Tips For Managing Anxiety And Stress

An estimated 40 million American adults and one in eight children experience anxiety disorders. If you or your child is experiencing anxiety and stress, try practicing a few of the strategies outlined above. For more information about anxiety or to schedule an appointment with one of our anxiety treatment specialists please call (512) 246-7225 or email us … Read more

Panic Disorder: Is Kendra Dying?

Part I: The Unexpected Terror that Defines Panic Attacks Meet Kendra, a 23-year-old recent college graduate working in a law firm. It’s Friday night and she just finished up at the office. She is headed to a work dinner to celebrate helping the firm win a major case last week. She pushed herself hard over the … Read more

What Is Social Anxiety And How Does It Get Better?

What is Social Anxiety? It is common to feel nervous in some social situations. Many people feel anxious going on a date, interviewing for a job, or giving a presentation. However, in contrast to shyness or nervousness, social anxiety disorder is characterized by significant fear, worry, and avoidance of social interactions that interferes with school, work, relationships, and … Read more

Coping With Anxiety About The Election

Misti Nicholson, PsyD While every election causes some anxiety, this year’s election is particularly contentious and it is something we are discussing a lot in our offices. People are reporting anxiety, worry, anger, and uncertainty about the future. The American Psychological Association reports that, regardless of political affiliation, Americans are citing the election as a … Read more

Increasing Awareness Of OCD: Part V – When Someone You Love Has OCD

Misti Nicholson, PsyD When Someone You Love Has OCD Recognizing Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in a loved one is not always easy as symptoms are often confused with other disorders. The following warning signs may be indications that your loved one is struggling with OCD: Significant periods of unaccounted for time (often this time is … Read more

Increasing Awareness Of OCD: Part IV – Evidence-Based Treatment For OCD

Misti Nicholson, PsyD Evidence-based Treatment for OCD Unfortunately, it often takes people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) many years to receive proper diagnosis and treatment after symptom onset. In fact, due to stigma, embarrassment, lack of public awareness about OCD, financial barriers, and lack of access to a properly trained mental health professional, some estimates suggest that … Read more

Increasing Awareness Of OCD: Part I – What Is OCD?

Misti Nicholson, PsyD What is OCD? OCD stands for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, which is a neurobiological condition that affects an estimated 1 in 100 children and 1 in 40 adults across the United States. OCD causes unwanted, intrusive thoughts (obsessions) that often lead to repetitive behaviors, routines or rituals (compulsions) that are performed in an effort … Read more

October Is Selective Mutism Awareness Month: Help Rid The Silence

Misti Nicholson, PsyD Imagine walking into school, the grocery store, the mall, or church. As soon as you walk in, you are suddenly paralyzed with anxiety, unable to speak to anyone. You are unable to ask questions or get help with your basic needs. You struggle to make eye contact. For many children with selective … Read more

Traveling with an Anxious Child

Summer is in full swing and, for many families, that means it’s road trip season. With two high energy five-year-old boys and a four month old, we recently embarked on our first road trip as a family of five. Historically, our boys’ tablets have helped ease boredom during extended periods of time in the car. … Read more