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Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.

Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. is an Associate Editor at Psych Central. She blogs regularly about body and self-image issues on her own blog, Weightless, and about creativity on her second blog Make a Mess.

Articles by Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.:

  • A Simple, Pleasurable Way to Build Your Resilience to Chronic Stress
    11 Sep 2017

    Chronic stress is living day to day with persistent unpredictability or hostility. You might experience chronic stress while working in a toxic environment where you’re constantly worried that you’ll lose […]

  • When Ruminating Becomes a Problem
    09 Sep 2017

    Everyone ruminates. We especially ruminate when we’re stressed out. Maybe you’re ruminating about an upcoming test—you have to score an A to keep your scholarship. Maybe you’re ruminating about an […]

  • All Healthy Relationships Have This in Common
    04 Sep 2017

    Many of us don’t really know what makes a relationship healthy. Which is understandable, because many of us simply never learned. We look to our families to teach us, and […]

  • Topics You Must Regularly Discuss as a Couple
    02 Sep 2017

    We know that communication is key in a relationship. After all, we aren’t mind readers. If we don’t talk about important topics, we don’t know where we stand. We don’t […]

  • Surprising Insights About Anxiety
    31 Aug 2017

    Everyone struggles with anxiety from time to time. Some of us have a closer relationship with it than others. But even though anxiety is universal, there are still plenty of […]

  • Can’t Do Date Night and No Childcare? 9 Connection Builders for Couples
    29 Aug 2017

    Having kids is a beautiful, wonderful and fulfilling adventure. But it also adds stress to your relationship. After all, extra responsibilities and resources—finite things like money and your energy—are required. […]

  • What Mothering Has Taught Me: Women Share More Life-Changing Lessons
    08 Aug 2017

    Motherhood shifts your entire life — often your entire being. Now your days are different. Now your hours are no longer your own. Now you share your life with a […]

  • 5 Common Myths about Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
    06 Aug 2017

    Whether you’ve been to therapy or not, you’ve probably heard about cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). It’s a popular type of therapy that many, many therapists use to help their clients treat […]

  • Busyness: The New Status Symbol
    05 Aug 2017

    Decades ago, success was measured by wealth and leisure. The number of vacations you took. Where you went. How you spent that time. The number of fancy cars inside your […]

  • What Mothering Has Taught Me: Women Share Life-Changing Lessons
    03 Aug 2017

    Motherhood is many emotions and adventures. It is laughter and tears—sometimes simultaneously. It is watching with wonder as your child goes from holding their head up for several seconds to […]

  • Therapists Spill: When I Dislike a Client
    01 Aug 2017

    Years ago, when John Duffy, Ph.D, was training to become a clinical psychologist, he asked his supervisor to stop seeing a client. The man was brash and rude and shamelessly […]

  • Clinicians on the Couch: 10 Questions with Psychologist John Lundin
    31 Jul 2017

    We rarely get a glimpse into the personal thoughts of therapists outside their offices. We rarely get a glimpse into their personal lives. Which is exactly what we do with […]

  • How to Effectively Deal with Self-Defeating Thoughts
    30 Jul 2017

    We usually don’t realize we have them and yet they are powerful enough to dictate our decisions. They are powerful enough to steer our lives in specific directions, directions that […]

  • How to Navigate 3 Big Obstacles in Therapy
    14 Jul 2017

    Therapy is tremendously powerful for all sorts of concerns and conditions. “[T]herapy is a very unique, ongoing relationship that is created in a safe space that can undo the pain […]

  • Therapists Spill: How I Deal with Difficult Emotions
    02 Jul 2017

    Difficult emotions are inevitable. Yet so many of us aren’t used to feeling them. We do other things — like distract ourselves with Facebook, snap at our spouse, paint a […]

  • How to Talk to Someone Who Always Gets Defensive
    30 Jun 2017

    Your loved one hurt your feelings or crossed a boundary. You’re trying to talk to them about it. But as soon as you start expressing yourself, they cross their arms. […]

  • How to Build a Healthy Relationship with Yourself Every Day
    29 Jun 2017

    A healthy relationship with ourselves is multi-layered. It’s complicated. It consists of many, many parts—just like any relationship with anyone. And just like any relationship, there are important ingredients to […]

  • Women Reveal the Biggest Lessons Mothering Has Taught Them
    26 Jun 2017

    Every transition, every change, in our lives teaches us something—if we listen. We learn something about ourselves, about how we want to live, about what matters—and what doesn’t. Motherhood is […]

  • Therapists Spill: How I Faced My Fears
    05 Jun 2017

    We assume that therapists have everything figured out. We assume they don’t really struggle—or at least not like we do. Which means they don’t have fears—or they’ve conquered them a […]

  • Therapists Hold Myths About Therapy, Too
    02 Jun 2017

    Before they first walk through the door, clients are usually clueless about how therapy works and what it actually looks like. Which is absolutely understandable. Film and television often distort […]

  • How to Really Empathize with Someone
    29 May 2017

    We tend to misunderstand empathy. We think empathizing with someone is consoling them. We think it’s helping them fix whatever problem they’re having. We think it’s giving advice. If it […]

  • Therapists Spill: What I’ve Learned About Fear
    24 May 2017

    For many of us, fear is a four-letter word. We ignore it, dismiss it and despise it. We see it as another thing we’re doing wrong. After all, we’ve read […]

  • 6 Tips for Navigating Work and Parenting—On Your Own Terms
    20 May 2017

    Jessie is a mom to three kids. She also has a portrait business and works from home. Navigating the needs of her kids and the needs of her business is […]

  • Experienced Heartbreak? The 5 Stages of Abandonment
    07 May 2017

    One night Susan Anderson’s significant other, the love of her life, told her that he didn’t love her anymore — and he was leaving. “It came as a complete shock,” […]

  • A Transformative Strategy that Lessens Our Suffering and Distress
    04 May 2017

    We spend so much time and energy wishing that certain things didn’t happen, wishing we didn’t feel certain feelings, wishing we didn’t have certain thoughts, wishing we didn’t have certain […]

  • Therapists Spill: What I Thought Was True About Therapy But Wasn’t
    28 Apr 2017

    Because therapy is confidential and done behind closed doors, it can seem almost cryptic. Even if you’ve seen a therapist several times, you still might be confused about how therapy […]

  • How to Tell Your Child They’re Adopted
    17 Apr 2017

    The director of an adoption agency in New York City was leading a workshop with adoptive parents and kids. The parents and kids were in separate rooms. He asked the […]

  • Clinicians on the Couch: 10 Questions with Christine Selby
    12 Oct 2016

    Every month, in our interview series, we give readers a rare glimpse into the lives of therapists. Rare because how often do you get to ask a therapist about how […]

  • Clinicians on the Couch: 10 Questions with Cori Dixon-Fyle
    13 Sep 2016

    In our monthly interview series, we turn the tables and ask therapists a slew of questions about their work and lives. They give us a rare glimpse into their experiences […]

  • Clinicians on the Couch: 10 Questions with Jean Fitzpatrick
    08 Aug 2016

    Every month we give readers a fascinating glimpse into the professional and personal lives of different clinicians. Because how often do you get to ask a therapist about everything from […]

  • Clinicians on the Couch: 10 Questions with Alyssa Mairanz
    09 Jul 2016

    In our monthly interview series, we take a behind-the-scenes look at how therapists work and live — something we rarely get to see otherwise. We ask them about everything from […]

  • Clinicians on the Couch: 10 Questions with Colleen Mullen
    08 Jun 2016

    Every month we take a behind-the-scenes look at a different therapist’s professional and personal life. They reveal what it’s like to conduct therapy, everything from what they love about being […]

  • How to Halt and Minimize Panic Attacks
    17 May 2016

    Experiencing a panic attack can be scary. While panic attacks vary among individuals, attacks tend to share similar symptoms. People feel as if they have zero control over their bodies. […]

  • Schizophrenia Fact Sheet
    17 May 2016

    Speak the word “schizophrenia” and you’ll likely receive reactions peppered with misunderstanding and fear. The disorder is largely shrouded in myths, stereotypes and stigma. For instance, many equate schizophrenia with […]

  • ADHD in the Workplace: Solutions and Success
    17 May 2016

    For adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), work can become a continual cycle of challenges. Studies show they’re more likely to experience work-related problems, get dismissed and quit impulsively. […]

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Fact Sheet
    17 May 2016

    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most commonly diagnosed disorder in children and teens. Its hallmark symptoms include hyperactivity, inattention and impulsivity. Children have difficulty concentrating, following instructions, sitting […]

  • 12 Tips for Getting Organized for Adults with ADHD
    17 May 2016

    Organizing is a challenge and a chore for most people. But when you have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), symptoms like distractibility, forgetfulness and difficulty concentrating can make getting organized […]

  • How to Analyze Your Dreams (And Why It’s Important)
    17 May 2016

    When people think about analyzing their dreams, they usually think of psychics with crystal balls, dream dictionaries, or lying on a couch while a Freud-like psychologist tells them precisely what […]

  • Approaching Neverland: A Memoir of Epic Tragedy & Happily Ever After
    17 May 2016

    In the 1960s, when author Peggy Kennedy grew up, mental illness was a family secret. It was whispered about, handed off to hospitals, restrained, subjected to electroshock therapy and slews […]

  • Media’s Damaging Depictions of Mental Illness
    17 May 2016

    A man who suffers from schizophrenia goes on a shooting spree in Times Square and later stabs a pregnant physician in the stomach. These are the opening scenes from Wonderland, […]

  • Asperger’s Syndrome
    17 May 2016

    Asperger’s Disorder — also known as Asperger’s Syndrome or just AS — is a mild form of autism, recognized as a mental health concern that sometimes requires treatment. Asperger’s is […]

  • The Skinny on Time Management: How To Maximize Your 24-Hour Gift
    17 May 2016

    Time management is no doubt a universal topic. Especially in today’s productivity-focused society, most — if not all — people want to know the secret to managing their time more […]

  • 14 Strategies for Sleeping Better
    17 May 2016

    For you the idea of sleeping well might be as far-fetched as a unicorn sighting. And in our productivity-driven society, sleep is usually the first thing to get sacrificed. So […]

  • Wannarexia: What Parents Can Do
    17 May 2016

    Anorexia nervosa is a serious illness with dangerous health consequences and has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Yet some people yearn to have anorexia. This phenomenon is […]

  • Depression Myths and Facts Demystified
    17 May 2016

    Almost 15 million Americans suffer from clinical depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Depression is also the leading cause of disability among 15- to 44-year-olds. Still, even […]

  • Q & A with Eating Disorder Specialist Sari Fine Shepphird: Part 1
    17 May 2016

    Sari Fine Shepphird, Ph.D, a Los Angeles clinical psychologist and eating disorder specialist, is the author of 100 Questions & Answers about Anorexia Nervosa. Psych Central contributor Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S., […]

  • ADHD & Productivity: 12 Strategies for Getting Things Done
    17 May 2016

    For someone with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), completing a task can be fraught with challenges. Distractions such as e-mail, Internet, TV and other tasks abound. People with ADHD often […]

  • Top 10 Lesser-Known Self-Help Strategies for Anxiety
    17 May 2016

    Anxiety can be both a blessing and a curse. A little bit of anxiety can give us a nudge, elbowing us forward to accomplish our goals. Too much anxiety can […]

  • Q & A with Eating Disorder Specialist Sari Fine Shepphird: Part 2
    17 May 2016

    In the second half of our interview, Sari Fine Shepphird, Ph.D, clinical psychologist and author of 100 Questions & Answers about Anorexia Nervosa, offers important information about eating disorders and […]

  • Living with an Anxiety Disorder
    17 May 2016

    Learning that you have an anxiety disorder may bring relief (finally having a name for your struggles), more questions (why me?) and more worry (not knowing what to do next). […]