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What harm can sexualization of young girls cause?

The sexualization of young girls in the media has increased the incidence of eating disorders, depression, anxiety, self-injury and other negative consequences. Watch as psychologist Jennifer Hartstein, PsyD, discusses how damaging this trend is. Teens Emotional Health Learn More

What is self-injury?

Self-injury is a form of emotion regulation that provides relief when emotions are too intense to deal with. Watch psychologist Jennifer Hartstein, PsyD, explain this unhealthy behavior and describes the most common ways people self-injure. Mental Health How well you cope with life - your mental health - is just as important as [...]

What can I do to stop picking my scabs?

People use scab picking as a stress response because it provides a sense of relief that is reinforced; to change the behavior, you need to recognize it and find healthier responses. Watch psychologist Jennifer Hartstein, PsyD, discuss this behavior. Skin Injury Not all skin injuries are cuts and scrapes. Heat, friction and pressure [...]

How can I change my response to stress?

We all experience stress and anxiety, and how we deal with it can be positive or negative/risky. Watch as psychologist Jennifer Hartstein, PsyD, discusses the importance of recognizing negative stress responses and how to make healthier choices. Stress It is not uncommon for people to experience stress and anxiety during select periods in [...]

Why do I keep having the same dream over and over again?

Recurring dreams are very common; they can be positive or negative, often related to stress and anxiety. In this video, psychologist Jennifer Hartstein, PsyD, explains how recurring dreams may signal unrecognized stress and what you can do. Dreams and Nightmares Learn More

Why should I avoid going to the grocery store when I am hungry?

You should avoid going to the grocery store when you're hungry because you will buy more food, and you will also make poor food choices. Watch psychologist Jennifer Hartstein, PsyD, explain why you should have a snack before buying groceries. Meal Planning and Weight Loss Meal planning can seem like one of the [...]

How can I avoid compulsive shopping?

Compulsive shopping is generally a sign of another emotional issue; we use shopping to regulate our emotions when we are feeling out of control. Watch psychologist Jennifer Hartstein, PsyD, explain some practical tips to avoid compulsive shopping. Substance Abuse and Addiction Substance abuse peaks in late adolescence and early adulthood and can lead [...]

To tell or not to tell: Discussing the Connecticut Shootings

It’s the story we are all discussing. A 20-year-old man entered Sandy Hook Elementary School dressed in black and open fired on classrooms of innocent children. The tragedy is almost too much to fathom. School is supposed to be a safe place where parents entrust their children. A situation like this shatters that in so [...]

Moms Lie: Surprised?

We all lie. Even the most truthful of us have told a fib at one time or another. Ever have a telemarketer call the house and you pretend you aren't you? Or when your mother calls, you tell your spouse to tell her you're busy?  We tend to think of these as unimportant mistruths, that [...]

Media and Tween Girls: Creating a Positive Influence

11 year-olds are getting bikini waxes.  9 year-olds are weight conscious (and some, by this age, have already dieted).  According to a recent survey on Yahoo! Shine, 25% of tweens and teens consider plastic surgery based on what they see on television.  The Girl Scout Research Institute, in talking with tween and teen girls about [...]

Parents vs. Grandparents: How to find balance

Grandparents are important in children’s lives, but the relationship between grandparents and the parents can sometimes be difficult. The best grandchild/grandparent relationships are those that are encouraged by the parent, who then steps back and lets them unfold. Of course, this is not always easy, especially if you don’t always agree with the things YOUR [...]

Combating “Princess Syndrome”

You may not find it in a medical textbook, but many young girls suffer from Princess Syndrome daily.  What is Princess Syndrome, you ask?  A girl who suffers from PS lives life as a fairy-tale: focusing only on the pretty things, putting herself as the center of the universe, and obsessing about her looks (even [...]

You Got My Child That?

The holidays are filled with so many wonderful things: family, friends, parties, religious endeavors, and, of course,  gifts. All of these things can bring us joy (along with the requisite stress), but it is the gifts that often create the greatest source of concern, especially if you have to worry about what people around you [...]

Teaching Teens To Break-Up

We can all agree that breaking up stinks.  It's hard at any age.  But despite learning over the course of our lives how to build good relationships, how to be aware of the dangers of drugs and alcohol, why drinking and driving is a bad idea, and how to use social media appropriately, most teens [...]

“Stayover relationships:” A new trend?

A new study came out recently that highlighted a possibly new trend in the relationships of 18-29 year olds.  It seems that they are choosing to be in committed relationships, spending multiple nights of the week together, while keeping their own apartments.  Many report that this allows them to have their own space, while being [...]

You Can’t Hide…Your Lying Eyes

It seems as though in the face of the recent spate of lying scandals: Weiner, Schwarzenegger, Anthony: that there is a deeper problem to consider.  We are bombarded so often with stories that involve serious lies and cheating, that it may no longer register as being a problem.  As a society, we are becoming numb [...]

Working Mothers: No Negative Impact

For a long time, working mothers have been worried that they were lacking as parents, that they were not good enough parents, and that they were negatively impacting their children.  Unfortunately, much of this belief was perpetuated in the media and in some research.  New information has come to light, however, that can reassure women [...]

Addiction and Its Impact

The music industry lost a great voice this past week when Amy Winehouse died.  She has had a long, and very public, struggle with addiction.  Ultimately, at  time when she may have actually been turning her life around, it lead to her death. There was another great loss over the past month in the fight [...]