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How to choose the right therapist for you

How to choose the right therapist for you

When entering a therapeutic relationship, it is in fact the relationship that is of the utmost importance. The alliance that forms between you and your therapist is critical to your progress and ultimate success in therapy. Many studies have shown that the quality of the relationship client is...

07/23/2012 by eParisExtra
Are Our Children Over-Scheduled?

Are Our Children Over-Scheduled?

  Baseball season is in full swing! As I was driving my kids to one of their many practices, it dawned on me that I spend more time driving my kids places than I actually do just hanging out with them. Between baseball, cub scouts, gymnastics, music lessons, and soccer many of us start to...

05/15/2012 by eParisExtra
You Really Do Need Better Sleep

You Really Do Need Better Sleep

It seems like there is a national health “awareness month” for almost everything now, so I was not all that surprised when I learned a few days ago that May is the national “Get Better Sleep” awareness month.  And though I must admit, the concept of having an awareness month for sleep...

05/04/2012 by eParisExtra
The Truth about Stepmothers

The Truth about Stepmothers

We have all heard tales about wicked stepmothers, from Snow White to Cinderella; stories abound with the horrors that are stepmothers.  We have all likely judged a stepmother at some point, but what makes stepmothers so wicked?  The statistics say that half of all adult women in the United...

04/12/2012 by eParisExtra
The Real Hunger Games

The Real Hunger Games

I admit it, I have not read “The Hunger Games,” but between the title and its immense popularity with young teenage girls, I could not help but think of the millions of young people who struggle in real-life hunger games: eating disorders.  According to the National Institute for Mental...

04/04/2012 by eParisExtra
Positive Inner Strength Versus Your Circumstances

Positive Inner Strength Versus Your Circumstances

*By Ayesha Shafiq* We all experience in life a question, “Am I in control of my life or my circumstances Influence me?” In, Science, Philosophy and Psychology we are taught how to differentiate between inner (subjective) and outer (objective) reality. However perception coming from...

03/27/2012 by eParisExtra
Paying it Forward - The Benefits of Being Altruistic

Paying it Forward - The Benefits of Being Altruistic

“As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands.  One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” Abraham Lincoln It is better to give than to receive.  We have all heard this, but did you know that it is true! Recently I was told a of a local man’s altruistic...

03/20/2012 by eParisExtra
Discipline

Discipline

By Talor Trenchard As a parent, I have found that disciplining my children is one of the most difficult but necessary parts of being a mother.  Loving my children, playing with them, caring for them, all come naturally.  It is telling them no, enforcing rules, and sticking to my answer even...

03/08/2012 by eParisExtra
What is OCD?

What is OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead you to do repetitive behaviors (compulsions). People with OCD are plagued by recurring and distressing thoughts, fears, or images (obsessions) that they cannot...

02/20/2012 by eParisExtra
What Do Your Dreams Really Mean?

What Do Your Dreams Really Mean?

Throughout time people have had dreams and wondered what they meant, and over the years, there have been almost as many explanations and theories about dreams as there are dreamers.  Many peoples have interpreted dreams as visions or messages from a higher power.  Sigmund Freud called dreams...

02/10/2012 by eParisExtra
Superwoman Syndrome

Superwoman Syndrome

Every morning I start my day with a running “to-do” list in my head.  An example of a typical “to-do” list for me would include caring for kids (i.e. meals, driving to and from, homework, PTO, doctor’s appointments), caring for my home (i.e. dishes, cleaning, laundry), work duties...

01/28/2012 by eParisExtra
The Truth about Bipolar Disorder

The Truth about Bipolar Disorder

If there is one mental health disorder I hear used incorrectly and misdiagnosed it is probably ADHD, but that being said, Bipolar disorder is definitely a close second.  People say things like, “she is in a good mood one minute and mad the next; she must be bipolar.”  The truth is...

01/19/2012 by eParisExtra
Road Rage

Road Rage

I am generally mild mannered, but lately I have found that when I get behind the wheel of my car I become sort of insane. Just the other day I found myself mouthing to an elderly driver (who was tailgating and bright lighting me) “do you want to fight”. This prompted a fit of giggles, once...

01/12/2012 by eParisExtra
A Few More Tips for Keeping your Resolutions

A Few More Tips for Keeping your Resolutions

It was not until after I had written this article that I realized my co-author for this Column had posted something on the same topic last week; great minds think alike.  At first I was going to toss it, but after reading the statistics in Ashley’s article, I realized that when it comes to...

01/03/2012 by eParisExtra
Successful New Year’s Resolutions

Successful New Year’s Resolutions

“May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions.” -Joey Adams  I have a confession to make. I have never set a New Year’s resolution. As I did research for this article I found that, surprisingly, I am in the majority. Only about 45% of Americans make New Year’s...

12/29/2011 by eParisExtra
Substance Abuse and the Holidays

Substance Abuse and the Holidays

Do you have a drug or alcohol problem or know someone that does? If you said yes to either of these questions, you are not alone. Substance abuse is a disease that affects millions of people, from all walks of life. The holidays can be an especially difficult time of year for people struggling...

12/12/2011 by eParisExtra
Winter Blues….. or Something More?

Winter Blues….. or Something More?

Despite all the lights, carols, decked halls, good food, cheerful spirits, and other holiday merriment associated with this time of year, winter for many people is less than jolly.  Surveys suggest that approximately 10 – 20 percent of the general population experience some symptoms or...

12/05/2011 by eParisExtra
Breaking the News: How to Talk to Your Children about Death

Breaking the News: How to Talk to Your Children about Death

In the past month my best friend (Ginger Barrett who coauthored this article) and I have had to tell children about the death or impending death of someone they love.  I had to break the news to three children under the age of 6 that their father had died, tragically and unexpectedly. ...

11/28/2011 by eParisExtra
The Empathetic Child

The Empathetic Child

Traditionally in psychology as well as in society, we have held certain assumptions about the minds and abilities of babies and very young children.  New research seems to indicate that, for far to long, we have significantly underestimated the minds of our children.  Until recently, the...

11/22/2011 by eParisExtra
Understanding Your Teenager

Understanding Your Teenager

So what is wrong with these kids today?  A familiar question, but we are certainly not the first to ask.  Neither were our parents.  The recognition that there is something “wrong” with teenagers goes back to antiquity.  In the 4th century B.C., Plato asked the question like this,...

11/08/2011 by eParisExtra