Stressed Out: the Busyness Phenomenon

Larry Dossey, a physician coined the term “time sickness” in 1982 to describe the belief that time is getting away, we don’t have enough of it, and that we must push harder and harder to keep up. By this definition, most of us are “sick” all the time.

7 Different Types of ADD/ADHD and Why They Are Important

Currently, the standard method of assessing and diagnosing ADD or similar ADHD has been to match symptoms to criteria established in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM). While it can be useful to understand symptoms, that may not be the whole picture. According to Dr. Amen, ADD … Read More

Are You Teaching Your Kids Responsibility?

As a parent, you set out to teach your kids so many important life lessons. You guide them to important moral values of right and wrong. You teach them to be respectful to others. You help them learn how to be empathetic to others’ feelings. You also want them to … Read More

Wedding Bliss, Not Stress

When you get engaged, it is supposed to be the happiest time of your life! You’ve found your soulmate and are one step closer to martial bliss. However it can be easy to quickly shift from the engagement glow to the frustrations and stresses of wedding planning. Zola, a popular … Read More

Setting Healthy Screen Time Limits

One of the biggest struggles parents face now is how to set healthy limits around their kid’s screen time. In the past you used to just have to monitor how much your kids watched TV. Now smartphones and other hand held devices make the screen time possibilities practically limitless. It … Read More

10 Rules to Live by for a Happy Relationship

As the summer heats up, make sure you keep things cool in your relationship. Here are 10 rules to live by for a happy relationship… 1. I will communicate my expectations and not take it for granted that my significant other understands what I need or want. 2. I will verify … Read More

How to Talk with Your Teen About Sexual Harassment

Unfortunately, sexual harassment is very common among teens. Even if your teen is not being harassed or harassing others, they play a role in what goes on around them. What role do you want them to play? Here are some tips for navigating discussions with your kids about sexual harassment: … Read More

“It Wasn’t That Bad”: the Cost of Comparing Pain

“I didn’t have it as bad as other people.” This is a phrase I hear frequently in my office, from people with all kinds of backgrounds and stories. People who have experienced neglect or abuse over the course of their entire lives, individuals who have high pressure jobs such as … Read More

How to Know if a Friendship is Becoming an Emotional Affair

In my work as a therapist, I see many couples dealing with infidelity. The question I get asked over and over is, “How did this happen?” The truth is that affairs typically don’t just happen. Platonic friendships and workplace relationships can slowly and unintentionally evolve into emotional affairs. An emotional … Read More

What is Burnout? Part 1

“Burnout has been described as the biggest occupational hazard of the twenty-first century,” writes Paula Davis-Laack. Merriam-Webster defines burnout as “exhaustion of physical or emotional strength or motivation usually as a result of prolonged stress or frustration.” Burnout could be related specifically to work, or the combination of work and … Read More