Is Your Teen Tired All the Time?


Sleep deprivation shows up across a variety of diagnostic categories. Approximately 30% of adolescents between 13 and 25 suffer from a sleep disorder. When I ask teens how they’re feeling, they will frequently answer, “Tired.” One of the first questions I ask in a diagnostic interview is “Do you feel rested when you wake up…

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Should I Be Afraid of My Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts


Our next webinar will be broadcast on July 24, 2019. See the registration link on our Facebook page (Behavioral Sciences of Alabama). Should I Be Afraid of My Thoughts? Should I be afraid of unwanted, intrusive thoughts about hurting someone or experience thoughts that go against my values, moral system and make me anxious? What…

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MIND. BODY. SPIRIT WORKSHOP


MIND. BODY. SPIRIT WORKSHOP LED BY DR. DAVID AND ANGELA BARNHART, SAINT JUNIA UMC Sunday, Sept 9 . 4:30 pm Spiritual experiences are brain experiences: explore how the practices of discipleship connect individuals to each other, God and the world. Includes chair yoga portion on mindfulness, breathing and more. This is free, but registration is…

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WHAT’D I SAY?


“WHAT’D I SAY?” When a former counseling client says, “I’ll never forget what you said. It’s always stuck with me,” I hold my breath praying, “please God, let it be something I wouldn’t regret saying or at least let it be helpful.” The conversations between counselor and client make up an important piece of the…

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PLANNED SPONTANEITY


Some of us are more relaxed about going with the flow when plans change or a partner comes up with an adventurous plan on the spur of the moment. Some find it difficult to go with the flow and need a plan. If the ends of a continuum stretch from spontaneous to planned, where do…

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OVER-SCHEDULED CHILDREN


While having my hair cut, my barber was talking with me about over-scheduled children. He wondered how parents keep up with all of the activities. Parents wonder the same thing. In my office parents question whether they should be taking kids to soccer practice, music lessons, robotics, church and Sunday school. If their child is…

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Grief and Special Days


Approaching your first Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, birthday, anniversary and other emotional markers of time without your loved one can be accompanied by a feeling of dread, anxiety, and loneliness along with the to-be-expected grief and loss.   I think most of us understand why anybody would want to avoid facing the discomfort of loss.…

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Parable in Marital Conflict


Perpetual problems make up 69% of marital conflict according to some sources. Perpetual problems aren’t solved and couples manage to live with them as they wax and wane. Help finish this parable so that it has a moral truth or lesson. Here’s a parable in need of completion. Mary and Joseph (or it could be…

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LEARN HOW MEDITATE: TAKE CARE OF YOUR BRAIN by Judy Park, PsyD


Many of you who are reading this article may recall the old adage about being born with a finite number of brain cells. If brain cells were damaged it was believed that there was no regeneration of these cells. It was thought that most brain development occurred in infancy and early childhood and was clearly established…

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Neuroplasticity: Hope and Cautionary Tale


Neuroplasticity offers hope. It has to do with our brain’s ability to reorganize connections in response to learning. Cognitive behavior therapy can help us reduce stress to life’s most challenging circumstances. One of the things I get to do about every couple of months or so is to talk with a group of women surviving…

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