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Dealing Constructively With Marital Conflict
posted by Gary Gilles, LCPC on Aug 27th 2014
Dealing Constructively With Marital Conflict"The main problem with conflict in a marriage is not that we are at odds with each other but rather the way we go about trying to resolve it. Here are the three most common and ineffective ways conflict is handled in marriages:" More...
To Age with Joy, Be True to Yourself
posted by Carrie Steckl, Ph.D. on Aug 26th 2014
 To Age with Joy, Be True to Yourself"Did you know that sociologists have suggested several theories about how people "should" grow older in society? The first major theory popped up in 1961 and was called disengagement theory. Sounds pretty awful, doesn't it? That's because it was. This theory (and remember the era during which it was developed) described aging as an inevitable, universal process of mutual withdrawal of the individual and society from each other. Yikes!" More...
Going MADD - Media Addiction and Digital Distraction: Better Detox from Your Inbox Part I
posted by Mark Gorkin, LCSW ("The Stress Doc") on Aug 25th 2014
Going MADD - Media Addiction and Digital Distraction: Better Detox from Your Inbox Part I"It's a multi-media age, With ADD all of the rage. Instant gratification Simply one more frustration. Waiting five seconds…OMG a delay!!! Knots in the stomach; your hair's turning gray. Starting to panic; can't keep BOREDOM at bay. Only one thing to do: Start texting away!" More...
Eight Ways to Take Care of Yourself During a Health Crisis
posted by Carrie Steckl, Ph.D. on Aug 22nd 2014
Eight Ways to Take Care of Yourself During a Health Crisis"Receiving a medical diagnosis we didn't expect is never easy. In fact, it can be downright terrifying until we wrap our minds around what is happening. When a health crisis strikes, it's easy to forget to take care of ourselves. However, self-care is paramount if we are going to cope effectively and make good health care choices. Here are eight ways to take care of yourself during a health crisis:" More...
Postpartum Depression, Neurotransmitters, and Nutrition
posted by Randi Fredricks, Ph.D. on Aug 21st 2014
Postpartum Depression, Neurotransmitters, and Nutrition"Like other forms of depression, postpartum depression (PPD) is often associated with a neurotransmitter imbalance. Many new mothers with PPD have low serotonin or norepinephrine levels in the brain that are aggravated by nutritional deficiencies. Scientists have found that proper nutrition is essential for the production of neurotransmitters." More...
How To Reduce Your Child's Texting While Improving Parent/Child Communication
posted by Gary Gilles, LCPC on Aug 20th 2014
How To Reduce Your Child's Texting While Improving Parent/Child Communication"Here's a question I was recently asked and I share it here along with a response to help parents who may be struggling with the same issues: My 14 and 16-year-old kids are constantly texting their friends. We bought them phones so we could stay in touch when we're apart. But they are so preoccupied with texting their friends, we barely communicate with each other anymore. Any suggestions of how we can reduce the texting while improving our communication?" More...
It's Not Only Okay to Reach Out During a Health Crisis - It's Recommended
posted by Carrie Steckl, Ph.D. on Aug 19th 2014
It's Not Only Okay to Reach Out During a Health Crisis - It's Recommended"For most of us, a health crisis is one of our worst nightmares. Whether it involves an accident or an unexpected diagnosis, the common denominator among health crises is that we are blindsided by them. We might feel helpless, anxious, fearful, angry, or confused. But even though each health crisis is different, one thing is true about all of them. They shouldn't have to be faced alone." More...
I'm a Bully, I'm a Bully: I'm a Bully, You're a Nerdie - Part II
posted by Mark Gorkin, LCSW ("The Stress Doc") on Aug 18th 2014
I'm a Bully, I'm a Bully:  I'm a Bully, You're a Nerdie - Part II"For a Health Fair at the US Patent & Trademark Office, exhibitors (of which I was one) were asked to come up with activities for the children accompanying their parents, that is, the PTO employees. My activity was helping the kids - ages ten to teens - write their own Resiliency Raps. I also thought I'd better be a role model. So here is my latest effort, a subject that, alas, too many kids can relate to - bullying! I wrote this Rap using language and imagery that, hopefully, can span the age spectrum. " More...
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Collaborative Intervention Benefits Teens With Depression
Aug 26th 2014
"A collaborative care intervention in primary care is associated with greater improvements in depressive symptoms than usual care among adolescents with depression, according to a study published in the Aug. 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association." More...
Even Normal-Weight Teens Can Have Dangerous Eating Disorders, Study Finds
Aug 26th 2014
"Researchers saw a nearly 6-fold rise in patients who met all criteria of anorexia except being underweight." More...
State of the Art Review: Eating Disorders in Children, Teens
Aug 25th 2014
"A new review presents recommendations for the management of eating disorders in children. In addition, other research indicates that there has been a recent increase in the prevalence of eating disorders not otherwise specified who do not meet weight criteria, relative to anorexia nervosa. The review and study have been published online Aug. 25 in Pediatrics." More...
Talk Therapy Plus Meds May Be Best for Severe Depression
Aug 21st 2014
"But combination isn't better than drugs alone for those with mild or chronic mood disorder, study says." More...
Kids With Autism Have Extra Brain Connections, Study Says
Aug 21st 2014
"Too many of these 'synapses' could be a problem, but medicines might someday help prune them away." More...
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