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August 13, 2019

About half of my practice is comprised of men dealing with anxiety.

Which is a little surprising.  Why?  

Not because men don't deal with anxiety.  (Officially, one out of five men have an anxiety disorder, but most doctors and mental health practitioners agree...

April 30, 2019

Many of my clients are parents with children at home, and one of the first things that they'll tell me about their anxiety problem is "I've got to get fixed or my kids will be messed up too."

Ouch.  

There are so many things wrong with that statement but it's one th...

February 25, 2019

Most of my clients have spent a small fortune on self help books before turning to professional help.  I'm not against self help at all.  There are a lot of amazing resources out there, but there's a lot of bad stuff too that can actually set back your progress and mak...

January 16, 2019

Recently, a friend said to me, “I don’t make New Year’s resolutions.  They’re just an excuse to judge myself.”  I really liked this insight because I see the negative effects of resolutions in my clients all the time.

It reminded me of a client I had a few years ag...

August 18, 2018

Anxiety and addiction tend to go hand in hand.  Whether it’s alcohol, pills, food, or other substances, anxiety fuels addiction.  When will I have my next drink?  When can I take another pain pill?  If I eat this entire pizza, will I hate myself?  Where can I hide...

May 22, 2018

We live in anxious times.  

In Steven Pinker's 2011 book The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, the Harvard University psychologist argues humans are now living in the most peaceful era in the history of our species.  Still, we are anxious.

And...

May 4, 2018

Once a week, at a local retirement community, I run a support group for eighty and ninety year olds.  I was asked to do it because of the inevitable loss and loneliness that happens when a person lives almost a century.  Many of these people struggle with health condit...

April 19, 2018

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Nnenna Ijomah last week of The Shorthorn, UTA's student newspaper.  Below is an excerpt from her article about procrastination and anxiety.  Read more here how anxiety in students can lead to under planning, as well as ov...

April 3, 2018

Once people understand they have an anxiety disorder, the most difficult thing to accept is that, essentially, their thoughts are lying to them.   As a society, we are often taught to "trust our gut" and "do what we feel," and while that's a wonderful sentiment in a no...

March 24, 2018

The physical symptoms of anxiety are sometimes the most frustrating.  Sure, the constant rumination is no fun either, but more often than not, it's people's bodies that bring them to anxiety therapy.  One woman might complain of frequent headaches or nausea.  Or a...

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