Move over sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. For today’s teenager, it’s all about the “likes.”Read More
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Some thoughts about cellphone etiquette. Feel free to take the "smartphone compulsion test," a link toward the end.Read More
Love—kindness, affection, sensitive attunement, respect, companionship—is not only difficult to find, but is even more challenging for many people to accept and tolerate. In my work with individuals and couples, I have observed countless examples of people reacting angrily when loving responses were directed toward them.
Short but succinct piece about our perceptions. When our perceptions are unhealthy, or self-punishing, these thoughts cross over to--in CBT terms--"distortions of reality."Read More
The CBT principles in this piece, while directed at teens, are to be recognized in ourselves as well.Read More
A good overview of the medications prescribed for Anxiety and Depression and their side-effects.
"The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) states that an estimated 40 million adults suffer from one of the eight disorders within the anxiety spectrum. In addition, depression impacts approximately 16 million, about 6.7% of the U.S. adult population."Read More
The latest neuroscientific research on rumination and repetitive thinking helps us understand the brain mechanics of dwelling on negative thoughts.
"Do you ever find yourself stuck in a rut of repetitive thinking or an infinite loop of obsessive rumination in which you replay the same thought again, and again, and again? On the flip side, do you find that spurts of repetitive thinking are an important part of your creative process and that being "obsessed" with solving a riddle is essential to having "Eureka!" moments? I would answer "yes" to both questions."Read More
Mardy Fish was a top 10 professional tennis player. That is saying something. His career would be judged exceptional, accomplished, and successful by any reasonable standard. What he didn't have, or lost, during his "drive" to be his best, was perspective. This is a courageous "sharing" by Mardy about his being overwhelmed by anxiety at seemingly the least probable time. Mardy's is a classic case of putting blinders on and focusing intently on a goal (to be the best tennis player he could possibly be). In his moments of accruing success, higher standards (and deeper demons) manifested. Finding, or maintaining perspective was not a priority. Kudo's to Mr. Fish for having shared his experience.Read More