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How & Why I Encourage My Teens to See a Therapist

Everyone needs a good therapist, that’s my personal opinion anyways. We are comfortable taking our cars for occasional tune-ups, and we regularly scan and update our various devices to ensure that they’re in good working order — so why not do the same for our mental health? That’s why I encourage my teens to see a therapist. I want them to understand that going for counseling is healthy, positive, and beneficial. I don’t want them having a completely outdated mindset that only crazy people n...
Tags: Psychology, Students, Parenting, Children And Teens, Hartman, Student Therapist, Bergland, Liahona Treatment Center


Intelligent or Wise?

Good grades are all the rage these days. They’re supposed to measure how intelligent and industrious you are. Students strive for a high GPA, with the goal of being admitted into a top college. When they get that acceptance letter, all that hard work seems to have paid off. Time for celebration! You’ve made it! You’re set for life! Yay! Except when you’re not. Being intelligent and industrious is not everything. It is simply the ability to think logically, understand concepts, know formulas ...
Tags: Psychology, Students, Wisdom, College, Albert Einstein, Brain And Behavior, Success & Achievement, Academics, Marilyn, Intellect, Student Therapist, Pierre Abelard


5 Good Reasons to Drop Out of College

It’s January. If you are in college, January is a month where you can take a breather. First semester is over. So are the holidays. Now there is time to think. Have you been having doubts? Do you want to return for second semester? It is a choice, you know. There are many good reasons both for personal growth and for long term financial health to stay in school. But college isn’t for everyone. It may not be for you or for you at this time. It’s not only okay but important for the return to se...
Tags: Psychology, Grief, Family, Students, College, Work Life Balance, Self-help, Social Life, Time Management, Grieving, Grief And Loss, Children And Teens, Student Therapist, School Preparation, Drop Out of College


Could Your Child’s Little Quirks Be Signs of OCD?

A friend of mine recently brought up a concern he had and was worried that he was overreacting. His son, who is friends with my youngest daughter, was beginning to struggle in school. It wasn’t that the educational material was beyond him. The problem was that his son refused to turn in the work he had already completed. In the beginning, my friend was just confused. The teacher sent a note home explaining that his son was doing the work but not handing it into her. When she had asked why, hi...
Tags: Psychology, Students, Parenting, Personal, OCD, Michael J Fox, Anxiety And Panic, Children And Teens, Success & Achievement, Student Therapist, Liahona Academy, Pelini Sanya Psych Central Understanding, Heller Kalman


The Pressure Cooker Before College: How to Navigate and Actually Help Your Teen

The senior year countdown to college brings out parents’ worries and fears alongside teens’ own anxieties and self-doubt. During this time of escalating pressure and stress in families, parents can fall into common traps that defeat their intention to help and interfere with teens developing capacities that are the foundation for succeeding once they’re at college. When the dynamics associated with these traps are at play, parents become part of the problem rather than a resource for help. Ap...
Tags: Psychology, Students, Parenting, College, Boston, Stress, Self-help, Perfectionism, Children And Teens, Success & Achievement, Student Therapist, Margolies, Nagaoka, Nagaoka J Farrington, Stixrud William


​National Bullying Prevention Month: Help Your Kids Understand The Difference Between Bullying & Teasing

What makes a bully ? Is it a malicious desire to hurt another person? A person lashing out because of problems at home? A need to seem tough in a world that is out of their control? There is no single formula for those we have come to see as bullies and the definition is pretty broad. The facts about bullying are less vague. According to Stop Bullying , as many as one in three children has reported being bullied at some point in their life. While some of this is done in elementary and ...
Tags: Psychology, Students, Bullying, Suicide, Social Media, Communication, Depression, Self-esteem, Trauma, Reddit, Policy and advocacy, Cyberbullying, Stigma, Children And Teens, Violence And Aggression, ​National Bullying Prevention Month


7 Helpful Tips to Get Your Kids to School on Time

It’s 7:00 am and your 10 year-old was supposed to be up 15 minutes ago but is still lying in bed. The bus leaves in 10 minutes and you are the only one concerned and stressed out that she won’t be ready on time. You drag her out of bed and throw some clothes on her while you attempt to shove a cereal bar and banana into her backpack because it’s now too late to eat breakfast at home. On top of that you find yourself constantly repeating to your 8-year-old to brush his teeth, but instead he con...
Tags: Psychology, Productivity, Family, Organization, Students, Education, Parenting, College, Habits, Self-help, Back To School, Time Management, Children And Teens, Success & Achievement, Johnny, Student Therapist


​Encourage Your Teen to Practice Self-Care

We have a serious problem affecting our teens and no one is talking about it. Every year, teens are facing a crisis thanks to an increase in pressure to be perfect. Competitive college programs, unpaid internships for industry entry, mountains of homework, extra curricular activities, struggles within their social group, family and home life troubles. It is enough to make anyone teen depressed . In fact, there are disturbing statistics around teen suicide. Suicide has become the sec...
Tags: Psychology, Students, Parenting, College, Self-help, Perfectionism, Children And Teens, Student Therapist, Importance Teaching Self Care, Villanueva Sara, Vanorman Lisa Jarosz Beth, Liahona Academy, Nauert Rick, Michael Raphailia


Let Go of Perfectionism with These 3 Shifts

In the real world there are no gold stars for effort or report cards to gauge your progress. Yet a common mistake is treating work like school. As CEO and author, Sallie Krawcheck points out, “Let’s not confuse what made us successful in school for what can make us successful in our careers.” While an honor roll mindset can translate into a drive to succeed that lands you deals and accolades, it can easily lead to workaholism and burnout. The industriousness that served you well in school ma...
Tags: Psychology, General, Students, College, Happiness, Stress, Mindfulness, Self-help, Self-esteem, Performance Anxiety, Women's Issues, Perfectionism, Mental Health And Wellness, Motivation And Inspiration, Children And Teens, Inspiration & Hope


Surviving Back to School Anxiety

The end of summer brings about an assortment of mixed feelings. For families with school aged children one of those feelings is often anxiety. Both parents and children alike may be worried about the new school year, and for many those worries can be tough to handle. A little nervousness as the school year begins is normal. Both parents and kids will have concerns about the new expectations, academic challenges, social environment and managing the new, likely hectic, schedule. But when does s...
Tags: Psychology, Students, Parenting, Stress, Self-help, Back To School, School Anxiety, Childhood Anxiety, Anxiety And Panic, Children And Teens, Success & Achievement, Student Therapist, Academic Achievement


Mental Health Challenges of College Students

College students are vulnerable to a wide variety of mental health challenges, and there is no one inoculation against any of these possible experiences. Clinical conditions such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, and even panic are common experiences for college students due to the many new stressors and pressures that come with the new academic and relational college experiences. Less serious levels of stress and anxiety can still cause students distress and functional difficulties in slee...
Tags: Psychology, General, Students, Parenting, College, Stress, Self-help, Self-esteem, Motivation And Inspiration, Children And Teens, Success & Achievement, Lifehelper, Student Therapist, Mental Health Challenges of College Students


4 Ways To Guarantee Success This Year

It’s that time of year again when we’re likely to set goals and high hopes for the 12 months. The problem with New Year’s resolutions, however, is that they’re so darn hard to keep. We wake up on January 1st with the best of intentions, lots of energy, and even a well-laid plan to tackle it all. By March, though, most of these goals are simply a distant memory. Old habits return, and life goes on. When we look at the psychology behind failed resolutions, there’s a few reasons why even the most...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Wellness, Motivation, Family, General, Students, College, Relationships, Goals, Habits, Happiness, Inspiration, Success, Stress, Personal


Resolutions Don’t Work — Use This Method Instead

A new year is here and you’re probably mapping out what you want to accomplish in 12 months ahead. Whether you’re resolving to leave your dead-end job, speak up more in meetings or finally get started on the side projects you’ve been putting off, there’s one indisputable truth that’s impossible to ignore: change is hard. Nearly one-half of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but just 8% follow-through and accomplish their goals. Most of us are familiar with the cycle: You’re jazzed in Janua...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Productivity, Career, Motivation, General, Students, Parenting, College, Life, Relationships, Goals, Habits, Happiness, Inspiration, Job


How to Stop Apologizing for Everything You Do

Do either of these situations sound familiar? You start an email to your boss with, “I’m sorry to bother you, but…” A colleague plops their papers down on the conference table, knocking your coffee over. “Sorry! Let me get this stuff out of your way,” you say as you begin cleaning up. Maybe you’ve fallen into this over-apologizing trap or have found yourself saying “I’m sorry” for things that don’t merit an apology in the first place. It’s a bad habit that can morph into a reflex reaction. Th...
Tags: Psychology, Career, Family, General, Students, Workplace, College, Relationships, Friends, Habits, Happiness, Communication, Stress, Personal, Mindfulness, Self-help


Reached Your Goal But Still Unhappy? 4 Steps to Take

Do these sound like promises you’ve made to yourself? Once I get the promotion, I’ll feel like my career is on track. After this busy period, I won’t have to work so much and can spend time doing things I enjoy. When I make six-figures, I’ll be financially secure enough to move across the country/start a family/write a book. In our goal-oriented society, setting an objective to work toward is often a powerful motivator that drives professional and personal progress. In theory this may not sou...
Tags: Psychology, Work, Family, Students, Fitness, College, Relationships, Goals, Love, Habits, Happiness, Sports, Careers, Success, Stress, Self-help


When Positive Thinking Doesn’t Work, This Does

There’s no shortage of self-help gurus who swear that repeating positive phrases to yourself can change your life, encouraging that if you simply tell yourself “I am strong and successful”, your fears will simply disappear. If you’ve tried using positive affirmations, you know that it can be a difficult habit to maintain. You may spend five, 10 or even 20 minutes reciting your affirmation, but the other 23 hours of the day? Chances are that your mind drifts back to old, repetitive thoughts tha...
Tags: Psychology, Productivity, Career, General, Students, College, Habits, Happiness, Stress, Self-help, Depression, Self-esteem, Optimism, Anger, Self-talk, Positive Thinking


6 Signs You’re a Productivity Addict

Google “productivity” and you’re served up almost 18 million search results. Dive in and you’ll find blogs, websites, apps, op-eds, subreddits, consulting firms, podcasts and scientific studies devoted to the art of efficiency. Our obsession in modern society with doing more is rivaled only by our preoccupation with doing more harder, better, faster and stronger. We’re gunning the engines at max speed, cramming our work days full of tasks, then feeling guilty if we steal a quick second to call a...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Work, Productivity, Career, Facebook, Technology, General, Email, Students, Workplace, College, Office, Habits, Happiness, Management


4 Ways To Stop Overthinking Your Mistakes

You know how when you trip walking down the street, it feels like the entire cityscape of people is staring at you in amusement? Or when you’ve worn the same pair of pants three times in one week, you’re completely paranoid your colleagues are judging you for your lack of fashion sense (or cleanliness)? What about when you fumble over your words in a presentation, and then can’t stop thinking about how every person in the room now thinks you’re a terrible speaker? As human beings with an ego and...
Tags: Psychology, Career, Business, General, Students, College, Habits, Happiness, Stress, Mindfulness, Self-help, Confidence, Depression, Self-esteem, Self Consciousness, Creativity


How to Cope with the Stress of High School

“Remember that awful feeling that last day of summer vacation before the first day of school?” His question was like a fart at a funeral and roused me from my previously relaxed summer drowse. A long slumbering dragon in the cave of my gut, released a combination of indigestion and a feeling that can I only describe with the word “blech.” Only in all caps and much longer. The end of lazy hot long days and the beginning of what seemed like just like long days… trapped in a windowless classr...
Tags: Psychology, Bullying, College, Stress, Personal, Self-help, Creativity, High School, Adolescence, Anxiety And Panic, Children And Teens, School Stress, Young Adulthood, Student Therapist


What to Do When Your Partner Doesn’t Support Your Career Dreams

Does the idea of selling something to someone you love sound sleazy or conjure up images of a salesman with a greasy mustache and bad suit promising low, low prices on used cars? We tend to confine our thinking about sales to business contexts – and more often than not it’s something we seek to avoid or shy away from. But think back to the last time you put your best influencer skills to work, whether that was convincing your colleagues to take a new direction on a project, demonstrating your ex...
Tags: Psychology, Career, Business, Family, Marriage, Students, Parenting, College, Relationships, Love, Employment, Sales, Communication, Stress, Divorce, Self-help


Crippled by Self-Doubt? Your Impostor Syndrome Could Have Roots in Childhood

Do you ever feel like you somehow got away with landing your job without truly deserving it? Do you feel super uncomfortable when your boss praises your work, because you’re sure you haven’t earned it? Do you have a fear of being “found out,” exposed for not being experienced, talented, successful or knowledgeable enough for your job? You might be experiencing something called Impostor Syndrome. And you wouldn’t be alone: over 70% of people report experiencing Impostor Syndrome at some point i...
Tags: Psychology, Family, General, Students, College, Relationships, Friends, Habits, Happiness, Success, Stress, Personal, Self-help, Confidence, Self-esteem, Creativity


7 Confidence-Killing Words and Phrases to Ban from Your Vocabulary

If you have great ideas, you need to know how to communicate them. At work as in relationships, it all starts with conveying confidence. But a challenge many high-achieving women run up against are bad speech habits that have been conditioned in us over the years. Without us even knowing it, these verbal crutches can damage our internal and projected confidence levels and can even negatively impact how we’re perceived at work. Women’s brains are naturally tuned for emotional intelligence and sp...
Tags: Psychology, Work, Career, General, Students, Relationships, Habits, Happiness, Communication, Stress, Personal, Mindfulness, Self-help, Confidence, Self-esteem, Rejection


How to Stop Stressing about Work & Finally Fall Asleep

If you’re like most people, you’ve been affected by stress-related sleep problems at some point or another, lying awake at night filled with anxiety about your career and the future. Often everyday worries about impending deadlines and your to-do list give way to bigger, more stressful questioning, “Is this job really what I want to be doing with my life? What if I quit? Will I ever discover what I’m truly passionate about?” Your mental wheels start turning, anxiety builds, and before you know...
Tags: Psychology, Work, Career, Family, Technology, General, Students, Parenting, Sleep, College, Habits, Happiness, Stress, Rest, Personal, Mindfulness


What to Do When You Feel Unmotivated in Your Career (And 3 Ways to Do Your Best Work)

We’ve all faced days at the office where we’re just not feeling motivated. Off days happen to everyone and it’s tough — if not unrealistic — to constantly do your best work. There are bound to be times when you procrastinate too much, lack focus, or struggle to start important projects. You may react by getting down on yourself, wondering where your determination has gone. It can be disappointing to feel like you’re not living up to your aspirations, especially when there’s important work to be ...
Tags: Psychology, Productivity, Career, Motivation, Business, Technology, General, Students, Parenting, Fatigue, College, Relationships, Goals, Habits, Happiness, Stress


3 Hard Truths about Your Dream Job You Need to Accept

You’ve been told you can achieve anything you set your mind to, right? That’s the message that’s been ingrained in us since childhood when we imagined becoming astronauts, athletes, and movie stars. Most of us come to realize that we can’t all be LeBron James or Taylor Swift — and that we don’t want to be, anyway! As we get older, we typically outgrow these fantasies of youth and begin mapping out a career that’s aligned with our personal goals and values. Yet, in spite of this seemingly straigh...
Tags: Psychology, Work, General, Taylor Swift, Students, Parenting, College, Relationships, Friends, Happiness, Employment, Work Life Balance, Stress, Personal, Mindfulness, Self-help


4 Ways to Set Boundaries with a Workaholic Boss

So, your boss is a workaholic and expects you to emulate her? Whether that means working ridiculous hours, inhaling lunch at your desk (or skipping it altogether), and even sacrificing your weekends, reporting to a person like this can be taxing on both your career and home life. The negative impact of problem managers is pervasive. Studies consistently link a lack of support for work-life balance by managers to fewer profits and more on-the-job mistakes. What’s more, a bad boss may literally be...
Tags: Psychology, Productivity, Family, General, Students, Fatigue, Bullying, College, Relationships, Habits, Happiness, Work Life Balance, Management, Stress, Self-help, Depression



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