Essential Reads

Apps – The Evolution of Therapy

Now that the app industry includes mental health we have an amazing app for you!

How to Foster More Adaptive Thinking

Are your cognitions working for you or against you?

Anger Management Failures

Ordinary Anger vs. Problem Anger

How We Decide Who's Creepy

New research into our 'creepiness detector' explains a lot.

Recent Posts on Anxiety

Knitting Is Good For You

By Temma Ehrenfeld on June 02, 2015 in Open Gently
Knitting is the new yoga.

5 Problems that Are Unique to High Achievers

Becoming successful won't make you immune to many of life's problems. In fact, your accomplishments could bring about a whole new set of problems.

Separation Anxiety: The Great Imitator (Part 1)

Did you know that behaviors we commonly think of as being diagnostic for separation anxiety (destruction, urination/defecation inside, vocalization) can actually be signs of other behavior problems? In this series of blogs, Dr. Stepita will explore these causes as the problem is unlikely to be managed or resolved without knowing the root cause of your dog's behavior.

What's Missing?

If you know what's missing from your life, maybe you can find it.

BA's In-Flight Meditation: Good PR. Bad Psychology

Meditation can help a person keep anxiety-producing thoughts out of mind. It works only if the flight is smooth. If turbulence begins, no matter how deep the meditation, when the plane drops, stress hormones are released that push whatever is being focused on out of awareness, and refocus the person on thought of possible danger

Tranquility Gone Missing From Your Tranquilizer?

By Hal Mathew on June 01, 2015 in Unagoraphobic
Ah the irony... you're taking a tranquilizer to relieve anxiety that eventually creates anxiety.

Anxiety And Ice Cream

By Alex Korb Ph.D. on June 01, 2015 in PreFrontal Nudity
Once when I got sick after eating ice cream, I learned something about how the brain deals with trauma. We often tell ourselves that our anxieties are all mental, and other people will often tell us the same, but it's not always true. There is usually something deeper at play.

Freedom From Self-Doubts, Anxiety, And Procrastination

Self-doubts, anxiety, and procrastination commonly occur together and each adds to the misery of the other. There is a way to exit this triple trouble pattern.

Irrelation(Friend)ship

Irrelationship does not just have to do with romance, but friendship too. Do you get into a fix with friends sometimes? Do you recognize in friendships troublesome relational—irrelational—dynamics that are tanking opportunities for genuine emotional connection? Do you regret friendships which have failed and wish that you'd been able to hang onto those folks? Read on...

Thinking about Death and Pain Makes People Funnier

Death anxiety may promotes humor creativity

The Upside of Stress ...Not Really... a partial book review

When was the last time you came home and said to your partner, "Hey, could you give me some more stress" or wished for more stress at work? Be careful about The Upside of Stress

Happiness With Life 9: Making Friends With Death

Death can be your friend or your enemy. If you fear your death, you will create for yourself anguish and dread. If you embrace it as something you are inevitably moving toward, you use it to spur yourself to exult in each day as if it were your last.

Regret And Worry: A User’s Guide

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 31, 2015 in Ambigamy
Regret and worry have their place. Here's some background on them, helpful to keeping them in their place.

Uneasy about the Afterlife: Prejudice, Atheism, and Humility

According to new research, atheists can threaten a person’s confidence in an afterlife, and this may be a factor in widespread prejudices against atheists. According to terror management theory most people defend against their dread of mortality in ways that generate intolerance. Cultivating a humble attitude might ease death's sting and reduce prejudice.

Apps – The Evolution of Therapy

By Rosemary K.M. Sword on May 30, 2015 in The Time Cure
Apps such as Candy Crush provide entertainment and “kill” time when waiting on line, traveling, or taking a few minutes to unwind. But now, people have the option to use this time to establish calm and improve their sense of well-being with other, more nutritious apps – apps that can improve their lives; apps like AETAS.

Anger Management Failures about "Healthy" Anger

Anger in all animals carries a powerful motivation to prevail, dominate, or retaliate.

Superhero Therapy: Fears Do Not Make Heroes Any Less Heroic

Superhero Therapy star Dr. Janina Scarlet looks at heroes who feel fear. Storm of the X-Men often experiences crippling episodes of claustrophobia. As boy, Bruce Wayne becomes afraid of bats. Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter stories endures crushing arachnophobia. How do these heroes cope with their own fears and find the courage to do the right thing nevertheless?

Healing Anxiety Naturally

The original and best remedy for fear is a safe relationship: intimacy is the mother of all anxiety tonics.

When a Joke Raises Questions About Mental Health Awareness

As Mental Health Awareness month comes to a close, I hope that we can raise our acceptance and understanding of psychological conditions, whether they be related to OCD, depression, personality disorders or autism, and find something funnier to laugh about.

Treating Erectile Dysfunction Without Pills

By Lisa Thomas LMFT on May 28, 2015 in Save Your Sex Life
Treating Erectile Dysfunction Without Drugs

Not Sleeping?

Rolling around in bed thinking a mile a minute when you want to be sleeping isn’t fun. Sometimes a simple mindfulness routine can turn down the tensions and send you into dreamland.

As Mental Health Awareness Month Winds Down...

Each of us can think about our own mental wellness—for the month of May and beyond.

Vulnerability

Because we are limited, finite, mortal beings, vulnerability to trauma is a necessary and universal feature of our human condition. Suffering, injury, illness, death, heartbreak, loss--these are possibilities that define our existence and loom as constant threats. To be human is to be excruciatingly vulnerable.

How Does Yoga Relieve Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain triggers changes in brain structure that are linked to depression, anxiety, and impaired cognitive function. New research shows that yoga can have the opposite effect on the brain as chronic pain.

How to Foster More Adaptive Thinking

By Gregg Henriques on May 27, 2015 in Theory of Knowledge
A review of how to employ the cognitive approach to maintain an adaptive mindset during stressful conditions.

Anger Management Failures

Anger management fails for the same reason that diets don’t work.

GRAFTS: Variations on Our Irrelationship Song-and-Dance

Our specific song-and-dance routines—ways that we reverse caretaking role with our key caregiver(s)—become the basic blueprint the pattern of interaction we will develop to care for our key caregiver. These patterns can be called GRAFTS and the acronym describes—in a very basic broad stroke—some of the habits that can become part of our caregiving conditioning.

Come Here-Go Away; the Dynamics of Fearful Attachment

Adults “fearful” attachment styles feel lonely and want closeness in relationships; at the same time, they are avoid close relationships because of possible rejection or emotional injury. Learn how understanding this style can free you of the tyranny of your emotions so that you can live with intent. You can also learn to love and help your loved ones with this style.

Seven Lessons From the History of Adulthood

Lessons from the past that illuminate the present.

Your Life After Trauma

By Patty Chang Anker on May 26, 2015 in Some Nerve
For trauma survivors the thought of living a big, brave life may seem far fetched. A new book provides an essential blueprint for going forward with confidence.