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Stories by Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen

Am I Introverted or Socially Anxious?

At long last, introverts are having their day. Over the last few years, being quiet and inner-directed has become not only acceptable, but downright trendy.  But introversion often gets mistaken for its more restrictive, self-conscious, but treatable cousin, social anxiety

October 19, 2016 — Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen

Why Are Some People Transgender?

This week, by request from listener Cindy in Iowa, we’ll take a look at the still-evolving science of what causes an individual to be transgender. Plus, the surprising reason why gender dysphoria is a mental disorder

October 8, 2016 — Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen

Is Depression Contagious?

This week on the podcast, by request from an anonymous listener who wonders if her depressed partner might be bringing her down, Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen weighs in on whether or not depression is contagious. The answer might surprise you

September 28, 2016 — Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen

What Is Anxiety Sensitivity, and Do I Have It?

Shaking and numbness and sweat, oh my! What do we call it when what we fear is fear itself? None other than the little-known, but hugely important concept of anxiety sensitivity. This week, Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen explains what it is and offers three tips to take it down

September 24, 2016 — Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen

How to Let Go and Move On

Sometimes hanging in there actually means you’re just hanging on … and on. It’s hard to hold onto old hurts. But it’s even harder to let them go. This week, Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen offers five tips to kick-start the process of moving on

September 17, 2016 — Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen

How to Say No (without Feeling Guilty)

It’s one of the smallest, shortest words in the English language, but one of the hardest to say. This week, Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen, PhD, offers seven ways to say no (and maybe not even feel guilty!)

August 3, 2016 — Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen

The 2 Big Beliefs Linked to Anxiety

Worries and fears and stress, oh my! This week, Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen reveals the two big beliefs that light up anxiety, plus how to pull the plug

July 20, 2016 — Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen

Anxiety, Depression or Both?

Anxiety and depression are both challenging disorders—to make matters worse, they occur together up to 50 percent of the time

May 19, 2016 — Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen

How Not to Care What Other People Think

They say you stay up too late and got nothing in your brain? It’s normal to care what important people in your life think of you. But if caring too much makes you stressed or you live your life by others’ expectations, it may be time to push back. Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen offers nine ways to stop caring what other people think

April 7, 2016 — Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen

8 Little-Known Signs of Postpartum Depression

Usually, a celebrity checking into a treatment facility equals scandal. But Hayden Panettiere’s story is anything but. Here are eight symptoms to watch for and four myths, busted

March 2, 2016 — Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen

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 — Savvy Psychologist 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 — Savvy Psychologist 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 — Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen