Category: mental health

Happily Family: The Heart & Science of Parenting

My friends Jason and Cecilia Hilkey have been putting together these amazing online parenting conferences over the past few years. I’ve been privileged to be able to participate as a speaker in the past, talking about emotions, anger, empathy, and what both research and our experiences tell us is the best way to help our…

Mental Health Month: Addiction (Part 2) – Why Do We Stay Addicted?

In Part 1 we learned how we are all vulnerable to addiction when we choose unhealthy strategies to meet valid needs, and how habituation, tolerance, and withdrawal reinforce behaviors that we otherwise should know to avoid. But why don’t we know better? It’s because many addictions actually do help us meet our needs in the short term and…

Mental Health Month: Needing Your Full Attention – Part 1

During my four years of residency in Psychiatry, it was pretty rare for me to come across an adult with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) so I understand the skepticism that some people have (including some mental health professionals) regarding the validity of ADHD. The skeptics have a perspective that ADHD is a manufactured condition…

Mental Health Month: Bipolar = Mood Episodes, Not Moodiness

Have you heard this one before? I found this online when I searched the term “Bipolar” – “Bipolar people are easy. If you don’t like their current mood, just wait a few minutes and it will change.” Here’s the problem – everything about this “joke” is wrong. First off, it’s mean. Research on “Expressed Emotion” has actually demonstrated…