Steps to Overcoming Social Anxiety

Those who struggle with social anxiety find themselves inhibited and anxious in many types of social situations, including public speaking, meeting new people, using public spaces, or eating around others. People with social anxiety fear that others will notice their anxiety, and that they will feel humiliated. One of the most common pitfalls, in terms of overcoming social anxiety, is that most people who struggle in this way choose to… Continue Reading

Tips on Choosing the Right Therapist

Many of us go through times when we feel overwhelmed or stuck in one or more areas of our lives.  During these times, outside help and guidance from a trained, licensed therapist can be incredibly helpful.  According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 30 million Americans need help dealing with feelings and problems that seem out of their control.  Examples of issues that commonly lead people to… Continue Reading

Recent Research Highlights Ways to Reduce Excessive Worrying

Anxiety is one of the most common reasons why people seek mental health treatment. Fortunately, anxiety is one of the most treatable psychological disorders, and therapeutic interventions for anxiety have a strong research base. In a recent review article in Biological Psychology, Dr. Graham Davey and colleagues reviewed more than 50 studies on anxiety to better understand what causes and perpetuates excessive worrying.  Decades of research have shown that anxiety… Continue Reading

Five Ways to Reduce Reliance on Social Media

It’s no secret that many of us spend much of our day on social media. We often talk about ways to reduce technology and media consumption for children and teens, but adults are just as likely to get pulled into the allure of Facebook and Instagram. Many of us want to pull back and spend less time on our phones in order to be more productive at work and present… Continue Reading

Brain Differences in ADHD

People with ADHD have been identified as having what we call “executive functioning deficits,” or inefficiencies in the “thinking” functions of the brain.  People with these deficits often have a harder time with certain tasks, such as those that take a long time, are difficult, and are not constantly rewarding or reinforcing.  A recent large-scale brain imaging study published in The Lancet, identified several differences in the brains of people… Continue Reading

Perfectionism: When Perfect Isn’t Good Enough

Most people are familiar with the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of perfectionism: “a disposition to regard anything short of perfection as unacceptable.” However, for many so-called perfectionists, even perfect feels insufficient. As reported in Antony and Swinson’s book When Perfect Isn’t Good Enough, perhaps a more appropriate and detailed definition for perfectionism is the one David Burns generated in a 1980 article in Psychology Today: “’…[perfectionists are people] whose standards are… Continue Reading

Nine Tips for Overcoming an Eating Disorder

One of our favorite websites focused on Eating Disorder resources recently published a list of tips for successful Eating Disorder recovery.  Here are our top tips from the list with our thoughts on each one: Work with an eating disorder specialist treatment team if at all possible. I can’t overstate the importance of finding a team that has a lot of experience working with people struggling with Eating Disorders. How… Continue Reading

Advice for How Parents Can Talk to Kids About Race

Many parents wonder when and how to talk to their children about race and racism. Rachel Berman, researcher and graduate program director of the School of Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson University in Toronto, recommends that it is never too early to start talking to children about race. In general, she advises that parents be alert to the ways that they may be implicitly conveying their own attitudes about race… Continue Reading

New Study on the Link Between ADHD and Delayed Brain Development

Individuals with Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are all too familiar with outsiders’ descriptions of their behavior as “laziness” or “a willful lack of effort”. These comments are extremely frustrating for those who are motivated to achieve and succeed but struggle to put their thoughts into action. ADHD’s root causes are often misperceived by the general public. ADHD symptoms are related to brain dysfunction in the area of the brain known as… Continue Reading

Teen “Night Owls” May Have More Trouble with Self-Regulation

“Night Owls” and “Morning Larks” are more than just terms used colloquially to describe people who prefer to go to bed later or wake up earlier. Researchers have studied how different people exhibit different “chronotypes” – a term used to describe when their biological clocks make them naturally inclined to sleep. By using a scale that ranks someone’s “morningness” or “eveningness,” researchers can determine whether someone has a biological preference… Continue Reading

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