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Public Appearances

  June 30th - Friday, June 30th at 12:30pm EST/9:30 am PT Dr. Carol will be interviewed on the Ed Tyll Show to discuss A MAJOR topic for their listeners: "Bored Already? Get Kids in on Summer Decisions." Karen, Executive Producer at Starcom, invited Dr. Carol to...

Press Kit

CAROL CLIFTON, PH.D., a licensed psychologist in the Portland, Oregon area, has been treating trauma, depression, anxiety and working with couples for 30 years. She is the author of Unstumped! and the soon-to-be published book Escape the Control Trap which will help...

Exercise for Depression

It’s common knowledge that exercise is good for you – it sends oxygen to your brain so you can think better, it energizes you, it helps work off excess calories, it decreases your adrenalin to help you move through anger and anxiety, it is even good for depression....

Smiling Makes a Difference

Did you know that smiling – whether you feel like it or not – causes your brain to releases neuropeptides that fight off stress? Neuropeptides allow neurons to communicate messages throughout your body relaying relaxation, stress and other messages. Simply smile as...

Two anxiety reducing exercises

An anxiety attack can feel like a runaway train, as if you have no power over it. Biochemically, it is driven by adrenaline for the traditional fight or flight response in a crisis – to give you energy when your life depends on it. When used as designed, it lasts only...

The Mind/Body Connection

For decades insurance companies distinguished between mental health and physical health as if they were separate entities.  They are not.  They are interactive.  Your mind is part of your body.  Your thinking processes are biochemical interactions taking place in your...