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Children and Annoying Behavior

While at the store the other day, I noticed a parent try to quiet a whining child. I saw the parent rolling his eyes, and I released an empathetic sigh. I knew how he felt when I heard the pleading:  “Please,…

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Do You Know a Hoarder?

Jill could see her father’s functioning had been affected by his chronic disorganization and clutter. Some may recognize this set of symptoms as hoarding, but regardless of what you call it, these anxious feelings and behaviors can be debilitating. In…

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Bullied at Home?

Anyone who is a sibling or has even observed siblings in action knows that there exists a special and often complex connection between combinations of brothers and sisters. These pairings make for some of the greatest love/hate relationships any of…

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Hey – We’re All Emos!

  Although emotions are built into the human experience, our amazing capacity to ponder, express, and discuss our inner experiences has had a transformative effect on our experience of emotions. Even so, emotions remain a tough topic of conversation for…

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Managing SAD

A perpetually pessimistic friend once told me that my birthday (later this month for you gift givers out there) was the most depressing day of the year because it’s cold, dark, and the holiday bills arrive.  While there may be…

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How Believing Can Dismantle Seasonal Stress

Studies show that positive emotion and well-being can increase during the holidays, especially with regard to holiday rituals. Regardless of how stressed or frustrated you might feel during this time of year, you can improve your positive emotion by changing your…

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Lost in Thought

Kate thought she was losing her mind. She knew she was a rational person, yet she could not stop thinking about – obsessing about – her uncertainty as a mother. What if she made a mistake? What if she harmed…

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Attention, Please!

“But I can’t have ADHD. I am not hyperactive.” This is what I told the counselor in medical school when I was first diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). I knew I was having trouble with concentration in school…

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Is Your Kid a Worrier?

What if the teacher calls on me in math? Do tornadoes happen here? Why does Daddy look upset? These are some of the thoughts that may cause anxiety for our kids. As adults, we worry about our routines, new circumstances,…

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