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World of Psychology


Children and Teens

Do’s and Don’ts for Buying Christmas Toys

It was a total Christmas fail. With great fanfare, my well-intentioned brother-in-law gave my 2.5 year old son a 2-foot tall robot for Christmas. It was jet black. It had red flashing eyes. It shot a ray gun with a rat-a-tat-tat. My brother-in-law was so excited when he pulled it from the box -- but my son was terrified. He ran behind me and peered out at the thing, saying “No! No! No!” His favorite uncle was crushed. He thought he’d brought him the perfect toy.
Aging

Podcast: Medicaid’s Dark Secret

For many participants, Medicaid -- the program that provides health care to millions of low-income Americans -- isn’t free. It’s a loan. And the government expects to be repaid. Are you surprised to hear that? So was today’s guest. Rachel Corbett recently wrote an article explaining in what circumstances you could be at risk. Join us to find out if this could happen to you, how you can protect yourself and what is next for the healthcare program.

Anxiety and Panic

Beyond the Stigma of Parenting with Anxiety

I find it inspiring to see other parents who have anxiety taking proactive steps to facilitate and create a life that includes trying to thrive despite anxiety. Parenting is not an easy task and when you factor in living with a mental illness, the challenges can be different. The stigma attached to mental illness often ignites the feelings of shame that makes parents reluctant to seek support and help for their anxiety. This can perpetuate the feelings of isolation that make parents feel like no one else is going through what they are going through every day.
Depression

Gene Testing for Antidepressants & Psychotropics: Not There Yet

An increasingly common question I get asked is, "Will gene testing help my doctor know which antidepressant to prescribe?" Popular tests such as GeneSight suggests that they can "shorten your road to recovery" and how you, as an individual, will respond to specific antidepressant medications.

Does drug-gene testing, also referred to as pharmacogenomics or pharmacogenetics, work? And if so, does it only work for certain types of medications? Let's find out.

General

Ditch the Fake Persona and Embrace Your True Self

If you don’t know who you really are, you'll never find happiness.

Many go through life never knowing who they really are. This type of living leads to fake smiles, pseudo-dreams, and a life without purpose.

In order to learn how to be happy and feel content, we must love and accept ourselves. But what ends up happening is that our true identity takes a back seat and our energies go towards creating our public, fake personas.

Children and Teens

Making Christmas Merry for Children with Separated Parents

If there is any time of year for parents of children who are separated or divorced to be their most adult selves, it’s Christmas. Whether amicably divorced or still fighting, if you both are looking forward to having time with the children during the holiday season, it’s the time of the year for you to think especially hard about the children’s feelings and needs ahead of whatever plans and wishes you may have.
Anxiety and Panic

Podcast | Survive the Holidays AND preserve your Mental Health

There is no time more joyous and stressful as the end of year holidays. As we fast approach the holidays this year it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll navigate family parties and other familial obligations. In this episode, we give our best tips for making holiday parties less stressful and how to decide if not going is the best option for you. 

It’s rough out there, but we care about you and we wish you a happy, healthy holiday season.

Personal

A Disruptive Treatment Promises New Hope to PTSD Patients: Will Physicians Be Willing to Use It? 

Millions of people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) -- from veterans to rape survivors -- have new hope because of a watershed study showing that the injection of an anesthetic to a bundle of nerves in the neck can relieve their symptoms in a clinically significant way. The treatment is known as the stellate ganglion block, or SGB. Used since 1925 for problems such as pain in the arm and shingles, it is safe and effective.