Essential Reads

How You Use Mindfulness Matters

By John P Forsyth Ph.D. on September 21, 2017 in Peace of Mind
Are you struggling to be more mindful? A tweak in how you use it may be all you need.

Cartoon Villains, Stress, and Health: Kim and The Donald

By Daniel P. Keating Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in Stressful Lives
The war of words: "fire and fury" and "sea of flames" may be empty threats (we hope), but even so, the stress from fear and uncertainty will harm health for years to come.
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The Problem of School Refusal

Most children look forward to the new school year with joy and enthusiasm. But for kids with school refusal, it is a nightmare for them and their parents.

Young Yogis Rock

By Gail F. Melson Ph.D. on September 13, 2017 in Why the Wild Things Are
Contemplative practices, like yoga, mindfulness meditation, guided imagery and relaxation breathing can help children deal with stress, reduce anxiety and improve well-being.

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Karate Kata and Cognition

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on September 11, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
Thoughts from a woman who started training at age 80: "when I started to train in karate, my grandchildren said 'Grandma--you are crazy!' but now they are so proud of me."

The Two Words Which Make or Break A Relationship

By Linda Esposito LCSW on September 11, 2017 in From Anxiety to Zen
Are you and your partner repeating the same arguments while expecting a different result? Two words hold the keys to healing.
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Some Stress Can Be Good for You

Put your stress to work for you.

Tips for Sub-Clinical Sadness, Worry, Anger, and ADD

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 08, 2017 in How To Do Life
Sometimes, self-help can be enough.

College, 2017 to 2018

The arrival of the smartphone has changed every aspect of teenage life, from social interactions to mental health. It's time for colleges to change their approach as well.

3 Times a Mental Health Day Could Do More Harm Than Good

A day off from work won't automatically improve your mental health. It's what you do with that time that matters.

The Contamination of Motherhood?

Depending on one’s frame of reference, mothers could, conceivably, be taking on way too much responsibility for things that may be largely out of their control.

Why Is My Phone So Addictive?

Your phone triggers dopamine and oxytocin and relieves cortisol.

Four Things Not to Do When You Feel Anxious

Trying to make the anxiety go away won’t work. Many of the common ways you react to anxiety are unhelpful and make things worse.

Social Anxiety and Alcohol Use: A Complex Relationship

By Barbara Markway Ph.D. on September 06, 2017 in Shyness Is Nice
Using alcohol to self-medicate social anxiety can backfire.
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More Talk About Talking Too Much

By Sophia Dembling on September 05, 2017 in The Introvert's Corner
It's hard to imagine telling a friend he or she talks too much--but might airing that truth be a kindness?

Did Trump Create A Moral Panic To Get Elected?

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
Is it possible for influential individuals or groups to achieve their goals by either creating or exploiting widespread public fear?

Anxiety Makes Us Perform Better

By Nick Hobson Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in Ritual and the Brain
Feeling the pang of performance anxiety? It's okay, your brain can benefit from feeling negative emotion.

I Can't Afford That

Are we substituting financial concern for something unrelated?

Walking in Rhythm

By Dean Olsher MS, MT-BC, LCAT on September 04, 2017 in A Sound Mind
How will you spend your next hour of free time? You can lie on the couch and stare at Facebook or take an extended walk. Which choice do you think is better for your mood?

I'm Not Sure If I Should Break Up With My Girlfriend

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on September 04, 2017 in The Teen Doctor
How To Handle A Relationship With A Depressed Partner
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Time for a You 2.0?

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on September 02, 2017 in Fixing Families
It's all too easy to go on auto-pilot. Maybe it's time to re-evaluate and update your life's software. Tips and tools

How Rituals Alter the Brain to Help Us Perform Better

By Nick Hobson Ph.D. on September 01, 2017 in Ritual and the Brain
Need a performance brain boost? Create a simple ritual to help your brain deal with performance anxiety.

Depressed, Anxious, and Unable to Work? Start Therapy Soon

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on September 01, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
A recent study reveals one powerful way to get back to work faster.

Four Big Psychological Catastrophes We All Want to Avoid

By Kevin Bennett on September 01, 2017 in Modern Minds
Many residents along the Texas coast will be facing a long road to psychological recovery. Here are four types of loss to watch out for in the aftermath of disasters.

How to Love Unconditionally

What does it actually mean to love someone, especially our kids, unconditionally? Don't fall into the pitfalls of modern times. Here are four ways to be....

Tips for Parents to Help Their Kids Return to School

By Gemima St. Louis Ph.D. on August 31, 2017 in Mind Matters
What parents should be thinking about as their kids return to school

What Psychoanalysis Can Do For You

How to find a way out of vicious circles, and a new path forward.

How to Approach Anxiety With Cleverness

By Reid Wilson Ph.D. on August 30, 2017 in All about Anxiety
Ali wasn’t victorious because he was stronger or more athletic. After all, Foreman was in his prime. He was a 3-to-1 favorite. Ali was victorious because he was cunning.

The Twilight Saga and Immortality Striving

By Brian A. Kinnaird Ph.D. on August 30, 2017 in The Hero in You
If we accept our human condition and the many emotions that accompany mortality such as pain, discomfort, and, ultimately, death, we can begin to move beyond it.
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"How's Your Sugar?"

By Elizabeth Young on August 29, 2017 in Adaptations
This was bad news.  Alice August, a girl in my fifth-grade class, had diabetes, and she was a mess. 

3 Negative Thinking Patterns to Avoid - What to Do Instead

Although you can’t always control what you think, you can learn to identify when you’re sinking into a negative pattern and reboot to a more constructive cognitive pathway.

Having a Bad Day? How To Get Through It

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on August 29, 2017 in Making Change
Everyone has bad days… you know, when nothing seems to go right from the moment you roll out of bed. But you can help yourself with a little perspective.

Understanding Anxiety from a Different Perspective

As healthcare professionals, are we treating anxiety through rose colored glasses? Exploring alternative treatment perspectives to help relieve symptoms of anxiety in everyday life

Light After the Darkness of the American Eclipse

David Baron’s “American eclipse” is not about bigotry. But bigotry is part of the intergroup context of America that must be shown even in a book about early American astronomy.