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 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 […]

  • Solutions for Common ADHD Symptoms
    17 May 2016

    Getting easily distracted and making hasty decisions makes accomplishing even the simplest tasks a challenge. For people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) — whose symptoms include distractibility and impulsivity […]

  • 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 […]

  • SSRI Discontinuation or Withdrawal Syndrome
    17 May 2016

    After some people stop taking a type of antidepressant known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), they experience a variety of symptoms. According to Dr. Ross J. Baldessarini, professor […]

  • Taking Antidepressants: Your Comprehensive Guide to Starting, Staying On, and Safely Quitting
    17 May 2016

    There are many myths and little information about taking antidepressants. There’s also no shortage of horror stories on the Internet from patients who’ve experienced a slew of serious health concerns. […]

  • 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 […]

  • 10 Tips for Setting Successful Resolutions That Stick
    17 May 2016

    We know what you’re thinking: Here’s another article that’s going to give me the same old tips for making and keeping New Year’s resolutions. But while we understand your skepticism, […]

  • End Procrastination Now! Get It Done with a Proven Psychological Approach
    17 May 2016

    Ever put off an activity ’til another day — which turns into a few months? Wished you would’ve started earlier on a project only to procrastinate the next time around? […]

  • 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 […]

  • Q&A with the Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway: Interfaith Couples and Weddings
    17 May 2016

    Interfaith marriages are becoming more common worldwide. But unlike marriages between couples who hold the same religious or cultural beliefs, interfaith marriages have some unique challenges. Unsurprisingly, these often emerge […]

  • The Buddha & The Borderline
    17 May 2016

    The Buddha & The Borderline, by writer, artist and advocate Kiera Van Gelder, exposes a regularly hushed-up topic: borderline personality disorder (BPD). BPD is shrouded in stigma. There’s little information […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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). […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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., […]

  • 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 […]

  • Demystifying Treatment for Body Dysmorphic Disorder
    17 May 2016

    Some dismiss body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) as vanity; others believe it’s a rare and extreme condition. Though many misconceptions continue to circulate, BDD is a real, fairly common body image […]

  • In-Depth: Living with Bipolar Disorder
    17 May 2016

    It’s common for individuals who’ve been recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder to reject the diagnosis, feeling overwhelmed at the thought of having an illness. Some even wait it out, struggling […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Bipolar Disorder Fact Sheet
    17 May 2016

    All of us experience changes in our moods. Some days we might feel irritable and frustrated; other days, we’re happy and excited. However, individuals with bipolar disorder experience severe mood […]

  • 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, […]

  • Purge: Rehab Diaries
    17 May 2016

    In our society, eating disorders are mostly misunderstood and glamorized. We’re told that everyone with an eating disorder is skin and bones. That just by looking at someone we can […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Weekends at Bellevue
    17 May 2016

    Ever wanted to go beyond the doors of a psychiatric hospital? To have a key to the locked units? To witness the day-to-day at a legendary institution mired in mystery […]

  • Taking Medication: 16 Ways to Become a Smart Self-Advocate
    17 May 2016

    When we walk into the doctor’s office, for many of us, the scenario looks like this: We list off our symptoms, the doctor asks a few questions, writes out a […]