Essential Reads

A New Payoff to Risky Decisions

By Hara Estroff Marano on July 27, 2016 in Brainstorm
Scientists discover how facing risky decisions makes us smarter. Guest post by Shira Polan.

A Good Therapist Is Hard to Find

Most therapists aren't providing research-supported treatment. How to spot a good one.

Fear of Inadequacy and What to Do About It

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in Ambigamy
More than we notice, we're driven by fear of inadequacy. Here's the way to manage it.

The Problem with Obstacles

I recently wanted to prescribe a medication called Prevacid for a patient. It's a proton pump inhibitor that shuts off acid production in the stomach.

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Why We Read WebMD

Research explains the impulse to look for medical information online.

Mental Healthcare Lacking For Small Business Owners

Small business owners also face the risk of experiencing mental illness.

The International OCD Conference: A Focus on Compassion

By Dennis Tirch Ph.D on July 27, 2016 in Practice Compassion
We look at the many reasons why compassion can enhance the treatment of OCD and anxiety.

Worry Nation

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 26, 2016 in How To Do Life
We have much to worry about but there are ways to mitigate.

The Counterintuitive Case for Cougars

Conservationists believe increasing the cougar population will actually save human lives. Will logic trump our ingrained fear of large predators?

The Long Way Around

By Susan Sparks on July 25, 2016 in Laugh Your Way to Well-Being
Sometimes a detour is the fastest way to arrive.

Want To Save Yourself Years Of Heartache?

Dysregulated relationships have a hard time surviving the transition from the passion of the honeymoon period into a mature, profound, and sustainable commitment to reciprocity.

Try to Forget: The Psychology of Repression

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in A Sideways View
What do the cognitive psychologists and the psychoanalysts say about repression?

The Surprising Emotion Behind Anxiety

Are you seething inside but acting cool on the outside? Learn how to safely let go of your controlled demeanor, and communicate honestly and directly.

Is the World More Dangerous Now Than Ever?

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on July 24, 2016 in Excellent Beauty
Fear of violence seems to be governing our lives these days. But should it? Could the world actually be safer now than it has ever been?

Am I Messing Up My Kid?

With all the advice out there it's easy to have unfair and unrealistic expectations for yourself and your children. Recognizing the good in what you do will ease the pressure.

Sexual Freedom: Only Part of the Equation for LGBTQ Refugees

LGBTQ refugees continue to experience social isolation, perpetuating a sense of danger and persecution.

Fear Keeps Depression in Place

Fear of success is sometimes a bigger obstacle than fear of failure.

The Pressures of Social Media: Should I Disconnect?

Some people talk about giving up social media as the answer to the always-on pressures of connectivity. A better solution is "Social Media Mindfulness."

I Cannot Do It All

By Colleen Long Psy.D. on July 19, 2016 in The Happiness Rx
Dr. Colleen Long is a psychologist and a mom who has come to the conclusion that one simply cannot have it all

Living a Mindful Life Will Help in This Chaotic World!

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on July 18, 2016 in Brain Waves
Is it possible to live a mindful life in our chaotic world?
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What is the Fundamental Key to Happiness?

The key ingredients to achieving happiness are twofold, yet they are really two faces of the same coin.

The Beautiful Randomness of the Band Suicide

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on July 18, 2016 in Brick by Brick
When describing hardcore punk music, Lester Bangs wrote that “hardcore is the womb.”

The Social Network of Food

By Nicole Avena Ph.D. on July 17, 2016 in Food Junkie
Negotiating for support can be especially important when you are trying to make some dietary/lifestyle changes.

The Missing Word Is Panic.

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on July 16, 2016 in A Swim in Denial
When aggression triggers a moral reflex, it can be blinding. We use it routinely to pump up heroic violence.

We're Splitting Up!

By Nick Luxmoore on July 16, 2016 in Young People Up Close
If adults can't contain their own tendencies to split, then what hope is there for young people?

Empathy Makes All the Difference: Part 2

When we cultivate empathy, the part of us that tends to be judgmental diminishes and other people immediately sense the shift in our attitude.

Are Antidepressant Medications the Next Drug Abuse Epidemic?

Congress passed legislation this week to slow the epidemic of pain-killer addiction. What could also slow the epidemic of drug use for treating the emotional pain of depression?

The Toughest Part of Pokémon Go: Stopping

The wildly popular game is prompting exercise and sociability. But there might be another effect: addiction.

Mindfulness: The Gift of Taking Refuge in the Present Moment

The beauty of this practice is that it grounds you in the present moment, and this provides welcome relief from ruminating about the past and worrying about the future.

How to Help Someone With Anxiety

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on July 13, 2016 in In Practice
Practical tips for helping a friend with anxiety (or spouse/family member). Much of the advice also applies to how to help someone with depression.

Say These 3 Words to Overcome Your Anxiety

These THREE words will turn the tables on your anxiety by helping you use it to accomplish great things!

Will Augmented Reality Be the New Therapy?

Can augmented reality gamify mental health treatment?

Stop, Drop, and Panic

As someone that has always appeared calm on the outside, while internally choking on my panic on the inside, I knew that my story was just absurd enough.

Breathing Techniques for Anxiety

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on July 12, 2016 in In Practice
Get instant stress and anxiety relief using these simple breathing exercises.