The Holiday Season: Expectation vs. Reality

by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   The holiday season is filled with expectations. Fueled by idyllic scenes depicted in movies and social media postings, our imaginations can run wild with ideas of how things should be.  Annoyingly, how things should be is rarely how things actually are. Don’t stress if you feel that things aren’t going right for you this season. … Read More

The Link Between Body Dysmorphic Disorder & OCD

by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is an anxiety disorder that causes a person to experience excessive worries and anxiety about one or several aspects of their physical appearance. BDD affects approximately one in every 50 people. While a person of any age or gender can have BDD, it is most common in teenage and young adult women. … Read More

How to Let Go

by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC Regret is an inescapable part of life. We are human. We make mistakes. Yet the feeling of regret seems almost intolerable at times. We may find ourselves hanging on to past actions or inactions, believing that whatever personal losses they resulted in could have been avoided. Rumination over these losses can feel like it is serving … Read More

The Fight to Focus

by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC What is Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? ADHD is a common language problem. However, the variations in the way the disorder manifests can make it difficult to identify and diagnose. For instance, some children with the condition are forgetful, disorganized and have difficulty completing assignments.  As a result, they often struggle with ADHD silently in order to please … Read More

March Into Good Health

March is National Nutrition Month – a great opportunity to brush up how food affects us mentally and physically! The Mind-Body Connection It’s no secret that food has a significant impact on the mind and body. Eating healthy, nutritious foods generally leads to increased energy, mental clarity and self-esteem. We also know what foods have the opposite effect—typically those that … Read More

Spring Clean Your Mental Health

Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC By February’s end, most people are eager for the arrival of spring. Along with warmer weather, spring hold the promise of new beginnings and fresh starts.  This is perhaps why the concept of “spring cleaning” is so appealing. It is a concrete way to rid ourselves of the clutter that is taking up too much space in … Read More

Burned Out and Overstimulated: Holiday Edition

Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC The holiday season is filled with expectations. Don’t stress if you feel that the holiday season has been, well, stressful. Everybody has a different capacity of how much environmental information and stimuli they can consume without becoming overstimulated.   Signs of Overstimulation restlessness, difficulty relaxing heightened startle response increased sense of agitation or fear persistent rumination mood … Read More

Midlife Eating Disorders

Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Eating disorders are stereotypically associated with teenage girls or young women. To be fair, this presumption is based in some truth. Prevalence of eating disorders are twice as high among women as men, with the average age of onset being between 18 and 21 (Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2010). While … Read More

Do you have healthy self-esteem?

by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC Many people struggle with what they perceive as “low self-confidence”. However, this term is often used interchangeably with low self-esteem. Since both are important, let’s look at how the two differ.   What is self-esteem? Self-esteem relates to how one feels about themselves; it is measure of self-regard that cannot be seen by others. People with … Read More

What is “Reverse SAD”?

by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC Seasonal Affective Disorder Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is characterized by feelings of depression that start and end at the same time every year, in accordance with a change in seasons. SAD is generally used to refer to depression that occurs during the cold, dark winter months. This is because the reduced exposure to sunlight and warmth … Read More