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Doubts and Indecision

David Barnhart, EdD What evidence supports and refutes a position? This technique bears similarity to a pros and cons list, but is qualitatively different because it seeks evidence. Here is how it works. Start by writing out a claim such as: “I should marry John or Mary” “I should take the job offer from ABC Company”…

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References for Huntsville Hospital Psychiatric Presentation 9/25/2015

Boswell, J. F., Farchione, T. J., Sauer-Zavala, S., Murray, H. W., Fortune, M. R., & Barlow, D. H. (2013). Anxiety Sensitivity and Interoceptive Exposure: A Transdiagnostic Construct and Change Strategy. Behavior Therapy, 44(3), 417–431. Chu, B. C., Colognori, D. B., Yang, G., Xie, M., Lindsey Bergman, R., & Piacentini, J. (2015). Mediators of Exposure…

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Overcoming Anxiety is Like Learning to Ride a Bike

Bicycling magazine published a really helpful article on teaching children how to ride a bike many years ago. Forget the idea of running alongside your kid holding on to the seat while she freaks out yelling, “Don’t let go! Don’t let go!” Lying you say, “I’ve got you. I won’t let go.” At some point…

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Am I Ugly?

Am I ugly? Is a question most of us have asked ourselves at least once? A few years ago there was a YouTube explosion as teens around the world were filming themselves and asking the opinion of public viewers. Some say it was an attempt to get attention, others say it comes from low self-esteem,…

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Sports Parenting/Coaching Tip #2: Teaching trumps criticism

When your child has a bad game or makes a bad play, responding with encouragement and teaching trumps angry, critical remarks. In a previous article, I wrote about the danger of over-responding to our children in sports and making it about us rather than the kids. When our children have a bad game or make…

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Sports Parenting Tip: Know Yourself

How do your own experiences impact your thoughts and feelings related to sports? How are your expectations, attitudes, and responses communicated to your child? In a previous article, I wrote about the gains and losses inherent in the connection of parent-child relationships. Parents can’t be unemotional about their children. They are a part of us, there is…

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Emotional Abandonment: When the Need for Connection is Unmet

The word “abandonment” often brings up the image of someone having been left behind physically. When we think of children, two of the most obvious forms of abandonment include a child being given up for adoption or a parent leaving or neglecting a child. There are other forms of abandonment that are subtle, but can…

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Screening for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

PART A Please print the form and select YES or NO. Have you been bothered by unpleasant thoughts or images that repeatedly enter your mind, such as: Concerns with contamination (dirt, germs, chemicals, radiation) or acquiring a serious illness such as AIDS? YES_____ NO _____ Over concern with keeping objects (clothing, groceries, tools) in perfect…

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Respecting the Little Person

Often, parents tell me, “I’m the parent he/she must do what I say, just because “I said so.” They do not need to understand, know why, or ask any other questions. Dear parents, may I suggest something…. There are times children simply need to do what they’re told, but there are times, when providing an…

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Changing Irrational Core Beliefs and Improving Mood

Have you ever stopped to think about the negative messages you’ve been given in your life? Sometimes these messages are given orally and easily identified. At other times they can be hidden and harder to understand. They may be delivered through the way someone treats us or the way we see people treat each other.…

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