Essential Reads

Why Has Self-Harm Tripled Among Tween and Teen Girls?

By Jean M Twenge Ph.D. on November 21, 2017 in Our Changing Culture
Why are three times as many girls harming themselves? There's a likely culprit.
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An Unexpected Sight in the Rearview Mirror

By Lawrence D. Blum M.D. on November 12, 2017 in Beyond Freud
It is unusual, at age 75, to suddenly view more than 50 years of struggles in an entirely new light.

How-To: Mindfulness-Based Interoceptive Exposure For Pain

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on November 07, 2017 in ExperiMentations
A simple technique techique for relief from chronic pain using mindfulness-based exposure to internal bodily sensations of pain.

Why Are Teens So Stressed and What Can Break the Cycle?

By Daniel P. Keating Ph.D. on November 01, 2017 in Stressful Lives
Dramatic increases in teen stress are fueled by a broader stress epidemic. We need to understand both to break this cycle.

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My Mother Has Too Many Boyfriends

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on November 07, 2017 in The Teen Doctor
How To Deal With Your Mother's Boyfriend Choices.

Feeling Anxious? Give Your Brain a Break, Already!

By Linda Esposito LCSW on November 06, 2017 in From Anxiety to Zen
Sick and tired of anxiety attacks? Bore your central nervous system with six steps.

Five Ways Becoming a Parent May Decrease Your Anxiety

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on November 05, 2017 in In Practice
Parenthood won't necessarily make your anxiety worse. It's possible that becoming a mother or father may decrease your anxiety. Here are five ways this can happen.

American Cinema Has Produced Its First Woman Auteur

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on November 04, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Greta Gerwig is the first great American woman "auteur" director - so what's a century to two?
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Treat the Chart, Not the Patient

By Matthew J. Edlund M.D. on November 02, 2017 in The Power of Rest
Here's why your doctor became a data entry technician.

When Seasons Change, So Do Musical Preferences, Says Science

By Vinita Mehta Ph.D., Ed.M. on November 01, 2017 in Head Games
As daylight saving time approaches, you just may find yourself drawn to different music.

Somatic Psychiatry in the Spotlight

Somatic psychiatry has taken over psychiatry. The fundamental and incorrect premise of somatic psychiatry is that the source of psychiatric problems come from defects in the brain.

Whiny Women? Angry Men Display Disempowered Behavior, Too

Male anger is often rooted in depression, toxic childhood experiences, and our societal "male code." We all have a role in ending this.

On Suicide

What is tragic about suicide is that a person has convinced themselves that they need to kill their body. Something does need to be released, but it’s not the body.

Paying With Pounds for Relief of Depression

As the holiday season approaches, some may begin antidepressant therapy. Weight gain may be an unpleasant surprise side effect.

High Density Negative Ions for Seasonal Affective Disorder

High density negative ions may be as beneficial for seasonal affective disorder (SAD) as bright light exposure therapy.

Places Influence Well-being More Than Possessions

By Jamie Littlefield on October 31, 2017 in Placed
Need a quick pick-me-up? New research shows that visiting a beloved place can influence your sense of joy, connectedness, and calm more than material possessions.
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How to Find Inner Peace

Extended periods of stillness are a key process in our developing inner peace.

Five Questions to Decide if a Therapist Is Right for You

By David B. Feldman Ph.D. on October 30, 2017 in Supersurvivors
Although search engines make finding therapists simpler than ever, it’s easy to suffer from information overload. Five questions can help you cut through the confusion.

Midlife Depression? Maybe Linked to Your Mother and Siblings

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on October 28, 2017 in The New Resilience
Two new studies shed light on midlife depression. One concerns ongoing conflicts with mother and siblings; the other, the effect of untreated depression upon your lifespan.

Urgent Need for Transforming Mental Health Care

The current model of care and available conventional treatments fail to address serious mental health problems. Evidence-based CAM therapies can help.

Nightmares and Things That Go Bump in the Night

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on October 26, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
Exploring the scary side of sleep and dreaming.

Living and Loving Better

Some simple tools can help you see the big picture of your life.

The Health Benefits of Light

Wondering about bright light or dim blue or red light for depressed mood? Research studies show benefits for depressed mood, seasonal affective disorder and some sleep problems.

The Hell Fires of Depression

By Susan Noonan MD on October 26, 2017 in View From the Mist
Do you stay stuck in hell or take steps to keep going through it?

How to Help a Child Overcome School Refusal

By Katie Hurley, LCSW on October 25, 2017 in Worry-Free Kids
Does your child throw massive tantrums before school? School refusal might be to blame.
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By Stephen Gray Wallace on October 25, 2017 in Decisions Teens Make
Many young people thrive in college environments: new relationships, challenges and independence. Others find the shift to college a mixed blessing or even a downright disaster.

Food Addiction: Stop Dieting! Start Rewiring!

By Laurel Mellin Ph.D. on October 23, 2017 in Rewired
Stop dieting! Rewire the circuits that drive food addiction
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Grieving During The Holidays

Is "Happy Holidays" an oxymoron?

Psychotherapy in the Trump Era

The forces shaping our politics are also shaping our therapies.

Nine Ways to Get Emotionally Stronger

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on October 21, 2017 in Emotional Fitness
There may come a time in your life when your emotions have been depleted, and you need to find ways to recharge yourself.

5 Ways the Change of Seasons Might Affect Your Mental Health

Seasonal changes may impact your mood. What do you need to know and what can you do about it?

Get Your Teen Off the Phone

By Temma Ehrenfeld on October 19, 2017 in Open Gently
Therapy, sleep, exercise, and socializing in person may be more likely to help your depressed teen than an antidepressant.

When a Sibling Dies by Suicide

Samantha recounts the grief she experienced after losing her brother to suicide.

St. John's Wort for Depressed Mood?

Considering trying St. John's wort for your problem with depressed mood? Some people respond well, however, research findings are mixed and there are outstanding safety problems.