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Well, I’ll go ahead and state the obvious: Thanksgiving is different this year… very, very different.  However, the good news is that this does NOT mean we don’t have reason to give thanks.  In fact, did you know that adversity can actually bring us closer together?

When I was a graduate student, some of the research I did was looking at resilience in homeless families– surprisingly, homeless families often experienced GREATER levels of closeness and familial satisfaction than wealthy families.  This may pertain to the greater need for inter-dependence and reliance upon one another that homeless families have… the bottom line is that we can certainly be thankful if we’re not homeless of course, PLUS we can make sure to take advantage of the chance to rely upon one another in unique ways this year.  Don’t be afraid to call someone to just check on them, or to let someone know if YOU’RE the person who could use a little extra support– did you know that asking for support actually brings people closer?

Many high functioning people hesitate to ask for help because they don’t want to “annoy people”.  However, please remember that when you ask someone for support they often feel flattered and honored that you’re choosing THEM when you need to open up… so don’t hesitate if feel like reaching out to a friend or family member this Thanksgiving season!


Dr. Chloe Carmichael PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

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This episode of the High Functioning Hotspot is a little different this time! We’ll be featuring the audio of a webinar I did back called On the Horizon: Transitioning from Quarantine (which you can also watch on my YouTube channel if you prefer!).

Listen in for helpful tips for transitioning out of quarantine, if you haven’t already. But even if you have, you might still find the information in this episode handy! Listen to this episode now!

**Disclaimer– I know it’s a little late to be sharing content about “back to school”!  Just sharing this one here/now because it was shared back in September as a video-only, and now we’ve added it to the podcast as audio-only in case some people prefer just to listen!:)



With the pandemic still around, this school year is definitely a lot different from previous school years! In this episode of the High Functioning Hotspot, I share the audio to a panel I did called Safe and Sane: A Panel on Back to School, where I share the psychological aspect of not just the children’s side of things, but on parent’s side of things as well when it comes to this challenging school year.


Hosted by Lisa Speransky, Founder & Director of Programs of the Ivy Tutors Network and with my co-panelist, Soumi Eachempati, CEO of Cleared4Work, we share all kinds of advice, tips, and precautions when it comes to our children and their schooling. Listen to this episode now!




NYC therapists brace for stress and anxiety amid election madness

One of my quotes:

“There have been some broken plates over these divides and anger over feeling that your spouse is essentially supporting a candidate who is going to end America as we know it. It’s the narrative both sides feel about the other side”.

What I Learned from Trying an At-Home Stress Test


One of my quotes:

“Connecting socially with other people can help to reduce your stress, which would presumably lower your cortisol levels.”

Stressed about the election? You’re not alone. How to stay calm ahead of Nov. 3


One of my quotes:

“I would absolutely plan it out in advance, because it gives you a sense of control and it helps you understand a little bit more about what to expect, and it’s a form of self care,… Just the same way when we plan a vacation, we actually start experiencing the benefits of the vacation even before it happens, just because we know that it’s coming.”

What’s your Election Day mood? Advice for dealing with feelings from anxiety to apathy


One of my quotes:

“Even if you live in a state where you feel it’s going to be landslide blue or landslide red, and you vote the other way and your vote may not really matter in the electoral college of your home state — that may be true, but there are so many ways you can participate.”




How to Deal with Strong Emotions: Ask a Psychologist

All of us experience strong emotions, so rest assured that it’s perfectly normal to feel overwhelmed every now and then when a particularly powerful feeling strikes. If you feel like you’re struggling to cope with your strong emotions, don’t worry! Chloe Carmichael, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in stress management and relationship issues, and she’s here to answer your questions about processing strong emotions so that you can deal with them in a healthy, productive way.

Read full article here.

How to Deal with Loneliness: Ask a Psychologist

Rest assured that you are not alone if you’ve been feeling lonely lately. In fact, we are currently living in a “loneliness epidemic,” so there’s nothing wrong with you if you’ve been feeling a little disconnected lately. That’s why licensed clinical psychologist Chloe Carmichael, PhD is here to answer your questions about how to cope with feeling lonely. From analyzing the source of your loneliness to meeting new people, this guide has you covered so that you can get back out there and start living your best life!

Read full article here.

How to Deal With Friends With Different Political Views

Most of the time when you make friends, you’re paying attention to what you have in common. You might enjoy their sense of humor, their kindness, their taste in music, or their willingness to help you out in a pinch. However, sometimes your friends will have political views that are very different from your own. Focusing on what you have in common, and learning to avoid political conversations will help you deal with friends who don’t share your own political views. When you do get into a disagreement, learning to patch things up will help your friendship endure.

Read full article here.




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