Danger Behind the Wheel as Emotions Explode

-Rick Nauert, PhD As Americans drive about the country on summer vacations, profound new research should give pause, or a warning, of behind the wheel behaviors. A newly released study finds that nearly 80 percent of drivers expressed significant anger, aggression, or road rage behind the wheel at least once in the past year. TheContinue reading “Danger Behind the Wheel as Emotions Explode”

Trauma is an Experience, Not an Event

-Santiago Delboy, MBA, MSW, LSW, S-PSB It seems like “trauma” has become one of those household terms everyone talks about. I took a look at the number of average monthly Google searches for “trauma” in the U.S., and found that it has grown 22% in only one year. As with other terms that became mainstream (forContinue reading “Trauma is an Experience, Not an Event”

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”

Where did the Joy of Learning Go?

Rekindling Your Child’s Enthusiasm for School Connect your children to what they learn at school through their interests and past positive experiences so they will WANT to learn what they HAVE to learn. Where did the joy of learning go? When school stops being fun, all too frequently, learning stops. Help your child retain thatContinue reading “Where did the Joy of Learning Go?”

Cannabis use alters DNA to increase disease risk, study says

Cannabis alters DNA, leading to genetic mutations that may raise the risk of serious diseases for users of the drug and future generations. This is the conclusion of a new study by researchers from The University of Western Australia. Researchers say chemicals in cannabis alter DNA, which can cause gene mutations that raise the riskContinue reading “Cannabis use alters DNA to increase disease risk, study says”

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”

How to Forgive

Now that we’ve established What Forgiveness is, Really, let’s talk about how one can move toward accomplishing such a cumbersome task. Once we have realized how beneficial the act of letting someone off the hook can be, what’s next? How do we make movement in the direction of truly letting go of the negative emotionsContinue reading “How to Forgive”

Tell Me More About These “Coping Skills” of which You Speak

Ask any kiddo who’s ever been in inpatient or outpatient mental health treatment, especially the ones still in single digit ages, what they should do when they feel (insert unhealthy emotion here), and you’ll get a pretty ubiquitous response: “Use my coping skills!” Well, my little friends, you’d be fantastically right. But, what are copingContinue reading “Tell Me More About These “Coping Skills” of which You Speak”

Cognitive Restructuring – Common Thought Errors that Lead to Depression and Anxiety

Sometimes, we allow ourselves to think in ways that lead us down paths of destruction. Common errors in thought processes can lead to a number of negative symptoms; most notably anxiety and depression! Disqualifying the Positive – Discounting the good things that have occurred in your life or that you’ve accomplished, saying “that doesn’t count.”Continue reading “Cognitive Restructuring – Common Thought Errors that Lead to Depression and Anxiety”