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Four Common Misconceptions About the Bill of Rights

People often complain that the Fourth Amendment serves only to help criminals. But this is incorrect.

In the Kingdom of the Sick: An Interview With Laurie Edwards

Laurie has written a social history of chronic illness in America, titled In the Kingdom of the Sick. This was a major undertaking and Laurie has succeeded most admirably. In a starred review, Booklist calls it, “an indispensable book for anyone with or concerned about chronic disease, and everyone interested in the health professions.”

Is Free Will an Illusion? A Guest Post by Joan Tollifson

This is a guest post by Joan Tollifson. See my introductory paragraph to learn who Joan is and why I asked her if I could share this piece.

Reflections on “How to Be Sick”

I’ve opened "How to Be Sick" many times since it was published in 2010, but I’d never read it cover-to-cover. It was an intense experience, not without tears.

Impatient? Why and How to Practice Patience

Being patient gave rise to a feeling of equanimity—a calmness of mind that makes it easier to ride life’s ups and downs without getting angry and upset.
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12 Tips from 12 Years Sick

It's time for “12 Tips from 12 Years Sick.” A few of them have made an appearance in different form in earlier pieces, but that’s because some tips have a very long shelf life…

Use “Paintracking” to Help Manage Chronic Pain

“Living with chronic pain can feel like you are a raggedy doll, tossed about by conditions beyond your control.” So writes Deborah Barrett.
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Tapping into Self-Compassion to Help Ease Everyday Suffering

We can learn to treat ourselves with the same compassion that we'd treat a loved one in need.

8 Things I Miss Most as a Result of Chronic Pain and Illness

It's good to remember that there’s a tendency to rewrite our past and put it on a pedestal: “Those were the good old days.”

Two Years Out: The Top 15 “Turning Straw Into Gold” Pieces

This is an anniversary of sorts for me. I’ve been writing for Psychology Today for two years now and am approaching having posted 100 pieces.

Spring Unfolds in Quotations, Reflections, and Photographs

Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!” —the wonderful Robin Williams

More: Tough Choices You Face When Chronically Ill or in Pain

I recently posted “5 Tough Choices You Face When Chronically Ill or in Pain.” I was amazed to discover how many of you said it applied to you too.

What Type of Thinker Are You?

“Convergent” and “divergent” thinking represent two different ways of looking at the world.

When You're Down and Out: How to Get Through the Bad Days

“Think positively and everything will be okay” seems to be one of the mantras of the 21st Century. But to be honest, I don’t always feel positive.

Are You Embarrassed?

The major reason that some of us are embarrassment-prone is that we’ve been conditioned to set unrealistically high expectations for ourselves.

5 Tough Choices You Face When Chronically Ill or in Pain

Here's 5 tough choices continually faced by those who suffer from chronic pain and/or illness. There aren't easy answers to the issues they raise: that’s why they’re tough choices.

Your Physical Illness May Now Be Labeled a Mental Disorder

The American Psychiatric Association has included Somatic Symptom Disorder in its fifth edition—DSM-5

Winter Lovers, Humbuggers, and Poets: 21 Quotes on Winter

Here are twenty-one quotations about winter with paintings by Andrew Wyeth.

Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions that Nobody Will Keep

Every year I torture myself by making New Year’s Resolutions that I don’t keep. Now I offer the Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions that Nobody Will Keep...

Physical Illnesses May Soon Be Labeled “Mental Disorders”

You can help prevent the creation of Somatic Symptom Disorder. After reading this piece, click on the link to Dr. Frances’ article, Mislabeling Medical Illness as Mental Disorder.

A Bit of Holiday Humor to Brighten Your Day

The worst gift is a fruitcake. There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other. —Johnny Carson

Educating Loved Ones about Your Health During the Holidays

When the holidays arrive, we find ourselves expected to participate in a range of activities.

Coolest Kid on the Block—Christmas Tree AND Hanukkah Bush!

Some of our relatives disapproved of my parents’ holiday traditions and refused to come to our house in December. But my friends thought I was the coolest kid.

Is Your Caregiver Self-Absorbed and Manipulative?

Does this sound familiar? At first your caregiver seems truly devoted to giving you the best care possible, but then begins to criticize you and find fault with everything you do.

When Poor Health and the Holidays Collide

It's a “happy/sad” time of year for many of us (to use an expression coined by Jack Kornfield).

What I'm REALLY Grateful for this Thanksgiving Season

I’m grateful that I live in a family that values re-gifting...

Another Blow to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Sufferers

So many people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome suffer needlessly because of the woefully misleading label that’s been given to this debilitating illness.

Boo! Halloween Humor to Tickle Your Funny Bone

Q. What did the skeleton say to the bartender? A. I'll have two beers and a mop.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Getting a Cold

Now that I’m chronically ill, a cold is a big event in my life. In "How to Be Sick," I call it “sick upon sick.” Here I share the good, the bad, and the ugly of getting a cold...

Euripides to Goldie Hawn: 30 Quotes on Mindfulness

For 2,500 years, philosophers, writers, humorists, scientists, and people of wisdom have been writing about mindfulness—just not using the word.