“Too Sensitive” or Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria?

– Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria (RSD) is characterized by an intense fear of rejection, often leading individuals to perceive rejection even in situations where it doesn’t exist or isn’t intended. RSD is not officially recognized as a distinct disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). However, it’s a concept extensively discussed in psychology and … Read More

What is a Highly Sensitive Person?

    – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   You’ve probably heard the of “introverts” and “empaths” before. Introvert describes a person who becomes drained quickly in social situations and needs plenty of time alone to recharge their energy. Empaths are individuals who have a naturally heightened awareness of the emotions of those around them and often absorb and internalize those emotions. There … Read More

The Link Between ADHD & Body Dysmorphic Disorder

  by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC     If you are familiar with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), you may think they have nothing in common. After all, one is related to attention and hyperactivity, while the other revolves around body image and self-perception. Surprisingly, research has found significant correlations between the two disorders in regard to … Read More

Let’s Talk About Self-Esteem

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC     What is self-esteem? Self-esteem is often used interchangeably with self-confidence. While self-esteem and self-confidence are related concepts, they are distinct from each other. Since both are important, let’s look at how the two differ. Self-confidence is more specific and focuses on belief in one’s abilities and skills to accomplish specific tasks or goals. This … Read More

How to Get Unstuck in Life

– Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Have you ever felt that you are “stuck” or falling behind in life? This feeling might convince you that maybe if you just tried harder, you could propel yourself into a life experience that will bring success and happiness. This feeling might prompt you to search Pinterest for motivation quotes, purchase self-help books and bullet journals, … Read More

What is a Midlife Eating Disorder?

    – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   National Eating Disorder Awareness week (NEDAW) is observed each year during the last week in February. During my time in high school, this “awareness” typically looked like some well-intentioned student organization plastering triggering images of “textbook anorexic” models in the girls’ bathroom. Although perspectives on eating-disorders have become more progressive, there is still … 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 … Read More

Self-Compassion: Support from Within

Down and Out When we find ourselves in low mood states, when we’re stressed, tired, and hopeless, it can be extra brutal to encounter thoughts kicking us when we are down. Blaming us. Angry and hurt potentially that we are in this position to begin with. In certain situations, a compassionate friend might just be what is needed to support … Read More

Negative Thinking Traps… Part 3

Finishing up our in-depth review of negative thinking traps, there are another five common traps that can hijack us into negative feedback loops if we are not prepared. Taking us to places that are unproductive and skewing the truth when in reality, the situation may be easily resolvable. Rounding up the last of the prominent negative thinking traps we can … Read More

Eating Disorders, Exercise Addiction, & a Pandemic.

  Commonly Known Types of ED & Their (Brief) Diagnostic Criteria: Anorexia Nervosa (AN), Bulimia Nervosa (BN), and Binge-Eating Disorder (BED).  Anorexia Nervosa (AN): is characterized by an individual’s refusal to maintain healthy body weight, intense fear of gaining weight, and significantly distorted perception of one’s body image. There are 2 types: 1 is the restricting type- meaning there is … Read More