A friend will have an opinion about your life, will have a stake in some of your decisions, will need to count on you when she is down. A therapist is able to be available for you and dozens of other clients at the same time, but she cannot welcome her clients into her personal life. … More Why your therapist can’t be your friend – not even on Facebook
Sleep is absolutely crucial to good physical and mental health, yet most of us don’t get enough of it. One key is to shut off TV, computer and phones a half hour before bedtime. … More Want to be smarter, happier, and thinner? Sleep more! Here’s how
Is ADHD a disorder, or simply a set of traits that don’t match well with the demands of school and work? One “treatment” may be to help match the environment better to the individual. Medications may help people focus and think before they act; family therapy is often very helpful. … More Is ADHD really a “disorder”?
Holidays and anniversaries are often especially difficult for people who are grieving. At holiday gatherings, grieving families may find it useful to honor the person who has died, for example by saying a few words of remembrance, even leaving an empty chair. … More Understanding Grief
Many mental health issues such as anxiety and depression respond even better to a combination of psychotherapy and medication, than psychotherapy or medication alone. … More How Psychotherapy Can Help
A series of studies have demonstrated that adolescents will tend to take more risks when they are with other teens. The other kids don’t have to be applying pressure of any kind – simply being with other teens makes the adolescent choose riskier behavior. Most of us have observed or experienced this phenomenon, but … More Teenage Peer Pressure: It’s Not What We Thought
May is Mental Health Awareness month, established in an effort to help reduce the stigma that is so often still attached to the idea of having a mental illness or emotional problem. Too many people avoid getting help because they don’t want to be seen as “weak” or because they don’t want to talk about … More Mental Health Awareness Month seeks to reduce stigma
This post is taken directly from the NIH (National Institutes of Health) website. You can get more information by visiting the NIH site at http://www.nih.gov/news/health/apr2014/niaaa-07.htm April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a time to learn about the health and social problems caused by drinking too much. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) encourages the … More How do you know when someone is drinking too much?
Those who study psychology have long recognized that child abuse and neglect can lead to lifelong emotional problems. Now, scientists also have begun to learn that abuse and neglect of children can also lead to medical illnesses including heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, liver and kidney disease, cancer, and autoimmune diseases. The “ACE” … More How childhood troubles can damage your health
Many Psych Choices clients are familiar with Max, the little dog who spends all day with therapist Emily Kahn-Freedman. Although Max is loving and easygoing most of the time, he’s had his behavior problems. Our client Chris S. is an experienced dog owner who offers the following advice: Treating Problem Behaviors in Your Dog by … More Treating Problem Behaviors in Your Dog