In his book, Full Living Catastrophe: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. provides a metaphor to describe the challenges many of us face with the act of “letting go” of thoughts and feelings that cause us anxiety, pain, and suffering in our lives.
Sometimes the bravest thing to do is to speak about what you are feeling vulnerable about in the hopes of improving your life and helping others to do the same. So many of us that experience symptoms of depression and anxiety hold back from talking with others about these feelings. Thank you for inspiring courageousness: Kevin Love, DeMar DeRozan, and Kelly Oubre Jr. - and for reminding us that "everyone is going through something."
A psychological evaluation is conducted by a psychologist who uses assessment measures to better understand a child’s behavior, arrive at a diagnosis and guide the course of treatment. If your child or adolescent is struggling in school it can be overwhelming and frustrating to understand the reasons why. Could it be an attention problem such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)? Is it a learning difference? Difficulty with impulse control? Or might it be anxiety or depression? Psychological evaluations help a psychologist to understand what is behind the difficulties and figure out the best way to address them.
Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present and aware of our moment-to-moment experiences as they arise. Becoming a mindful parent does not have to involve a formal, structured practice and in no way implies perfect, calm parenting. Our psychologists at Metta are here to support you in learning ways to incorporate mindfulness into your daily life.