January 13, 2016 in Counseling
Empathy is a hot topic right now. At least two new books are devoted to empathy. Many articles have recently been written about it. Radio talk shows have discussed empathy with authors who have studied and worked with identifying and defining it and callers who often weigh in on the subject.
On-line dictionary definitions of empathy state it is the ability to understand and share the emotional feeling of another. Another states it is shared experiences, values, ethics and beliefs. ... Read more
October 8, 2015 in Counseling
BY: Alexandra Shanklin LCPC
In a previous blog I discussed the differences between stress and eustress and how they contribute to anxiety disorders. You can read that blog entry here: . Today’s blog topic is a discussion about parenting. Which means it’s about stress and anxiety again.
I never had problems with anxiety until I had my children. I could handle pretty much anything life threw at me (and life threw A LOT at me) with relative ease. There wasn’t much a yoga class and some meditation couldn’t cover. But then came the c... Read more
September 22, 2015 in Counseling
By: Alexandra Shanklin
Stress. Everyone has it. Everyone feels it. Everyone needs it.
You were with me until that last sentence right? Don’t worry. I’ll explain.
Let’s begin at, well the beginning. Every living animal on this planet experiences anxiety. Someone actually won a Nobel Prize for giving sea snails an anxiety disorder. His name was Dr. Eric Kandel, M.D. and he proved he could cause sea snails to have anxiety to the point that they would stop eating. You can find out more about his work here if you feel so inclined. ... Read more
May 29, 2015 in Counseling
Are you often sad or angry about your disability? Do you ask yourself: am I ever going to get the ability back? How am I going to adapt to this new stage in my life? And most importantly, how am I going to continue engaging in the same activities that I have already started doing? For people with disabilities, learning how to cope with the loss of an ability or acquiring a disability can be very difficult. Some find the task of learning how to cope with an inability to be so overwhelming that they give up on other aspects of their lives. However, with the help of... Read more
May 13, 2015 in Health/Wellness
During the whole history of research on the human brain, scientists believed that the brain stopped making new neural connections when the body stopped developing. And doctors knew that neurons, just like any other part of the body, weaken as people age. Loss of brain function due to neural breakdown related to aging was assumed to be normal and unavoidable. They were wrong.
It is now known that the brain remains plastic throughout your life span and that it is a “use it or lose it” system. It is neither a machine that breaks down with too much use nor is ... Read more