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Stephanie A. Sarkis Ph.D.
Fear of needles impacts millions of people in the U.S. One of the treatments, exposure therapy, can be effective at reducing avoidance and fear.
Being educated about vaccinations doesn't lead to a decrease in the fear of needles. Education isn't the issue.
About 10 percent of the U.S. population has a fear of needles, also known as trypanophobia. There are treatments available, both immediate and long-term.
Leaving a toxic relationship can be complicated and guilt-inducing. Learn coping strategies for leaving, and for life after your relationship.
Growing up with a narcissistic parent may have led to developing specific characteristics that lead to self-doubt, unstable relationships, and uneasiness when things are calm.
Sometimes a person with ADHD will appear to be self-focused. But is it narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) instead? Here are ways that could help you tell the difference.
Do we really need to forgive others who have wronged us?
You may be tempted to avoid a discussion with your partner. However, research shows that a resolved argument is far better for your emotional well-being.
As more people get vaccinated, you may start experiencing pressure to socialize or go back to working in-person. Here are some ways to ease anxiety.
Virtual reality is quickly becoming a reliable and effective adjunct to psychotherapy.
Focus on building up your self-compassion in 2021. It can go a lot further than new year's resolutions.
Part 2: How to cope with parenting an ADHD preschooler during a pandemic.
Part 1: What's the best way to cope with parenting during the pandemic? Use positivity, both with yourself and your kids.
You're hitting another wall of fatigue from the pandemic. Learned helplessness has probably kicked in. Here's how to fight back with psychological flexibility.
Anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts in college students are at an all-time high. What can we do to make life more bearable for them during the Covid-19 pandemic?
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) may be more effective online than face-to-face, according to a new study.
Attribution bias may be (falsely) telling you that you don't need to wear a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic. That would be a big mistake.
Have you ever brought up your partner's past behavior when you were arguing? If so, you may have fallen victim to availability bias.
You need to take excellent care of yourself right now, more than ever. Here's how to do it.
Another 6 million people are predicted to lose their jobs in the next few months. Learn how to cope when your life has been turned upside-down by sudden unemployment.
Just last month, you had freedom from your narcissist parent. But now you are stuck in the house with them 24/7. Learn how to cope.
You may be experiencing levels of extreme stress. It is OK to not be OK right now. Read on for how to help soothe yourself during what seems like an impossible situation.
More ways you can parent effectively and maintain a sense of normalcy during this period of great change.
With the coronavirus pandemic, we are in a time of great unknowns. How do you answer kids' questions and maintain some level of normalcy at home? Learn from my experience.
Out in the dating world, you need to pay attention to red flags—especially on a first date. Learn what to look for and know when to leave.
Wondering how to get the most out of journaling? Look to these eight journaling techniques to improve your mental health and reduce stress.
Journaling is a scientifically proven way of improving your mind and your body. Learn some of the basics to achieve improved well-being.
It's okay to not be okay during the holidays. Many people feel the same way that you do —they just don't talk about it.
If you have vivid dreams or nightmares like me, I'll let you in on a secret that makes sleep more restful. Stop nightmares in their tracks with this lucid dreaming technique.
You can actually enjoy the holidays, even if you have a gaslighter/narcissist in your life. It just takes some planning.
Stephanie Moulton Sarkis, Ph.D., N.C.C., D.C.M.H.S., L.M.H.C., is the author of Gaslighting: Recognize Manipulative and Emotionally Abusive People—and Break Free.
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