No, Your Teen Doesn’t Hate You. It’s Just Summer.

June 27th, 2017 - By jen in Teens

As summer gets underway, teenagers may be home more often, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll see more of them. If they retreat to their rooms for hours or seem cagey about their plans, don’t take it personally. Following are four truths about teens that may help you and your adolescent coexist. Read full article: The New York Times, “No, Your Teen Doesn’t Hate You. … Continue reading

More than a third of teenage girls experience depression, new study says

June 13th, 2017 - By jen in Psychotherapy, Teens

A large new study out this week contains some alarming data about the state of children’s mental health in the United States, finding that depression in many children appears to start as early as age 11. By the time they hit age 17, the analysis found, 13.6 percent of boys and a staggering 36.1 percent of girls have been or are depressed. Read full article: The Washington Post, “More … Continue reading

When I Was Your Age’ And Other Pitfalls Of Talking To Teens About Stress

April 27th, 2017 - By jen in Teens

It’s difficult to have a teenager’s mind. The brain develops rapidly during the adolescent years, which partially explains why teens experience anger, sadness and frustration so intensely… During these tumultuous years, hormones surge, bodies change and adolescents must face a number of social and academic challenges, such as managing their relationships, coping with peer rejection and,— especially this time of year — graduating from high … Continue reading

Do You Zone Out? Procrastinate? Might Be Adult ADHD

April 12th, 2017 - By jen in Information on ADD/ADHD

Do you pop up from your seat during meetings and finish other people’s sentences? And maybe you also procrastinate, or find yourself zoning out in the middle of one-on-one conversations?  It’s possible you have adult ADHD… Six simple questions can reliably identify adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, according to a World Health Organization advisory group working with two additional psychiatrists. Read full article: npr, “Do You … Continue reading

The Best Exercise for Aging Muscles

April 3rd, 2017 - By jen in Athletic/Performance Enhancement

The toll that aging takes on a body extends all the way down to the cellular level. But the damage accrued by cells in older muscles is especially severe, because they do not regenerate easily and they become weaker as their mitochondria, which produce energy, diminish in vigor and number. Read full article: The New York Times, “The Best Exercise for Aging Muscles”

Texas School Triples Recess Time, Solves Attention Deficit Disorder

March 20th, 2017 - By jen in Information on ADD/ADHD, Uncategorized

Public education is more stressful than ever for our children, as standardized testing requirements increase and programs like art, music and physical education are being phased out. The result of this type of environment is predictable, and the medical establishment and big pharma are making a killing by drugging active children with ADHD medications – but one Texas school district is challenging that status quo. … Continue reading

Depression Strikes Today’s Teen Girls Especially Hard

February 14th, 2017 - By jen in Psychotherapy

It’s tough to be a teenager. Hormones kick in, peer pressures escalate and academic expectations loom large. Kids become more aware of their environment in the teen years — down the block and online..But a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics suggests many more teenage girls in the U.S. may be experiencing major depressive episodes at this age than boys. Read full article: npr, … Continue reading

Six Phrases That Weigh You Down on Game Day

January 31st, 2017 - By jen in Athletic/Performance Enhancement

There are six phrases I hear from athletes that are truly cringe-worthy to me because they are huge red flags that you have put on that weight vest and put heavy expectations and pressures on yourself. Read Full Article: Dr. Jim Taylor, “Six Phrases That Weigh You Down on Game Day.”

The Power of Concentration

January 9th, 2017 - By jen in Psychotherapy, Uncategorized

Though the concept originates in ancient Buddhist, Hindu and Chinese traditions, when it comes to experimental psychology, mindfulness is less about spirituality and more about concentration: the ability to quiet your mind, focus your attention on the present, and dismiss any distractions that come your way. Read Full Article: The New York Times, “The Power of Concentration”

Tests Raise Hopes for Radical New Therapy for Phobias and PTSD

November 22nd, 2016 - By admin in Anxiety

Scientists have raised hopes for a radical new therapy for phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with a procedure that can dampen down fears linked to painful memories. Read full Article in The Guardian,”Tests Raise Hopes for Radical New Therapy for Phobias and PTSD”