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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How to Talk to Your Kids About A School Shooting

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Latest News, Parenting, Resiliency, Trauma

The recent shooting at a high school in Florida on Valentine’s Day has understandably left many of us feeling very shaken. Since this time, there have been several conversations and debates regarding things like gun control, school security procedures, and mental health awareness and treatment. During a time when emotions are running high and politics […]

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Benefits of Cycle Tracking for Young (and not so young!) Women

Posted Posted in Medical, Menstrual

Almost all women (unfortunately) know about or have experienced symptoms of PMS (Pre-Menstrual Syndrome) including things like increased emotionality, fatigue, irritability, acne, bloating, and headaches. While these symptoms are far from desirable for most, they can be especially challenging to discriminate from other causes of depression, anxiety, and mood lability. This challenge to discriminate can […]

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Dreams Turned to Nightmares

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Grief, Parenting, Trauma

How To Talk With Teens About Shootings, Bombings, and Traumas In the wake of such tragic and senseless events, especially ones targeting young teens, it can be challenging to know how to even begin a conversation with your children about what happened. Events like the Manchester bombing, or other horrific news events, undoubtedly spark a […]

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Marijuana Use: Science Facts Regarding Teen Use and Health

Posted Posted in Drug use, Latest News, Medical, Parenting, Self-care

In my work with adolescents, marijuana issues are occasionally discussed.  Sometimes, the teen has been using.  However, often she or he reports that other friends and classmates are regular users.  Frequently, I am told that it is easier for teens to buy marijuana than alcohol or cigarettes. Marijuana is a common drug that is used […]

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Psychologist Post: Purposeful Parenting

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Latest News, Parenting

The Importance of Discussing the “Why” Behind the “Why Not” One of the most challenging, yet equally important, things about being a parent is establishing and maintaining a set of rules and expectations as your children transition into teenagers Most parents would agree that they don’t want their teens getting into things like drinking and […]

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Psychologist Post: How to Help a Shy Teen Make Friends

Posted Posted in Anxiety

New longitudinal research, published by the University of Michigan, based on students from 1991-2012, found that students have smaller groups of peers than they did a generation ago. However, the data also suggests that due to increased contact through electronics and on-line exchanges, relationships tend to be closer than they were 20 years ago. Other research has also found that as teens rely more on electronics, they tend to become less interested and less skilled at direct, face-to-face social interactions

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Appreciating Summer With Your Children

Posted Posted in Parenting

Summer can be a magical time for families, full of long, sun-soaked days, swimming at the pool, and gentle memories. Kids and families may catch up on rest, and have more time to enjoy each other. Oftentimes, families go on vacations and have more time to relax. However, after a few weeks, the novelty may wear off. Kids can get bored, the house will get messy, siblings may fight, and parents may wish for school to start again. All the summer camps that seemed so exciting in February may seem less appealing once it is hot or the bugs are biting. The neighbor friends that your child was looking forward to invite over to play may be gone on vacation, and your child may even report feeling lonely or like they don’t have anything to do. Luckily, summer CAN be enjoyable, even if plans don’t work out the way we thought they would. Here are a few suggestions which may be helpful.

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Child Psychologist Post: Building Resiliency in Our Children

Posted Posted in Resiliency

Stop the avoidance

Many parents have appropriately question whether there is anything they can do to keep their children safe, strong, and healthy. Many parents, even myself at times, avoid thinking about all the hard things their children may face. Sometimes, this avoidance feels easier than contemplating a future that seems so scary or uncontrollable. However, by avoiding thoughts of fear or tough things in the world, we also evade making healthier changes in our lives, and our children’s lives.

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