Essential Reads

The Bizarre Outbreak of Hallucinations in Oregon

By Robert Bartholomew Ph.D. on October 19, 2016 in It's Catching
A mysterious outbreak of hallucinations has U.S. authorities baffled.

Groundbreaking Study Roots Out Signs of Depression in Brain

By Christopher Bergland on October 18, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
This pioneering discovery could lead to more effective treatments for depression.

The Social Contagion of Psycho Clowns

By Kevin Bennett on October 17, 2016 in Modern Minds
Should you be taking "clown craze 2016" seriously? Social panic sets in as clowns run wild. Real or imagined?

Please Keep Your Emotional Support Iguana Off My Couch

By David J Ley Ph.D. on October 15, 2016 in Women Who Stray
Emotional support animals offer valuable assistance. But sometimes, therapists need to focus on helping people develop alternative strategies of soothing and anxiety-reduction.

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You Have Power Over Your Brain Chemistry

Your brain has an operating system inherited from earlier animals. It rewards you with "happy chemicals" when you step toward meeting needs and alarms you with "unhappy chemicals.

The Happiness Myth

By Atalanta Beaumont on October 20, 2016 in Handy Hints for Humans
The achievement of happiness is a myth

Kids Who Cut

American youth are stressed. Non-suicidal self-injury is one response to stress that’s common among adolescents and young adults. To prepare adults, training programs are emerging.

How to Tell if You Should Avoid Contact With Your Ex

If you and your ex cannot or do not intend to treat each other like true friends, then needless to say, it is best to end all contact ASAP.

Psychological and Emotional Aspects of Skin Conditions

If you are anything like most people that suffer from skin problems, you will notice that your skin is often on your mind.

The Secret to Achieving Your Dreams No One Tells You About

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on October 19, 2016 in Feeling It
You're more likely to achieve your dreams if you are happy, here's why.
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A Secret Worth Sharing

By Lybi Ma on October 19, 2016 in Brainstorm
Guest post by Jacquelyn Middleton

Mastering Your Emotions

By L. Kevin Chapman Ph.D. on October 17, 2016 in Evidence Based
The "how to" guide of mastering all of your emotions

When the Perks of Love Interfere With Love

It is sometimes the case that the gifts of love become more important (and are certainly more safe from the risks and anxieties of love) than love itself.

Claustrophobia: Cause and Cure

By Tom Bunn L.C.S.W. on October 16, 2016 in Conquer Fear Of Flying
On top of a building, the most direct escape is to jump, a thought that can trigger panic and make stairs and elevators seem impossible to navigate. The answer: alarm attenuation

Clown Scare to Grow Violent, then Subside after Halloween

By Robert Bartholomew Ph.D. on October 15, 2016 in It's Catching
It's likely to get worse before it gets better.

When the Referral Question Is "Depression and Anxiety"

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on October 14, 2016 in Theory of Knowledge
How should we think about a referral for help with "depression and anxiety"?

Understanding and Treating Selective Mutism

By Barbara Markway Ph.D. on October 13, 2016 in Shyness Is Nice
Does your child speak freely and easily at home, but not at school or other public places? Find out if your child has selective mutism, a childhood anxiety disorder.

Struggle for a Sense of Humanity

The fight to hold onto a sense of humanity inner voices of conflict, powered by covert guilt and shame. In most of us, these voices are faint. In some they bellow.

Are Stress and Obesity Related?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on October 12, 2016 in Media Spotlight
Though the main causes of obesity are high food intake, lack of adequate exercise, and genetic susceptibility, researchers have long suspected that stress may play a role as well.

New Study Finds Yoga Breathing Lowers Inflammation

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on October 10, 2016 in Urban Survival
Only 20 minutes of this yoga breathing exercise could lower your stress and inflammation in the body.

The Art of the Email Letter

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on October 09, 2016 in Fixing Families
Everyone has communication breakdowns that need to be repaired. Rather than the text or phone call, try the email letter. Some guidelines for crafting the perfect one

The Best Reason to Never Rock the Boat with Your Partner

Beware! When you change one thing, there is no guarantee where it will stop.

Your 9 Top Defense Mechanisms, Revisited

We’ve all come to know about defense mechanisms, but usually from the perspective of Freudian theory. This new view redefines nine of them in a more rational manner.

Post Traumatic Growth

Those of us who struggle with trauma, find that rising to the challenge reveals our hidden abilities that were formerly untapped.

The Great Clown Scare of 2016

By Robert Bartholomew Ph.D. on October 07, 2016 in It's Catching
Have no fear—The Great Clown Panic will soon be history

Why Do We Panic in Emergencies?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on October 05, 2016 in Media Spotlight
In virtually every disaster, there is always the risk of mass panic which can often cause more casualties than the disaster itself. Can new research help prevent this?

The 3 Most Common Issues People Bring to Therapists

By Linda Esposito LCSW on October 05, 2016 in From Anxiety to Zen
Does stress have you sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? These three simple steps can make all the difference.

Groping for Sex and More Life

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on October 04, 2016 in A Swim in Denial
Terror Management Theory (TMT) offers a scientific way of understanding the spellbinding effects of Donald Trump's fantasies..


By Duana C. Welch Ph.D. on October 04, 2016 in Love Proof
Knowing where your trust comes from can help you direct where it's going.

Imagined Ugliness

By Graham C.L. Davey Ph.D. on October 04, 2016 in Why We Worry
Around one in 10 individuals seeking cosmetic surgery may be diagnosable with body dysmorphic disorder

Living With Less Fear and More Happiness

Any time happiness is based on a condition that must be fulfilled and maintained, you will suffer.

When Anxious, Our Most Basic Strategy Is to Run

By Tom Bunn L.C.S.W. on October 03, 2016 in Conquer Fear Of Flying
Our most basic way of dealing with our fears and anxieties is to run away from them. But, if we always run away, we severely limit our life and our relationships.

Why Are Kids So Anxious These Days?

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on September 30, 2016 in Nurturing Resilience
New research shows that more and more adolescents are at risk of mental illness. The solution may not be more treatment but changing children’s environments to be less stressful.

You CAN Stay Strong, Sane & Centered in Times of Stress

By Traci Stein Ph.D., MPH on September 30, 2016 in The Integrationist
These 7 tips can help you become more emotionally resilient in general and maintain perspective during times of strife