Janice Levine, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who specializes in couples relationships and family development. She received her undergraduate degree from Yale University and her graduate degrees from Harvard University.
Education and Training
Harvard University PhD 1983
Yale University BA 1976
Dr. Janice R. Levine PH.D.'s Expert Contributions
Yes, it is most certainly possible to develop or evidence ADHD as an adult. Often, the symptoms are masked in childhood but they can just as easily first appear in adulthood. A differential diagnosis would be helpful, as there are other conditions (anxiety, mania) that can look like ADHD, but not actually be attention deficit. And of course, the "H" (hyperactivity) may or my not be present. Psychological testing is the most reliable way to make an accurate diagnosis. READ MORE
Mindfulness meditation is the best way I know of to overcome intrusive thoughts. It's a practice that teaches you to witness the nature and content of your thoughts, and gently return your focus to your breath and the present moment. It doesn't stop negative thoughts from coming, and nothing can, but it gives you facility in recognizing them sooner and having the mental agility to reroute negative thoughts to the here and now. Negative thoughts live in the past or the future; the present is nearly always safe. We either regret (looking backward) or fear (looking forward), neither of which we can control at the present moment. Negative thoughts in the form of self-loathing are best helped by CBT or CBT, in conjunction with mindfulness meditation. Good luck! READ MORE
Absolutely! It's a wonderful option that should be first string for everyone. Our bodies hold and convey our feelings to us, and if we can learn to listen to our bodies' sensory feedback and regulate our internal response, it changes our experience of things. It can make us go from agitated to calm, and when our bodies feel calm, we don't experience being stressed the same way. This is how we become in charge of our emotional experiences. Stress isn't a "thing" that exists independent of our response to it. Though there are commonly perceived pressures and stressful events, our interpretation of what is or isn't stressful is what lands in our bodies. Prior to feeling stressed and having to manage it, we can also learn how to interpret events differently, such that they don't affect us in the same way. For example, the more we feel in control of our internal experiences, the more we are able not to feel helplessly victimized by them, i.e., we can choose how to respond, and we can regulate our reactions. Learning to be sensitive to our own heart rate, racing thoughts, sweat, shakiness, etc., is important data that enables us to face stressful events with a sense of mastery. Too much stress can shorten the lifespan - biofeedback can literally extend your life! READ MORE
It is very common for people to become more anxious as they get older. Personal safety and security become prime motivators in life; new and increasing ailments remind a person that they are vulnerable. Older people typically become more cautious and risk-averse with age. That said, it should not get in the way of performing normal activities nor should it occupy as much worry and concern as you describe. While not necessarily abnormal, anti-anxiety medication could be helpful to take the edge off and has little if any side effects. Check with the doctor to evaluate its appropriateness. READ MORE
You may not be able to stop your mind from thinking, but it is possible to learn how to divert and relax your racing thoughts. The best technique comes from learning mindfulness meditation, where the practice involves witnessing the act of having a thought, and then returning to a focus on your breath. Your mind will naturally start thinking again, and each time you notice this you gently return to your breath. This practice offers a way to manage ones own thought process and return to the present moment, so you don't get lost in run-away thoughts. Calming the mind can also help you relax. READ MORE
It depends on the severity and frequency of these negative phases. Are these periods sustained and frequent, or episodic and rare? If it happens continuously or is increasing in frequency it might suggest depression. If your negative thoughts increase in intensity, become scary, paranoid or suicidal, it is also problematic. But if you get in periodic funks that abate and don't go too deep I wouldn't be concerned. Track these patterns and if you find you can't willfully turn your thoughts around, or they happen more frequently or intensely, you are probably depressed and should see a therapist. READ MORE
Faculty Titles & Positions
- Clinical Instructor in Psychology, Dept. of Psychiatry Harvard Medical School 1999 - 2003
- Instructors Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology 1991 - 1995
- Lecturer in Psychology Harvard University 1985 - 1986
- George and Cecile Naumberg Fellow Harvard University 1979 - 1981
- Clinical Fellow in Psychology in the Dept. of Psychiatry Harvard University 1979 - 1981
- Branford Arts Prize 1976 Yale University
- Whos Who Among Human Service Professionals
- Whos Who Among American Women
- Couples Therapy
- Marriage Education
- Individual Psychotherapy
- Parent Education
- Consultation Services to Individuals and Organizations
- Relationship Counseling
- Relationship Issues
- Grief Counseling
- Life Transitions
- American Psychological Association
- Massachusetts Psychological Association
- Professional Member American Psychological Association
- Professional Member Massachusetts Psychological Association
- Professional Member Coalition for Marriage, Family and Couples Education
- Jossey-BassWhy Do Fools Fall in Love?2001
- Jossey-BassBeyond the Chuppah: A Jewish Guide to Happy Marriages2001
Charities and Philanthropic Endeavors
- Founder and President, Partners for ACCESS (African Community Center for Social Sustainability), Uganda
- Board of Directors (Past): Terezin Music Foundation
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- The Challenges of Living with Autism in College
As autism becomes more prevalent, more research has been devoted to understanding the origins of the it as well as developing effective treatment plans to support the individual. Research shows that the earlier treatment begins, the better individuals will be at implementing coping strategies and...
- What are the Signs and Symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder?
Binge eating is when you feel a strong need to eat large amounts of food at all times without having control over it. Everybody overeats once in a while when having favorite meals or when really hungry. However, when the overeating becomes frequent and gets out of control, it crosses the line from...
- Eight Tips to Overcome Procrastination
Are you thinking of ways to overcome procrastination? Well, you have landed in the right place. Procrastination is something every person can do. Even a well-organized person does it. It is a bad, yet a hard habit to break.Have you been putting things off lately? Are your deadlines getting closer...
- Wishes Come True For These Two Inspiring People with Autism
Many people believe autism to be an obstacle that can hold people back from achieving their dreams. This is of course totally untrue, and the story of one PhD student shows exactly why this statement was false.The story of Kelvin SmithKelvin Smith is a graduate of Auburn University who is pursuing...
- The Types of Procrastinators – Which Type Are You?
Are you the rare one? The one who does not put things off to the last minute? The one who does not procrastinate? I guess not! You would not be reading this if you are that rare person. It is very likely that you procrastinate just like me. Don’t we all do it?...
- How an Autism Expert Failed to See His Own Son's Asperger's
Many children with Asperger’s syndrome are initially diagnosed with ADHD and then later diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome in adulthood when seeking help for directly related matters such as depression or persistent anxiety. This is how it took professor Tony Attwood, clinical psychologist, 35...
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