“Is Fear of Needles Keeping Some People From Getting Vaccinated?” on Psychology Today

By |2021-09-27T14:59:33-04:00September 27th, 2021|Categories: COVID, Psychology, Psychology Today|Tags: , |

Trypanophobia can be debilitating, but it is treatable. Approximately 10 percent of people in the U.S. have a fear of needles, also known as trypanophobia. That is over 33 million people. That percentage may even be as high as 24 percent (Taddio, et al. 2012). There is a stigma associated with reporting a fear of needles, [...]

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“Do We Really Need to Forgive?” on Psychology Today

By |2021-08-17T14:52:55-04:00August 13th, 2021|Categories: Psychology, Psychology Today|Tags: , , |

What is the price we pay for forgiveness? Forgiveness is a very tricky thing. We are told that forgiveness is essential to have a happy life. But what about when it's impossible to forgive? There are many myths about forgiveness—including the idea that you are somehow "required" to forgive someone. Forgiveness is multilayered. You don't just [...]

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“Resolving Arguments Instead of Avoiding Them Improves Health” on Psychology Today

By |2021-08-11T16:03:40-04:00August 11th, 2021|Categories: Anxiety, COVID, Depression/Anxiety, Psychology, Psychology Today, Technology|Tags: , , , |

Avoiding arguments may feel like the healthier choice. A study says otherwise. It may feel more comfortable, at least temporarily, to avoid an argument with someone rather than address concerns that are eating at you. However, research suggests that if an argument resolves, the emotional response tied to it significantly reduces or is almost completely erased. [...]

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“How to Ease Back Into Social Contact After the Pandemic” on Psychology Today

By |2021-08-11T15:45:00-04:00July 26th, 2021|Categories: Anxiety, COVID, Depression/Anxiety, Psychology, Psychology Today, Technology|Tags: , , , |

You will be able to socialize soon, but do you want to? During the Covid-19 pandemic, a topic that has not been mentioned much is the number of people who have felt more comfortable not having to socialize in-person. For many, the pandemic was a time of relief — they could work from home, and social [...]

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“Virtual Reality as an Effective Form of Therapy” on Psychology Today

By |2021-07-21T15:33:29-04:00July 21st, 2021|Categories: Anxiety, COVID, Depression/Anxiety, Psychology, Psychology Today, Technology|Tags: , , , |

Virtual reality is a cutting-edge therapeutic treatment. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual reality (VR) was studied as an effective adjunct to psychotherapy. It was being examined in particular to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and phobias. Since the COVID-19 pandemic has left many people quarantined, the use of VR sets has increased exponentially. Therapy has [...]

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“Consider Skipping New Year’s Resolutions in 2021: Focus on Self-Compassion Instead” on Psychology Today

By |2021-01-05T15:54:57-05:00January 5th, 2021|Categories: Anxiety, COVID, Depression/Anxiety, Psychology, Psychology Today|Tags: , , , , |

2020 has been difficult for many people. That is a vast understatement. You most likely experienced loss this year that you have never experienced before. You may have had a change in or loss of your job; your kids may have switched to online school; you may have picked up on unhealthy coping mechanisms; you may [...]

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“Yes, You’re Experiencing Another Wave of Covid-19 Fatigue” on Psychology Today

By |2020-12-21T12:15:43-05:00December 21st, 2020|Categories: Anxiety, COVID, Depression/Anxiety, Psychology, Psychology Today|Tags: , , , , |

It may seem like getting your hopes up and then having things fall apart can be tougher than not having anything to look forward to at all. There's a name for this type of feeling — learned helplessness. It is a feeling of powerlessness, that no matter what you do it won't change your circumstances. When [...]

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“Expect Increased Anxiety and Depression in College Students” on Psychology Today

By |2020-09-03T20:18:48-04:00September 2nd, 2020|Categories: ADHD, Anxiety, College, COVID, Depression/Anxiety, Psychology, Psychology Today|Tags: , , , , , , |

Young adults currently have an increased risk of anxiety, depression, and suicide. A U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey of adults taken the last week of June (one of the peak months of the pandemic), found that 25.5% in adults aged 18 to 24 responded that they had seriously considered suicide in the past 30 days. This age group also [...]

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“Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy May Be More Effective Online” on Psychology Today

By |2020-07-27T12:47:43-04:00July 27th, 2020|Categories: Psychology, Psychology Today, Relationships|Tags: , , , |

CBT online may be more effective than in-person. In the age of Covid-19, many therapists (myself included) have transitioned to providing online sessions exclusively. It keeps clients and therapists safe, reduces parents’ stress having to find childcare, reduces driving time, and generally creates a more relaxed atmosphere. An added bonus of online therapy is the client’s ability to show the therapist his or her living environment. Learning about [...]

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“Attribution Bias Can Kill You” on Psychology Today

By |2020-07-06T19:24:50-04:00July 6th, 2020|Categories: Psychology, Psychology Today, Relationships|Tags: , , , |

Attribution bias may fool you into thinking that you don't need to wear a mask during the Covid-19 pandemic. You do. In a previous article on attribution bias, I wrote how this cognitive fallacy can cause issues in relationships. When we place significant importance on our most recent memory or an event that has a lot of emotional weight, it [...]

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