Hope is double-edged, false hope can set you on a collision course with despair. Know when your hopes are well-founded and how to turn your deep desires into results.
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Better living through recognizing gaslighting and treating ADHD and anxiety.
Stephanie A. Sarkis Ph.D. on March 28, 2023
Breadcrumbing can slow your healing from a relationship with a narcissist. Find out why narcissists breadcrumb, and what you can do about it.
Stephanie A. Sarkis Ph.D. on March 26, 2023
A trauma bond can make it difficult to leave a toxic relationship. Learn if you may be experiencing this consequence of abuse.
Stephanie A. Sarkis Ph.D. on March 25, 2023
A nationwide shortage of Adderall has led to a loss in functioning for many people with ADHD. These strategies could help improve quality of life when symptoms take over.
Stephanie A. Sarkis Ph.D. on December 26, 2022
It's normal to feel sad or disappointed after the holiday season is over. However, there are ways to make the rest of winter easier to bear.
Stephanie A. Sarkis Ph.D. on December 21, 2022
You may feel more intense grief during the holidays and into the new year. Discover ways to help yourself through the season.
Stephanie A. Sarkis Ph.D. on December 19, 2022
You've worked at going no-contact or low-contact with a toxic family member. However, the holiday season means you may have to encounter them.
Stephanie A. Sarkis Ph.D. on September 28, 2022
As a therapist and someone who has evacuated several times, here are ways to help yourself find some sense of normalcy in the chaos of a disaster.
Stephanie A. Sarkis Ph.D. on September 25, 2022
Narcissists often try to "hoover" you back into contact with them. Resist the urge to respond.
Stephanie A. Sarkis Ph.D. on September 20, 2022
Female friendships can be tricky, especially when you are past your school years. Discover how to get past the roadblocks to developing healthy connections.
Stephanie A. Sarkis Ph.D. on June 28, 2022
Ending a toxic relationship can put you in a tailspin. It takes time to rebuild and create a new future. Here are some ways to make your healing journey easier.
Stephanie A. Sarkis Ph.D. on June 27, 2022
"Hoovering" is a sneaky way that toxic people try to get back into your life. Learn how to identify the tactic before it hits you.
Stephanie A. Sarkis Ph.D. on June 20, 2022
Learn to identify a toxic relationship early on through knowing the three stages of idealizing, devaluing, and discarding.
Stephanie A. Sarkis Ph.D. on March 27, 2022
Anticipatory anxiety can leave us feeling stuck and fearing the worst. Reduce anticipatory anxiety with these four techniques.
Stephanie A. Sarkis Ph.D. on March 21, 2022
Typical concerns about COVID can turn into hypervigilance about your health. Discover if you have health anxiety, and if so, what you can do about it.
Stephanie A. Sarkis Ph.D. on March 18, 2022
A "prank" can trigger past trauma, cause hypervigilance, and can erode the trust in a relationship. If you feel a prank was harmful to you, your feelings are valid.
Stephanie A. Sarkis Ph.D. on December 27, 2021
Looking at the emotions you experienced this year can help you decide where you want steer your focus in the new year.
Stephanie A. Sarkis Ph.D. on December 21, 2021
Covert narcissists can be difficult to detect. Dealing with them at family gatherings can put you in a bind and make you feel a lack of support.
Stephanie A. Sarkis Ph.D. on December 20, 2021
There is always time to put yourself first because it's a necessity. Learn easy-to-manage ways to add self-care into your life.
Stephanie A. Sarkis Ph.D. on September 28, 2021
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.
Stephanie A. Sarkis Ph.D. on September 25, 2021
Being educated about vaccinations doesn't lead to a decrease in the fear of needles. Education isn't the issue.