Depression and Anxiety

10 Ways to Cope with Big Changes

By | 2017-01-22T14:16:37+00:00 January 22nd, 2017|Categories: Conflict, Crisis, Current Events, Depression/Anxiety, Family, Grief, Relationships|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Changes are the one constant in life. Just because we go through change doesn't mean we get used to it or fully embrace it, though. Here are 10 tips for coping with big changes in your life and coming out a better person for it. 1.  Acknowledge things are changing. Sometimes we get so caught up in fighting [...]

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6 Ways to Get More Sleep

By | 2016-11-20T07:53:41+00:00 October 1st, 2012|Categories: ADD, ADHD, Depression/Anxiety, Health, Note to self..., Organizing, Sleep|Tags: , , , , , , |

How well are you your sleep patterns? Do you wake up feeling refreshed in the mornings or do you find your eyes battling the sunlight due to a slumber-less night? Well rest assured that peace on your pillow will be what you can look forward to with these 6 steps to a better night's rest. Rest [...]

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Fibromyalgia: Self-awareness Exercises Decrease Pain

By | 2016-11-20T07:53:44+00:00 December 19th, 2011|Categories: Depression/Anxiety, Medication|Tags: , , |

A recent study has found that a self-awareness intervention significantly reduced levels of fibromyalgia-related pain. The study by Hsu et al. (2010) studied 45 women who had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a disorder whose symptoms include chronic full-body pain, excessive tenderness in at least 11 out of 18 "tender points", headaches and fatigue. The study subjects [...]

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Spirituality: Its Impact on Adjusting to Breast Cancer

By | 2016-11-20T07:53:44+00:00 September 12th, 2011|Categories: Brain, Depression/Anxiety|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Does spirituality make a difference in how a patient adjusts to breast cancer? According to the following studies, the answer is yes. It does depend, however, on whether spirituality was already part of a patient's life prior to diagnosis. Two studies by Yanez, et al. (2009) examined the relationship between spiritual wellbeing and psychological adjustment. In [...]

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The Case Against Watching 9/11 TV Coverage

By | 2016-11-20T07:53:44+00:00 September 7th, 2011|Categories: Depression/Anxiety, News, Television|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, countless television channels will be airing replays of the traumatic events of that day. It is in your best interests, both emotionally and psychologically, to not watch that coverage. Continue reading...

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Just Be. Don’t Argue – Just Do It.

By | 2016-11-20T07:53:45+00:00 August 12th, 2011|Categories: ADD, ADHD, Depression/Anxiety, Relationships, Technology|Tags: , , , , , |

In this age of technology, it seems we are constantly attached to our iPhones, Blackberrys, iPads, laptops...anything that beeps, blinks, or chirps. We have a difficult time telling our technology "No". No, I'm not answering that email right now. No, that phone call can wait. No, I don't have to text back immediately. It's almost as [...]

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Is it ADHD, OCD, or Both?

By | 2016-11-20T07:53:45+00:00 July 1st, 2011|Categories: ADD, ADHD, Depression/Anxiety|Tags: , , , |

I now have a blog/column on The Huffington Post! My first post is on the difference (and similarities) between ADHD and OCD. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stephanie-sarkis-phd/is-it-adhd-ocd-or-both_b_887220.html And here's the column's main page: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stephanie-sarkis-phd

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Study: Coping with Loneliness at 45+

By | 2016-11-20T07:53:45+00:00 May 31st, 2011|Categories: Addiction, Depression/Anxiety, Relationships, Research, Sleep, Social Media, Television|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Over 3,000 people in the U.S. over 45 years of age were surveyed in a study of loneliness (sponsored by AARP). The survey measured loneliness using the UCLA Loneliness Scale. Participants who scored 44 points or more were defined as "lonely", while those scoring 43 or less were defined as "not lonely". (My bullet points aren't [...]

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Mental Health (Awareness) Month Resources

By | 2016-10-05T06:45:48+00:00 May 13th, 2011|Categories: ADD, ADHD, Autism, Depression/Anxiety, Eating Disorders|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

May is Mental Health Month. (Or Mental Health Awareness Month, depending on the website.) :) Here are some resources you might find helpful: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): www.nami.org NAMI StigmaBusters is "a network of dedicated advocates across the country and around the world who seek to fight inaccurate and hurtful representations of mental illness". [...]

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My review of “Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists”

By | 2016-11-20T07:53:45+00:00 April 25th, 2011|Categories: ADD, ADHD, Books, Depression/Anxiety, Medication|Tags: , , , , , , , |

My review of Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists has been posted at Metapsychology Online Reviews. It can be read at: http://metapsychology.mentalhelp.net/poc/view_doc.php?type=book&id=6045&cn=390 An excerpt: "One of the many great features of this book is that even before it addresses specific disorders and medications, it provides the reader with a thorough background regarding the biology of psychiatric [...]

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