Too Much Holiday Stress? Tips For Surviving The Holiday Season.

If looking at the schedule of holiday events makes you have a panic attack, make 3 lists: Holiday events you enjoy and they wouldn’t take much effort Holiday events you must attend or there will be severe consequences (family will never talk to you again, you will be fired from your job, your friends will [...]

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Holiday Gift Guide For Parents

I always encourage parents to create Christmas for their own current family and not to allow it to be influenced as much by their childhood Christmases. By all means—keep your family traditions. Those may be wonderful and special. But don’t let these hold you back from making new ones with your spouse and children. For example, [...]

Why Do Women Suffer More From Anxiety and Depression Than Men?

Dr. Amen and his team in California just released results from a SPECT imaging study conducted on thousands of men and women. The participants were scanned at baseline (not doing a task) and during a concentration task. The scans analyzed 128 brain regions. The study revealed that women's brain activity was high in 65 brain [...]

Rates of Teen Girls’ Suicides Have Doubled

You may have noticed headlines in the last 24 hours discussing that, according to the CDC, the rates of suicide for teen girls ages 15-19 have recently doubled. While this is very troubling, what concerns me even more is that the rates of suicide for girls ages 10-14 have tripled. Here are some other statistics: [...]

New Study on Teens’ Electronics Use

Studies show that U.S. teens spend an average of 8.5 hrs per day on their electronics. Unfortunately, developing adolescent brain is particularly vulnerable to sleep deprivation, depression, anxiety, and risk-taking behavior. An area of the brain, called prefrontal cortex, which specializes in judgment, impulse control, and planning is still developing in adolescence. A new study [...]

How Much Should Children Sleep?

Here are the guidelines used by Psychologists and Pediatricians: Ages 4-12 months: 12-16 hours (including naps) Ages 1-2 years: 11-14 hours (including naps) Ages 3-5 years: 10-13 hours (including naps) Age 6-12 years: 9-12 hours Age 13-18 years: 8-10 hours (Source: The American Academy of Pediatrics, 2016) I also recommend putting toddlers to sleep between [...]