Childhood Insecurity Can Impair Adult Emotional Regulation

-Rick Nauert, PhD New research suggests early childhood experiences can influence the way individuals manage stressful situations in adulthood. For example, imagine two candidates at a high stakes job interview. One of them handles the pressure with ease and sails through the interview. The other candidate, however, feels very nervous and under-performs. Experts explain thatContinue reading “Childhood Insecurity Can Impair Adult Emotional Regulation”

8 Behaviors Often Mistaken for Depression

Do you know someone who looks and appears depressed but denies it when confronted? Do you believe their rejection of your assessment of them? Could it be that they are”hiding,” covering their true emotions, or simply telling the truth? Even as a trained therapist I have seem my fair share of clients, primarily men and adolescentContinue reading “8 Behaviors Often Mistaken for 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”

Talking Out Military Sexual Trauma

Sexual abuse led one vet to a VA career counseling other MSA victims.             Jennifer Sluga,  six-year veteran of the Wisconsin National Guard, originally participated in the VA’s new oral history program to help her caregivers understand her military sexual trauma, but her ordeal made her a strong advocate for others who had been assaulted.Continue reading “Talking Out Military Sexual Trauma”

Top 10 Traits of an Empath

Discover if you’re a highly sensitive person. The trademark of an empath is that they feel and absorb other people’s emotions and/or physical symptoms because of their high sensitivities. They filter the world through their intuition and have a difficult time intellectualizing their feelings. As a psychiatrist and empath myself, I know the challenges ofContinue reading “Top 10 Traits of an Empath”

How to Make Peace With Something You Cannot Control

Feeling safe when you’re not in control is a valuable skill Source: ibreakstock/Shutterstock Being in control feels safe, you can feel safe when you’re not in control too. The world is unpredictable and your power is limited, so feeling safe without control is a valuable skill. When the world disappoints your expectations, your brain releasesContinue reading “How to Make Peace With Something You Cannot Control”

The Conveyor Belt

This is one of my favorite exercises to ease anxiety and start gaining control over emotions. Imagine a conveyor belt, and that your thoughts are coming down the belt. Name the thoughts and feelings to yourself as they come down the belt — “I am having a feeling of sadness. I am now having aContinue reading “The Conveyor Belt”