Posts Tagged: Anxiety and Panic Disorders

What Happens When It Feels Like the House is on Fire!

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Human beings are magnificently designed. When we are in a life-threatening situation our body reacts while shutting down our prefrontal cortex where planning, analyzing and problem solving occur. This process allows us to react immediately without wasting time. If, for example, a lion is running towards us in an open field it would be best […]

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Is My Child Suffering from Anxiety?

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Anxiety is an epidemic in today’s society. It rears its head in school, the work force, and in culture, affecting all ages. There are signs of it everywhere and it’s getting worse. While anxiety is a normal emotion to experience when it comes and goes, chronic anxiety can interfere with one’s quality of life. And […]

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Why Mindfulness?

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Do you feel you often forget things or conversations?  Do you have difficulty staying focused or completing a task?  Do you find yourself feeling bored if you are not doing more than one thing at a time?  Do you ruminate on your thoughts and/or struggle with anxiety?  If you answered yes to any of these […]

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Relieving Stress by Missing Class

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As a clinician, one of the first things I hear from adults when speaking to them about school-based therapy is “but the student is missing class time” with an even bigger emphasis on missing academics. The rationale behind this concern is reasonable given students go to school to learn. Parents and school staff alike want […]

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Why Your Kids Should Be Allowed To Tell You No Sometimes

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One of the skills I end up having to teach almost all the kids I work with, no matter their presenting problem, is assertiveness. An anxious child may be too afraid to express how they feel and be passive in uncomfortable situations. A child with big emotions may also feel afraid to express how they […]

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3 Tips to Enjoy Autumn, Even More

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Autumn is my favorite time of year. I love everything this time of the year brings, especially the return of football, cooler weather, pumpkin spice, and the brilliant colors we see as the leaves turn around our area. However, many people, including myself, can experience an increase in anxiousness and sometimes a general low, tired, […]

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DBT Explained

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Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a specialized form of cognitive behavioral therapy originally developed by Marsha Linehan to treat those who suffer with repeated suicidal thoughts and urges. According to an article by the New York Times, during an interview with the author, Marsha Linehan shared she struggled for many years trying to manage her […]

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Supportive Friends and Empowering Therapists

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The scene is common. Usually, a group of men or women gathered around one distressed individual, plying them with tissues, words to bolster one’s masculinity, ice cream, and occasionally a nip of an adult beverage. For centuries, women and men have gathered in community to comfort their comrades in times of crisis. The common phrases […]

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How are Food and Emotions Connected?

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Our culture now has a term for anger associated with hunger. Irritable, hungry people are often called “hangry”, a condition solved quickly by eating. While being “hangry” is not usually a serious problem, you may have wondered what kind of diet has been shown to be the best for brain and emotional health. Lean protein, […]

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Gaining Connection with your Child

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We are all busy, let’s face it. As adults we are working, parenting, and squeezing in “adult time”; and children are studying in school, doing activities after school, and playing with friends. With our busy schedules, we feel guilt or anxiety of continually choosing these activities over spending quality time as a family. But don’t […]

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