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Worry, Optimism, and Performance

My Nikki, the ultimate worrywart and simultaneously happy girl.

Some of my research on anxiety and performance is now available in France: angoisse (worry), anxiete, optimisme, pessimisme, et cognition.

Across five data collection points, optimism was found to be inversely related to anxiety, but did not predict a stronger performance on difficult tasks. Out of all of the variables studied, worrying actually resulted in the strongest performance for complex challenges such as successfully completing law school.

The Takeaway: Being a worrywart can actually be helpful in the short term to put a fire under your butt, while optimism does not have a significant correlation with actual success. Worry can sometimes make us get difficult things done.

Meet and Greet with North Spring Behavioral Healthcare

We strongly believe in teaming up with community resources and finding the best fit. In keeping with this believe, we recently hosted a meet and greet with North Spring Behavioral Healthcare. North Spring provides multi-faceted services for children and adolescents in Northern Virginia, right outside of DC.  The treatment team includes psychiatrists, registered nurses, therapists, social workers, and mental health workers.

From acute or inpatient care to outpatient follow up, facilitated by community liaisons, North Spring works with families and young people to coordinate care in the mental health community in the DC area.  They are endorsed by NAMI as providing a high level of psycho education and mental health care.

Like Embolden, they also utilize mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and meditation strategies to work with young patients.

Thank you to everyone who attended and especially to North Spring’s Community Outreach Liaison and Admissions Director, Christy Evans,


Embolden Psychology

Embolden offers the ADOS-2, the gold standard assessment for kids on the spectrum.

Combined with psychoeducational testing, it helps provide comprehensive information and recommendations to help children and teens six and up.

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