Wednesday, January 28, 2015

To Worry or Not to Worry . . . That Is the Question

Many of us worry. Worrying is a common trait that many have. We worry about our kids, our responsibilities, our bodies, our relationships, our to-do list, our house, our finances, and the list could go on and on.

Is worrying productive and/or helpful or is it the sign of a major problem? We will explore that question in this blog post!

I grew up with four older brothers and one younger sister. A couple of my older brothers enjoyed teasing me and pushing my buttons. They did things such as call me names that rhymed with “Matt” or put me in a sleeping bag and not let me out. I was not one to just suffer in silence. Therefore, my mother had to be involved often during those years to make sure I wasn’t tied up or hanging from the garage rafters. My mother was and is a worrier. She is a wonderful mother and I love her very much. However, she has spent a lot of energy worrying over the years.

This blog post is a chance for me to share my personal thoughts on worrying. This is not a scientific point of view, rather my point of view.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Our Area

We love our little valley tucked up in the mountains of Northern Utah and would like to share with you a little bit more about what it's really like here in Logan via this short video we found.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


With the New Year upon us, it is a time when many of us do a better job of looking within ourselves (something we clinicians refer to as “introspection”) and evaluating how we are doing in our lives.  For many this is a challenging and painful endeavor, however, from my perspective it is one of the most potentially joyous and growth evoking experiences we can have.  As one wise individual once put it:

“Many things we have to learn by that which we suffer, and knowledge secured in that way, though the process may be painful, will be of great value to us”

As I have tried to look within myself and determine the changes that will be of benefit to me in the long run, one adjustment continues to rear its ugly head; my need for increased patience in my life.  I far too often find in my life that when bitter circumstances arise, I simply become bitter.  When I look to determine the benefit of this bitterness, I find little to no value.  So my goal has become to find a way to endure bitterness patiently without becoming bitter. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

America's Affluent Teen Crisis

Emotional health is one of the most precious and challenging aspects of the developmental process.  Logan River Academy has placed a high level of focus on helping the students currently enrolled to more fully understand the core values of honesty, respect, personal accountability, fairness and caring.  The following article demonstrates how with increased awareness and acceptance in our families the process of change is truly possible.   
America’s Affluent Teen Crisis:

Why more money may mean more mental health problems for teens.

How much would you pay for your teen to be able to thrive emotionally? Ten thousand dollars? Your entire IRA? Turns out all the money in the world may not be enough to protect your most prized possession from anxiety, depression and substance use. According to research, the more money in your bank account may mean the less adept he is at weathering the pressure to succeed at school, in sports, and at home.

This research has its roots in a 1999 study involving two samples of 10th graders - those from low-income, urban families and high-income, suburban families. Findings showed that on several fronts the wealthy children fared more poorly than did their low-income counterparts.  Specifically, they reported much higher levels of cigarette, alcohol, and marijuana use as well as significantly greater anxiety; in addition, suburban girls reported startlingly high levels of depression (Luthar & D'Avanzo, 1999). Since then, these findings have been replicated over and over again.