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Take Charge of Your Life – Be Assertive!

May 3, 2016 5:22 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

  You and I likely communicate with others every single day. Whether you’re talking to your family member, a coworker, or a salesperson, what you say and how you say it affect you and the person you are communicating with. An interaction can leave you feeling empty and angry, or empowered and understood. Why the difference? Just as you have... View Article

4 Reasons to Share Your Story Now

June 15, 2015 4:57 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

If you’ve been following the media at all the past month, you’ve probably heard about Demi Lovato and her openness about her struggles with depression, as she launched the Be Vocal campaign. It’s an important reminder about the power of sharing personal stories. My years of experience helping others deal with their mental health challenges has confirmed for me that... View Article

The Constant Creeping of ANTs Will Wear Away the Stone

January 29, 2015 6:01 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

  “The constant creeping of ANTs will wear away the stone.” This old saying of unknown origin speaks to the incredible impact of even the smallest insects, over time, on the hardest surface. The constant grinding of small feet wears away even the most solid rock. Sadly, this is also true of our ANTs, those Automatic Negative Thoughts that constantly... View Article

Mental Health Issues? Get in line or go online!

January 7, 2015 8:53 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

  It’s incredibly sad. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in four adults – approximately 61.5 million Americans – experiences mental illness in a given year. Unfortunately, between 50-75% of those people never receive mental health services. With the passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), millions more will be eligible to receive mental health services;... View Article

Social Anxiety, Stress & Depression during the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

December 17, 2014 4:02 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

It’s officially here, the proverbial “most wonderful time of the year.” But for some, especially those living with social anxiety, this time of year may be anything but wonderful. Work parties, family gatherings, holiday travel, it can all get stressful in a hurry for a social anxiety sufferer. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the most effective approaches to dealing... View Article

The Overlap between Social Anxiety & Depression

September 8, 2014 11:57 am Published by Leave your thoughts

One of the challenges faced by individuals seeking treatment for mental health problems is that often times disorders like depression, social anxiety, and panic disorder don’t travel alone – it is not uncommon for a person to experience not just depression or social anxiety but a combination of the two.  In fact, people with social anxiety disorder have a 50%... View Article

More Celebrities with Social Anxiety

June 23, 2014 8:32 am Published by Leave your thoughts

  One of the most important things to hear when we suffer from something painful like social anxiety is “me too.” Just knowing that someone else can relate to our feelings and our experience is immensely reassuring. So it’s sometimes helpful to point to others in the public eye who have experienced social anxiety as well.  Our original list of... View Article

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On Parenting a Child with Anxiety

January 9, 2014 7:30 pm Published by 4 Comments

  I sometimes get questions from people asking about identifying and treating anxiety in children, in particular social anxiety in children. “What do I do as a parent or teacher? How do I recognize social anxiety disorder in my child?” The short answer is a) be patient and supportive, b) listen to your child, a lot, and c) notice what they do, what their... View Article

Self-Evaluations & New Year’s Resolutions: Some Final Thoughts

December 31, 2013 2:24 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

  This is the final post in a three-part series on New Year’s Resolutions.  Be sure to read part one on Setting an Effective New Year’s Resolution & Proper End-of-Year Self-Evaluation and part two on Common Mistakes with Self-Evaluations & New Year’s Resolutions.    If our evaluation leaves us feeling negatively about our year, what can we do to avoid getting depressed?... View Article