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Back to the Basics: De-Stressing Today’s Teen

Did you know that anxiety affects about 1 in 8 youth? According to the American Psychological Association’s 2010 Stress in America survey, nearly 1/3 of children reported experiencing physical symptoms that are frequently associated with stress and anxiety. What’s more concerning is that teens are experiencing anxiety levels that mirror or extend beyond the level […]

Eating for Optimal Mental Health

A generation ago, you’d be hard-pressed to find a physician, especially a psychiatrist, who was willing to consider the role diet and nutrition play in mental health. Now we know that what we put into our bodies affects what we get out of them, and that nutrition is just as important for mental health as it is for […]

5 Anxiety-Busting Basics You Need To Know

Anxiety is often a result of stress stemming from major changes like moving or starting a new job. It can make us worry and feel tense, irritable, reactive. It makes relaxing and sleeping harder, which in turn makes it even more difficult to surmount the challenges we’re facing. If we’re lucky, these symptoms will disappear after a […]

The High Dropout Rate of Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)

What is ERP? Anxiety is a bit like the body’s very own in-built alarm system, as it’s our natural response to situations where we feel either in danger or under threat. This explains why it is quite normal for most people to experience anxiety from time to time when faced with life’s stressors – and […]

Anxiety in Toddlers

Experiencing fear is a normal part of childhood development as children become more aware of their environment and begin to learn more about the world and their part in it. Notably, all small children will experience anxiety to some extent for a range of different reasons, as this is their natural response to situations where […]

Managing the Back to School Blues

With the school holidays winding up and the start of a new school term fast approaching, it can be a deflating time for both parents and their children, knowing their free time spent together is coming to an end. For some children, the thought of going back to school after the holiday period can be […]

Catastrophic Thinking

Catastrophic Thinking Catastrophic thinking can be recognised in individuals who repeatedly overestimate the potential dangers or negative implications of future events to occur (either in themselves or their loved ones). Catastrophic thinkers will often predict the worst case scenarios coming true that others would consider unrealistic and irrational. When these “what if” thoughts enter the […]

Lighten Your Parenting Load

Raising kids can be difficult. Here’s how to simplify things a little to help you lighten your parenting load. Raising kids is supposed to enrich our lives, yet parents are often outscored by singles and childless couples on wellbeing and happiness scales. Perhaps it’s a case of the rewards of parenting being long term, rather […]

Parents' Holiday Survival Guide

Keeping children occupied for up for five weeks or more can be a daunting task, particularly for modern kids for whom four or five extra-curricular activities a week are the norm. Highly-organised school routines come to a grinding halt during the term holidays, leaving kids of all ages with time on their hands. And they […]

Breaking the Cycle of "Perfect Mother Syndrome"

You’re late for your son’s school conference, you forgot to pick up your daughter’s prescription at the pharmacy and you still haven’t figured out what’s for dinner tonight. You start hearing the voices in your head that say you’re a bad mom and you promise yourself you’ll do better, that you’ll become the perfect parent […]