Entries by Shirley Boone-Sanford PhD

Grief During the Holidays

For most of us the holidays are usually a time when family and friends reflect on the past and make new memories together. For those who have lost loved ones, the holidays might feel harder to endure. The grief about that loss somehow feels more acute during the holidays.  However, grief is a normal experience […]

ADHD in the Life of Women

October is ADHD month. A month dedicated to informing and educating the public about this disorder.  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), also known as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), is a common neurobehavioral disorder. The causes of ADHD are not fully known. The condition often comes about because of genetic or environmental factors. Additionally, premature birth, […]

Communication is Key to Successful Relationships

February is a time of year when many of us are focused on our relationships with significant others. There is endless messaging around us telling us the best ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day and show our love and appreciation for each other. However, relationships are not only around for the month of February. So how […]

Managing Holiday Stress

The 2021 holiday season is upon us, and many of us will be gathering with our families for the first time in nearly 2 years. There is bound to be excitement for the upcoming festivities, food, and reunions, but that excitement could cause us to forget how stressful family time can truly be. Whether you’re […]

Seasonal Depression

With the rush and excitement of the holiday season long gone, the sinking feeling that sometimes comes with shorter, grey  day starts. Although this may be simply brushed off as “winter blues” it may in fact be a more serious case of seasonal depression otherwise known as Season Affective Disorder (SAD). Although it is not […]


Positive affirmations are statements and phrases used to combat negative and unhelpful thoughts. In the process, you will improve your self-esteem and positive thinking by reprogramming your subconscious to let go of your negativity. Stating positive affirmations to yourself will help you improve your behavior, thinking, and/or habits. Positive affirmations are statements or phrases meant […]

Pandemic Fatigue

As fall is here, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic remains evident throughout the nation. Despite our best efforts to contain the virus and eradicate it before the end of the summer, after months of quarantining, the pandemic has begun to take a toll on our mental and emotional health.  Many of us suffer from pandemic […]

Fear, Anxiety, Stress and Worry, Oh My (Part 3)

Worry is the cognitive manifestation of stress, anxiety, and fear.   Worry involves negative thinking and rumination about stress anxiety and fear.  It erodes self-confidence, damages performance, and prevents rational or logical thinking.  Challenging negative thoughts with facts and reality often robs them of their influence.  It helps to write them down and review them to […]