Category: Wellbeing

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Fidget Spinners: Are They Legit?

Fidget Spinners: Are They Legit?

Fidget spinners are infesting the popular culture of schools across the nation, and it would seem these fidget devices have appeared out of nowhere! Thanks to Amazon.com, nothing appears out of nowhere any longer. Psychologists have recommended fidget devices for kids who are ADHD or on the Autism Spectrum for years. Such devices have included...

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I Caught My Teen Using Drugs: How Worried Should I Be?

I Caught My Teen Using Drugs: How Worried Should I Be?

Imagine This Scenario… I’m sitting down with frantic parents who have just discovered their teen has smoked pot. These parents are also convinced their son has drunk alcohol, but they don’t know for sure. It’s not easy for parents to know how to address alcohol and drug use with their children. How do parents hit...

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The Death of Prince: Unexpected Addiction

The Death of Prince: Unexpected Addiction

[This article first appeared at Shrink Tank in July 2016] The death of Prince has brought to the forefront a problem that has been plaguing America for at least the past decade: prescription drug abuse and addiction. I actually started to write this blog about a month before Prince died, because of reports from the...

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Want to Feel Centered? Try Tai Chi

Want to Feel Centered? Try Tai Chi

[This article first appeared on Shrink Tank in January 2017] In today’s fast-paced, and anxiety inducing times, individuals are seeking ways to feel centered.  Work-life balance is a major topic of discussion in social media, blogs, and websites that deal with mental health. Dealing with stressors of work while making sure that one is taking...

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The Impact Anxiety Has on Sleep and Tips for a Worry-Free Bedtime

The Impact Anxiety Has on Sleep and Tips for a Worry-Free Bedtime

HOW DOES ANXIETY IMPACT SLEEP? When we worry, we become physiologically stimulated resulting in alertness and difficulty with sleep. Worry gives our brain a signal indicating there is a threat and our body instinctively prepares itself for action. So of course it is hard to sleep. TIPS TO IMPROVE ANXIETY AT BEDTIME Make Your Bedroom...

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Tricho-tillo-what??? Understanding Trichotillomania

Tricho-tillo-what??? Understanding Trichotillomania

Tricho-tillo-what??? What is Trichotillomania? Trichotillomania (TTM or trich) is a disorder characterized by recurrent pulling out of one’s hair from the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes, and other areas of the body, often causing bald patches. Pulling is most common during sedentary activities but varies greatly in its severity. While some individuals report they are very aware...

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Want to Help Someone with Anxiety?  Don’t Make Promises You Cannot Keep

Want to Help Someone with Anxiety? Don’t Make Promises You Cannot Keep

When Reassurance Becomes a Crutch In order to be supportive we often feel that we should give empathy, encouragement, and reassurance to others. While empathy and encouragement are highly recommended, there are times when reassurance may do the opposite of what we intend. For some people, reassurance becomes a crutch. People feel like they need...

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The Psychology of “Inside Out”: How Accurate Is It?

The Psychology of “Inside Out”: How Accurate Is It?

[This article was first published on Shrink Tank in August, 2015] Pixar — the revolutionary computer animation studio and all powerful puppeteer of human emotion — has been striving to reduce grown men to tears since 1995. Beginning with their first full-length film “Toy Story”, they have dominated “dem feels” amongst even the coldest of...