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