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The Psychology of Your Vote 2020

2020-10-23T12:48:54+00:00

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 [...]

The Psychology of Your Vote 20202020-10-23T12:48:54+00:00

Divorce Rates Spike after COVID-19: Some Tips for Couples

2020-10-03T00:40:40+00:00

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 [...]

Divorce Rates Spike after COVID-19: Some Tips for Couples2020-10-03T00:40:40+00:00

5 Tips to Managing Parental Anger During COVID-19

2020-07-07T01:13:25+00:00

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 [...]

5 Tips to Managing Parental Anger During COVID-192020-07-07T01:13:25+00:00

COVID-19 Policies and Procedures effective June 22nd

2020-06-22T23:59:19+00:00

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 [...]

COVID-19 Policies and Procedures effective June 22nd2020-06-22T23:59:19+00:00

How to Discuss the George Floyd Tragedy and Racism with your Children

2020-06-04T13:02:01+00:00

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 [...]

How to Discuss the George Floyd Tragedy and Racism with your Children2020-06-04T13:02:01+00:00

Psychiatric and Psychological Services On-Line

2020-04-04T13:21:26+00:00

Psychiatric and Psychological Services On-Line The highly credentialed and experienced team of clinicians at APPS is available to support your needs online or by telephone on a consultation or ongoing treatment basis.  Receiving psychological or psychiatric help through the Internet or by telephone can be done as an alternative to traditional face-to-face therapy, and your APPS clinician will discuss your needs, goals and objectives prior to beginning. Online consultation, therapy and psychiatry (i.e. medication management) is easy to use and can be very helpful. APPS uses Doxy.me, which is a free online service for video calls. Doxy.me allows clients to [...]

Psychiatric and Psychological Services On-Line2020-04-04T13:21:26+00:00

Back to School Planning…In October!

2019-10-28T02:47:57+00:00

Our kids headed back to school over a month ago. And while a lot of children, had no problem at all getting their academic groove on, the back to school transition has been difficult for others. “He’s addicted to technology” and “She’s missing assignments” and “She doesn’t even try” and “I can’t get him up in the morning” are just a few of the many concerning parental statements made in my work as a psychologist from just this past week. Every parent wants his or her child to succeed academically, and here are some tips to consider to get your [...]

Back to School Planning…In October!2019-10-28T02:47:57+00:00

Happy Birthday iPhone: The Good and the Bad 10 Years Later

2018-11-20T00:59:54+00:00

The iPhone is 10 years old this week, and it’s truly amazing how it (and smartphones in general) has revolutionized the way we function as a society and in so many positive ways — having instant access to information, increasing ways to communicate in real time, having multiple applications in the palm of your hand (e.g., a GPS system, a camera, etc.).  But the rise of mobile devices over the past 10 years has curiously coincided with the rise of some concerning problems. Smartphone overuse can actually lead to problematic behaviors and symptoms that are consistent with substance use disorders or [...]

Happy Birthday iPhone: The Good and the Bad 10 Years Later2018-11-20T00:59:54+00:00

Bad Clowns and Cultural Coulrophobia

2018-11-20T04:04:09+00:00

Oct. 31 marks the annual celebration of Halloween, but for some the dressing up as anonymous and often scary characters has taken on a new meaning.  The fall has brought dozens of reports across America of “creepy clowns” disturbing the public, and Loudoun is not immune. In October alone, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) reported two unsettling clown sightings. On Oct. 16 a juvenile reported that while running in a group along a trail at the intersection of Plymouth Pl. and Shellhorn Rd. in Ashburn, he observed a man leaning up against a tree who appeared to be sick. The report [...]

Bad Clowns and Cultural Coulrophobia2018-11-20T04:04:09+00:00

Lessons of Trump-Clinton: All Mental Health Organizations Should Adopt the Goldwater Rule

2018-11-20T04:13:12+00:00

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) takes a hard line position when it comes to psychiatrists asserting a public opinion about an individual’s mental health or mental illness. Since 1973, the APA has prohibited psychiatrists from offering professional public opinions or diagnoses of individuals they have not assessed.  This position, known as the Goldwater Rule, came about due to an incident that occurred in 1964 where thousands of psychiatrists were asked by a magazine to weigh in on Senator Barry Goldwater’s mental fitness as a presidential candidate. Many psychiatrists responded that Goldwater was unfit to assume the presidency, and some even offered clinical diagnoses [...]

Lessons of Trump-Clinton: All Mental Health Organizations Should Adopt the Goldwater Rule2018-11-20T04:13:12+00:00
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