General

Sleep: The Best Medicine


Picture this. A long day of working from 8 to 5, you probably skipped breakfast or had a rushed lunch. Finish work only to get home cook dinner, help with homework and act as chauffeur to soccer practice. Where is the time to regroup, meditate and become one with yourself? You guessed it, there is no time. Just more tasks to complete. Americans have a...
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Racial / Ethnic Issues

Understanding Police Racial Violence

The recent rash of police killing unarmed black men has brought national attention to the ongoing problem of policing and racial violence. These most recent cases were initiated with the well-known and highly controversial death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in August of 2014.

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3 Creative Ways to Say Something Nice

Today, June 1st is National Say Something Nice Day.  It originated in Charleston, , ironically, the place where I was born. The purpose of the holiday is to counteract bullying and the lack of civility that is ever so popular in society today. Americans can be busy, self-centered and rather rude, so today is the perfect opportunity to practice a new normal. I have listed some simple but creative ways to say something nice to family,...
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What is Asperger’s Syndrome?


Since today is World Autism Awareness Day, I thought that discussing a specific disorder on the Autism spectrum would be appropriate. Many people hear the term Asperger's syndrome but don't always understand what it may look like. Asperger's syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) considered to be on the “high functioning” end of the autism spectrum. Affected children and adults have difficulty with social interactions and exhibit a restricted range of interests and/or repetitive behaviors.

Some...
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History

5 Relevant Black History Month Facts We love

Black History Month acknowledges our past as a foundation for us to build upon so we may become better citizens and, together, form a better nation. Let’s turn our attention to accomplishments by famous Black American that you should know.

The first African American woman to fly in space is now inspiring the next generation to reach for the stars. Dr. Mae Jemison is a trained engineer, medical doctor and an astronaut who...
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3 signs that you are a Facebook Narcissist


Over Sharing

- You share your thoughts about random elements daily

Your daily posts about how you feel about news, folks in Wal-Mart and the children’s hobbies and friends can be a bit much.

- Daily or almost daily selfies

If I just saw your selfie yesterday, I don’t really need to see it again today. Heck, I wouldn't even want to see daily selfies of Idris Elba and I really love, love, love Idris Elba.

-You take...
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3 Things That Everyone Needs to Know About Ferguson

Ferguson Missouri has been in the spotlight since August 9th, when African American teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed. There has been anger and tension in the community the past few days as we await the grand jury decision.

1. Race relations in have been bad for a long time. Race relations in St. Louis were more complex than many other places because the city was located in a border state that permitted slavery. Slavery...
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Racial / Ethnic Issues

3 Facts about Black Women and Depression

Depression is a massive health concern among African-Americans -- particularly women -- but mental health is rarely discussed in the African American community. Since mental health is such a taboo subject in the African-American community, we are the least likely group to be treated...
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The Psychology of Racial Profiling

Recent events, including the shooting death of Michael Brown, a young unarmed African American man in Ferguson, Missouri has re-awakened us as a nation to the continuing problem of race-based violence and racial profiling across the United States. These painful events brought needed national attention to the ongoing problems and complex inter-relationships of race and violence in this country. Sadly, our nation has a very long history of racial violence that has not been adequately treated...
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Relationships

My Love Hate Relationship with Women in Reality TV

I must admit, I watch the cocktail sipping, Range Rover driving and high end shopping of the Real Housewives franchise and the ridiculousness of Love and Hip Hop. But before you agree or disagree, let me explain why I watch these shows. I love the unscripted format of reality television because it displays exactly-not considering the editing-how the cast lives and behaves on a daily basis. As a psychologist, I can appreciate the fact that these...
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