3 weird things to do when you’re in a slump.

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“Slump.” It’s not a clinical term, but who wants to read an article about “anhedonia“? One of the most common topics of therapy is lack of motivation. Sometimes a “slump” is born from the paralyzing anxiety of agoraphobia (think Joan … Continue reading

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Joey’s Secret: Defensive, strong, yet never good enough.

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  I followed my mother around the mall, transforming hanging lights into spaceships and  marble tiles into the surfaces of planets.  Shiny reflections were laser beams to be avoided and hurdled. Zoom zoom, the mannequin Martians will be defeated! JOSEPH ALLEN TANNER!!!!! A … Continue reading

What Children Really Want… (Guest post by Jaclyn Weatherhead)

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This post by North Carolina therapist Jaclyn Weatherhead spoke to my own observations about the consumerism mentality (mainly how it fails to fulfill adults and children alike) …. And she was kind enough to offer her writing as a guest post for me.  … Continue reading

Mental Illness and Young Adults: Why College Campuses are in Crisis

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Let’s talk about the mental health of young adults in the United States.  It seems to me, from what I’ve read and observed in my corner of the country, that we are headed for a crisis if something doesn’t change. … Continue reading

Reader Asks: My kid says she hates herself! What do I do?

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Question: The other day my six year old fell riding her bike.  When I went over to her to comfort her, she was crying because she skinned her knee, but she was also saying she hates herself.  I didn’t know … Continue reading

Lonely? Feel like no one cares? Read this.

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‘Tis the season.  Every year from about mid-December until the end of February, a familiar theme begins to emerge in therapy sessions:  The loneliness and worthlessness of legitimately feeling like no one cares.  Of course I hear this from time to time year-round, but “no … Continue reading