5 Steps To Stop Fear In Its Tracks

    I rarely write publicly of my struggles with severe depression and anxiety. For several years, I have been answering reader questions privately via email, and I hope that by blogging about it here, more of you will find the help you are looking for. During my recovery, I not only learned powerful tools […]

A Prescription For Good Mood Food

  In our fast-paced world, it’s understandable that we seek the fastest solution to a problem. Advances in pharmacology have extended and improved the quality of millions of lives. But could we be reaching for a prescription bottle too often, forgoing other remedies that are within our own reach? When Dr. Drew Ramsey, a psychiatrist […]

“Going With The Flow” Never Felt Like This Before

  “Go with the flow.” Accept, adapt and move forward. It’s what we tell ourselves when life takes a curve in a direction we didn’t expect. But it would surely have a much different meaning to researchers studying what’s happening in the brain when people achieve great things. In that arena, “flow” is the term […]

Poor Memory – Or Is It All In Your Head?

  Some people seem to be born with a great memory while others seem to struggle. How well we remember things makes a huge difference in how well we do in school and even how successfully we navigate life. Jim Kwik was not one of those people who seemed to be born with a great […]

5 Brain Foods You’re Not Eating, But Should Be

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  It is 8:45 am, you’re late for work, and you can’t seem to find your car keys! You scurry around the house in search for your lost item; overturning pillows, ripping out desk drawers—even peering into a dust-laden, empty cookie jar that you haven’t used for years (hey, you had to try your luck). Fifteen minutes later, […]

Mindfulness Training Will Improve Your Reading, Memory and Focus

  A team from UC Santa Barbara has shown that just two weeks of mindfulness training can significantly improve reading comprehension, working memory capacity, and focus. Published in Psychological Science and led by Michael Mrazek, the study, “Mindfulness Training Improves Working Memory Capacity and GRE Performance While Reducing Mind Wandering” surprised the researchers with its […]

What’s The Difference Between The Mind and The Brain?

  We all know what our brain is, right? It is that three pounds of “convoluted mass of gray and white matter” in our heads “serving to control and coordinate mental and physical actions.” OK.  Now, define the mind. Not as easy, eh?! You may be surprised to find that there is no single, agreed upon definition of the mind.  The psychiatric, mental health and medical professions […]

Is Sound Stressing You Out?

  Losing sleep, worrying, irritable, having difficulty focusing? Life’s pressures have you feeling overwhelmed? You may be stressed, but you’re not alone. All of us experience times when our cup is too full, overflowing with more than we feel we can manage. A little stress is healthy. It keeps us alert and ready to take […]

Overcoming Challenges: Is It ADHD, The World Around You, Or Just A Way Of Life?

  There’s a lot of talk about the challenges and frustrations that people with ADHD face. Fortunately, many of the clients I work with already focus on their differences rather than being caught up in the label or stigma of mainstream society. But let’s face it, there are a lot of people who still believe […]

6 Common Myths About Depression

  Depression affects more than 10 million Americans each year. It is so common in our society that it is estimated that one in 9 people will be diagnosed with it at one point in their life. Unlike other psychological disorders, depression can affect all areas of your life from your personal relationships to your […]