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Are Babies Able to Reason Before They Talk?

The famous Swiss developmental psychologist, Jean Piaget, believed that children begin to acquire the ability to reason between the ages of four and seven. Those who have taken a child development course will likely remember the conservation of matter experiment, where children younger than seven are not likely to understand that a beaker of water poured into a tall, thin container still contains the same amount of water, even though it might appear to be more.
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Brain and Behavior

Helicopter Parenting: Encourage Your Child’s Free-Range Freedom Instead

Walking to the corner store or to school. Playing in the park or over at a neighbor's house. Endlessly bicycling for miles from friend's house to friend's house down development states and main roads.

These are all things I did as a child. Neither I nor my parents ever thought twice about the amount of freedom children were given in the 1970s, 1980s, and even into the 1990s.

But somewhere after that time, parenting styles changed. And not for the better.

Today, free-range parenting is butting heads with helicopter parenting. Finally, common sense seems to be winning out over fear and overestimating the risks of actual harm to a child.

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Best of Our Blogs

Best of Our Blogs: April 10, 2018

What if there was a way to be less stressed and prepared before the barrage of stressful events start?

There is. Children hold the secret. Can you think of what it is?

Curiosity. As we grow older, we start to predict what will happen. We alter our moods to prevent disappointment. We prepare ourselves for loss and lose that sense of innocence, hope and exploration.

For today, can you see every moment as if it were new? Can you open yourself to the experience without judging it? Can you look at even the challenging situations with curiosity?

Speaking of curiosity, it's the subject of our top posts in dealing with anxiety and can be used to help understand your relationships.
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Using Anxiety as a Signal to Increase Emotional Health

I was at my dentist’s office the other day when I heard the assistant, I’ll call her Emily, talking with the office receptionist. Emily asked her boyfriend to buy her an anxiety cube. My ears perked up when I heard the word “anxiety” so I asked how the cube worked and if she suffered with a lot of anxiety. She smiled sheepishly nodding yes. I told her I was a psychotherapist who teaches people how to ease anxiety and asked if she wanted me to share a bit of education that might help. She and the office receptionist both nodded yes.
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A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast

Ep 4: Uncommon Things We Dislike About Living with Bipolar and Schizophrenia

Gabe Howard (Bipolar) and Michelle Hammer (Schizophrenic) discuss personal and public topics that bother them in society.  Michelle shares her frustration with being accused of lying about having schizophrenia.  She describes how people leave comments on her social media saying she is too competent to have a mental illness, despite her saying publicly that she takes seven medications. Gabe talks about feeling like a marked man when he applies for jobs because of his bipolar disorder.

Both try to come up with a new name for medication classification anti-psychotics, and discuss frustration with other people’s opinions of potentially spreading mental illness to their children. Finally, they discuss how mental health care is not easy for everyone to access and that is unfair.

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Anxiety and Panic

How to Be Mindful (Even if You’re Anxious or Impatient)

The world really wants us to count our blessings. News articles and blog posts tout the many benefits of gratitude, from improved health to better sleep and happier moods. Entrepreneurs and business behemoths like Oprah Winfrey swear by gratitude journals as a solution to stress and the secret to their success.

But practicing gratitude doesn’t come naturally to everyone -- myself included. For one thing, the thought of keeping a gratitude journal can sound like a chore, another to-do item in my already Type A lifestyle.
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Anxiety and Panic

Helping Your Anxious Teen: 5 Ways Parents Can Help

Teens and anxiety. The two seem to go hand in hand.

If you are a parent looking to help your teen through this tough and often turbulent time, then you are not alone. Anxiety in children and teens is on the rise and you will want to know what you can do to make this time easier for them. To make a difference, here are some options that will help your teen not only feel better but receive the right support from you.  
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Eating Disorders

Eat What You Really Want and Lose Weight

Sound too good to be true?

Well let me guarantee you that it is not. I have been teaching others how to become healthy and happy for years through the method of intuitive eating. Essentially, intuitive eating is the principle of eating whatever you want, whenever you want -- as long as you are tuning into your bodily sensations, cravings, and the process of eating itself.

So you might be sitting there asking yourself, how is it possible to lose weight while eating what I want, whenever I want? Let us start from the beginning.
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Seroquel, Atypical Antipsychotics for Insomnia, Dementia?

I'm a little dumb-founded whenever I run across a prescribing trend that goes against all of the available empirical evidence for common sense use of a medication. Nowhere is this more evident than with the prescription of atypical antipsychotic medications. It wouldn't be too far a stretch to suggest that such prescriptions have become like Prozac prescriptions in the 1990s, the latest medication fad.

But atypical antipsychotics, like Seroquel (quetiapine fumarate), are far more complex with far more problematic side effects than drugs like Prozac, and should only be prescribed for on-label use.

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