Benefits of a Mindful Brain

April 17, 2014 by

Mindfulness has been around for thousands of years and practiced by people across the planet. It wasn’t until recently, well within the past 20 years or so, that we have been able to develop research techniques to study mindfulness. Through neuroscience research we are now able to say that through the intentional focus of attention, […]

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Game Over?

April 17, 2014 by

  David ‘Hesh’ Walker. Illidan Stormrage. Sonic the Hedgehog.  Now that I have your attention, please put down the controller or take your hand off the keyboard, and read on!  This article will review the pros and cons of video gaming, how to recognize when it’s becoming problematic and offer some suggestions and ideas to […]

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In Marriage It’s All About Balance

April 17, 2014 by

Research on divorce found that divorcing couples complained about the very qualities they used to love in each other.  The differences that had always been there, and that each had once admired in the other, were now seen as troublesome and unforgivable.  These couples had now become polarized and resentful. Most couples I have met […]

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When Loved Ones are Hurting

February 14, 2014 by

Kathy’s friend Laurie breaks down in deep sobs while sharing that her favorite aunt has recently passed away. Kathy looks at her friend, “speechless” and “paralyzed,” not knowing what to say or do. In this moment, Kathy wants so much to “make it better,” but fears that anything she says will be the “wrong” thing […]

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Posted in Personal Growth, Stress & Anxiety.

Bipolar Disorder

November 14, 2013 by

Since Alexis was about 16 she had bouts with depression, irritability, doing poorly in school, crying and isolating herself. After awhile she seemed to get better, and started to engage with people, becoming the life of the party, talking a mile a minute. She would re-focus on her school work, stay up all night, and […]

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Time for a Personal Tune-Up

November 12, 2013 by

Many of us operate on assumptions that have never been questioned and never been examined. It may be helpful to wonder about these ideas from time to time. Just as a car needs to go in for a tune-up periodically, it might be a good idea to have a personal tune-up. One way to do […]

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Posted in Personal Growth.

Children Anxiety Strategies (Part II)

November 12, 2013 by

In the last issue of Psychealth we were introduced to ten year old David who was experiencing anxiety in anticipation of returning to school. Three basic strategies to help David better cope with his anxiety were introduced: the expression of feelings, controlling self-talk and practicing courage by facing one’s fears. In this issue I will […]

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Posted in Family & Parenting, Stress & Anxiety.

Girls Can Be So Mean

July 8, 2013 by

Three months ago, Susie’s best friend, Jill, stopped talking to her. Jill began pulling other friends away from Susie and would whisper in their ears while giggling and looking at Susie. In the hallways, Jill would make sure to block Susie from standing in the friend circle. Eventually, almost all of Susie’s friends were ignoring […]

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Posted in Family & Parenting.

Anxiety Management Strategies for Children

July 8, 2013 by

Below are a few basic strategies which can be taught to children to help them better manage their feelings of anxiety. 1. FEELINGS – teach children an emotional vocabulary. Children with anxiety often keep their fearful thoughts and feelings to themselves. In this situation, Ashley could help David express his feelings more frequently. This expression […]

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Posted in Family & Parenting.

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