Boo! Enjoying Roller Coasters and Surviving Panic Attacks

Last weekend as we walked around the Halloween section picking out costumes, I wondered how it is that my kids, who insist on sleeping with a night-light on, find this holiday so appealing.

Mental Ophthalmology

This post is one extended metaphor and may illicit a strong “yes I get it, move on” reaction. Proceed with caution.

How to find affordable psychotherapy

Finding affordable psychotherapy can sometimes seem like an oxymoron.


Happiness exercise:  How to remove stress and boredom at work

Yvette Sheline, M.D.

Dr. Sheline is currently conducting fMRI studies of emotional dysregulation in depression, studies of treatment outcome in late-life depression, and studies investigating abnormal amyloid binding in late life depression, among others. She has received a number of awards and currently holds an NIMH Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research. Dr. Sheline received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University, a master’s degree in Physiology from Yale University and her medical degree from Boston University. She is the author of a large number of scientific publications and...


Michele is a certified registered nurse anesthetist and single mother who lives in New Jersey.  In 2008, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, just a few weeks after receiving certification as a nurse anesthetist. With her world turned upside down and her exciting plans for the future put on hold, Michele struggled with anger, anxiety, and depression. She found help through a University of Pennsylvania clinical trial focused on holistic therapy.  In addition to using medication to treat her anxiety and depression, Michele uses affirmations,...

Worry vs. Anxiety

When I was invited to be a blogger for, as part of the upcoming series This Emotional Life,.

Practicing Mindfulness

One of the best definitions of mindfulness comes from Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

Dr. Paula Bloom

Dr. Bloom, is a practicing clinical psychologist, speaker, and frequent contributor to CNN. Through her training and work on suicide hotlines, community mental health centers, and medical and psychiatric units, Dr. Bloom quickly realized that she knew far more about mental illness than mental health. Her focus has now shifted to helping individuals struggling with psychiatric conditions such as anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder to go beyond their diagnosis and find a greater sense of productivity, purpose, and meaning in their lives. Dr. Bloom...

Roz Chast

Roz Chast has been a cartoonist for the New Yorker since 1978. Her work has also appeared in many other publications, including Scientific American, Redbook, and the Harvard Business Review. Her latest collection is Theories of Everything: Selected, Collected, and Health-Inspected Cartoons, 1978-2006. In 2007 she illustrated The Alphabet from A to Y With Bonus Letter Z!, the best-selling children's book written by Steve Martin. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, to the two most anxious people on the planet, and to this day, anxiety is her default mode. Related Links Roz...

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