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Archives for February, 2015


Preventing Mental Disorders in Children and Teens

As parents, we're trying to do a million things to promote the well-being of our children.  Mental health, though, often gets short shrift.

Not all mental health disorders can be avoided (genetics do play a role here.)  But their impact can be lessened, and in some cases, prevented altogether.

If you're thinking, Oh, no, not one more thing I need to do, on top of making them do their homework, driving them to activities, news.  These tips...
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Will the True Narcissist Please Stand Up

It seems like everyone is throwing around the word "narcissist" these days.  And it might seem harmless enough, but actually, it's bad for the people being mislabeled and the people doing the labeling.

To find out if you're really involved with a narcissist, find my more exhaustive checklist here.  In this blog, what I want to do is distinguish between true narcissism and a myriad of other things that can mistakenly be called narcissism, and explain...
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End That Addictive Relationship, Once and For All

Here's a quick checklist to know if you're addicted to a toxic relationship:

You have more bad moments than good but you can't let go because you're always chasing another fix of the good.
The relationship depletes rather than energizes you.  It takes away from other areas in your life.
You lose resources (emotional, financial, interpersonal) but no matter how great the cost, you continue with the relationship.  You can't seem to make rational calculations.
When you try to leave,...
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Why it’s Better to “Like” than be “Liked”

In my recent novel, "Don't Try to Find Me", social media plays a significant role.  And for many of us, it's hard to go a day without being on some form of social media.

The act of posting and hearing back from others can be a form of connection and validation.  But recent studies suggest that from a mental health perspective, the act of liking others will give us more of a boost than waiting for...
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