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Loving and Letting Go

Letting go is not easy for any parent. But when you have a child with a disability, it can be devastating. Sisters Patricia Konjoian and Gina Gallagher share the lesson of how the unexpected loss of their mother helped them gain perspective on the importance of fostering love and independence for their special children.

Suicide Prevention and Treatment in Rough Economic Times

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on September 06, 2011 in Compassion Matters
In an uncertain economic climate and with countless lives affected by the tragedy of suicide, now is the time for us to take the initiative to better understand, assess, and treat suicidal individuals.

My Teenager Hates Her Teacher!

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on September 06, 2011 in The Teen Doctor
What to do if your daughter hates her teacher.

High Maintenance Men

By Donna Flagg on September 06, 2011 in Office Diaries
I think it's time that the high-maintenance men of the world get the credit and recognition they deserve for being as difficult as their female counterparts.

What Really Drives Your Characters?

There are a lot of Character Outline guides out there, but few dig deeply into what really drives a character to the point of obsession. In this post, learn how to suss out your character's terrible secrets, fears, and flaws to create more compelling stories!

How the Meaning of Time Changes

"Did George Washington live in the time of the dinosaurs?"
My daughter's question, when she was growing up, was an understandable one.

September Is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

By Carolyn C. Ross M.D., M.P.H. on September 06, 2011 in Real Healing
Prostate cancer almost 100% survivable if detected early.

Fall Organizing Tricks & Tips

By Regina Leeds on September 06, 2011 in Inner Peace Through Outer Order
Never underestimate the power of good decision making!

Why Are There So Few Vegetarians?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on September 06, 2011 in Animals and Us
Surprise! Most people who describe themselves as "vegetarians" regularly eat animal flesh. And how long will Bill Clinton be vegan? I'm taking bets...

Don't Blow Your Diet Following Those Long Holiday Weekends

In an Easter Sunday post, I wrote about why counting calories is a good way to stick to a diet. An astute reader asked, "how many chocolate eggs and bunnies did you consume?" The answer was none--for about a week. Then I decided to treat myself for being so good... and ended up blowing my diet.

It's Fight Procrastination Day: Here's Some Ammo

With September 6th (though often delayed until the 7th) being Fight Procrastination Day, we continue the ongoing story of one person's struggle to stop procrastination. Today, Erin P. tries out the strongest of all anti-procrastination techniques: precommitment.

Testing, Testing

By Timothy D. Wilson Ph.D. on September 06, 2011 in Redirect
Empirical tests of the effectiveness of psychological interventions have long been undervalued by policy makers. Too often, programs are put into place (e.g., to prevent drug use or improve parenting) that are ineffective. Meanwhile, psychological science is discovering approaches that really do work.

The Case Against Watching 9/11 TV Coverage

Why watching television coverage of 9/11 can cause you additional distress, instead of helping you heal.

What's Wrong with Fantasy Football?

By Michael W Austin on September 06, 2011 in Ethics for Everyone
Fantasy football is good in some ways, and bad in others. What should we make of this recent phenomenon?

A Five Step Guide for Preventing Those Oops Moments

Everyone has awkward moments. Whether you’ve fallen, said the wrong thing, or otherwise brought unwanted attention to yourself, you can overcome these Oops moments and move on. No one is immune to the occasional embarrassing situation but anyone can develop ways to minimize the pain they can cause.

After 9/11: The Mental Health Crisis That Never Came

By James C. Coyne Ph.D. on September 06, 2011 in The Skeptical Sleuth
Best evidence shows it is a myth that the events of 9/11/2001 inflicted a collective psychological trauma on the American people with long-lasting effects.

On Being a Psychologist in Manhattan on Sept 11, 2001

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on September 06, 2011 in The Squeaky Wheel
A sick feeling of familiarity gripped me the morning of September 11, 2011. Having grown up in Jerusalem, I was no stranger to terror attacks and I found myself falling into habits I had hoped were safely in my past.

The World of the Borderline Mother--And Her Children

By Randi Kreger on September 06, 2011 in Stop Walking on Eggshells
Clinician Christine Ann Lawson, Ph.D. developed four distinct types of people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) in her book Understanding the Borderline Mother: Helping Her Children Transcend the Intense, Unpredictable, and Volatile Relationship (2000).

A Labor Day Pig-Pickin'

By Ina Lipkowitz Ph.D. on September 06, 2011 in Words To Eat By
"And we hope y'all can join us for our Annual-Welcome-to-North-Carolina-Labor Day-Pig-Pickin'." A pig-pickin'? Were they kidding? What was a pig-pickin' in the first place and, in the second place, no thank you.

Doctor's Notes: Back to School After the Break-Up

By Mark Banschick M.D. on September 06, 2011 in The Intelligent Divorce
It's time for your kid to go back to school and you're in the middle of a divorce. Do you know how to keep your child healthy and happy?

Are ADHD Drugs Smart Pills?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on September 06, 2011 in Ulterior Motives
People looking for an edge often turn to medications to make them smart. A new paper explores whether ADHD stimulants can make normal people smarter.