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Overcoming Cyber Envy: Studio 5

Therapist Julie Hanks, LCSW, owner and executive director of Wasatch Family Therapy, cautions women to remember that a digital life is the best version of someone, not the entire picture.

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Social Media Bragging: Laura Ingraham Radio Interview

 

Last week I joined Laura Ingraham to chat about how online bragging impacts our relationships on her national radio show. She was absolutely delightful to talk with – and funny. I still can’t believe I dissed Oprah! I love Oprah. What I meant by my comment was that Oprah was totally relatable to the common woman. In case you missed it here’s the interview…

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Spanking Needs A Time Out! 7 Positive Parenting Strategies: Studio 5

It’s estimated that 70-90 percent of parents spank their children, according to Dr. George Holden of Southern Methodist University; in spite of the mounting volume of compelling research that shows physical punishment in all forms is not an effective solution for behavior problems. Spanking and other physical punishment has many unintended negative effects, including poor mental health.

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Watch KSL TV Special Utah Runs Sat 4PM

Whether you’re a seasoned runner or an official couch potato, you’ll enjoy this KSL TV special airing tomorrow 4/11/12 at 4:00p.m. MST. I’m honored to be sharing a few of the mental health benefits of running in this special. Set your DVR!

 

8 Surefire Ways To Emotionally Screw Up Your Kid

My guest post published yesterday on PsychCentral.com’s World Of Psychology blog. It seems it hit close to home for many people. It’s been shared nearly 1000 times on Facebook since yesterday! See if any of these ring true for your experience…(click the title above to go to the article)

Ask Julie: Depressed, Anxious, and Socially Awkward

Q: I don’t remember a time in my life where I’ve been totally happy but for the past approximately 2 years i have been extremely depressed as a result of my social anxiety and loneliness. I have always found social situations ‘awkward’, in fact the last time I remember frequently leaving my house for social reasons was when I was about 13. I then became more and more of a recluse from there on, i went out with my friends less and less outside of school, then upon leaving school i stopped doing things with my friends more and more until the point where i have not left my house for social reasons for about 2/3 years. I no longer have any friends and although my family is nice and supportive they cannot provide me with what I need. I have not spoken to anyone in person about my problems, I simply can’t. My parents will just tell me to Read more

4 Ways To Gracefully Handle Criticism

Negative feedback feels like a personal attack, but it can be really beneficial and provide clues to how we can improve ourselves, our lives and our relationships.

1) Consider the source

How close are you to the person? Do you trust them? Do they criticize everyone?

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Ask Julie: Am I Really Bipolar?

Q: I have just recently dealt with the trauma of being molested by a friend’s father. I thought all of my erratic behavior resulted from this, but now I’m hearing that I am Bipolar. I am confused and scared. I have been given lithium, but the doctor has not spoken to my family and only spoke with me once for about 20 minutes. His assistants did separate interviews with me as well. I don’t have insurance so I am paying a lot and don’t if I can afford to get a second opinion.

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Ask Julie: My Ex Has Dissociative Identity Disorder. Is There Hope For Us?

Q: How can I explain to an ex-boyfriend who left state and returned that he needs help for is DID? My current psychologist couldn’t answer this question, but flipped it off as insignificant.  I fell in love in Jan. 2010 with a foreign worker who was here to repair damage in the condo after carpet removal and air scrubbing.  I texted him I was interested and we had a first date.  He ran out unexpectedly, with no excuse and did not return.  Gone then for 3 months to his “country”, back once, ran out with no reason, gone another month, “for a funeral”; back, ran away, then back after another 3 months saying he was emotionally sick and went back to his home country, and was sorry he didn’t call.  During all this strange interims, I hired a detective, then, found out in July he ran to another state… Read more