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Adolescent Substance Use and the Problem of Denial

Like it or not, adolescents today grow up in an increasingly drug-filled world. Parental denial of this reality provides no protection. They must be knowledgable and stay vigilant.

Why Am I Here?

By Alex Pattakos Ph.D. on December 11, 2017 in The Meaningful Life
How do you want to be remembered?

Bidirectional Gut-Brain Axis Can Perpetuate a Vicious Cycle

By Christopher Bergland on December 11, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A new study identifies powerful bidirectional gut-brain interactions: Gut disturbances can trigger brain inflammation and traumatic brain injury (TBI) can trigger gut dysfunction.

Origins of Passionate Interests: A Survey of Readers

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on December 11, 2017 in Freedom to Learn
I'm asking here for your story about the development of a passionate interest. It might be a story about your own interest, that of your child, or that of anyone you know well.

The Perfect Pillow: What You Need to Know

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on December 11, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
For better sleep, take a look at where you're resting your head
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Why Do Some Men Engage in Sexual Exhibitionism?

By Michael Bader D.M.H. on December 10, 2017 in What Is He Thinking?
One of the weirdest sexual behaviors exhibited by some of the men busted for sexual harassment is masturbating in front of a woman (e.g. Louis C.K.). The real cause is anxiety.

Spin Versus Gerontology

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on December 10, 2017 in iAge
Without protests to halt the cut to Medicare, no amount of reframing will ever reverse the damage done that will start over the next few months.
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What Sexual Harrassment Does to All of Us

By Elizabeth Young on December 10, 2017 in Adaptations
That’s a weird sentence, so I’m going to repeat it for emphasis. I am privileged: I have never been threatened, assaulted, or raped. 

Why the Resentment?

Has your family gotten used to you doing the lion's share of the work over the holidays? 3 suggestions for navigating your resentment.

New Study Finds Meditation With Walking Reduces Anxiety

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on December 10, 2017 in Urban Survival
A new study finds that combining meditation before or after a walk reduces anxiety more than just walking by itself.
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Study Suggests Patients Can Treat Depression on Their Own

In general, the participants expressed higher life satisfaction and self-efficiency.

Give Your Spouse the Gift of a Parenting Marriage This Year

By changing the focus of your relationship, you may actually be able to keep the family together as one unit in a happy, healthy way.

Ten Tips for Preventing Infidelity

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on December 10, 2017 in Emotional Fitness
Preventing infidelity isn't something you have to worry about, as long as you and your partner stay communicative about your desires, your dreams, and your devotion.

Tips for Keeping the Holidays Peaceful for the Kids

By Azmaira H. Maker Ph.D. on December 10, 2017 in Helping Kids Cope
Can you keep the holidays joyful for your kids? Tips and tools for married and divorced families.
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A Part of the Brain You Don't Appreciate Enough

By Jon Horvitz Ph.D. on December 10, 2017 in Purple Brain
Without the basal ganglia, your conscious mind would be overworked and overwhelmed.

Is Slurred Speech a Sign of Vascular Dementia?

By Andrew E. Budson M.D. on December 10, 2017 in Managing Your Memory
Strokes can lead to problems with speech, walking, strength, thinking, and memory, and are a common cause of dementia. But can you diagnose someone just by observing them?

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Receive Graciously

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on December 10, 2017 in Life, Refracted
Childhood experiences with our caregivers and feelings of guilt, embarrassment, fear, and disappointment can influence the ways in which we receive others' expressions of love.

The Toll of Adult Acne

By Matt Traube, MFT on December 10, 2017 in Healthy Mind, Healthy Skin
Is adult acne limiting your life?

Santa Must Be a Woman

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on December 10, 2017 in Nurturing Resilience
If we look at the science of gift-giving and expectations for who does what over the holidays, then Santa has to be a woman. Men just aren't up for the task.

The Power of Mindfulness

The Power of Mindfulness
How to regain balance and clarity in your life.

Accept Your Self-Doubt To Diminish Your Anger

How often is your anger a go-to reaction to discomfort with underlying self-doubt? Distinguish between destructive and positive self-doubt to help you curtail anger arousal.
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Nourish Your Brain in Five Minutes a Day

Your quality of life depends on the circulation in your brain.

Should You Tell a Friend That You Don't Like Her Partner?

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on December 09, 2017 in The Teen Doctor
What to consider before telling your friend that you don't like her partner.

How to Mentally Prepare for Surgery and Recover Faster

Anxiety plays a critical role in the success or failure of surgery. Here are some tips for the next time you or a loved one is preparing to undergo a medical event.
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10 Factors That Influence Your Purchase Decisions

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on December 09, 2017 in Science of Choice
Consumers are powerfully influenced by their emotions, environmental cues, as well as by how options are presented to them.

Want to Seem Approachable and Likable? Start Nodding "Yes"

By Christopher Bergland on December 09, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
New state-of-the-art research on body language identifies specific psychosocial cues triggered by nodding "yes" as opposed to shaking the head "no."
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Arguing Politics With Friends? One Word Makes a Difference

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on December 09, 2017 in Off the Couch
This little word can change how you approach political conversations with friends, family, and anyone else in your life.

Mental Health Jails

By Terry A Kupers M.D. on December 09, 2017 in Prisons and Prisms
Criminalizing mental illness merely compounds the problem.

The Demography of Aging

Ever wonder why nearly 75 percent of our longevity has so little to do with our genetics or health care?