avatar Some Mindfulness Meditation “Hacks” Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Mar 12, 2014

In my previous blog, I discussed how/why mindfulness is the “master” key to change. Mindfulness is being in the present moment nonjudgmentally. Mindfulness is a tool that can help us to focus our attention better. Improving any aspect of our behavior – being kinder, listening to others, modifying our forehand in tennis, remembering where we  …Read More


avatar Why Is Mindfuless is the Master Key to Change? Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Feb 26, 2014

You might have seen the recent cover story on “The Mindfulness Revolution” in Time magazine. It gives a nice introduction to the practice as well as why it can be so helpful. Mindfulness is simply being in the present moment non-judgmentally.  I’ve blogged about mindfulness countless times over the years. Here’s a blog about what mindfulness  …Read More


avatar Which Wolf Will You Feed? Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Aug 13, 2013

I love finding spiritual truths on which I can hang my hat. Life is complicated. People are complicated. Gaining some clarity about how to navigate our way through this ever-changing world is precious. Finding such spiritual truths can feel like a cool drink of water in a desert. I’ve grown particularly fond of stories in  …Read More


avatar Taming the Beast of ADHD Posted by Dr. Melissa Case-Vincent
Aug 10, 2011

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is a developmental disorder of self-control. It consists of problems with attention span, impulsive control, and activity level. Although the behaviors are the first symptoms that we see, it is important to understand what is going on in the brain in order to treat these symptoms. By definition, individuals experiencing ADHD  …Read More


avatar Creating a Distraction-Free Environment Posted by Dr. Lindsay Bell
Apr 27, 2011

We at the ApaCenter often encourage students to study in a quiet, distraction-free environment in order to maximize their attention and learning. When trying to establish the best setting for you or your child to study, it may be helpful to consider the following questions: *Are there a lot of visual distracters such as clutter,  …Read More


avatar Multi-Tasking: Are We Really Getting More Done in Less Time? Posted by Dr. Katie Shepard
Oct 7, 2009

In today’s fast paced society, it seems like everyone has a to-do list that is a mile long. Most of us possess numerous media tools, such as iPhones, Blackberries or netbooks, that supposedly allow us to multi-task in order to increase our productivity. A recent study at conducted at Stanford University (http://www.newsweek.com/id/213088), however, suggests that  …Read More


avatar An Alternative to Reading: Audiobooks Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Jun 13, 2009

Maybe you are not like me and you are able to blaze through book after book without a hitch. At times and my life, I have done this. Since having kids, it has become more challenging though. I can definitely buy books faster than I can read them! Well, I’ve come across a solution for  …Read More


avatar Keep on (Day) Dreamin' Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
May 12, 2009

Daydreaming can sometimes be an effective way to solve problems, despite conventional wisdom to the contrary. Recent research published in the May 2009 journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences details these findings in a study by Kalina Christoff and her colleagues of the University of British Columbia in Canada . In this study,  …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 Reading & Fatigue Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Jun 21, 2008

Have you ever had the experience of not being able to maintain concentration while reading and/or not remembering what you just read? Of course, this can be from a number of causes (e.g., boring or extremely dense reading material, ADHD, a mild reading disability) but an obvious but often overlooked one is not getting enough  …Read More