Mood Disorder Specialists Stafford VA

A positive mood is more expansive, sees the larger picture and tends to make more associations. Sad people, on the other hand, tend to stick to the facts, pay attention to details, and use more item'specific processing.

Roger J. Pasternak
(540) 899-9826
Mental Health Resources
Fredericksburg, VA
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Psychological Assessment, Forensic Evaluation (e.g., mental competency evaluation)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Alliant International University - San Diego
Credentialed Since: 2002-08-15

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Heidi C. Donovan
(540) 373-1200
Riverside Counseling
Fredericksburg, VA
Services
Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder)
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Florida State University
Credentialed Since: 2005-08-15

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J. Mike Fray
(540) 899-7762
P.O. Box 7242
Fredericksburg, VA
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Texas Tech U
Credentialed Since: 1980-02-11

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Brown Karin Lm Lcsw
(540) 785-5759
1320 Central Park Blvd Ste 223
Fredericksburg, VA
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Rutsky Robin Lcsw
(540) 368-3011
2601 Princess Anne St
Fredericksburg, VA
Industry
Mental Health Professional, Osteopath (DO), Psychologist

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Gushurst Rob Phd
(540) 371-3940
1011 Clearview Ave
Fredericksburg, VA
Industry
Mental Health Professional, Psychologist

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Riverside Counseling
(540) 373-1200
406 Chatham Square Office Park #20 1
Fredericksburg, VA
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Susan Rona Tucker
(540) 310-4822
111 Park Hill Dr
Fredericksburg, VA
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Gratzick Counseling & Tutoring
(540) 371-7762
1406 Princess Anne St
Fredericksburg, VA
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Stress Ctr Inc
(540) 373-6420
601 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Fredericksburg, VA
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Mental Health Professional

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The Upside of Sadness

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Have trouble remembering things? Maybe you’re just too happy. A recent University of Virginia study found that sad people remembered words more accurately than those who are lovin’ life. The study tested 100 undergraduates who were exposed to two different mood-inducing classical music selections to evoke either happiness (Mozart) or sadness (Mahler).

Once their moods had been altered, the students were shown lists of words that they were then asked to recall. The researchers found that subjects who were feeling cheerier were more likely to lapse into “relational processing,” which means that as they listened they made associations with the words and thought about bigger issues rather than the specifics of the task. Consequently this group’s test scores were lower than their gloomier compatriots.

“A positive mood is more expansive, sees the larger picture and tends to make more associations,” says study author Justin Storbeck. “Sad people, on the other hand, tend to stick to the facts, pay attention to details, and use more item-specific processing.”

The study even puts a positive spin on sadness. “We used to think about negative emotions as being dysfunctional,” says Storbeck, “but sometimes they can be beneficial, depending on the task.”

Elizabeth Marglin

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