Mental Health Archives - Page 2 of 4 - Ben Michaelis, PhD

“Can Pokémon Go Really Improve Your Mental Health?” – Health Magazine

Ben Michaelis, PhD, an evolutionary clinical psychologist and author of Your Next Big Thing ($10; amazon.com), isn’t surprised by these reports. In fact, he’s already seen Pokémon Go help one of his own clients. “I think it’s a genuinely positive development,” he says. Michaelis believes apps like this one are most likely to help people with mild to moderate cases of anxiety, depression, and […]

“Why One Woman Pretended to Be a High-School Cheerleader” – The Atlantic

Ben Michaelis, a clinical psychologist, says: “Many people focus on choices they made—or chances they didn’t take—as a way of grappling with understanding their current circumstances.” For example, in 1986, a failed athlete named James Arthur Hogue, 26, posed as a 16-year-old boy and enrolled at Palo Alto High School, where he won one of […]

“Why One Woman Pretended to Be a High-School Cheerleader” – The Atlantic

At 33, Wendy Brown stole her daughter’s name, grabbed a pair of pom-poms, lived a teenage dream—then she went to jail for it. On September 2, 2008, a shy, blonde transfer student strolled into Ashwaubenon High School in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The petite sophomore wore a pink hoodie and carried a new school bag decorated […]

Mental Health Awareness Panel – AOL/Women’s Health Magazine

May is Mental Health Awareness month. Dr. Ben Michaelis joins “Women’s Health” Editor-in-Chief Amy Keller Laird to discuss mental health with the goal of breaking taboos by putting real faces to medical diagnoses, opening up the dialogue, sparking change and ultimately stopping the stigma associated with mental illnesses.

Does Sugar Cause Mental Illness?

I’m not an extremist. I’m not someone that takes information and runs with it. Nor am I a “health nut.” I eat popcorn at the movies, steal my kids’ Snickers out of their Halloween stash (parent tax), and I know my way around a Bear Claw. This weekend, while visiting a major U.S. theme park, […]

"7 Signs You May Have An Anxiety Disorder" – SheKnows

How to tell the difference between an anxiety disorder and nagging thoughts It took signing up for therapy to find the answer to the question I have always wanted to know: Is that constant uncomfortable, clenched feeling in my chest normal — or is it the sign of a bigger problem? After working with a […]