Promoting Mental Wellness in the Classroom

10 Tips for Teachers: Promoting Mental Wellness in the Classroom by: Dr. Samantha Myhre  Understanding the emotional and behavioral needs of each student can feel overwhelming. Check out these tips to help promote mental wellness in your classroom! Create an open, team-based environment in your classroom. Encourage inclusivity and recognize diversity. Doing so can help … Read more

Book Recommendations For Anxiety

Books For Adults Gratitude Diaries By: Janice Kaplan When we deal with anxiety, we may find our thinking patterns to be more on the negative side. This book combines personal experience of the author with research and scholarly findings to explain why practicing gratitude can improve one’s overall quality of life. She divides the book … Read more

Panic Disorder: Is Kendra Losing Control?

Part II: The Fear and Behavior Changes that Define Panic Disorder A month and a half has passed since Kendra first went to the ER, the night she spent worrying she was dying instead of enjoying her celebratory work dinner with friends. At the ER that night, the doctor ran several tests. They took her blood, hooked … Read more

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