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Your Teen Needs More Sleep

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on September 21, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
A game plan for helping teens sleep better.

5 Simple Steps for Suicide Prevention

This week, National Suicide Prevention Week, it seems particularly appropriate to talk about both the good and the evidence-based.

What Does It Take to Survive Emotionally After a Disaster?

Disasters bring out a variety of emotional reactions. New research shows the importance of dealing with your basic emotions in order to insure your long-term emotional survival.
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What Suicide Survivors Want You to Know

Parents and loved ones of those who have died by suicide share their personal stories. Learn some of the warning signs and how you can help.

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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....

Making iGen's Mental Health Issues Disappear

By Jean M Twenge Ph.D. on August 31, 2017 in Our Changing Culture
Do we really need to worry about iGen's mental health? Yes, we do.

What I Learned From A Monarch Butterfly

By Sheila Weinstein on August 31, 2017 in What Do I Do Now?
We learn valuable lessons from unexpected sources

3 Clues to Recognize Bipolar Disorder Mania in the Eyes

Bipolar mania affects the entire eye, from lids and lashes to pupils and color rings. Once you start looking for mania in the eyes, you can spot a person’s mania, or your own.

Folate: An Essential Vitamin for Good Mental Health

Are you curious about the role of folate or l-methylfolinic acid in mental health care? Many studies show that folate plays important roles in good mental health.

What Psychoanalysis Can Do For You

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

Six Signs of Intimate Partner Harm

By Carol A. Lambert, MSW on August 30, 2017 in Mind Games
Psychological abuse endangers women with “hidden injuries,” targeting her thoughts, feelings, and perceptions.

Remembering Barbara Cook

By Susan Hooper on August 30, 2017 in Detours and Tangents
Legendary singer Barbara Cook, who died in August at 89, overcame crippling mid-career alcoholism and depression. Her 2016 memoir "Then & Now" is a moving reflection on her life.

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.
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The Fast Food Guide to Happiness

The set point for happiness is psychological term that describes our general level of well-being.

5 Thoughts that are "Silent Killers" of Loving Relationships

Intimate partners in even the best of loving relationships can have negative thoughts about one another. But these five toxic thoughts can lurk in your mind and destroy your love.

Be-Dazzled Instead of Be-Frazzled

By Joseph Cardillo Ph.D. on August 26, 2017 in Attention Training
This is a good time of year to build more psychological “currency.”
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Are You Depressed? Start With the PHQ-9 Questionnaire

By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on August 25, 2017 in On Call
Think you might be depressed? Google will now direct you straight to a well-validated and private screening questionnaire.

Tell Your Story, Change Your Life

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on August 25, 2017 in Creating in Flow
Writing about loss can change your life in a positive way. Consider the five stages to writing and healing as explained in this guest post by Sandra Marinella.
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A Different Way to Treat Depression

Depression is a failure to learn. It's time to learn how to learn again.

Parenting a Child with Mental Illness

When your child is diagnosed with mental illness, it can be isolating. Parenting guides don't talk about it. Stigma silences our families. Don't worry, though. You're not alone.

The Microbiome-Gut-Brain Axis Relies on Your Vagus Nerve

By Christopher Bergland on August 23, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
An extensive scientific review concludes that the vagus nerve facilitates bidirectional communication along the gut-brain axis.

Moods for Overeating: Good, Bad, and Bored

We all overeat for different reasons.
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The Therapeutic Value of Horses

What is equine-facilitate psychotherapy and is it a good choice for you?

Dietary Modification in Mental Health Care

Do you ever wonder about the role of nutrition in mental health? Simple changes in the diet can go a long way toward improving your mental health.

Categorizing Treatments Used in Biomedicine and CAM

Do you sometimes wonder how different treatments work? Different treatments rely on different established or postulated mechanisms of action.
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Depression: What About Ketamine?

By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on August 20, 2017 in On Call
For those considering being treated with it, here is recent information from clinical experts.

The Perfectionist Mistake about the Meaning of Life: Part 1

Some see life as meaningless because their obsession to achieve only the excellent blinds them to the great value of the good

The Optimism Challenge, Continued

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on August 18, 2017 in Boundless
More ways to live a more positive life.

On Your Adolescents Getting Up in the Morning

It's hard for adolescents to get up in the morning, especially if they suffer from depression and other mental illnesses. What tips can we get from published research?
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Professional Suicide

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Even great men with ground-breaking accomplishments can experience circumstances that break their spirit.

Introduction to Integrative Mental Health Care

Are you curious about new ideas in mental health care? Integrative mental health is a new paradigm that uses treatments from Western medicine and alternative medicine (CAM).

Quantitative Electroencephalography in Mental Health Care

Are you looking for more an advanced approach that can help you evaluate abnormal brain activity in OCD, depressed mood or bipolar disorder? QEEG brain wave analysis could help.