All About Caregiving

A 2015 report by the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP found that 43.5 million Americans are providing unpaid care for an adult or child. Caregiving may involve shopping, housekeeping, providing transportation, feeding, bathing, toilet assistance, dressing, walking, coordinating appointments, and financial management. To provide unpaid care is a beautiful act of love and devotion, but also a great drain on one's physical and psychological resources.

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Family Relationships in Early Stages of Substance Use Change

By Michael Ascher M.D. on January 11, 2018 in Unhooked
Whether you are the person with the substance use problem in early stages of change or someone who loves them, everyone needs a road map to navigate existing family relationships.

When Grief Gets Complicated

By Jessica Zitter MD, MPH on January 08, 2018 in Life and Dignity
Having a loved one die is hard enough. Make sure that you aren't flying blind.

Can You Be Too Compassionate?

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on January 04, 2018 in Making Change
Appearing compassionate can seem soft, encouraging weakness. But real compassion requires an ability to see past immediate pain to what is best for the person as a whole.
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An Intimate Way to Help Cope With Loss During the Holidays

By Diana Raab PhD on December 25, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
It's not your imagination: Studies have proven that more people get sick and die during the holiday season. Here are some ideas on how to cope.

Bonding Is Essential for Every Infant

Forty percent of all newborns do not adequately bond with their caregivers, partly because a third of parents do not know how to form a meaningful attachment with an infant.

How to Support Grieving People During the Holidays

By Megan Devine on December 21, 2017 in It's OK That You're Not OK
An infographic could help you figure out how to best support grieving friends and family during the holiday season.

Do You Believe in Miracles?

Faith in miracles shouldn’t be mistaken as a sign of mental illness. It diminishes giving meaning to life, particularly when life is threatened.

Stuck on Repeat in Alzheimer’s Disease

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in Mental Mishaps
If you have a relative with Alzheimer’s, you’ve probably experienced conversational loops. A topic comes once and within a few minutes, you're back to it again, stuck on repeat.

Mental Health and the Holidays

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on December 12, 2017 in The New Normal
Tips for surviving the holidays.
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"How Can I Stop Being in Love with Someone who Abuses Me?"

If you are trapped loving an abusive partner, this article can help you understand what is going on and how to get out.

How a Man's Best Friend Is More Than Just a Companion

Dog therapy may make the world a better place, one lick at a time.

Practice Self-Love to Become an Even Better Parent

Be the best parent you can be by loving yourself.
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Power in Sex Isn't a Problem, in Fantasy or With Consent

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on November 27, 2017 in Full Living
Disturbing as the recent accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct are, the sexual fantasies that fueled them are common. The problem isn't the fantasies; its the enactment.
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Keeping Emotional Sobriety When Parenting an Adolescent

Parents can sometimes emotionally "lose it" with the surprising adolescent, but they can also take steps to keep their emotions in check and their judgment in charge.
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Making Better Bureaucrats

By Glenn C. Altschuler Ph.D. on November 15, 2017 in This Is America
Often deemed rule-obsessed, callous, petty, power-trippers, bureaucrats strive to satisfy the impossible expectations we have of them. They deserve our respect.

The Art of Parenting

You have more time to be a good parent today than you will ever have again. Take advantage of your good fortune!

Your Primal Wound: What Happened in Childhood?

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on November 12, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
Psychosynthesis considers a human life to move toward self-realization but many get detoured by their primal woundedness. How does that happen?

Who Cares for the Caregivers?

It's another labor of love.

Memory Ability Declines After Age 20

By Andrew E. Budson M.D. on November 07, 2017 in Managing Your Memory
Wondering if your memory is normal or not? We’ll help you understand what’s normal, what’s not, and what to do about it.

The Life of the Alienated Parent

Coping with the emotional trauma created by the experience of attachment-based parental alienation.

Train the Mind and Grow Happier

By Nicole F. Bernier, Ph.D. on November 04, 2017 in Ripening With Time
How you can overcome negativity, particularly as you age.

When Your Parent Has Dementia

Baby Boomers often remark that while their parents “did everything for them,” there was not a lot of space for emotional topics.

Fathering in the Quiet Moments

How can fathers create meaningful relationships with their children? A few simple tasks can go a long way.
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Good Citizens Needed to Support People With Mental Illness

By David Susman, Ph.D. on October 16, 2017 in The Recovery Coach
Want to make a difference in the lives of those with mental illness? Here are several easy options to consider.

Bigfoot Parents Have Small Brains

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on October 12, 2017 in How We Do It
Birds and mammals mostly show intensive parenting, linked to their “warm-blooded” nature and quite large brains. Incubator birds show no care of their chicks and have tiny brains.

Nonparental Daycare: What The Research Tells Us

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on October 05, 2017 in Insight Therapy
Most American children will experience nonparental care. America has yet to adequately address the implications of this reality.
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When "Never Mind" Is an Insult

By Shari Eberts on October 05, 2017 in Life With Hearing Loss
Don't say these two words to someone with hearing loss.

Whose Job Is It Anyway?

By Elly Vintiadis Ph.D. on October 04, 2017 in Minding the Mind
We all have an ethical responsibility to fight stigma, but mental health professionals have a bit more.

Thank You, Child Welfare First Responders!

By Michael W Corrigan Ed.D. on September 28, 2017 in Kids Being Kids
In child welfare, every day is similar to experiencing a hurricane. For the dedicated workforce serving our nation’s most vulnerable... this one's for you!

Prodependence: Moving Beyond Codependency

Can we please stop pathologizing the desire to love and help?