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.”

Don’t set goals for yourself—instead, create systems that make it easy for you to succeed

January 23rd, 2017 - By jen in Uncategorized

I devised my own system to help me lead a life that’s in keeping with my values. I call it my Intentionality Dashboard…I created the dashboard because I’d found that it was hard to stick to goals like “eat healthier” or “exercise more” on their own; to make these kinds of changes, I needed a specific plan of action. Read Full Article: Quartz, “Don’t set … Continue reading

How to Become a ‘Superager’

January 16th, 2017 - By jen in Uncategorized

Think about the people in your life who are 65 or older. Some of them are experiencing the usual mental difficulties of old age, like forgetfulness or a dwindling attention span. Yet others somehow manage to remain mentally sharp. Read Full Article: The New York Times, “How to Become a ‘Superager’”

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”

You’re an Adult. Your Brain, Not So Much.

January 3rd, 2017 - By jen in Uncategorized

The human brain reaches its adult volume by age 10, but the neurons that make it up continue to change for years after that. The connections between neighboring neurons get pruned back, as new links emerge between more widely separated areas of the brain. Read Full Article: The New York Times, “You’re an Adult. Your Brain, Not So Much.”

Arianna Huffington on a Book About Working Less, Resting More

December 20th, 2016 - By jen in Uncategorized

Rest not only makes us more productive and more creative, but also makes our lives “richer and more fulfilling.” But not all rest is created equal — it’s not just about not-working. The most productive kind of rest, according to Pang, is also active and deliberate. Read full article: The New York Times, “Arianna Huffington on a Book About Working Less, Resting More”

Mindful Eating as Food for Thought

December 19th, 2016 - By jen in Uncategorized

In the eyes of some experts, what seems like the simplest of acts — eating slowly and genuinely relishing each bite — could be the remedy for a fast-paced Paula Deen Nation in which an endless parade of new diets never seems to slow a stampede toward obesity. Read full article: The New York Times, “Mindful Eating as Food for Thought”

Beating Alzheimer’s With Brain Waves

December 7th, 2016 - By admin in Uncategorized

Researchers have shown the possibility of a completely new approach to dealing with Alzheimer’s—changing neural activity, rather than delivering drugs or chemicals. Read full article:The Atlantic, “Beating Alzheimer’s With Brain Waves”