Anxiety

Beyond Fear

Fearlessness is a place not absent of fear but beyond it.  When my two sons were just babies, I would sometimes awake at three in the morning overcome with fear. It was a sense of foreboding that tightly grabbed a hold of me, leaving me desperate, breathing in those short, panicky breaths unique to that hour…. Read more »

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Avoidant Attachment: Understanding Insecure Avoidant Attachment

The way that parents interact with their infant during the first few months of its life largely determines the type of attachment it will form with them. The relationship between the primary caregiver and the baby can create a secure, anxious, disorganized or avoidant attachment style that will form a blueprint for relationships throughout the… Read more »

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How to Overcome Insecurity: Why Am I So Insecure?

We are called a narcissistic generation. We are told that technology and social media are giving us an inflated sense of self. But most of us don’t walk around feeling like we are all that great. In fact, there is one underlying emotion that overwhelmingly shapes our self-image and influences our behavior, and that is… Read more »

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How to Overcome the Fear of Failure

The fear of failure can become a very powerful force in each choice we make and each endeavor we undertake. While sometimes this fear can motivate us to succeed, other times it can defeat us, preventing us from pursuing our goals. Often it is at those times when we are faced with the greatest opportunities… Read more »

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Identifying and Treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? When we think of obsessive compulsive disorder, different images come to mind: the film character who won’t step on sidewalk cracks or the co-worker who uses tissue to open doors. Obsessive compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder that can disrupt people’s lives causing them to engage in repetitious behaviors to… Read more »

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Social Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety in Children Many children suffering from anxiety have little understanding of what is going on internally.  They blame their catastrophic worries on themselves, believing that something must be wrong with them.  Their worries and thoughts consume their minds thus making it difficult to concentrate or to implement any sort of change.  For a child… Read more »

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Depression and Anxiety in Student Populations: Interview with Dr. Daniel Zamir

Dr. Daniel Zamir, former Student Counselor at UCLA, addresses the issues of depression and anxiety in the student population.   ADDRESSING DEPRESSION IN THE STUDENT POPULATION The following transcript contains part of an exclusive interview with the Editor of PsychAlive and Dr. Daniel Zamir. Dr. Daniel Zamir: I think it’s really individual to the person… Read more »

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Fighting Post-Graduation Anxiety

            As the graduation season comes to an end, many new grads are facing the fear and anxiety of what to do next.  Transitions always come with doubts and concerns, but this one seems to be especially difficult.  All your life, you are told to do well in school, to… Read more »

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Dr. Sheldon Solomon on Defenses Against Death Anxiety

Dr. Sheldon Solomon on Defenses Against Death Anxiety Dr. Sheldon Solomon talks about common defenses against death anxiety. LF: In your work, you focus on defenses against death anxiety that help keep it out of people’s awareness. I was wondering if you could describe those a little bit of what you see as the main… Read more »

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Breaking the Fantasy Bond with Our Mothers

The other day, I was reminded of reading Nancy Friday’s book, My Mother/My Self many years ago; so I took Friday’s book down from a shelf in my office and opened it, quite by chance, to page 388, where I found this heavily underlined quote: “As we get older and the tie to mother is… Read more »

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