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Stop the Presses! Dog Owners Are Happier

New data looks at the impact that dog or cat ownership has on the mental well-being, happiness, and life satisfaction of people.

Happiness for Sad People

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in How To Do Life
Modest mitigators of moroseness.

A Good Therapist Is Hard to Find

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

Inside the Mind of the Munich Mass Killer

This kind of conundrum has led some psychiatrists to suggest mass or spree killers suffer from a rare disorder so far unclassified and unknown in the textbooks.

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Three Ways Stimulants Negatively Change Your Life

There are so many more than just these reasons to avoid abuse of stimulants.

Four Ways to Help Your Kids Avoid Depression and Addiction

Intentionally building your relationship with your child to include trust, open lines of communication and mutual support is one of the best ways you can encourage your child.

Is Light Exercise Enough to Reduce Depression?

By Joel Minden, PhD on July 28, 2016 in CBT and Me
How intense does exercise need to be to control symptoms of depression? New research shows that we may not have to work as hard as we think.

Mental Healthcare Lacking for Small Business Owners

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

Methylfolate and Resistant Depression

The evidence mounts that methylfolate can be an effective augmenting agent for depression. What do we know about this vitamin, and what are the questions and possible pitfalls?

10 Cues to Deal with Summertime Blues

Here are a few ideas to make the summer go smoothly, but like most good things in life, they require taking some action.

Help Me: A Psychotherapist’s Tried-and-True Techniques

By The Book Brigade on July 21, 2016 in The Author Speaks
Those who strive for perfection rather than excellence often end up with self-condemnation. Yet they often justify their self-defeating beliefs with “personal propaganda."

Fear Keeps Depression in Place

Fear of success is sometimes a bigger obstacle than fear of failure.
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Coping With Large Scale Tragedies

By Susan Noonan MD on July 20, 2016 in View From the Mist
Are you caught in the trap of information overload when bad things happen?
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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 Causes of Misery: Column A and Column B

Why do we become unhappy? There are two sets of factors, and knowing the difference between them can help us know how to cope.
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When You Can't Sleep

Insufficient sleep afflicts more and more of us - but there are better ways to fix it.

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?
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Is This Where Your Mindfulness Practice Is Going Wrong?

It seems from managing stress and anxiety, to improving depression and a range of health issues, mindfulness can help us.

Two Psychological Approaches to Photography

By Stanton Peele on July 14, 2016 in Addiction in Society
The two greatest American photographers, Diane Arbus and Robert Frank, while taking very different approaches to photography, both peered into America's soul, at a personal cost.

Failed Mental Health App Highlights Pitfalls of Social Media

When social media pits privacy against mental health, ethical concerns arise.

Will Augmented Reality Be the New Therapy?

Can augmented reality gamify mental health treatment?
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7 Simple Ways to Make It a Better Day

The actions we perform on an everyday basis determine who we are in the long run.

Forget the Inner Child: What About the Inner Adult?

We've all heard about the importance of the inner child in the creation of a sustaining life. But what about the inner adult?

Fear Keeps Depression in Place

Facing fear is one of the great challenges in life, and not facing fear is a great cause of depression.
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Your Voice Matters

By Susan Noonan MD on July 09, 2016 in View From the Mist
Do you ever feel your opinion doesn’t matter to researchers? One way to get it out there is through the Mood Network…

Summer Is the Most Depressing Time of the Year

Taking your own life because you hurt inside isn’t a good enough reason, because help can almost always be found.

Safeguarding Seniors Young and Old: From Meds to Housing

From medications to care groups and housing, seniors young and old need facts and advocates to help make thoughtful decisions.

Moderation - Strategy or Fantasy?

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on July 06, 2016 in Obesely Speaking
When moderation is the answer but not an option...

My Therapist Mother Treats Me Like A Patient

How To Survive A Therapist Parent

The “Right” Way to Meditate

Frustrated when you meditate? Feeling like you just can't get it right? Good news - it's all in the practice.
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Missing the Present Before It's Gone

As you contemplate how time will erase some of the present, do you feel the sadness of losing what you love or do you feel a richer appreciation for what you still have?

New Study Shows Mindfulness Helps Prevent Depression

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on July 01, 2016 in Urban Survival
Can mindfulness help prevent depression from returning? New study finds that it's just as effective as traditional therapies and maybe even more so.

4 Reasons Why Change Is Hard, But Worth It

By Jennice Vilhauer Ph.D. on June 30, 2016 in Living Forward
Four little known reasons why it can be hard to change your thinking, even when you know you should.