick writes about strategies for navigating flashbacks. Here is a link to the article: http://mental-health-matters.com/coping-with-flashbacks-goals-and-techniques-for-handling-the-memories/
In HealthyPlace.com, Tanya Peterson writes about things she’s learned about her experiences with anxiety. Here is a link to the article: http://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/anxiety-schmanxiety/2015/08/lessons-ive-learned-from-anxiety/
Bullying often takes place online through social media sites. It’s important for parents to be aware and to closely monitor their child’s activities online. Further, it’s critical to have dialogues around appropriate use of technology and what to do if any lines are crossed. Dr. Tali Shenfield writes about several strategies for protecting your child
Raising a child with special needs is difficult for a myriad of reasons. The American Autism Association reached out to the Autism community to ask parents what they’ve learned from having a child on the Autism Spectrum. Here is a link to the article: https://www.myautism.org/15-things-autism-taught-me-as-a-parent/
In PsychCentral, Margarita Tartakovsky shares 6 tips for being assertive with people who intimidate you. Here is a link to the article: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2015/08/08/6-ways-to-be-assertive-with-people-who-intimidate-you/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
Therapy can be useful for a variety of reasons. However, sometimes people feel unsure, embarrassed, or ashamed that they need professional support and guidance. In mighty.com, Rachel Kassenbrock shares results from a survey about when people decided to enter into treatment with a therapist. Here is a link to the article: http://themighty.com/2015/07/15-people-reveal-the-moment-they-decided-to-see-a-therapist1/?utm_content=bufferb3cf9&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer#/ixzz3hsJI3Pc4http://buff.ly/1Dr9niU
Aunts can play such an important role in the family. There are many reasons to celebrate the Aunts in our lives. In the Huffington Post, Melanie Notkin outlines 47 reasons why it’s great to be an Aunt. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/melanie-notkin/47-reasons-why-its-really-really-good-to-be-an-aunt_b_7841468.html?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000050
There is an undeniable connection between stress and disease. Carol Hopwood, a psychotherapist, shares strategies for managing daily stress so it does not adversely affect your health. Here is a link to the article: http://www.lastingchangecounseling.com/4-easy-practices-keep-stress-turning-anxiety/?utm_source=ReviveOldPost&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=ReviveOldPost
Depression can be debilitating. However, there are effective treatments to combat this clinical disorder. David Faulkner provides useful tips for navigating depression. Here is a link to the article: http://mental-health-matters.com/the-keys-to-fighting-depression/
Middle school can be intimidating for even the most confident child. It is important to help your middle school aged child prepare for their new experiences. Kari Kampakis provides 10 insights for those about to embark on their middle school careers. Here is a link to the article: http://www.karikampakis.com/2015/08/10-truths-middle-schoolers-should-know/
Setting Boundaries by Carolyn Bulmash, LCSW Often times we feel frustrated in our relationships. Whether it’s family and friends or at work, we can find ourselves feeling taken advantage of. For many of us, it’s difficult to say “no” without feeling guilty. Having healthy boundaries for ourselves and with others can greatly improve any relationship
Obesity is a serious health risk in our country. Bullying is also a major problem in our society. In the New York Time blog, Roni Rabin writes about how bullying around weight issues is on the rise and a growing problem. Here is a link to the article: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/07/07/fat-stigma-fuels-weight-bullying/?_r=1
In Goodtherapy.org, Dr. Deb Hirschhorn writes thoughtful tips for couples when they no longer find certain things about their partner attractive. Here is a link to the article: http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/when-your-partners-opposites-arent-so-attractive-anymore-0710154
Rebecca Adams writes a thoughtful article in the Huffington Post about benefits of being friends before dating. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/07/07/dating-tip-science_n_7736420.html?ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000067
Many children and teens struggle with depression. In Goodtherapy.org, Angelia Avery provides 8 signs that your child or teen may be struggling with symptoms of depression. Here is a link to the article: http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/kids-get-depressed-too-8-signs-of-depression-in-teens-0302154?utm_content=bufferb27a7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
Clinical Depression is a serious mental health condition that often requires professional treatment. In the Huffington Post, Jillian Capewell shares 6 things women want others to know when they are suffering from depression. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/07/08/help-someone-with-depression-tips_n_7657192.html?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women%3Futm_hp_ref%3Dwomen&ir=Women&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000050
Psypost.org published an article based on recent research that studied electrical stimulation to the brain and its impact on cognitive functioning for those with Schizophrenia. Here is a link to the article: http://www.psypost.org/2015/07/a-mild-zap-improves-cognitive-control-in-people-with-schizophrenia-35747
We all have heard people say, “I don’t understand why my children are so different. They were raised in the same home with the same parents.” Siblings are different and there are many reasons for such differences. In PsyPost, the Conversation writes about why children from the same families exhibit such different personalities. Here is a
Many children and adolescents struggle with anxiety disorders. Dr. Tali Shenfield writes about different types of anxiety disorders and treatment for children and adolescents. Here is a link to the article: http://www.psy-ed.com/wpblog/child-and-teen-anxiety/
Autism affects many lives. According to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 68 children in the United States are on the Autism Spectrum. In Healthworkscollective.com, Dr. Tali Shenfield writes about new research that examines the autonomic nervous system of those on the spectrum. Researchers have developed a wrist sensor that monitors reactions/arousal from those wearing
Alcoholism is a serious and life-threatening disease. Ben Smart, a CNN writer, discusses new technology that may show promise to those who struggle with drinking too much. There are new apps that track alcohol consumption and alert people when they’ve reached their limit. Obviously, these apps are not a substitute for professional intervention/treatment. However, they
There are many misconceptions about personality disorders and behavioral patterns associated with them. In www.healthyplace.com, Kalie Gipson writes about self-injury and it’s relationship to Borderline Personality Disorder. Here is a link to the article: http://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/speakingoutaboutselfinjury/2015/07/06/why-is-self-injury-prevalent-in-borderline-personality-disorder/
We all have unwanted thoughts from time to time. However, some people struggle with intrusive thoughts on a daily basis. In www.hivehealthmedia.com, Dr. Tali Shenfield provides tips for managing unwanted thoughts. Here’s a link to the article: http://www.hivehealthmedia.com/psychologist-advice-on-dealing-with-unwanted-thoughts/
Here is a story on how Improv can help individuals with Autism. From NBCNews.com http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/teens-with-autism-learn-to–lmprov–in-second-city-463916099838 Teens with Autism ‘lmprov’ in Second City
In the Huffington Post, Emma Haak writes about things your eyes reveal about your health. Here is link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/17/what-your-eyes-reveal-about-your-health_n_7487472.html?ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000067
In YoungMinds.org.uk, Ally Lee shares new research that suggests mental illness rates are higher among those who are faced with social disadvantages. Here is a link to the article: http://www.youngminds.org.uk/news/blog/2828_mental_illness_rates_strongly_linked_to_everyday_social_disadvantages
Bipolar and other mental health conditions often affect one’s relationships. In PsychCentral, Dr. Barbara Bachmeier writes about common relational issues when struggling with Bipolar Disorder. Here is a link to the article: http://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/2015/06/healing-the-hurt/
The Huffington Post shares 6 positive things you can do for your body. A must read! Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/15/doctors-best-health-advic_n_7547222.html?ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000067
The aging process can be diverse just like any other stage of life. In Psychology Today, Dr. Perry shares 2 different perspectives on aging from 2 Prolific writers. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/creating-in-flow/201506/two-views-aging-while-creative
Sex is an important part of marriage or relationships. So why do couples stop having it for long periods of time? In Health.com, Leslie Goldman writes 10 common reasons people stop having sex and how they can get back on track. Here is a link to the article: http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20339292,00.html?xid=soc_socialflow_twitter
In PsychCentral.com, Dr. Nauert reviews research that suggests children of same-sexed families are no different than children raised with heterosexual parents. Research in this area is important as the Supreme Court determines if marriage equality if required by the Constitution. Here is a link to the article: http://psychcentral.com/news/2015/06/16/big-consensus-that-kids-of-same-sex-couples-no-different-than-others/85756.html
Dr. Giuseppe Accardi argues there are many reasons why people get depressed and it does not always have to do with biology. This is contrary to popular belief that depression is always caused by brain chemistry or varying levels of neurotransmitters. Here is a link to the article: http://www.consultinghealth.com/depression-challenging-the-status-quo/
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder has gained a lot of attention in recent years. Health.com provides a list of symptoms that are associated with adult ADHD. Here is a link to the article: http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20490145_3,00.html
Introversion is typically seen as a undesirable character trait, however, Jen Kim argues there are some benefits from being more introverted. In Psychology Today, she discuses research that highlights several positive aspects associated with introversion. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/valley-girl-brain/201506/3-lessons-everyone-should-learn-introverts
In the blog for Advanced Psychology, Dr. Tali Shenfield discusses some of the challenges associated with children who are gifted and learning disabled at the same time. Here is a link to the article: http://www.psy-ed.com/wpblog/gifted-and-learning-disabled/
We’ve all heard about smoking being a big risk factor for heart disease. However, research reveals that sleep disorders also is linked to cardiovascular disease. In PsychCentral, Dr. Nauert discusses the research on this topic and points out that sleep disorders are treatable conditions. Here is a link to the article: http://psychcentral.com/news/2015/06/16/poor-sleep-seen-as-risk-for-cardiovascular-disease/85760.html
Here is a must read! In the Huffington Post, Lindsay Holmes shares images of what Type B personality looks like in day to day life. Clearly, there are benefits to letting some things go while keeping perspective of the important priorities in life. Those with Type A personalities often struggle to let go while those
Depression is used loosely in our culture. However, clinical depression is serious and can be a debilitating condition. In MentalHealthMatters, Ryan King provides a brief overview on different types of depression and emphasizes the importance of obtaining professional treatment. Here is a link to the article: http://mental-health-matters.com/the-different-types-of-depression/
Depression can be debilitating especially if untreated. In MentalHealthMatters.com, Richard O’Connor provides 6 tips for addressing depression. Here is a link to the article: http://mental-health-matters.com/six-simple-steps-to-help-fight-depression/
Postpartum Depression vs. The Baby Blues By Stephanie Simpson, LCSW Welcoming a new child into your home and life is a surreal and magical time for mothers. They have endured nine long months of pregnancy, often suffering uncomfortable and even painful symptoms, all for the prize of holding that precious baby in their arms. For
Hoarding: What Is It? By Carolyn Bulmash, LCSW In recent years, we have all become more aware of hoarding situations. From the TV show “Hoarders” to multiple news stories about dozens of neglected animals, hoarding is becoming more of a known and talked about issues. So what exactly is hoarding? It’s only been a
In Mashable.com, Matt Petronzio discusses a new study suggesting that Millennials struggle with depression at higher rates compared to others generations. Here is a link to the article: http://mashable.com/2015/05/21/millennials-depression-work/
In today’s culture, we cannot prevent our children from being exposed to violence. It’s a part of pop culture, video games, television shows, and is quite frankly, all over the media. In MomsGetReal.com, Dr. Tali Shenfield provides tips for parents to address this issue. Here is a link to the article: http://momsgetreal.com/2014/02/how-parents-can-mitigate-the-effect-of-media-violence-on-children/
We all know how challenging it can be to not check work emails over the weekend or to not set aside time to complete work before Monday morning. However, over time, this can lead to unhealthy work/life balance and well-being. In Psychology Today, Dr. Steve M Jex writes about the importance of detaching from work
Whether you have a Facebook account or not, you certainly have heard about it and various postings from others. ScienceDaily.com disucsses a new research finding that suggests certain personality traits are correlated with certain kinds of updates in Facebook. Here is a link to the article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/05/150521213743.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fmind_brain+%28Mind+%26+Brain+News+–+ScienceDaily%29
GrassRootsTrainingCIC.BlogSpot provides a list of reasons to share with someone who may be contemplating suicide. However, anyone considering suicide or engaging in self-harm should seek immediate professional treatment. Here is a link to the article: http://grassrootstrainingcic.blogspot.com/2013/04/reasons-for-staying-alive-when-you-are.html?spref=tw
In CNN.com, AnneClaire Stapleton writes a touching story about Racheal Farrokh, a woman battling with life-threatening anorexia. Here is a link to the article: http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/22/health/anorexia-social-media-plea-for-help/index.html
MedicalNewsToday.com writes about new research findings on mental illness. In a recent study, scientists found a gene DISC1, that may be a risk factor for mental health conditions such as depression, bipolar, and schizophrenia. This finding could have positive implications for treatment and provide a greater understanding about the brain and mental illness. Here is
In Recovery.org, Jay Westbrook shares tips for managing pain while in recovery. http://www.recovery.org/pro/articles/pain-management-in-recovery/
Culturally, there is a lot of attention on materialism and consumption. Just turn on the television or pick up a popular magazine at the checkout counter to see what makes the news or front cover. PsyPost.org writes a thoughtful article on how more does not equate to internal sense of happiness. Here is a link
Doctors screen for many different illnesses to ensure early detection, diagnosis, and treatment. There are many available screens for mental illness but has historically been been overlooked in traditional healthcare settings. More and more doctors routinely screen for depression. Healthfinder.gov talks about importance of screening for depression and other mental illnesses in teens. Here
There are many difficult topics that are challenging to broach with children and teens. Mental illness is no exception. In the Washington Post, Anne Theriault writes an insightful article on talking to teens about depression and suicide. Here is a link to the article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2015/05/18/how-to-talk-to-your-teen-about-depression-suicide/
We all consume more sugar than we realize. However, we may not be aware of all the negative effects of too much sugar. In the Huffington Post, Carolyn Gregoire writes about perils of excess sugar consumption. Here is the link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/06/sugar-brain-mental-health_n_6904778.html?utm_hp_ref=healthy-living
The Role of Body Awareness in Mental Health by Stephanie Simpson, LCSW For anyone who struggles with a mental health issue, it is very common to feel helpless when symptoms of depression, anxiety, anger, or past trauma rear their ugly head. One of the predicting factors of recovery is the extent to which a
Being a parent can prove challenging, especially for new mothers. It is crucial that mothers find time for themselves to maintain balance and well-being. In PsychCentral, Margarita Tartakovsky writes about importance for mothers to make time for themselves. Here is a link to the article: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2015/03/10/tips-for-moms-to-make-time-for-themselves/
Relationships are often complicated. Male-female relationships can be especially difficult to navigate. Dr. Becker-Phelps, a psychologist, writes about male/female relationships. She focuses on whether or not men and women can just be friends. Here is a link to the article: http://blogs.webmd.com/art-of-relationships/2015/04/can-men-and-women-be-just-friends.html?ecd=soc_tw_040715
It is no surprise that sleepless nights adversely affect us. There is tremendous research on how sleep impacts our functioning, mood, and productivity. In Psychology Today, Dr. Michael Breus discussed benefits of mindfulness on sleep. Here is a link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/sleep-newzzz/201503/cultivating-mindfulness-help-sleep
Learning to be assertive takes practice, self-confidence, and time. However, being assertive can be empowering and lead to healthier boundaries and relationships. Emily Roberts discusses importance of being assertive in various situations and shares a personal experience to illustrate her point. Here is a link to the article: http://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/buildingselfesteem/2015/04/respect-yourself-stop-letting-others-take-advantage-of-you/
In recent years, there has been a lot of attention in the media on navigating interactions with bullies. In PsychCentral, Richard Zwolinski writes a thoughtful article on why one should never apologize to narcissists or bullies. Here is a link to the article: http://blogs.psychcentral.com/therapy-soup/2015/04/the-one-person-you-should-never-say-youre-sorry-to/
Many people with Bipolar Disorder lead productive and fulfilling lives. However, it is not always easy to manage this serious mental illness while consistently meet all of the demands one’s life. Natasha Tracy provides useful tips for managing one’s job for those diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Here is a link to the article: http://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/breakingbipolar/2013/09/keeping-job-bipolar-disorder/
Cancer affects the entire family, not just the diagnosed person. It can be stressful, overwhelming, and frightening; however, it can also provide an opportunity for personal insight and growth. In the Huffington Post, a courageous wife and mother shares her journey while caring for her husband after he is diagnosed with lung cancer. Here is
Catastrophic thought patterns are common among those struggling with anxiety. In HealthyPlace.com, Becky Oberg provides useful tips for managing catastrophic thinking and anxiety. Here is a link to the article: http://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/recoveringfrommentalillness/2015/02/dealing-with-catastrophic-thinking-and-anxiety/
Parenting teens can often be challenging. Sometimes parents struggle with boundaries, knowing when to push, and when to provide space. In PsychCentral, Dr. Lynn Margolies provides useful tips for parents for protecting their teenagers from dangerous situations. Here is a link to the article: http://psychcentral.com/lib/part-2-protecting-teens-from-danger-tips-and-advice-for-parents/00021460
In PsychCentral, Margarita Tartakovsky provides tips for parents when they are communicating to their children about therapy. Here is a link to the article: Children Therapy
Setting goals and sticking to them can be challenging. Dr. Phil writes an inspiring article in the Huffington Post about meeting weight loss goals. He also shares how these skills can be generalized to other goals. Here is a link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/06/build-self-worth-increase-self-esteem_n_6972666.html?ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000067
Dan Tracy writes about how the TSA makes accommodations to travelers with special needs. Here is a link to the article: Special Needs and Travel
News.Health.com published an article on correlation between obesity in girls and family stress. Here is a link to the article: http://news.health.com/2015/04/09/family-stress-linked-to-teen-obesity-in-study/?hootPostID=7c02db68232e978f54e580d95f01f256
On HealthyPlace.com, Julie Fast explains triggers and how they affect Bipolar Disorder. Here is a link to the article: Bipolar and Triggers
Dr. Insel, the director of NIMH, highlights the need for quality research of serious mental illnesses. Here is a link to the article: Depression After Loss
In the Huff Post, Jennifer Malise writes about how her over-apologizing was linked to fear and how she changed this pattern. Here is a link to the article: Self-Esteem and Women
In Huffington Post, Elise Jamison, writes about her experience with depression. Here is a link to the article: Elise Jamison: This is what Depression Looks Like
Dr. Michelle Chaban writes a letter to the editor about pending cuts to social services. She expresses concerns about these cuts and potential implications for adults with persistent mental health conditions. Here is a link to the article: Letter: Cuts in Medicaid Disastrous for Mentally Ill
Most children enjoy their screen time. Gary Gilles writes about importance of setting limits around texting and focusing on improving on communication with children.
In Psychology Today, Dr. Firestone shares tips for improving the important relationships in your life.
Autism Spectrum Disorder: What is it? By Carolyn Bulmash, LCSW Much attention has been given to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in recent years. ASD has risen in prevalence almost 120% since the year 2000. Celebrities have chimed in with their opinions on ASD, and the vaccine debate continues among parents and pediatricians. So what exactly
Dispelling Myths Around Antidepressant use in Children by Stephanie Simpson, LCSW When a child is diagnosed with depression, parents are confronted with a wave of overwhelming emotions. Confusion, sadness, fear and compassion are commonly experienced by parents trying to navigate the mental health system for the first time. However, often times parents lead with their
The Grief of Losing a Pet by Carolyn Bulmash, LCSW Loss of any kind is difficult and the death of a pet is no different. The bond between humans and animals can be deep, and for some, the most important relationship in their lives. When a pet dies, many people feel it is difficult to
In the Huffington Post, Kimberly Yam writes about a new app designed to help persons with disabilities. Here is a link to the article: People With Disabilities Can Easily FInd Accessible Spots With This App
In the Huffington Post, Lindsay Holmes talks about how to productively handle feelings of jealousy. Here is a link to the article: How To Stop A Jealous Thought In Its Tracks
In Recovery.com, Nikki Seay highlights 5 tips for improving self-compassion while in recovery. Here is a link to the article: 5 Tips For Improving Self-Compassion
In Psychology Today, Dr. Whitbourne highlights 17 strategies for moving through conflict in productive ways. Here is a link to the article: 17 Basic Principles To Get You Through Any Conflicts
In PsychCentral, Sara Staggs writes about how forgiveness can be a part of the healing process. Here is a link to the article: Should You Forgive Someone Who Harmed You
In the Huff Post, Anna Almendrala writes about recent study that suggests positive affirmations have a beneficial effect on motivation towards one’s goals. Here is a link to the article: One Simple Trick To Make Your Health Goals Stick
Heart disease is the number one cause of death for women in the United States. It is important that women are aware of sign/symptoms of heart attacks so they can call for help and take steps to even prevent them via adopting a healthier lifestyle. Womenshealth.gov highlights signs and symptoms of heart attacks. Here is
In the Huff Post, Gina DeLapa highlights 10 traits that are more important than being “liked” by others. Here is a link to the article: 10 Traits That Trump “Likable”
On myfoxdc.com, Beth Parker reports on a new suicide prevention training program at a Maryland high school. Here is a link to the article: Md Students Receive Training Aimed To Prevent Suicide & Depression Among Peers
In PsychCentral, Dr. Grohol highlights findings from a recent study on social media and depression. According to the findings, there may be a correlation between Facebook, envy, and depression among college students. Here is a link to the article: Facebook Doesn’t Cause Depression Amongst College Students But Envy May
In Usnews.com, Paula Davis-Laack gives 4 strategies to help people thrive at work. Here is a link to the article: 4 Healthy Strategies To Thrive At Work
In PsychCentral, Traci Pedersen writes about a new study that suggests heavy drinking increases risk for strokes in middle aged people. Here is a link to the article: In Mid-Life, Heavy Drinking Is Biggest Risk Factor For Stroke
In Huffington Post, Amanda Scherker advises us what not to say to our teens when talking about love. Here is a link to the article: 10 Most Annoying Things Adults Say To Teens About Love
In PsychCentral, Janice Wood writes about a recent study that analyzed brain scans to predict which subjects were most vulnerable to depression. Here is a link to the article: Brain Marker May Predict Later Stress-Related Depression
5 Tips To Help You Achieve Your Goals by Dr. Chaban Many of us set goals for the New Year as we reflected on our lives, and the things we may have wanted to change or improve upon. While it is important to address and modify things that are no longer working for us,
In Care For Your Mind, Ken Dolan-DelVecchio highlights ways employers can increase access to mental healthcare for their employees. Here is a link to the article: What Should Employers Do To Increase Access To Mental Health Care
In Huff Post, Amanda Gardner talks about ways to age-proof our brains. Here is a link to the article: 17 Ways To Age Proof Your Brain
In the Huff Post, Lindsay Holmes addresses some of the negative effects of technology. Here is a link to the article: Sneaky Ways Technology Is Messing With Your Body & Mind
In the Huff Post, Julia Reinstein shares her story about being physically disabled from Lofgren’s Syndrome. Her insights are poignant and teach us all a valuable lesson. Here is a link to the article: It Happened To Me. I Temporarily Had A Physical Disability
In the Huff Post, Alex Orlov, writes about challenges associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder and how to cope with them. Here is a link to the article: 9 Ways To Cope With Seasonal Affective Disorder
Stephanie Simpson, a social worker at Associates in Psychotherapy, explains what mindfulness is and how it can help one with focus, stress management, anxiety reduction, and depression. An Introduction to Mindfulness Practice By Stephanie Simpson, LCSW In the past few years, mindfulness has experienced a surge in popularity among diverse populations in today’s modern
Carolyn Bulmash, a therapist at Associates in Psychotherapy, explains differences between panic attacks and generalized anxiety. Anxiety and Panic By Carolyn Bulmash, LCSW All of us feel anxious sometimes. Having a performance evaluation at work, going on a first date, or stepping up to the plate in the big game can make any of us
In Psychology Today, Ira Hyman explains why we often find ourselves forgetting things. Here is a link to the article: Why We Have Small Memory Failures, Every Day
Conquerworry.com provides useful strategies that we could all use when trying to deal with anxiety and stress. Here is a link to the article: 12 Simple Steps To Reduce Anxiety, Stress, & Worry
In the Wall Street Journal article, Judith Beck highlights pointers for meeting one’s new year resolutions. She states that creating an accountability system and setting specific goals are most helpful. Here is a link to the article: What’s The Best Way To Make A Resolution Stick?
Joe Pinsker writes an article in The Atlantic about which industries are more prone to have depressed individuals. He discusses a recent study that suggests those with less physical activity and those with frequent difficult interactions with the pubic have higher incidences of depression. Here is a link to the article: Which Jobs Have The
In the Huffington Post, Dr. Weber points out when divorce is an option and often for the best. Here is a link to the article: Top 5 Reasons Why Divorce Is An Option
In the Huffington Post, Carolyn Gregoire, discusses research on weight loss and how family criticism may undermine one’s efforts to lose weight. Here is the link to the article: Your Family May Be Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Efforts
In USA Today, Liz Szabo highlights the failures of the mental health system. However, she also points out that if the system implemented more programs/services for those with serious mental health conditions, everyone would benefit. Here is a link to the article: Solutions To Woes Of Mentally Ill Exist But Aren’t Used
In Psychology Today, Dr. Markman discusses what variables may lead to one taking responsibility for his or her mistakes. Here is a link to the article: What Makes Some Of Us Own Our Mistakes, But Not Others
In the New York Times, Nicholas Bakalar writes about a small study that suggests light emitting electronics may be problematic for obtaining adequate sleep. Here is a link to the article: How E-Books May Disrupt Your Sleep
In Psychology Today, Dr. Robert Puff discusses importance of taking things one day at a time especially when dealing with stressful and overwhelming situations. Here is a link to the article: How To Remain Happy When Feeling Overwhelmed By Life
In Psychology Today, Dr. Seltzer highlights importance of recreating troubled relationships rather than salvaging them. Here is the link to the article: Don’t Just Salvage Your Relationship – Recreate It
In PsychCentral, Claire Dorotik-Nana points out that having more does not necessarily lead to happiness. Here is the link to the article: Three Things I Learned About Happiness From Living With Less
In Healthy Place, Tanya Peterson writes about anxiety reduction and finding new things to replace it with over time. A great article for anyone who struggles with anxiety. Don’t Just Get Rid Of Anxiety, Replace The Anxiety!
In the Huffington Post, Meg Dennison and Tim Peek highlight how small changes can yield big results when it comes to relationships. Here is a link to the article: This One Simple Habit Transformed My Marriage
In the New York Times,James DiNicolantonio and Sean Lucan discuss health risks associated with high sugar intake. They also share their perspective on how the food industry adds sugar to food products which leads to increased cravings and consumption. Here is a link to the article: Sugar Season. It’s Everywhere And Addictive
It is estimated 15%-20% of older adults have experienced some kind of depressive episode or mental health issue. However, there are few places that cater to this population of adults. The new Riverside Senior Behavioral Health Unit attempts to provide these specialized services for the seniors in the community. Here is a link to the
Depression in Older Adults By Carolyn Bulmash, LCSW Most of us have heard of depression and many of us suffer from it ourselves, but did you know that depression in older adults is an increasing, yet often underdiagnosed problem? While depression can be a chemical imbalance, hormonal changes that effect older men and women can
5 Strategies to Fight the Winter Blues By: Stephanie Simpson The winter season brings holiday cheer and a time to make lasting memories with family and friends. It is a time of year filled with joy, anticipation and wonder. However, for many of us, the hustle and bustle of the holiday spirit is overshadowed by
Understanding & Managing Your Anxiety By: Dr. Michelle Chaban Do you feel anxious or overwhelmed? Are you always thinking about the “what if’s?” Anxiety is something we all experience from time to time but when it takes over or interferes with our ability to function, it can become debilitating. Here are some tips for managing
In Psych Central, Margarita Tartakovsky writes about postpartum depression and the myths surrounding this very serious condition. Here is a link to the article: 5 Damaging Myths about Postpartum Depression
In PsychCentral, Janice Wood discusses positive effects of psychotherapy on suicide risk. Here is a link to the article: Suicide Risk Plummets After Talk Therapy
It is sometimes difficult to know what to say to someone who is struggling with a mental health issue. In PsychCentral, Margarita Tartakovsky talks about what to say or not say to someone who is struggling with a mental health condition. Here is a link to the article: Things Not To Say To Someone With
In PsychCentral, Alicia Sparks speaks to unhealthy comparisons to others and the importance of focusing on one’s own accomplishments. Here is a link to the article: How To Stop Feeling Guilty Over Others’ Accomplishments
In the New York Times, Nicholas Bakalar writes about a recent study that suggests therapy reduces recurrent suicide attempts. Here is the link to the article: How Short Term Therapy Prevents Repeat Suicide Attempts
In PsychCentral, Richard Zwolinkski discusses how to recognize narcissism in the workplace. Here is the link to the article: 7 Signs Your Boss Or Coworker May Be A Narcissist
In Psychology Today, Dr. Pillemer discusses the wisdom of the elderly. Here is the link to the article: Advice For Living From The Oldest Americans
In PsychCentral, Dr. Keith provides useful tips for anyone navigating the Special Education system. Here is the link to the article: What You Need To Know About Your Child’s IEP- Part 1
In Psychology Today, Dr. Harriet Lerner writes about different interpersonal and communication styles and how they affect relationships. Here is the link to the article: How Should You Respond To Crises In Your Relationship
Here is the story of a young man living with muscular dystrophy. His attitude and perspective on life is truly inspirational. Here is the link to the article: Why I Chose to Ignore My Medical Chart
Jonathan Alpert shares ideas for moving beyond disappointment. Here is a link to the article: 7 Ways to Rise Above the Agony of Defeat
Elizabeth Bernstein discusses some of the difficulties widows experience after losing their spouse. She emphasizes everyone will go through their own personal journey and there are no “rulebooks” for timing around moving on. Here is the link to the article: After The Loss Of A Spouse, There Is No Right Amount Of Time Before Moving
In the Huffington Post, Lindsay Holmes highlights some of the implications related to the stigma around mental illness, Here is the link to the article: What If People Treated Physical Illness Like Mental Illness?
In The New York Times, Alina Tugend discusses things to consider before disclosing you have a mental health issue to your employer. Here is a link to the article: Deciding Whether To Disclose Mental Disorders To The Boss
Dr. Judith Sills highlights steps to take when the past is keeping one from moving forward in life. Here is the link to the article: Let It Go!
Renee Jain’s article on Psych Central provides pointers for parents who are raising children with anxiety. Here is a link to the article: 9 Things Every Parent With An Anxious Child Should Try
The American Psychological Association writes about identifying signs of mental illness and seeking appropriate professional support. Here is a link to the article: Psychologists Offer Guidance on Serious Mental Illness
The APA highlights challenges that family members and friends may encounter when dealing with their loved ones’ serious mental illness. Here is the link to the article: How To Cope When A Loved One Has A Serious Mental Illness
5 Ways Successful People Deal with Stress Feeling a bit stressed? Maybe you feel very stressed? Do you find that you are scheduled to do something every minute of the day and have little balance in your life? Work may be too busy, personal matters may be constantly on your mind, and you may feel
Mental Illness not only affects the individual but the entire family. It is important for family members and loved ones to receive support and information on mental illness. I came across this article on Here to Help and thought it succinctly addressed some of the effects Bipolar Disorder has on loved ones. Here is the
Most of us enjoy caffeine throughout the day but in excess, it can have adverse effects. Read this article to learn more about caffeine and its relationship to anxiety. Here is a link to Hilly Janes’ article: Caffeine & Anxiety
Darryl Roberts highlights negative effects of sexualized media on young girls. Here is a link to the article on The Huffington Post Sexualized Culture Mental Health Issues Youth
This article focuses on some of the challenges of raising children with special needs. Every parent of a child with special needs will be able to relate to something in this article from www.abilitiesexpo.com 20 Things Parents Should Hear about Raising Children with Special Needs
Everyone feels sad or occasionally “blue” from time to time but when these feelings don’t pass quickly, it may be helpful to consult with a mental health professional. Clinical depression can interfere with daily functioning and one’s quality of life. It can feel like it’s taking over and make life feel overwhelming and unmanageable. Common