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Founder of Newport Mental Wellness recognized as one of 2014 Dynamic Women in Orange County
by gina on 

Seyedeh Tina Sadri, M.A, M.F.T and Founder of Newport Mental Wellness opened her offices this year in Newport Beach, California. Her ambition is to care for the community that helped her to become who she is today. Tina was just featured as one of Orange County’s Dynamic Women of 2014 in Modern Luxury Riviera Magazine. This dynamic lady is not just another pretty face, she is a wife, mother and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Orange County. She is also the driving force behind an affordable Wellness Program that caters to those that don’t qualify for welfare. Tina say’s, “the middle class in Orange County suffers when they have a hardship. Most don’t quality for financial aid and only see a therapist when court ordered or when it’s a tragedy.” Tina offers programs that benefit women and children. Mind, Body and Balance is a program for women. This program includes therapy that helps women for the inside out by living a balanced lifestyle. Her other program is Teen Talk which addresses issues with kids in local schools. Tina offers local Orange County High Schools low cost private counseling for kids that need more one-on-one help.
Tina grew up in Orange County attended University High School and graduated from the University of California, Irvine center of Psychology with a degree in Social Ecology. It was at University High School that she was inspired by a teacher to become a Therapist. Due to her family’s economic situation she had to rely on financial aid, “It was through financial aid that I was able to attend a UCI, as a Therapist, my goal is to give back to the community I love”, Beginning, with a series of Teen Talks that focuses on issues such as social media addictions and stressful issues that affect kids. Teen Talks take place at school so that kids can openly discuss their concerns and gain the tools necessary to make better choices. Tina believes that balance is the key to success. She addresses current issues in her upcoming book about social media and how it can become a form of an addiction.

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Social Media Anxiety Disorder
by ginawaggener on 

'Social Media Anxiety Disorder': Signs That You Might Have It
Posted: 03/01/2013 4:46 pm EST Updated: 03/01/2013 4:46 pm EST SOCIAL MEDIA ANXIETY DISORDER
Do you dream in tweets?

On Friday, March 1, @HealthyLiving and @GPSforSoul hosted a Twitter chat to explore our growing addiction to social media -- which might just trigger the so-called "Social Media Anxiety Disorder," a term coined by Julie Spira, author of "The Rules of Netiquette." (Just a note that SMAD is not an actual, medically recognized condition at this point.)

You might be showing signs of the "disorder" if you obsess over retweets, check your klout score compulsively or wish you could bring your iPhone in the shower. See some other telltale signs of #SMAD, at least according to our community, in the slideshow below. Then, tweet your answer to @HealthyLiving with the hashtag #SMAD and we'll add you to our slideshow!

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BY Tina Sadri
by ginawaggener on 

The Selfie Trap
by Tina Sadri

The word “selfie” was elected “Word of the Year 2013” by the Oxford English Dictionary.  It is defined as  “a photography that one has taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website”.  Selfies have grown into a viral phenomenon that’s sweeping the web.
Self-documentation, Self-expression. Self-obsession. Whatever you think of today’s increasingly common sef-photos, “selfie” captures it all. These simple self-photos flourinsh at the nexus of popular high-quality camera phones, easy-to-use photo editing apps for smartphones and mobile social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Together, all of these technologies have provided fertile ground for the web’s latest self-indulgence: taking the perfect picture of your face, for your friends, fans and followers. With hundreds of millions of users sharing their photos on Twitter and Instagram, tips and tricks abound for creating a quality self-shot. And with the unexpected rise of selfies, people have begun to study the social impact and motivations behind sharing whole albums of nothing but self-photos. Today, the selfie is an unavoidable fixute of social networking. At the gym, in the car, at a baseball game or, yes, in the bathroom mirror – selfies have become universal. With the continuing spread of smartphones and the availability of more photo sharing and editing apps, their popularity isn’t likely to recede any time soon.
The selfie trend has become prominent enough to begin influencing society and affecting individuals.  Psychologists note that selfies are the extension of innate human tendencies into the Internet age. Unconsciously, we all seek validation from others, while comparing ourselves to those around us. Posting a selfie to see the reactions from your friends – while trying to look better than everyone else – is only natural. When does selfie taking become unhealthy?
Some people can’t stop friending, tagging, poking, and posting. Selfies frequently trigger perceptions of self-indulgence or attention-seeking social dependence that is on the rise.  The big problem with the rise of digital narcissism is that it puts enormous pressure on people to achieve unfeasible goals. Wanting to be Beyonce, jay Z or a model is hard enough already, but when you are not prepared to work hard to achieve it, you are better off just lowering your aspirations. Few things are more self-destructive than a combination of high entitlement and a lazy work ethic. Ultimately, online manifestations of narcissism may be little more than a self-presentational strategy to compensate for a very low and fragile self-esteen. Yet when these efforts are reinforced and rewarded by others, they perpetuate the distortion of reality and consolidate narcissistic delusions.
Social media’s impact on self-esteem has been the subject of scholarly discussion since the dawn of MySpace a decade ago. And the one thing researches have consistently agreed upon is that young people tend to be more self-involved than the rest of the world.  The growing trend of taking smartphone selfies is linked to mental health conditions that focus on a person’s obsession with looks. Therapy to treat technology addiction , self addiction, Body Dysmorphic Disorder as well as OCD is on the rise. Congnitive behavioural therapy is being used to help patients recognize the reasons for his or her compulsive behavior and then to learn how to moderate it.
Are we becoming obsessed with taking the perfect self-photo? Have selfies become of universal concern? How many selfies have you taken? Where to go for selfie addiction Help?

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Pie of Life
by ginawaggener on 

     My name is Tina Sadri and I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Newport Beach, California. So often in my private practice I get asked a very simple yet complex question. How can I be a happier person? What can I do? Some people say,

"I have achieved my goals and have the family that I have always desired yet, I fill like something is missing".
The question that usually follows is: how can I be happier and feel more fulfilled?
As a therapist, I have given these questions many thoughts and determined that there is never one single answer.  All the elements of our life must be stabilized. Many of us focus on one or two aspects of our life such as family and career or career and having a good time yet we often neglect other important aspects of self. Paying equal attention to all areas of our mind and body are crucial in order for us to feel whole. If we deprive ourselves of one of these elements eventually we will feel turmoil.  In order to maintain a sense of overall happiness I have come up with a simple diagram that defines important elements, which gives us a sense of BALANCE

Physical Health- Our bodies need to feel physically healthy in order to feel our best mentally. Healthy eating and physical exercise are the two elements that will help in the process of healing, prevention and giving us energy that gets rid of fatigue. By traveling the wellness path, individuals will be able to monitor their own vital signs and understand body's warning signs. You will also understand and appreciate the relationship between sound nutrition and how the physical body performs. The benefits of looking good and feeling terrific most often lead to the psychological benefits of enhanced self-esteem, self-control, determination and a sense of direction. Physical development encourages learning about diet and nutrition while discouraging unhealthy lifestyles like use of tobacco, drugs and/or excessive alcohol consumption. Research shows that optimal physical wellness is met through the combination of appropriate exercise and good eating habits. I always tell my clients that exercising three to five days a week is the best antidepressant because it releases tension and toxins. Best formula for our health should include eating lots of natural and wholesome foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables.

Mental Heath- In our society today mental heath is rarely thought about as an important factor. People spend much time focusing on things that are noticeable on the exterior of their bodies while avoiding interior struggles. There is a long list of materialism that includes excessive plastic surgery and extreme attention to looking perfect. Well, the problem is that no amount of money can fix how we feel on the inside. Many times, we try to "block" our emotions by not dealing with them and the problems always resurface leaving us feeling unfulfilled. This is why therapy is crucial to overcome difficulties, develop inner strength and skills to deal with your concerns. You do not have to be mentally ill to seek Therapy. It is a way you can learn how to deal with stressful situations so you are able to move forward with a positive plan and mindset. Another key to mental health is self-care. I call this "me" time. Spending time doing something you love, outside of work, it could be Golfing, swimming, painting, exercising or even getting a massage.

Social life- Human beings need to connect with other people. It is a fundamental desire that is necessary for mental heath. There is no specific formula, it could be a phone call once or twice a week with a dear friend, a nice dinner out with your spouse or a weekend get-away. The point is to have an hour or two connecting socially and having a good time. By the way, this category does not include business meetings or pedicures (smile). Socially stimulating activities with friends or family gives us a sense of belonging and acceptance. A Well person cherishes intellectual growth and stimulation with other people.

Sense of Worth- What is the definition of sense of worth?  
It is how we measure what we mean to ourselves. How proud we are of our accomplishments. How important we feel.
We each have many roles in life. For example, one person could be a mother, a sister or a doctor. While another person could be a stay at home mother. It doesn't matter how many roles and titles we have in life. Managing your life in personally rewarding ways, and taking responsibility for your actions, will help you see life as an exciting, hopeful adventure. It is important to feel that we are devoting our life to a cause that we believe to be important and vital regardless of others opinions. The problem is when there is a sense of failure from within, we feel unfulfilled, unhappy and start resenting others close to us. When we lose our sense of worth we point the finger at others for keeping us from achieving our goals. A common example is the housewife who was originally excited about staying at home, raising babies and not working. But after years, starts to feel unappreciated and blames her husband from keeping her from working. We are responsible for our own self worth and how we define it.

Spirituality/ Mindfulness - recognizes our search for meaning and purpose in human existence. It includes the development of a deep appreciation for the depth and expanse of life and natural forces that exist in the universe. While traveling the path, you may experience many feelings of doubt, despair, fear, disappointment and dislocation as well as feelings of pleasure, joy, happiness and discovery - these are all important experiences and components to your search and will be displayed in the value system you will adapt to bring meaning to your existence. Believing in a higher power and having faith is the only thing that truly relieves a great sense of anxiety. Once we come to the realization that things happen for a reason, we start relieving our selves of all the pressure and start to truly enjoy life for what it is at the moment, I learned this through my many sessions of therapy, my own life and the experiences of my loved ones, life is short, the only moment we have is now. Living life to the fullest everyday is key to living a proactive and happy life. Being mindful of here and now is the ultimate key. You will know you are becoming spiritually well when your actions become more consistent with your beliefs and values, resulting in fulfillment.

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