Category Archives: anxiety

What is Co-Narcissism?

If you’re having an, “oh great, one more thing to worry about” response to the unfamiliar word “Co-Narcissism,” you’re not alone. I am not a proponent of inventing and loosely wielding new psychological problems, diagnoses, and concerns for people seeking help and understanding through their interpersonal conflicts, low self-esteem, and a myriad of other problems […]

May 21

Three Essential Facts About Feelings

A great, simple, left-brained introduction to the neurobiology of emotions! Worth a watch and further investigation if you are curious. The Theory of Emotion, Robert Plutchik Can’t find the right word to express yourself?  Use these Feeling Words for guidance! And don’t be scared of a dramatically illustrated cartoon image to help you out…

March 15

On writing, anxiety, and love

If you have never read Brain Pickings, I highly recommend this thoughtful, well-done, search for “interestingness” spear-headed by Maria Popova (@brainpicker) and the occasional guest writer. The writing at first glance often appears outside my comfort zone, but I’m usually drawn in to subjects that I might naturally toss aside as too lofty or inapplicable to my […]

November 18

Stop Stressing! You have permission :)

Stop Stressing! You have permission 🙂 http://ow.ly/folrC Thank you @ariannahuff

What’s the Use in Being Sad?

One of the most common questions asked in therapy is, “why should I be sad when I can be happy?”  There are variations to this question like, “why would I want to focus on my difficult past when I can move forward and not be in pain?”  Or, “I don’t want to suffer anymore.  I […]

Brené Brown’s TED Talks

Two Must Watch Videos: Brene Brown – The Power of Vulnerability and Listening to Shame I became an official Brene Brown fan when she bravely addressed the seemingly “non-scientific” subject of vulnerability using evidence-based research and her own personal experience during the 2011 Ted Talks with “The Power of Vulnerability.”  My appreciation for her has only intensified […]

Miss Representation

Gratuitous cute baby picture of my niece, who will grow up to be a woman before we know it! I see a lot of women in therapy.  Most of them come to me with ideas about their bodies, minds, personalities, or other various features that are not true.  I usually begin with a discussion of […]

Antidepressant Medication

A fascinating discussion among physicians on the efficacy of antidepressant drugs – to take or not to take medication for depression.  Watch the 60-minutes piece and read Dr. Amos’s response. http://jajsamos.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/black-and-white-thinking-in-living-color-the-placebo-antidepressant-controversy/

Happy New Year/National Hangover Day!

I joke, but it must be true! Hangovers can be particularly brutal because they can come with so much mental, physical, and emotional turmoil.  Most commonly, those who suffer from severe symptoms find that their hangovers come with lots of anxiety.  People feel badly about themselves, ashamed of their behavior, and generally feel negatively about […]

Depression’s Best Friend Anxiety

Depression and anxiety go hand in hand. In fact, I’m convinced that it is nearly impossible to have one without the other. It is the way that they manifest that throws people off. For example, a woman says, “I feel depressed and can’t get out of bed. Then my husband comes home and I just […]