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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...

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?...

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

Humans of New York's Brandon Stanton on How to Talk to Strangers

Brandon Stanton, creator, photographer, interviewer, and author of the recent New York Times bestseller Humans of New York: Stories, discusses how to talk to strangers, the importance of having greater empathy, and more...

November 25, 2015 — Savvy Psychologist 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...

September 30, 2015 — Savvy Psychologist 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...

August 26, 2015 — Savvy Psychologist 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 — Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen

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 — Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen

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 — Savvy Psychologist 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...

February 11, 2015 — Savvy Psychologist 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...

January 14, 2015 — Savvy Psychologist 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...

January 7, 2015 — Savvy Psychologist 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 — Savvy Psychologist 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 — Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen
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