perfectionism

Perfectionism: A Cultural Epidemic in Teens

Posted Posted in Anxiety, Children and Adolescents, Coping, Latest News, Mental Health, Parenting

Perfectionism, or the tendency to want to do everything flawlessly, is often associated with increased stress and anxiety.  Perfectionism combines excessively high personal standards (“I have to do my best at everything”), as well as feelings of failure if the person falls short of those benchmarks.  Oftentimes, our need to be perfect stems from fear.  […]

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school anxiety

Coping with School Anxiety for Young Children

Posted Posted in Anxiety, Children and Adolescents, Latest News, Mental Health, Parenting, School

Children starting kindergarten or returning to elementary school often experience school anxiety. Think of it as starting a new job or returning to work after a long vacation. Here are some strategies to minimize school anxiety and help your children start a great school year! Getting Ready For School · Practice the skills your child […]

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Back to School for the Kid with Social Anxiety

Posted Posted in Anxiety, Children and Adolescents, Latest News, Parenting, School

Being a kid with social anxiety isn’t easy.  As adults, many of us still have difficulty sitting down at a table and introducing ourselves to a group of strangers. In fact, many of us can say that if given the choice, we would likely choose not to be in that situation. Remember that your child […]

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Parent Burnout

Parent Burnout Is Real, Yet Treatable

Posted Posted in Coping, Latest News, Mental Health, Parenting, Self-care

Parent Burnout Is Real, Yet Treatable Parent burnout is real. It often starts small, and can lead to impairment in a parent’s ability to complete their responsibilities towards their children. It can make it difficult to balance work, social, and family aspects of your life. Unfortunately, if a parent feels distress, the children will too. […]

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Psychologist Post: Your Posture Can Increase Your Confidence

Posted Posted in Coping, Mental Health, Resiliency, Self-care

We have known for a long time that there is a relationship between our thoughts, our feelings, and what we do. Cognitive behavioral therapists often refer to this as the cognitive triangle (pictured below).   For example, if we tell ourselves, “This is going to be hard,” we often feel overwhelmed or scared, and our hearts […]

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Parent Stress Increases Child Stress

Posted Posted in Anxiety, Parenting

Many children experience anxiety from time to time In fact, there is evidence to suggest that the number of children with anxiety disorders continues to increase over time, as well as the intensity of anxiety symptoms. Many things contribute to the stress children experience today.  Our culture demands more time and energy from both children […]

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Psychologist Post: My Dog’s Mindfulness Gift

Posted Posted in Coping, Latest News, Mindfulness, Self-care

“Your dog is so mindful!” my neighbor yelled across the street.   Although my kind neighbor was referring to my dog’s obedience, I smirked at the literal thought of my dog’s mindfulness.  Mindfulness happens when we notice everything in the present moment.  In doing so, we are often more grateful and more content.  Sunshine, my 7-month-old […]

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Child Therapist Post: What To Expect From Trauma Focused CBT

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Mental Health

When a child experiences a traumatic event it is often hard for them to cope. After a traumatic event, children may struggle with difficulty sleeping, anxiety, not being able to focus at school or even with their friends,  or acting out behaviors such as aggression or tantrums.  It can be very difficult for caregivers to […]

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ADHD and Anxiety

Can people have both ADHD and Anxiety?

Posted Posted in ADHD

Many people struggle with ADHD.  Studies estimate that as many as 5-10% of children and up to 5% of adults are diagnosed with this condition.  Likewise, anxiety is also a common condition, impacting upwards of 30% of people at some point in their life.  So, yes, it makes sense that people with ADHD would also […]

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