How To Treat Anxiety

Most of us have had experiences and periods of time where we have felt anxiety.  The anticipation of something we are dreading or looking forward to, the unease of a new situation, or the feeling of being not-quite-safe in an unfamiliar environment.  In a clinical mental health definition, an anxiety disorder is when the temporary Read More…

Anxiety: What’s The Worst That Could Happen?

Of the mental health difficulties and struggles that Americans cope with, anxiety is the most prevalent.  Anxiety disorders impact almost 20% of us, while the experience of being anxious, ruminative, or frightened is an almost universal feeling.  Almost half of those diagnosed with an anxiety disorder also have a co-occurring depression disorder, and those that Read More…

When Perfectionism Hurts

Our society is built upon a drive towards the best.  We strive, we compete, and we strive some more.  This ambition and striving is often celebrated, yet the consequences correlate with depression, anxiety, and mental health difficulties.  Perfectionism is the flip side to this striving, the outcome of holding impossibly high standards.  It may seem counter Read More…

Holiday Survival Tips

There is a lot that goes into the holidays, and in this busy holiday season, when Thanksgiving runs right into Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas and New Years – not to mention end of the year parties, holiday celebrations can quickly become overwhelming.  A big culprit for the heightened emotions and overwhelm of the holidays is stress, Read More…

What Is Baby Brain?

Recently, Katie Sardone, PhD, of Behavioral Health Dallas, offered tips and suggestions for helping new parents mentally adjust to the arrival of a new baby.  As she was sharing, Dr. Sardone also spoke of some of the changes that occur, mentally and emotionally, during pregnancy. While much of the preparation for baby includes preparing nurseries, Read More…

Mentally Preparing for After Baby Comes

The anticipation of expecting a new baby comes with months of physical preparations, from frequent doctor visits to constructing cribs and changing tables.  However, for new parents, emotional and mental health preparation is critical as well.   There are many resources available about what to pack for the hospital, but the need for an emotional “toolbox” Read More…

Screens and the Human Brain

The devices are ubiquitous, and even our fridges have become “smart” with a glowing blue screen, graphics, and stimuli for our brains.  Toddlers are app proficient before they are potty trained, and even grandma has a Facebook.  What does all of this technology mean for our brains – and is it harmful?  The emergence of Read More…

Mental Health and Wellness On the Job

The statistics about mental illness are, quite honestly, scary.  According to the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH), approximately 16.2 million Americans have experienced criteria for major depressive disorder within the past year.  19% of Americans have experienced an anxiety disorder within the past year.  And of course, these two conditions can often overlap, contributing to Read More…

What Is Mindfulness, and How Can It Help Me?

 As you look through treatments and strategies to help with a variety of presentations, such as anxiety, mood, adjustment, or trauma, one word keeps coming up that may not make as much sense as some of the other, more conventional recommendations.  While typically therapy, medication, exercise, and self-care are touted heavily, mindfulness has increasingly been Read More…

Anxiety in Childhood

Children experiencing anxiety often look very different than their adult counterparts.  This is very confusing for parents, teachers, and other adult caregivers, because when a child is demonstrating anger, behavioral outbursts, or defiance – often anxiety is not the first thought that comes to mind!  An anxious adult can usually put some words to their Read More…