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When Career Stress Feels Like a Mental Illness

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“James” walked into my office and met with me for the first time.  He talked about how he was having the following symptoms: Feeling sad or depressed for several weeks Unmotivated to go to work Reduced appetite Difficulty sleeping Lack of interest in leisure activities At first I thought he was experiencing symptoms of depression, […]

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Anxiety and Executive Function

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Anxiety can affect a child’s functioning in many different aspects of his or her daily life.  While mild levels of stress can actually improve performance for some activities, clinically significant anxiety is detrimental to a child’s emotional well-being.  Chronic anxiety may be manifested as persistent worrying about school performance, an unrelenting focus on the appraisal […]

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Conquering Shyness

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In a culture where video games and texting are preferred over play dates and live discussions, it’s not surprising that more parents are bringing their children to therapy for help with social skills. For some children phone time instead of in-person time can contribute to shyness, while others may simply have a naturally reserved temperament. […]

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What “Inside Out” can teach your kids about emotions

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If you haven’t taken your kids to see Inside Out, or if they saw it without you, run (don’t walk) to your nearest movie theater and see it immediately.  The movie has only been out a week and I’ve already used it multiple times in sessions with kids who saw it.  Every child I’ve seen […]

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No Longer Wanting to Die (excerpt from New York Times)

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No Longer Wanting to Die By Will Lippinscott New York Times – May 16, 2015 After decades of therapy and in patient hospitalization, Mr. Lippincott describes his experience of being suicidal and how dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) gave him an effective set of skills “that have been nothing short of transformative”.  The Summit’s DBT Program […]

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Exposing the Myths of PTSD: Creating Awareness in June

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Starting in 2010, Congress designated June 27th as National Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day.  Additionally, for the past 2 years, Congress has also set aside June as National PTSD Awareness Month.  While they have not yet said if this is happening in 2015, I wanted to offer some information about PTSD, including some common […]

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Managing “Scanxiety”

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The term “scanxiety” commonly refers to the anxiety, worry, and fear associated with post-treatment follow-up imaging.  A follow-up MRI or CT scan months to years after enduring cancer treatment can lead to overwhelming feelings of anxiety in anticipation of the imaging results.  One of the reasons for such anxiety is that parents and children who […]

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ADHD and Social Skills

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ADHD can significantly impact children’s social skills. With ADHD there is an impulse-control component that makes it difficult for children to control themselves in social settings, and can also potentially lead to trouble reading social cues. Impatience, Frustration, More Explosions Research has shown that children with ADHD have a harder time regulating their emotions and […]

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