avatar Do Our Emotions Fit the Situation? Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Apr 2, 2012

This quote from Aristotle is a mouthful…so I honestly have to look it up when I need it. It doesn’t make the cut as a “pithy” maxim, yet Aristotle points to a very profound and sublime Truth. The Truth that he points to is something that I always keep with me and try to heed.  …Read More


avatar Working With Anger Posted by Dr. Iektje Stephens
Nov 14, 2010

A few weeks ago, Dr. Brooks posted a blog about love, and the importance on keeping love alive by working on it and cultivating it. This blog was based on teachings by the Vietnamese Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. It so happens that I was also listening to these same teachings, presented in the audio  …Read More


avatar Why Teens Cut Themselves Posted by ApaCenter Associate
Dec 1, 2009

Self-injurious behavior, such as cutting, is generally more than an attempt to get attention. Teens who cut themselves often report that they do it to stop or escape from intense, unpleasant emotions, such as anxiety or depression. For these teens, the pain of the moment provides a distraction to the overwhelming myriad of confusing thoughts  …Read More


avatar Tips on How Parents Can Respond to an Angry Teen Posted by ApaCenter Associate
Dec 1, 2009

When a teen is angry, he or she is trying to tell you something. Sometimes they are simply frustrated with your rules and limits. Other times their anger reflects underlying fear, sadness, confusion, or feelings of rejection. Whatever the reason for your child’s anger, don’t let it drive you apart. Your teen still needs you,  …Read More


avatar Relief from Anger Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Jun 30, 2008

Our anger can be kept alive indefinitely. An incident in which we felt wronged from 20 years ago can send us spiraling into a heated rage within just seconds of thinking about it. Thus, our anger is just a thought away. We’ve all experienced this before. And the more that we recall particular incidents that  …Read More


avatar Take the "Sleep Challenge" Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
May 19, 2007

I have one son who is almost 4 years old and another son who is almost 6 months. Sleep can be a hard-sought luxury, and my wife can speak to this even better than I can. One thing I have noticed, as any parent can tell you, is that infants and young children show dramatic  …Read More


avatar Managing Anger Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Dec 8, 2006

Although I’m not a Buddhist, in recent years I’ve become a big fan of the Dalai Lama. His book, The Art of Happiness is one of the most influential books that I have read http://www.apacenter.com/emotional_booklist.asp. Much of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is similar to teachings within Buddhism, although with a Western flair. I hate to admit  …Read More