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Claire Nana

Articles by Claire Nana:

  • Book Review: Anxiety Free Kids
    29 May 2017

    Having anxiety as an adult can be debilitating. And for a parent, watching a child struggle with anxiety can be heartbreaking and confusing. Many parents have trouble finding the right words, […]

  • Book Review: Autism & The Family
    28 May 2017

    While we are learning more every day about autism and how it affects a person, what is so often – and so easily– overlooked is just how autism affects a […]

  • Book Review: When Reality Bites
    27 May 2017

    It’s hard to imagine that denial can be helpful in any way. Many believe that denial, in fact, lies at the heart of addictive behaviors, stymies growth, and inflames many […]

  • Book Review: The Ultimate Guide To Raising Teens & Tweens
    26 May 2017

    While teens and tweens spend countless hours on Instagram, facebooking, texting, tweeting, and messaging — all examples the instant gratification world they now live in – the resiliency, resourcefulness, confidence and […]

  • Book Review: Raising A Secure Child
    25 May 2017

    Parents, it turns out, make a lot of mistakes. But according to the authors of the new book, Raising a Secure Child: How Circle of Security Parenting Can Help You […]

  • Book Review: The Anti-Depressant Book
    23 May 2017

    Teenage suicides can leave us all feeling helpless — especially when they happen in epidemic proportions. But for teenagers who suffer from the sort of depression that might make them […]

  • Book Review: The Developmental Science of Early Childhood
    13 May 2017

    In her new book, The Developmental Science of Early Childhood: Clinical Applications of Infant Mental Health Concepts from Infancy Through Adolescence, Claudia M. Gold draws upon recent research, theory, and vignettes […]

  • Book Review: The Wisdom Of Not Knowing
    03 May 2017

    For most people, uncertainty holds a negative connotation. It can make us look unprepared, unintelligent, and amateurish. And yet, according to Estelle Frankel, the author of The Wisdom Of Not […]

  • Book Review: The E-word
    02 May 2017

    Perception, while it is everything, can also be terribly blinding. Our individual perspective not only separates us from seeing our world clearly, but from experiencing it fully. In her new book, […]

  • Book Review: Transforming ADHD
    30 Apr 2017

    ADHD is not as it sounds — an attention deficit disorder. According to the authors of Transforming ADHD: Simple, Effective Attention & Action Regulation Skills To Help You Focus & Succeed, […]

  • Book Review: The 8 Keys to End Bullying Activity Book Companion Guide
    12 Mar 2017

    While conflict is inevitable, it is also an opportunity for growth. When we become competent at handling the power struggles and abuses of power that occur in all walks of […]

  • Book Review: The 8 Keys to End Bullying Activity Book
    12 Mar 2017

    While parents and educators frequently talk about the problem of bullying in schools and recognize that it is a growing, often dangerous problem, just how we go about addressing it […]

  • Book Review: The Lies We Tell Ourselves
    02 Mar 2017

    While writers such as Dan Ariely and Robert Trivers have explored the topic of self-deception from the perspectives of behavioral economics and evolutionary biology, the question we may often find […]

  • Book Review: Narrative Therapy in Wonderland
    07 Jan 2017

    Parents, and therapists, have forever marveled at the ability of children’s imagination to transcend everyday experiences. In their new book, Narrative Therapy in Wonderland: Connecting With Children’s Imaginative Know How, […]

  • Book Review: Overcoming Passive-Aggression, Revised Edition
    02 Jan 2017

    “Hiding anger in an underhanded, hurtful, gotcha-now manner has become a go-to choice for a society that’s losing its ability to know how to identify a problem and solve it […]

  • Book Review: Overcome Neediness & Get The Love You Want
    31 Dec 2016

    “Every second of the day there is some relationship being damaged or lost because of neediness,” writes relationship coach Jack Ito, PhD. In his new book, Overcome Neediness and Get […]

  • Book Review: The Silenced Child
    21 Nov 2016

    Oliver Sacks described listening as the only cardinal rule a practitioner must have. In her new book, The Silenced Child: From Labels, Medications, and Quick-Fix Solutions to Listening, Growth and […]

  • Book Review: Sure She Can: Crush This Insecurity
    16 Nov 2016

    Women are graduating at a faster rate than men, and with better grades, and yet, Vreneli, Stadelmaier, MSc, author of Sure She Can: Crush This Insecurity, tells us that women […]

  • Book Review: Spectrum Approach to Mood Disorders
    13 Nov 2016

    A decade ago, the director of the Harvard-associated mood disorders clinic suggested that rather than asking, “Does this patient have Bipolar Disorder or not?” we should be asking, “How bipolar […]

  • Book Review: Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology
    09 Nov 2016

    The sentiment what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger seems to be commonplace among those who espouse the virtues of resilience, grit, and mental toughness. But what happens when adversity […]

  • Book Review: What Went Right
    30 Oct 2016

    Sir Ken Robinson, the author of The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, describes the difference between being seen as a loner and being seen as a philosopher, pointing […]

  • Book Review: The ABCs of How We Learn
    22 Sep 2016

    Humans have a basic need to learn. From navigating a busy freeway, to watching an exceptional tennis match, learning is happening all around us. And yet, the questions of just […]

  • Book Review: Raising Human Beings
    19 Sep 2016

    Are we raising our kids in the ways that foster the better side of human nature? While this is a question that many parents have probably asked themselves, it is […]

  • Book Review: When Your Child Is Gay
    08 Sep 2016

    In late October 1996, Wesley Davidson discovered a note in her son’s bedroom. “It was a love note, my son’s name entwined with another boy’s surrounded by a heart.” This […]

  • Book Review: Ordinarily Well: The Case for Antidepressants
    06 Sep 2016

    For those in the field of mental health, the debate about the efficacy of pharmaceutical medications has been an enduring and uncertain one, and this debate can sometimes end up […]

  • Book Review: Pathways to Possibility
    03 Sep 2016

    When we transform our life narrative from one of outdated and limiting beliefs to one of unencumbered possibilities, not only do we avail ourselves of limitless growth, we become an […]

  • Book Review: Understanding Mental Illness
    30 Aug 2016

    As a licensed marriage and family therapist and mental health writer, I am always interested in new books about mental health and the way we treat those with mental illnesses, […]

  • Book Review: Mom, Mania, & Me
    30 Aug 2016

    Just how is a child cope when her mother goes off the handle in fits of rage, often leaving painful welts on her arms and legs, only to, days later, […]

  • Book Review: The Un-Prescription for Autism
    26 Aug 2016

    For any parent coping with raising an autistic child, managing the chaos that earmarks the disorder — not to mention the dizzying array of medications, treatments, and therapies — can […]

  • Book Review: How I Overcame Social Anxiety (& How You Can Too)
    24 Aug 2016

    For those who suffer from social anxiety, self-help books can often feel like clinical prescriptions. Yet, Tobias J. Atkins new book, How I Overcame Social Anxiety (And You Can Too): […]

  • Book Review: Emotional Well-Being: Embracing the Gift of Life
    14 Aug 2016

    It can probably be said that we are all guilty of taking life for granted, yet in his new book, Emotional Well-Being: Embracing The Gift of Life, Dr. Neil Kobrin […]

  • Book Review: Stuck in a Rut
    04 Aug 2016

    If it’s true that most of us haven’t discovered a satisfying life purpose, then perhaps the more important question is why, and further, just what do we do about it. […]

  • Book Review: Mindfulness on the Run
    31 Jul 2016

    For most people, it’s not that mindfulness isn’t valuable, but rather it’s something they simply don’t have time for. Yet in her new book, Mindfulness on the Run: Quick, Effective […]

  • Book Review: Change Your Mind & Your Life Will Follow
    03 Jul 2016

    While many of us who peruse the shelves of self-help books often feel like we are looking for that one key that will somehow set our lives straight, in her […]

  • Book Review: Meaning Systems & Mental Health Culture
    30 Jun 2016

    In his new book, Meaning Systems and Mental Health Culture: Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Counseling and Psychotherapy, James T. Hansen argues that although meaning systems are central to the human […]

  • Book Review: Peak: Secrets From the New Science of Expertise
    29 Jun 2016

    Have you ever wondered how great musicians, athletes, and writers become great? Maybe you have heard of the ten thousand hour rule (that to become exceptional at anything it takes […]

  • Book Review: Good Trouble
    25 Jun 2016

    For those struggling with Asperger’s, there are arguably few inspiring memoirs. Joe Biel’s new self-published book, Good Trouble: Building A Successful Life & Business With Asperger’s, promises an uplifting tale […]

  • Book Review: Letters to a Young Therapist, Revised Edition
    30 May 2016

    It is often said that what is most healing in therapy is the relationship — a real person connecting with another real person. In her revised book, Letters to a […]

  • Restoring Resilience: Discovering Your Client’s Capacity for Healing
    17 May 2016

    There is plenty written on the topic of resilience, but reading Eileen Russell’s new book, Restoring Resilience, is as transformative as it is informative. Russell elevates the concept of resilience […]

  • Home for Dinner: Mixing Food, Fun & Conversation for a Happier Family
    17 May 2016

    Dinnertime can become a distracted conversation while folks check their phones, or a heated conflict that ends in anger and unfinished food. Home for Dinner: Mixing Food, Fun, and Conversation for a Happier Family […]

  • Unlocking the Secrets of Self-Esteem
    17 May 2016

    If you pick up a book on building self-esteem, you’d presumably like to feel better about yourself. Yet many of these guides simply cheer us on emptily, or provide us with anecdotes […]

  • Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant
    17 May 2016

    In touch with your inner ape? According to Peter Gray, connecting with our playful primal side may be exactly what we need to do when parenting or teaching. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors, Gray writes, focused on […]

  • Book Review: Beyond the Utopian Ideal
    17 May 2016

    If you are in the mood for looking at your life and asking some serious questions, Gary Douglas promises to help. Unfortunately, he doesn’t actually deliver on those promises. Douglas […]

  • Are You Fully Charged? The 3 Keys To Energizing Your Work & Life
    17 May 2016

    When I pick up a self-help book, I usually expect to see one of two things: a self-promoting figure selling his or her newfound path to ripped abdominals, or a […]

  • Child & Adolescent Mental Health: A Practical, All-in-One Guide
    17 May 2016

    Those who work with troubled or special needs kids often find themselves challenged not just to understand why some children behave the way they do, but how best to treat them. […]

  • Beyond Bullying: Breaking the Cycle of Shame, Bullying & Violence
    17 May 2016

    If Malcolm Gladwell were to write about bullying, the result might look something like Jonathan Fast’s new book, Beyond Bullying: Breaking the Cycle of Shame, Bullying, and Violence. Fast draws upon […]

  • The Soul of Discipline: The Simplicity Parenting Approach
    17 May 2016

    If you are like most parents, at some point you have probably thrown your hands up in the air, tried a “miracle parenting approach,” and perhaps even wondered if your […]

  • Staying Sharp: 9 Keys for a Youthful Brain through Modern Science
    17 May 2016

    There are many factors that can lead to a discontented life. For most people I know, fear of getting old is a palpable one. Not only do we know that we […]

  • Psychosocial Interventions for Genetically Influenced Problems in Childhood & Adolescence
    17 May 2016

    Research in the field of genomics has answered many questions — but as far as the psychological conditions children and adolescents face, it has left many more unanswered. In his new […]

  • Clearing the Haze: Helping Families Face Teen Addiction
    17 May 2016

    I once read that the national cost of addiction and all of its related effects is second only to the money we spend on national defense. With this in mind, […]