Depression and Anxiety

Talking Brains Episode 17: How CBT Can Help You Deal With Difficult People

By |2019-06-18T11:05:00-04:00June 18th, 2019|Categories: ADHD, Anxiety, Depression/Anxiety, Psychology, Talking Brains|Tags: , , , , , |

Talking Brains Podcast: a conversation with Dr. Seth Gillihan about how cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help you deal with difficult people. Research in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has found it to be an effective treatment for anxiety, depression, and ADHD. CBT can also help you cope with life stressors, including dealing with difficult people. [...]

Watching Violent News Video Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

By |2017-10-02T14:08:06-04:00October 2nd, 2017|Categories: Depression/Anxiety, Media, News, PTSD, Social Media|Tags: , , , , , , |

When I was an undergrad earning a degree in telecommunication production, I learned of a saying in TV news: "If it bleeds, it leads".  This means the more violent or anxiety-provoking event is, it draws in more viewers. If you are watching videos of mass shootings or other violent events on the news or online, you are making yourself [...]

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10 Ways to Cope with Big Changes

By |2017-01-22T14:16:37-04:00January 22nd, 2017|Categories: Conflict, Crisis, Current Events, Depression/Anxiety, Family, Grief, Relationships|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Changes are the one constant in life. Just because we go through change doesn't mean we get used to it or fully embrace it, though. Here are 10 tips for coping with big changes in your life and coming out a better person for it. 1.  Acknowledge things are changing. Sometimes we get so caught up in fighting [...]

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6 Ways to Get More Sleep

By |2016-11-20T07:53:41-04:00October 1st, 2012|Categories: ADD, ADHD, Depression/Anxiety, Health, Note to self..., Organizing, Sleep|Tags: , , , , , , |

How well are you your sleep patterns? Do you wake up feeling refreshed in the mornings or do you find your eyes battling the sunlight due to a slumber-less night? Well rest assured that peace on your pillow will be what you can look forward to with these 6 steps to a better night's rest. Rest [...]

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Fibromyalgia: Self-awareness Exercises Decrease Pain

By |2016-11-20T07:53:44-04:00December 19th, 2011|Categories: Depression/Anxiety, Medication|Tags: , , |

A recent study has found that a self-awareness intervention significantly reduced levels of fibromyalgia-related pain. The study by Hsu et al. (2010) studied 45 women who had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a disorder whose symptoms include chronic full-body pain, excessive tenderness in at least 11 out of 18 "tender points", headaches and fatigue. The study subjects [...]

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Spirituality: Its Impact on Adjusting to Breast Cancer

By |2016-11-20T07:53:44-04:00September 12th, 2011|Categories: Brain, Depression/Anxiety|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Does spirituality make a difference in how a patient adjusts to breast cancer? According to the following studies, the answer is yes. It does depend, however, on whether spirituality was already part of a patient's life prior to diagnosis. Two studies by Yanez, et al. (2009) examined the relationship between spiritual wellbeing and psychological adjustment. In [...]

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The Case Against Watching 9/11 TV Coverage

By |2016-11-20T07:53:44-04:00September 7th, 2011|Categories: Depression/Anxiety, News, Television|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, countless television channels will be airing replays of the traumatic events of that day. It is in your best interests, both emotionally and psychologically, to not watch that coverage. Continue reading...

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Just Be. Don’t Argue – Just Do It.

By |2016-11-20T07:53:45-04:00August 12th, 2011|Categories: ADD, ADHD, Depression/Anxiety, Relationships, Technology|Tags: , , , , , |

In this age of technology, it seems we are constantly attached to our iPhones, Blackberrys, iPads, laptops...anything that beeps, blinks, or chirps. We have a difficult time telling our technology "No". No, I'm not answering that email right now. No, that phone call can wait. No, I don't have to text back immediately. It's almost as [...]

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Is it ADHD, OCD, or Both?

By |2016-11-20T07:53:45-04:00July 1st, 2011|Categories: ADD, ADHD, Depression/Anxiety|Tags: , , , |

I now have a blog/column on The Huffington Post! My first post is on the difference (and similarities) between ADHD and OCD. And here's the column's main page:

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Study: Coping with Loneliness at 45+

By |2016-11-20T07:53:45-04:00May 31st, 2011|Categories: Addiction, Depression/Anxiety, Relationships, Research, Sleep, Social Media, Television|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Over 3,000 people in the U.S. over 45 years of age were surveyed in a study of loneliness (sponsored by AARP). The survey measured loneliness using the UCLA Loneliness Scale. Participants who scored 44 points or more were defined as "lonely", while those scoring 43 or less were defined as "not lonely". (My bullet points aren't [...]

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