Take a moment to answer the following questions. What do you spend the most time doing? What activity takes up the majority of your day, your week, your month (or even your year — in case you started to sing the “Friends” theme song to yourself)? Despite what you may have seen on TV sitcoms, for most of us it’s not hanging out with friends in a coffee shop — it’s working! Now consider this: [Read more…]
When a school-age child is suffering from separation anxiety disorder, the child has often expressed these fears to those closest to them, typically their parents or adults at school. In an effort to help the child, families and schools may inadvertently say or do things that worsen the child’s anxiety. While these behaviors may provide [Read more…]
On the first day (or even the first week) of school, it is expected that your child may seem a bit nervous or even tearful when walking through their new classroom door. Parents
and teachers easily chalk this up to the start of a new school year jitters and wait for the short adjustment period to pass. However, for some children, this anxiety does not seem to fade and may manifest in multiple areas of the child’s life, such as play dates, sleepovers, or [Read more…]
Meditation’s health benefits
Meditation and mindfulness practices have become more accepted in Western cultures since the late 1990’s. There are several reasons for this, including the research and writing of Jon Kabat-Zinn, a scientist who adapted a Southeast Asian Buddhist meditation practice for a Western audience. His work focuses on a meditation practice called mindfulness meditation. The initial focus in Kabat-Zinn’s research was on patients suffering from chronic pain. [Read more…]
The recent Senate hearings that led to the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh were both riveting and painful for many viewers. It’s difficult to recall another time when sexual assault and its effects played such a prominent role in our national conversation.
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s description of her 1982 alleged sexual assault experience, and its decades-long aftermath, significantly impacted many survivors of sexual assault—especially those with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some even described the ubiquitous media coverage of the hearing and [Read more…]