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So far Doug Girard has created 48 entries.

Embracing imperfection

There are many painful existential realities that we have to come to terms with throughout our lives. Perhaps none is more painful than the reality of imperfection. Like it or not, the world is imperfect. Like it or not, our family and friends, and our relationships with them, are imperfect. And like it or […]

Podcasts on mindfulness

Links to popular podcasts on the topic of mindfulness are provided.

Videos on mindfulness

Links to videos introducing mindfulness are provided.

Books on mindfulness

A list of great books on the subject of mindfulness is provided.


The article offers an introduction to mindfulness -- describing the concept, citing research to its benefits, and discussing possible mechanisms of action. Linked articles explore more specific topics in depth.

Mental health and college planning

The article discusses how to take your adolescent's mental health into account when making post-high school plans.

What is depression?

This post offers insights into clinical depression and what can be done to manage and reduce it.

Emotion-focused coping

Emotion-focused coping involves trying to soothe and reduce the negative emotional responses associated with stress, such as embarrassment, fear, anxiety, depression, and frustration.

Common questions about alcohol use

In this post, I try to answer common questions about problematic drinking.

Depression in adolescents

This brief guide for parents with a depressed adolescent discusses the phenomenon of clinical depression, how to evaluate its severity, how to assess and manage associated risk factors, and the treatment options that are available.