About
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.:

  • 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 […]

  • 12 Foolproof Tips for Finding Focus
    17 May 2016

    Every single second, our brains take in an incredible amount of information — 11 million bits of information per second to be exact, Joseph Cardillo, Ph.D, writes in his book, […]

  • 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 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. […]

  • Discontinuing Psychiatric Medications: What You Need to Know
    17 May 2016

    Many people have a dark view of medication withdrawal. They may have read or heard the scary stories about uncomfortable side effects or come across startling headlines related to the […]

  • 8 Myths of Fostering A Healthy Stepfamily
    17 May 2016

    Before becoming a stepfamily, many people have misconceptions about how life will be, how everyone will react to each other and how to overcome obstacles. Even if you’ve lived in […]

  • Tips for Parenting with a Mental Illness
    17 May 2016

    Parenting is a difficult job and a juggling act no matter what. It requires balancing your own needs with those of your child. It involves managing your time, having adequate […]

  • Surviving and Thriving As a Stepfamily
    17 May 2016

    All families face challenges. But stepfamilies encounter unique obstacles that can make or break their family. These unique challenges are inherent to all stepfamilies. Fortunately, there are strategies you can […]

  • 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 […]

  • The Gifts of Imperfection
    17 May 2016

    At a recent talk at TEDxHouston, Brené Brown, author of The Gifts of Imperfection, described herself as a researcher storyteller. This couldn’t be more accurate. It’s this mix of science and […]

  • Depression: New Medications On The Horizon
    17 May 2016

    With the advent of monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) and tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) in the 1950s, depression treatment was revolutionized. These medicines target the monoamine system, including the neurotransmitters serotonin, norepinephrine […]

  • The Voice of an Eating Disorder
    17 May 2016

    Many people have a difficult time comprehending eating disorders and their true intensity and severity. Myths abound: Eating disorders are a choice. (They’re not, but you can choose to seek […]

  • When Mental Illness Strikes: Tips for Couples
    17 May 2016

    Mental illness is tough on couples. “The stress level often stretches into a crisis mode, in which managing the illness becomes, for all intents and purposes, the sole function of […]

  • Illuminating 13 Myths of Schizophrenia
    17 May 2016

    It’s safe to say that no mental disorder is more shrouded in mystery, misunderstanding and fear than schizophrenia. “The modern-day equivalent of leprosy” is how renowned research psychiatrist E. Fuller […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
    17 May 2016

    If you’re a parent of a child who’s recently been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you may be devastated and overwhelmed. If you’re an adult who’s recently been […]

  • 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., […]

  • 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). […]

  • 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, […]

  • Living with Schizophrenia
    17 May 2016

    “Your daughter has schizophrenia,” I told the woman. “Oh, my God, anything but that,” she replied. “Why couldn’t she have leukemia or some other disease instead?” “But if she had […]

  • The Essential Family Guide To Borderline Personality Disorder
    17 May 2016

    Editor’s note: All statistics cited in the review are taken from the book itself. Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mystery to many of us, even clinicians. Still, BPD is […]

  • 10 Ways To Find New Motivation and Rise Above Roadblocks
    17 May 2016

    How often do you lament, “If only I were more motivated, I could get so much done and be successful”? For many of us, motivation seems hard to find. Whenever […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]