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Put Down the Phone!

Putting down your phone, turning off your social media and email, and taking some time away from your phone screen may be just the break you need.

It’s Time To Change The Conversation About Mental Health

At the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, the rapper Logic performed a new song. The song, 1-800-273-8255, is the number to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. According to the director of the organization, in the three weeks following the release of the song, call volume increased by more than one-quarter and website traffic also rose significantly. [...]

The Importance of Setting Limits For Your Child

Rules are a natural part of life, and having guidelines helps kids learn how to manage in different situations. While parents know that this kind of structure is important, it’s often challenging to establish and maintain rules at home.

Spreading Kindness

“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.” – Albert Schweitzer The past year+ has been challenging for us all. As we watched the election process, we saw hate come to the forefront, a candidate promote negativity and hostility toward others, and observed just [...]

How to Provide the Validation Your Child Needs

It’s important to be understanding – even when you don’t get where you child is coming from. As parents, we have all been in the situation where we don’t understand why our child is losing it over something that seems so minor. The same could be said for sometimes not getting it when it comes to what [...]

What is anticipatory anxiety?

Anticipatory anxiety is the stress we feel before we even enter into a situation we are worried about. Watch psychologist Jennifer Hartstein, PsyD, explain how this type of anticipation can be positive and negative, and some tips to deal with it. Living with Anxiety It's one thing to be nervous (adrenaline can even [...]

What is an anxiety filter?

An anxiety filter is the thing that colors how we see the world, usually in a way that's negative or stressful. In this video, psychologist Jennifer Hartstein, PsyD, discusses what the term anxiety filter means, and how it can impact our lives. Anxiety It's one thing to be nervous (adrenaline can even help [...]

What is intermittent explosive disorder?

Intermittent explosive disorder is when anger appears to come out of nowhere, followed by an outburst of emotion. In this video, psychologist Jennifer Hartstein, PsyD, explains how road rage is a good example of this explosive, angry behavior. Learn More

How can I change the way I respond to anger?

You can change the way you respond to anger by adopting a healthier lifestyle, and finding relaxing activities that can help manage your anger when it comes on. Watch psychologist Jennifer Hartstein, PsyD, share some tips for healthier behavior. Learn More

What are the symptoms of an anger control problem?

Symptoms of an anger control problem include consistent, underlying irritability, a snappish attitude and overly strong reactions to certain situations. In this video, psychologist Jennifer Hartstein, PsyD, explains these unpleasant red flags. Learn More

How can I prevent road rage?

To prevent road rage, there are lifestyle tips you can follow to help keep you calmer when you're behind the wheel. In this video, psychologist Jennifer Hartstein, PsyD, shares these tips and explains how to properly diffuse a road rage incident. Learn More

How can I encourage a picky eater to try new foods?

Getting a picky eater to try new foods has a lot to do with exposure; trying new foods more often and having lots of options is helpful. In this video, psychologist Jennifer Hartstein, PsyD, shares some helpful tips for picky eaters. Healthy Eating For Children & Teens Nutrition is important for healthy child [...]

How can I set priorities if I am a perfectionist?

If you are a perfectionist, setting priorities can be challenging because you can get stuck in the moment, and not be able to determine what really matters. In this video, psychologist Jennifer Hartstein, PsyD, shares tips for setting priorities. Personality When we have a sense of self that allows us to interact appropriate [...]

When does an odd food quirk become a health concern?

An odd food quirk becomes a health concern when it's the only way you can eat a food, or when it becomes a totally distracting focus. Watch psychologist Jennifer Hartstein, PsyD, explain how to tell a quirk from a possible disordered eating behavior. Eating Habits and Nutrition Three meals a day or five? [...]

How can I manage stress?

Stress is unavoidable, but it doesn't have to get the best of you. In this video, psychologist Dr. Jennifer Hartstein shares a simple approach to successfully managing stress. Stress It is not uncommon for people to experience stress and anxiety during select periods in their lives. Having a positive attitude, taking a balanced [...]