Common Cognitive Distortions

After  my blog post last Thursday on Stress, I felt there was so much more I wanted to say… so I’m continuing my post on stress into a 2nd post. A lot of what can also cause stress anxiety is called,

Chill Out: Tips for coping with stress

Everyone experiences stress at some point or another. Some may say, “oh it’s not that big of a deal, just calm down,” but unfortunately, it’s not easy, or even possible, to just “destress” on command. The good news is, there are a

What is Bipolar Mood Disorder?

Bipolar Disorder is characterized by a severe impairment in the ability to regulate emotion and swinging mood states. These mood states range from extremely low depressive state, to extremely high manic state. Manic states are characterized by an overjoyed, euphoric disposition, or

How Misinformation Effects Memory

Tomorrow is supposed to be the hottest day of the year here in the Midwest! Oh wait, I was mistaken, it’s is supposed to be hot, but it won’t be the hottest day of the year. Do I have you thinking

Adult ADHD

Ever used the phrase at work, “Ugh, I am feeling sooo ADD today, I can’t seem to focus on anything!”? Unfortunately, ADHD is an actual disorder that does occur in adults, and can cause significant life difficulties. According to WebMD about 60% of people

Your Brain on Kids

I saw this interesting article recently on Scientific American’s website called, “Motherhood: Your Brain on Kids” that I thought I’d share. You can watch the video here… In case you aren’t able, or don’t have time to watch the video,

Coping with Empty Nest Syndrome

It’s that time of year again – back to school. For some though, it’s not just back to school, it’s transitioning from living at home and going to high school/secondary school, to being out on their own and starting college.

Crisis Intervention Team for Youth

Recently, NAMI released a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Manual for Youth to benefit families, police, schools, and mental health professionals. To view a PDF format of this manual, you can click HERE. NAMI recommends this manual for civic leaders working with police and

How to Improve Sleep Hygiene

Have a hard time falling asleep? Or wake up too early? You, like most people living in western societies, probably have some sleep debt. That’s right, your body does keep track of how much sleep you get a night, and it  DOES