Posts By: Jamye Shelton Pelosi

How to Ward Off the Winter Blues Before They Start

Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a common mental health issue affecting all ages. It comes in different forms, and is experienced to different degrees, but it’s usually associated with symptoms like sluggishness, persistent sadness, agitation or hopelessness during the winter months.  It is  believed that a decreased exposure to sunlight is an important factor… Read more »

How Toys Can Help Adults with Trichotillomania (and other BFRBs)

This week is body-focused repetitive behavior (BFRB) awareness week. BFRBs are compulsive behaviors involving the body and are often related to excessive grooming. For instance, people may compulsively bite nails, pick their skin or pull hair in a way that is physically harming and can lead to health complications. There are many times where it… Read more »

4 Tips to Stop Overeating This Labor Day

As we relax on Labor Day, one tradition stands out among the rest: barbecues. Picnic tables piled high with hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad and coolers full of icy beverages. Of course, today’s celebration is often followed by tomorrow’s regrets as we start to wonder if that fourth hamburger was really necessary. If you’re looking… Read more »

The Social Cost of Trichotillomania

Trichotillomania—“trich” for short—is a hair-pulling disorder which is believed by researchers to have neurodevelopmental roots. It falls under the umbrella of obsessive-compulsive disorders in the DSM-5, and is an example of a “body-focused repetitive behavior,” or BFRB. BFRBs include trich, excoriation (skin picking disorder), nail biting, and other behaviors like chewing on skin on the… Read more »

Jamye Shelton Pelosi: ‘What Makes Therapy Work?’

 As part of an ongoing series, the staff at Union Square Practice will be sharing their thoughts on an important question: “What makes therapy work?” This week, Jamye Shelton Pelosi shares her thoughts. What makes therapy work? I believe there are two components of particular importance that makes therapy work — the relationship between the therapist and the client… Read more »