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Below you’ll find a link to a great article that summarizes Dr. Dan Siegel’s new book on understanding teen behavior, entitled “Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain”.    He always writes great books that explain how our brains influence our development and behavior, and this one is no exception. The article, entitled… Read more

The April 2013 issue of Psychology Today (so new I can’t yet find a link to it) had a great article on how to break old habits by doing something different, written by Thomas Plante.  If someone finds the link, please comment below and I will add it.  It’s such a good article that I… Read more

Our brains and bodies are wired together, and we are learning more and more about how powerful those connections are. For instance, did you know that if you smile, you are very likely to feel happy? It’s true! Here’s a link to an interesting list of body postures that influence productivity and/or emotions. Give them… Read more

Recently I ran across an article in the Los Angeles Times that may be of interest if you have a child who has suddenly shown symptoms of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) or tics.  It’s important to state that although the article explores possible connections between strep throat infections and the sudden onset of OCD symptoms… Read more

Recently I ran across a helpful article on how to distinguish those “senior moments” we all have from the much more serious memory problems of early Alzheimer’s disease.  I thought I’d share them here: If you forget where you left your keys, that is normal. However, if you find those keys and don’t know what… Read more

A recent newspaper article described some apps that veterans and others who suffer from PTSD can use just by reaching for their cellphones. They sound as they would be useful for anyone with PTSD or other anxiety issues. Here’s a list of the apps’ websites Breathe2Relax Mood Tracker PTSD Coach Full disclaimer:  I haven’t tried… Read more

So often parents will come to my office, and ask for advice about one of their children who just seems difficult, picky, and hard to soothe. Of course, there can be many reasons for this, but in recent years we’ve been hearing about something called “sensory integration disorder”. There are many variants of this sort… Read more

There are some wonderful breathing techniques that can quickly help relieve some of the symptoms of anxiety and depression.  If you’ve ever taken a yoga class, you may be familiar with them.  If not, give this one a try and see if it helps.  It’s a great idea to practice this when you are not… Read more

This is really short notice, but I just received a flyer on the first annual Life After Brain Injury Human Services Fair.  You can see a flyer at their website.  It looks like something very exciting — hope you can make it if this is of interest to you. It takes place Saturday, March 27… Read more

We keep reading more and more about how seemingly minor head injuries can cause major trauma to the brain.  At the risk of offending the entire football playing community of parents, I am posting this link to Time Magazine’s article from 1/28/10. It talks at length about the long-lasting problems that cumulative concussions can cause. … Read more

I found some great hints in my copy of the Psychotherapy Networker by Steven Stosny, Ph.D.,  who works with couples and other with relationship problems.  You can read more about his programs at CompassionPower.  I’m going to quote very liberally from what he wrote, because it is well-done and so concise. He asks couples to… Read more

Here’s a link to a post that was being share on one of my therapist email lists recently. http://www.drmomma.org/2009/12/crying-it-out-causes-brain-damage.html For us “old moms” it can be upsetting to wonder if we caused damage by letting our children cry.  I can’t remember too many events where that was true, but one in particular stands out.  I… Read more

Image by DanielJames via FlickrI just came from a great lecture on mindfulness and neuroscience. I learned a lot, which I’ll be sharing. Here’s a great quick idea to use for anxiety. Try yawning, on purpose, for at least 60 seconds. Two or three minutes is even better. What do you notice? Yawning turns out… Read more

Keeping in shape these days involves more than just lifting weights. Besides keeping our bodies healthy, it seems that we need to remember to exercise our brains, especially as we age. The old adage of “use it or lose it” applies in so many areas, and especially regarding the health of our brains. We’re seeing… Read more

A big topic these days is brain health, especially for those of us who are, ahem, middle-aged. When we were in school, conventional wisdom said that our brains were largely formed by age 2, and that not much change happened physically in the brain after about age 7. What a difference a few decades makes… Read more

Brain research is telling us some amazing things. When I was in graduate school, we were taught that brain development was largely complete by about age 3. We knew that children could learn in much more flexible ways than adults, but that even so, their brain structures were all in place and other than perhaps… Read more