Dr. Carrie Jackson
About Dr. Carrie Jackson
Dr. Carrie Jackson is a contributor of JournalOwl. Her primary interests are to increase access to evidence-based mental health treatments for children and adolescents, providing specific information to parents and individuals with ADHD.
Carrie is a graduate of West Virginia University with a doctoral degree in Psychology, and a specialization in Clinical Child Psychology. Carrie has worked as a therapist and evaluator at several children’s hospitals, providing care and treatment to clients with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and anxiety. She has also worked with children with chronic medical conditions, providing supportive mental health care to children with cancer and burn survivors.
Although originally from South Carolina, Carrie has lived in two countries and four states. She enjoys hiking, traveling, and trying new recipes.
Articles by Dr. Carrie Jackson
Most people express stress at their job from time to time. The stress that a job and career put on someone can be particularly challenging. When the stress is exacerbated and moves into burnout, there can be lasting physical and emotional effects. Although burnout is not considered a medical or mental health diagnosis, it can lead to further mental and physical health difficulties.
Relationships are the heart of human connection and one of the most important pieces to someone’s wellbeing and overall quality of life. Relationships can come in all types of forms, situations, lengths of time, and more. Research suggests that when someone is involved in a healthy relationship, it can have positive effects on their mental health, stress levels, anxiety, depression, and well-being. On the other hand, if you are involved in an unhealthy relationship, it can have detrimental ...
Known as one of the biggest debates in the history of science, the conflict between nature versus nurture has led to some significant conversations around the relative contributions of environment and genes. This type of debate has shaped many fields of science including biology, chemistry, and psychology. At its most basic, nature refers to how biology, genes, and hereditary influences shape someone and their behavior. On the other hand, nurture refers to the ways in which environment (e.g...
Feeling insecure about the way your body looks can impact your confidence, mood, and stress. Although everyone feels self-conscious about how their body looks from time to time, for other people, it can impair their daily life significantly. People with Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) have a mental health disorder that affects how they perceive and view their body. Within this article, you will learn about what Body Dysmorphic Disorder is, including the signs, causes, and effects of sufferin...
People grow up in all different types of families. From the outside looking in, it can be hard to really understand what is going on within a family, what their challenges are, and the good things about being in that family. You might have the idea that some of your friends, family, or coworkers have a perfect family life and grew up in a perfect family. In reality, most people have some type of dysfunction within their family. For some families, it may be more clear from the outside that t...
When faced with an argument or conflict, it can bring out the worst in people. Some people might respond with a discussion where they sort out their concerns and problems in an effective way, being curious and open to the other person’s point of view. Others might end up becoming more aggressive, where they yell and argue and use intimidation tactics. Another way of responding to conflict is through stonewalling. Stonewalling is a communication tactic used when someone refuses to communicat...
The days of being a therapist have changed for good. Using technology and telehealth is considered the norm in the therapy office, and clients expect to have them as options. In an increasingly digital world, many therapists are considering using social media for a variety of reasons. And if you aren’t thinking of using social media, you likely have a colleague or friend who is encouraging you to use it.
When you are trapped in another day of excruciating pain, you feel stuck within your own body with no escape. Most people don’t understand the impact that chronic pain has on your day-to-day life. It makes everything more challenging from getting ready in the morning, to relationships, to working, to sleeping. Chronic pain impacts almost every facet of life in one way or another, and it’s been linked to greater rates of anxiety, depression, disability, and lower overall quality of life. For...
Becoming a parent is one of the most pivotal life transitions. In the matter of a year, the decision to journey into parenthood leaves your life forever changed. After the birth of a new child, so much happens so quickly. Aside from the sleepless nights, frequent waking, recovery from pregnancy, and constant questioning if you’re doing everything right, there’s plenty of small moments in-between that are easy to miss. And at the same time, you don’t want to miss any of them.
As a therapist, many parents often ask me about if they should read their daughter’s diary. Diaries are often a private record of a teen’s day to day life, or they may be more expressive and less frequent in their entries like a journal. Because of the private nature of diaries, this can lead some parents to want to question or read their daughter’s diary to know what is truly going on in their lives.
Using journaling regularly has many benefits, but it can be challenging to start this practice when you have Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). ADHD is a mental health disorder characterized by difficulties in organization, planning, self-regulation, and attention. For people with ADHD, it is often challenging to start tasks that require time to sit down, and it can be hard to finish them as well. Because of this, journaling can be hard for someone with ADHD. First you have to...
If you are reading this article, you likely are dealing with someone who uses deflection. If you aren’t sure that someone you know uses deflection, you are likely reading this article because you have a suspicion or hint that someone may be using deflection. In most cases, it can be really challenging to know if someone is using deflection or not, and if they are, what you should do about it. In this article, I’ll walk you through understanding what deflection is, the signs of it, and how t...
You’ve probably seen the term gaslighting before. It was even named one of the most popular words by Oxford Dictionaries in 2018. Gaslighting refers to actions of undermining another person’s reality by denying their truth, the environment, or their feelings. It can be a subtle manipulation technique, or it can be more recognizable. In this article, you’ll learn about what gaslighting is, how to recognize it, and how to heal from it.
Almost one-half of the population is introverted meaning that most people are trying to survive in an extroverted world. If you are reading this article, you may be an introvert, or you may be wondering if you are an introvert. There is no denying that the world we live in was built for those who thrive in large social gatherings. Because of this, some people can feel shame or embarrassment over being an introvert. That’s in part because there are many incorrect assumptions about what it me...
So, you think that you might be stuck with a bad therapist or have started questioning some of the things your therapist has done. Or maybe you have recently started looking for a therapist. counselor, or psychologist, and want to know what bad qualities you should watch out for.
Have you been struggling with anxiety, depression, life transitions, and are looking for the next step to help you with your mental health issue? Are you thinking that it is time to make some changes in your life to feel better and happier? If so, that is a sign that you may be ready for professional help from a therapist. counselor, psychologist, or psychiatrist.
Clinically reviewed by Dr. Carrie Jackson
Technically speaking, Stockholm Syndrome refers to a particular emotional, physical, and psychological experience that people go through in hostage situations. In popular culture, we refer to anyone who seems overly compliant and sympathetic with an abuser as a person with Stockholm Syndrome. In the era of #MeToo, examples of powerful women being abused by even more powerful men has opened our eyes to the reality that Stockholm Syndrome as we popularly refer to it can happen to anyone, not ...
There is no wonder that therapy is considered a social science, as it is the art of relating to someone and how we delve through our problems. Initially, when asked to think about therapy, we might envision a Rorschach painting where you determine your psychosis through ink blobs or something akin to a power imbalance between you and your therapist. Carl Rogers flipped this idea of therapy on its head when he created Client-Centered Therapy.
Grief holds a unique place in the human experience. It’s intensely personal and universal. Everyone who cares about someone or something will go through it, since nothing and no one is eternal. At its core, grief is what we go through when we experience loss—suddenly or slowly, expected or surprising, big or small, it doesn’t matter.
There are many damaging effects of long-term anxiety. Those who experience high levels of constant stress often deal with a decline in mental and physical health. It's essential to understand how much anxiety can affect one's health. While anxiety is the body's healthy response to danger--it can be cognitively damaging if one has an anxiety disorder.
People who faced childhood emotional neglect or CEN continue to struggle with many challenges even after becoming adults. CEN struggles cause complications for people because it’s difficult to identify the source of emotional wounds, unlike physical injuries.
Anxiety and panic attacks are awful. Your quality of life suffers, your physical health can be impacted, and relationships tend to suffer. If you are someone who suffers from anxiety or panic attacks, there is hope. It will not last forever. You can overcome it.
JournalOwl is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, medical treatment, medication, or therapy. Always seek the advice of your physician or qualified mental health provider with any questions you may have regarding any mental health symptoms or conditions. JournalOwl is not authorized to make recommendations about medication or serve as a substitute for professional advice. You should never disregard professional psychological or medical advice, or delay in seeking treatment, based on anything you read on JournalOwl’s website or platform.