Anxiety Essential Reads

Think You Can't Get Drunk on Soda Water? Think Again.

Don't blame it on the alcohol! Blame it on your expectations about drinking.

Having a Baby: When You Don't Agree

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on February 26, 2015 in Fixing Families
Being on different pages about having children can be a major relationship roadblock. The key is uncovering the problem under the problem -- some likely suspects.

Malignant Narcissism and the Murder of a Parent

By Carrie Barron M.D. on February 24, 2015 in The Creativity Cure
This blog explores Malignant Narcissism and the damaging impact that it can have on family members and others.

How to Talk to Yourself

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on February 23, 2015 in Turning Straw Into Gold
When the going gets rough, I often speak to myself silently or softly in a soothing and compassionate voice. If I feel let down by a friend, I might repeat silently, “I feel hurt by her behavior but I mustn’t blame myself.” When I don’t deny that I feel bad, and even acknowledge it in a self-compassionate way, I’m better able to cope with disappointment and sorrow.

8 Negative Attitudes of Chronically Unhappy People

All of us experience negative thoughts from time to time. How we manage our negative attitudes can make the difference between confidence versus fear, hope versus despair, mastery versus victimhood, and victory versus defeat. Here are eight negative attitudes of chronically unhappy people...

Mindfulness for Chronic Pain

By Michael Hogan Ph.D on February 20, 2015 in In One Lifespan
There is a strong emerging body of evidence for the effectiveness of mindfulness- and acceptance-based approaches for a range of difficulties, including chronic pain. We tried to take mindfulness for chonic pain online. We called our programme Mindfulness in Action (MIA). The results of our MIA trial were interesting.

Are We Having Fun Yet?

By Jaime Kurtz Ph.D. on February 19, 2015 in Happy Trails
Too many happiness check-ins can sabotage your good time

The Role of Sleep in our Lives

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on February 13, 2015 in Sleep Newzzz
Many scientists studying sleep and dreams believe that dreaming does have a purpose.

The Silver Lining Around Fearful Living

By Liane Gabora Ph.D. on February 07, 2015 in Mindbloggling
One good thing about fear, other than it stops you from doing stupid, dangerous stuff, is that can hold you back from learning the facts inside out, which may help keep that creatively inspiring sense of wonder and possibility alive.

Forget Co-Parenting with a Narcissist, and Do This Instead

By Linda Esposito LCSW on February 06, 2015 in From Anxiety to Zen
While co-parenting with a narcissist is nearly impossible, these strategies can help you and your child(ren) thrive when drama and emotional intensity threaten to derail your mental health.

What Is Mindfulness and How Does It Work?

By Gregg Henriques on February 06, 2015 in Theory of Knowledge
Mindfulness is one of the most important developments in mental health in the past twenty years. Understand what it is and how it works.

Happiness Is Not Only an Individual Matter

By Paul Dolan Ph.D. on February 04, 2015 in Happiness by Design
Happiness research draws our attention to how the structure of society impacts upon our wellbeing just as much as it does to individual behaviours and characteristics. Being happier, therefore, involves both structure and agency.

How to Use All 5 Senses to Beat Stress

By Vinita Mehta Ph.D., Ed.M. on February 04, 2015 in Head Games
With the hassles of everyday life, it's easy for a bad day to take a downward spiral. Studies show that you can feel better by engaging the five senses. Here are five research-backed ways to de-stress and connect more deeply to your senses.

5 Exercises to Boost Your Mental Strength

Just like developing physical strength requires working out, building mental strength also requires regular exercise.

What, Me Worry?

By Daniel Voyer Ph.D. on January 30, 2015 in Perceptual Asymmetries
Many people use worry as a coping mechanism. Are you one of them? I am one of them! Thankfully, how other people beat their worry habit can help you too as we revisit an old pop psychology book on this topic.

Why Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Work?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on January 29, 2015 in Think, Act, Be
The principles behind CBT aren’t new, so why is it so effective?

How About Informed Consent for All Medication?

By Allen J Frances M.D. on January 20, 2015 in Saving Normal
Why not require doctors to get written informed consent from their patients for all use of medication. This would make for much better informed consumers and reduce careless over prescription of medication.

Four Steps to a Calmer, Confident, Creative, Capable You

By Bill Knaus Ed.D. on January 20, 2015 in Science and Sensibility
Try a new way to feel serene, procrastinate less, and enjoy life more.

iPhone Separation Anxiety

Are you suffering from iPhone Separation Anxiety?

Laughing Gas as a Treatment for Depression?

Nitrous oxide (aka “laughing gas”) is an anesthetic and analgesic often administered by dentists to minimize discomfort during dental procedures. Investigators recently reported that this drug may be helpful in treating severe depression.

Don’t Let Your Anger “Mature” Into Bitterness

All bitterness starts out as hurt. And your emotional pain may well relate to viewing whomever, or whatever, provoked this hurt as having malicious intent: as committing a grave injustice toward you, as gratuitously wronging you and causing you grief. For righteous anger is what we’re all likely to experience whenever we conclude that another has seriously abused us.

All Is Lost!

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on January 14, 2015 in The Human Beast
If a tsunami washes away your home, family and friends, you are entitled to feel that all is lost. Most people bounce back from disasters sooner or later. Yet many people feel catastrophic anxiety in their everyday lives without any catastrophe. Why?

How Cellphone Use Can Disconnect Your Relationship

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on January 13, 2015 in The Squeaky Wheel
Do you feel neglected when your partner is on their phone? Does your time together get disrupted by texts, emails, or games? Has technology intruded on your romantic relationship? If so you are hardly alone. A new study from Brigham Young University examined how technology interferes with relationships.

How to Think About Terrorism

By Robert L Leahy Ph.D. on January 10, 2015 in Anxiety Files
The terrorists want us all to be afraid. But should we? Perhaps we can look at this with greater rationality and, ultimately, realize that this is an act of desperation rather than real power.

There Is Nothing Either Good or Bad But Thinking Makes It So

Lack of empathy is the black hole in our social relations.

Day 7: Having Hope When Hope Makes Little Sense

Hope is an essential ingredient to mental health. What should you do if you can't find reasons to keep hoping?

Your Body Knows Its Mind

By Sian Beilock Ph.D. on January 07, 2015 in Choke
It’s January, which means that lots of us are making new year’s resolutions to improve our eating and increase our healthy behavior. But just trying to talk ourselves into a healthier lifestyle tends not to work. There is a fix, however, that might surprise you: Changing how you think about the relationship between your mind and body.

Becoming a Minority Fuels Conservatism

By Gordon Hodson Ph.D. on January 06, 2015 in Without Prejudice
Psychologists are presently very interested in understanding factors that predict political ideology. A recent series of studies asks whether White Americans, when facing the future as a minority group, shift politically to the right.

Freedom from Emotional Storms

By Bill Knaus Ed.D. on January 06, 2015 in Science and Sensibility
If you have more than your share of emotional crises, let’s look at how to avoid them.

The Most Important Keys to a Healthy Diet

Incorporating these 8 simple steps into your daily eating regimen can help you achieve the health you are working towards.