Six Points to Build On When Treating PTSD

Six Points to Build On When Treating PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder is one of a wide array of disorders that arise in response to traumatic events. These disorders are characterized by symptoms of avoidance and negative alteration in mood.

Beta-Blockers for Performance Anxiety

Beta-Blockers for Performance Anxiety

Have you been tapped to offer a toast at the rehearsal dinner of your best friend’s wedding? Are you anxious about sitting for that upcoming licensure exam that you’ve put off for far too long? Do you find yourself dripping with sweat or shaking like a leaf at the mere thought of delivering a presentation […]

6 Must-Do’s for Getting to Sleep

6 Must-Do’s for Getting to Sleep

In our busy everyday lives, most of us are much better at preparing for our day than preparing for bedtime. Here are 6 tips to put on your to-do list for transitioning to bedtime: If it has an On/Off switch, choose “Off” 30 minutes before bedtime. This means rounding up the usual suspects – the […]

Act on It or Set It Free

Act on It or Set It Free

If you believe that you need to vent or react to a situation that has befallen you, by all means write that letter, place the phone call or confront the situation in-person, face-to-face.         

Reactive Depression: What Works; What Doesn’t

Reactive Depression: What Works; What Doesn’t

Think of reactive depression as a maladaptive response to a specific external event or events. More formally from a DSM perspective, this is an Adjustment Disorder with Depressed Mood. Typical examples are difficulty adjusting to a recent divorce, being downsized from a job or the loss of a cherished loved one. Also, there are no […]

Fail Less

Fail Less

As I was watching the men’s figure skating finals at the winter Olympics, it became apparent to me that we weren’t in for a night of stellar performances. None of the finalists skated “clean,” there were no flawless performances; instead it appeared to be a contest of who would fail less. It’s impossible to compare […]

The Best Ways to Beat Generalized Anxiety

The Best Ways to Beat Generalized Anxiety

We are all a bit anxious from time to time. The mere stresses of everyday life present with situations that we find perplexing and worrisome, igniting the classic fight-or-flight phenomenon. This is consistent with living life on its terms and not ours, that is, none of us really knows what’s in store for us on […]

The Leading Cause of Persistent Stress

The Leading Cause of Persistent Stress

The ballots have been tabulated, and the leading cause of ongoing stress is… uncertainty, AND the belief that you have no control over it regardless of the circumstances. In this scenario, everyday life is like spinning the wheel at a gaming table – you’re at the mercy of where the ball lands, and have no […]

Panicking Should be an Option

Panicking Should be an Option

Panic attacks are sudden, intense, physical and emotional spikes of Adrenalin that typically last 10 minutes or so. They rise to disorder proportions when someone hands over control to the panic by worrying excessively about when the next attack will occur and making life changes to avoid them. When treating someone with a history of […]

Joe’s 6-Point Plan for Treating Depression

Joe’s 6-Point Plan for Treating Depression

Get depressed clients thinking and behaving is such a way that they are better able to thrive. Encourage them to stop talking “overwhelm,” “the world’s out to get them” or “it’s somebody else’s fault.” That’s all negative nonsense which serves as a vehicle for self-sabotage, keeping them in the “doom loop.” Get them in the […]