Category: California Board of Psychology

Take a Deep Breath—it’s Good for You

A woman in a field of yellow flowers

Take a deep breath. Feel better?  It’s supposed to. Taking a deep breath and doing it correctly is known to be good for your physical and emotional health no matter what situation you’re in. When experiencing stress, anxiety and trauma, breathing can be short and shallow with most of the air directed toward the chest.…

Calling Out the Cult of Chlorine Dioxide

The medicine show is back in town. You know, the one where the self-proclaimed “doctor” sells bottles of cure-all off the back of his wagon to people desperately looking for help for a sickness? In the old days, the bottle usually contained a mixture of basically nothing medicinal—plus a good shot of alcohol. These days,…

New on Campus: Mental Health Check-Ins

Mental Health Check-In Chart

Being an educator is not a teacher’s sole job, because teachers have the privilege of wearing many hats.  From early education through high school, these instructors act as referees, counselors, coaches, cheerleaders, mentors, role models, and, at times, a trusted confidante to their students. During the school year, teachers spend up to four hours per…

Beating The Post Holiday Blues

‘Tis the season to be jolly. That’s what the old Christmas song says anyway. But once those pretty presents are unwrapped, the festive parties are a memory and the hustle and bustle of the season winds down, many people are left singing the blues. According to the American Psychological Association (APA) the post-holiday blues are indeed a…

Put it on Your Reading List: The Winter 2017 Consumer Connection Magazine!

Happy holidays from the staff of the Consumer Connection magazine! The last issue for 2017 is filled with articles about everything from hormone replacement therapy to power poses, seniors and technology, football helmets, liquid cremation, and much more! Our cover story features the Bureau of Cannabis Control and the preparations it is making to begin…

New Law Enables Better Mental Health Care in ER

A new law that takes effect January 1 gives emergency healthcare providers improved access to patients’ medical records—something that can be crucial during a mental health crisis or when a patient is unable to provide consent. Assembly Bill 1119, signed by Governor Brown in September, addresses the lack of clarity in existing law, which has…

Beyond Making the Grade: How to Spot Stress in Your Kid

Back to school means new adventures, new things to learn, reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones. Not so bad, right? Not so fast. In today’s world, kids are more stressed than ever, and back to school pressures may only compound it. Can parents tell? Not always. Sometimes kids and teens reach out; sometimes…

MANTERRUPTING—Has it Happened to You?

Someone being interrupted while they are speaking is nothing new. In fact, it happens quite often to both men and women. However, there is current research that shows that in conversations, men interrupt women more often than they interrupt other men and vice-versa. The name given to this phenomenon is MANTERRUPTING. You may have seen or heard this…

Beyond Childhood: ADHD as an Adult

Often thought of as a condition found only in children, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)—when left undiagnosed and untreated—can last into adulthood. ADHD symptoms may be overlooked during childhood because of highly structured and protected school and home-life environments. Young people who are extremely bright may also be able to mask and compensate for their symptoms. According…

What You Learned on Your Summer Vacation

When we were kids, the only thing we had to worry about during summer vacation was what to do with all of that time off. As adults, we have other summer-related things to worry about—like how to keep our pets cool, how to protect our homes when we are away, how to prep the car…