9 Ways to Reduce Anxiety Right Here, Right Now

-Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. When you’re feeling anxious, you might feel stuck and unsure of how to feel better. You might even do things that unwittingly fuel your anxiety. You might hyperfocus on the future, and get carried away by a slew of what-ifs. What if I start to feel worse? What if they hate myContinue reading “9 Ways to Reduce Anxiety Right Here, Right Now”

My Struggle to Stop Expecting the Worst Outcomes

-Sarah Burleton I would bet that anyone reading this blog has a “what if” thought run through their head at least once or twice a day. “What if there is an accident on the way to school? What road will I take so I’m not late?” “What if my car won’t start?” “What if I haveContinue reading “My Struggle to Stop Expecting the Worst Outcomes”

Couples Who Flay Together Stay Together.

-Gerald Schoenewolf, PhD What started out as an experiment in somebody’s garage has turned into a growing business where people pay anywhere from $20 to $500 (and more) for the privilege of smashing furniture, demolishing dishes, shredding mannequins or at times even destroying custom-made rooms designed to be replicas of a real room. Some peopleContinue reading “Couples Who Flay Together Stay Together.”

Why we constantly think: “What if …?”

-Jennifer Delgado What would have happened if I woke up before and didn’t miss the bus? What would have happened if I’d had the courage to talk to that very interesting person that I met? What would have happened if I had not broken up with my partner? And if I’d said to my bossContinue reading “Why we constantly think: “What if …?””

Mouse Study Provides New Understanding of OCD

-Rick Nauert, PhD New research on genetically altered mice suggests the overactivity of a brain transmitter may be the source of neurodevelopmental diseases and behavioral and thought disorders. Duke University researchers discovered a single type of receptor for the neurotransmitter glutamate in the brain is responsible for a range of symptoms in mice that areContinue reading “Mouse Study Provides New Understanding of OCD”

These 5 Foods and Substances Can Cause Anxiety and Insomnia

Before you reach for the medicine cabinet, take a look at your dinner plate. Do you suffer from panic attacks or have trouble sleeping? If so, you may have tried stress reduction techniques or even medications, but has anyone ever asked you what you eat? It may surprise you to learn that certain everyday foods,Continue reading “These 5 Foods and Substances Can Cause Anxiety and Insomnia”

Victims Of Bullying At Increased Risk Of Anxiety Disorders And Depression Later On

Children who are bullied are at an increased risk of developing anxiety disorders and depression when they become adults, according to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry. The study identified that bullying is not simply a ‘harmless rite of passage’, as it can also cause serious adverse health outcomes in the victims and perpetrators,Continue reading “Victims Of Bullying At Increased Risk Of Anxiety Disorders And Depression Later On”

How Pokémon Go Can Help with Anxiety, Depression

I have to admit it. I’m 31. Officially out of the “youthful” age group, according to some of my favorite students. “Mrs. Meg, no one uses Facebook anymore. That’s for old people.” Fair enough.  So I must venture further to confirm that I am not all too shot down with playing the new Pokémon Go.Continue reading “How Pokémon Go Can Help with Anxiety, Depression”

Whatever You Do, Don’t Run: Your Panic Attack Survival Guide

Your heart was racing. You were dizzy and felt detached. You thought you were about to die. So, understandably, you tried to escape the last situation that caused you to panic. I get it! It is natural to try to flee when faced with an anxiety-provoking situation or object. Every part of our being instructsContinue reading “Whatever You Do, Don’t Run: Your Panic Attack Survival Guide”

When Your Anxious Child Rejects Your Help, Try This

The worry begins as a trickle in his mind. It develops momentum and drops into his body causing his palms to sweat, heart to race, and tummy to ache. Finally, your child’s worry erupts: “Mommy, what if I have a new teacher in school?” “Daddy, what if I can’t find someone to play with?” TheContinue reading “When Your Anxious Child Rejects Your Help, Try This”