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Holly VanScoy, Ph.D

Articles by Holly VanScoy, Ph.D:

  • What Makes Ritalin Work?
    17 May 2016

    It’s pretty common knowledge that Ritalin—a prescription drug with the chemical name methylphenidate—is widely prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the United States. In fact, it’s one of […]

  • Shame: The Quintessential Emotion
    17 May 2016

    It’s the quintessential human emotion, says New Brunswick, N.J., psychologist Michael Lewis, Ph.D., in his writings. All extravagant behaviors are reactions to it, says Philadelphia psychiatrist Donald I. Nathanson, M.D. […]

  • The Many Faces of Shame
    17 May 2016

    Shame has many faces. Is that one of them in your mirror? In “Shame & Guilt: Masters of Disguise,” Jane Middelton-Moz, a Montpelier, Vt.-based trainer, consultant and community interventionist, lists […]

  • Unraveling the Biology of Emotions
    17 May 2016

    There’s a lot of discussion about love, happiness and contentment on university campuses, but much of it is coming from academic researchers in their labs, not romantically inclined college students […]

  • Compulsive Hair Pulling: Understanding and Treating Trichotillomania
    17 May 2016

    Barry can feel the tension building, sometimes for hours, before he yields to his impulse. Although he knows he’s affecting his dark good looks, the anxious feeling doesn’t fade until […]

  • Tips for Coping with Organizational Change
    17 May 2016

    Downsizing. Reinventing. Reorganizing. Merging. Acquiring. Joint venturing. Relocating. Restructuring. Many of these have become euphemisms for removing significant numbers of employees from a company’s payroll. Whether you are among those […]

  • Managing Children’s Expectations: A Key To Happy Holidays
    17 May 2016

    Ten-year-old Sara keeps her holiday wish list in a notebook, adding new items as she watches Saturday morning cartoons. The list is six pages long by October, including several items […]

  • Coping with Unexpected Job Loss
    17 May 2016

    Hearing about employment layoffs isn’t a rare event anymore. As the economy slows down, more and more businesses are making cutbacks or going out of business. If you or someone […]

  • The Puzzling Gender Gap in Depression
    17 May 2016

    Betty can’t get to sleep; Tashita can’t wake up. Nothing interests Mei Wu; Carmen cries when she’s home alone; and Lucy is convinced her life’s not worth living. They’re among […]

  • Postpartum Mood Disorders: Common, Complex, Distinct and Treatable
    17 May 2016

    Belinda looks at her 9-day-old son and feels the tears well up again. She’s surprised at how her moods have swung from joyful to sad and back over and over […]