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Should Kids Take Psychiatric Medication?

We all know (or were) the kid who makes us wish for the invention of a Ritalin blow dart. But is it a good idea to put kids on psychiatric meds? And once they’re on, how long is long enough? The Savvy Psychologist tackles the topic of psychiatric drugs that start early and last a lifetime

January 27, 2016 — Ellen Hendriksen

5 Tips to Cope with Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can be in your neck, back and anywhere else. It can disrupt your work, your relationships and, by extension, your mental health. This week, Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen offers five tips to deal with the common challenge of chronic pain

January 13, 2016 — Ellen Hendriksen

How to Stop Nightmares and Night Terrors

This week on the Savvy Psychologist podcast, Dr. Ellen Hendriksen outlines 4 differences between nightmares and night terrors. Plus, tips on how to get rid of each so you can drift back to dreamland

December 23, 2015 — Ellen Hendriksen

What Is Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD)?

Affecting 3 to 8 percent of the population, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) is the most common of all the personality disorders. This week, the Savvy Psychologist explains the eight traits of OCPD

November 4, 2015 — Ellen Hendriksen

Toxic Habits: Overthinking

This week, we’ll wrap up our three-part series on toxic habits. Our third toxic habit? Call it overthinking, obsessing, brooding, or wallowing, or, call it the official term: rumination. In this episode of the Savvy Psychologist, Dr. Ellen Hendriksen offers 4 tips to stop the mental hamster wheel

September 30, 2015 — Ellen Hendriksen

5 Therapy Myths and Fears Busted

While millions of people are comfortable seeking help from a psychologist, psychiatrist, or other counselor, others—maybe you included—would rather pass a kidney stone than make an appointment with a therapist. This week, the Savvy Psychologist helps you (or someone you love) get over 5 common myths and fears about therapy

August 26, 2015 — Ellen Hendriksen

Your Brain on Porn and Other Sexual Images

Is porn bad for the brain? The Savvy Psychologist explains 3 studies that looked at how we process porn and other sexualized images, and reveals the potential effects on the brain—and on how we see our fellow men and women

August 19, 2015 — Ellen Hendriksen
How to Identify a Psychopath or Sociopath

How to Identify a Psychopath or Sociopath

The terms “psychopath” and “sociopath” often get used interchangeably, but they’re not exactly the same. Regardless of semantics, here’s how to spot the heartless, charming evil of a psychopath or sociopath

July 8, 2015 — Ellen Hendriksen
What Is Impostor Syndrome?

What Is Impostor Syndrome?

Can’t take a compliment? Feel like a fake? Convinced you’ll be unmasked at any moment? Welcome to the secret circle of high achievers suffering from Impostor Syndrome. The Savvy Psychologist explains how to recognize it, where it comes from, and has 9 tips on how to combat it

May 27, 2015 — Ellen Hendriksen

How to Stop Biting Your Nails (and Other Nervous Habits)

Hair pulling, skin picking, and knuckle cracking are just a few examples of pesky habits many of us just can't resist. Here are 10 tips to stop the snap, crackle, and pop of your body-focused nervous habits

April 22, 2015 — Ellen Hendriksen

What IS ADHD? Common—and Surprising—Symptoms

Do you frequently start and abandon projects? Does your ability to concentrate flip-flop between The Laser Beam and The Disco Ball? Sometimes ADHD is obvious, but sometimes it can fly under the radar. The Savvy Psychologist explains the common, and not so common, signs of this disorder. Plus, learn about medication-free tips to manage ADHD in kids and adults.

February 11, 2015 — Ellen Hendriksen

How to Overcome Your Fear of Flying (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this series, the Savvy Psychologist covered 5 ways to get to your destination without leaving fingernail marks in the armrest. Today, we’ll learn why you freak out at 30,000 feet and do a 10-second test to see if you’re prone to panic. Plus, the skinny on Xanax and what to do next

January 14, 2015 — Ellen Hendriksen

How to Overcome Your Fear of Flying (Part 1)

About 40% of all Americans have a fear of flying. That's more than 120 million people! If you're one of them, the Savvy Psychologist has 5 tips to get you in the air without a pit stop at the terminal bar. You’ll never love the middle seat, but you may not mind getting on the plane

January 7, 2015 — Ellen Hendriksen

How to Beat Winter Blues and Seasonal Affective Disorder

When all that’s left of the fa-la-la-la-las is rock-hard fruitcake, the winter blahs creep up, settle in, and hang around until spring. Dr. Ellen Hendriksen, the Savvy Psychologist, has 8 tips on how to deal with the blues and their more serious cousin, Seasonal Affective Disorder

December 24, 2014 — Ellen Hendriksen

7 Myths (and 1 Big Fact) about PTSD

This week, the Savvy Psychologist talks about healing PTSD and the stigma that can get in the way, with a special emphasis on veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

November 12, 2014 — Ellen Hendriksen

Is It Good or Bad to Zone Out, Space Out or Daydream?

Whether you call it zoning out, spacing out or daydreaming, we spend up to 47 percent of our waking lives letting our minds wander. This week, the Savvy Psychologist explains why mind wandering happens, when it’s good, when it’s bad—and how it might even lead to your own "Eureka!" moment

October 15, 2014 — Ellen Hendriksen

7 Myths about Suicide

The recent tragedy of Robin Williams's suicide—and the ensuing media storm—raised awareness of suicide as a mental health issue but also generated a lot of misinformation. This week, the Savvy Psychologist cleans up after the headlines

September 25, 2014 — Ellen Hendriksen

How to Stop Procrastinating

Procrastination happens to the best of us.  None other than Leonardo DaVinci noted, “It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.”  So don’t delay!  Read on for 6 tips to stop procrastinating.

September 10, 2014 — Ellen Hendriksen

Do Antidepressants Work?

Antidepressants have been hailed as miracle drug rock stars and vilified as brain-changing happy pills. All promotion aside—good or bad—are they effective?  The Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen digs though the data.

August 27, 2014 — Ellen Hendriksen

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