Healing yourself and your relationships after the election By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Mindfulness is the concept of being 100 percent present in the moment, while accepting all aspects of what that moment is – without criticism, blame, or judgement. But with this presidential year being so contentious, and with such heated vitriol between the two major candidates and political parties, it hasn’t been easy to be mindful. Throw into the mix the emotional weight and upset of COVID-19 along with the civil unrest of recent months, and the Nation has never felt more divided. While people [...]
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The Psychology of Your Vote 2020 A person’s political beliefs are determined by several factors. How you were raised, your life experiences, your current circumstances, your age, and other things, all contribute to your values and beliefs and the choices you make in life – including how you vote. But what if political issues, or at least how you feel about them, are actually not entirely in your control? What if the vote you cast on November 3rd turns out to be influenced more by your gray matter than by campaign ads, debates, career records or bus tours? Scientific research [...]
Divorce Rates Spike after COVID-19: Some Tips for Couples COVID-19 has had a profoundly negative impact on many married couples. The combination of working from home, virtual learning for our children, social distancing, financial hardship, stress, less quality time to relate, illness or the deaths of a loved one, etc., has been difficult for a lot of people with divorce rates spiking as a result. Research has shown that divorce rates typically increase in response to natural disasters and crises, and even the strongest relationships can fail during unprecedented, unpredictable and overly stressful times. According to the research group Legal [...]
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Dr. Mike, My husband and I have watched politics ruin many of our closest friends’ relationships and now it’s happening to us. I’m wanting to unfriend certain friends on-line because of what I see them posting, and I also don’t even want to have some people in my life anymore at all because their views are so different from ours. My husband and I are Christians, and we’ve always tried to be non-critical and patient in God’s light, but it’s getting harder to do with everything that’s happening in the US right now. This has also been very painful for [...]
Dr. Mike, The last few months have been hard for me with coronavirus. I work in my home office all day now and haven’t been to work since late March. I haven’t seen a single friend. I’ve gained 15 pounds. I’m drinking too much, and I can’t even remember the last time I worked out with my gym closing. I’m around my children and husband (who also works from home) all the time, which I guess should feel good but it doesn’t way too often. I don’t have energy. I feel sad most of the time, and I lay awake [...]
Back to School: Preparing your child for virtual learning To the dismay of many parents, the hybrid option to the academic school year for our children is no longer an option in Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS). But what does that mean and is exclusive virtual learning truly the best option? While parents in our community are split over the decision, I don’t think there really is a best option; we’re in a global pandemic, and as we’ve all learned over the past several months, living with restrictions and compromises is the new normal. There’s no denying that our children [...]
5 Tips to Managing Parental Anger During COVID-19 While new cases for COVID-19 in Northern Virginia are reportedly lowering, the stress of the pandemic on parents still weighs heavy. Sure the school year has ended, but our children and teens have started the Summer off without camps, swimming pools, movie theaters, bowling alleys, play dates, etc. This has in turn put a lot of pressure on parents (many working from home) to keep everyone on schedule. Add to the mix, the additional demand to be there more – physically and emotionally – for our children, to be living together so [...]
Ashburn Psychological and Psychiatric Services Updated COVID-19 Policies and Procedures effective June 22nd Navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic these past few months has been challenging for us as a nation and for the global community. While the pandemic has not lifted completely, we remain hopeful for continued positive news and its eventual end. As we gradually resume in-office appointments, we have instituted several safety measures based on guidelines from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). Please keep in mind that we will continue to offer psychiatry, psychotherapy and evaluation services virtually [...]
How to Discuss the George Floyd Tragedy and Racism with your Children On May 25th, George Floyd, an African American man, was killed by a white police officer during an arrest over Floyd allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill at a market. This moment of police brutality and the tragedy of Floyd’s death has caused tremendous civil unrest with protests, rioting and looting occurring for over a week now across the country. As a child psychologist in private practice, the topic of Floyd’s murder, and all that has followed since, has entered the psychotherapy space for many of the parents [...]