Essential Reads

5 Benefits of Asserting Your Needs—and How to Start Today

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on January 18, 2018 in Think, Act, Be
Responsible assertiveness is a win-win, allowing us to honor not just our own needs but the needs of others.

Why We Need to Address Mean Girl Behavior Early and Often

By Katie Hurley, LCSW on January 16, 2018 in Worry-Free Kids
Do mean girls leaving a lasting impact?
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Five Mistakes People With Depression Make

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on January 09, 2018 in In Practice
Ways people with depression self-sabotage and some highly practical solutions.

How Stigma Kills Doctors

Stigma is driving suicide in some doctors. Fortunately, courageous stories of doctors living with psychiatric illness are unlocking the shame.

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Happines Comes From Within

By Elena Blanco-Suarez Ph.D. on January 18, 2018 in Brain Chemistry
Serotonin, the brain chemical that is involved in "happiness," also influences our decision-making and our behavior toward others.
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"I Hate My Mother"

An Authoritarian Wound Questionnaire respondent explains her relationship with her authoritarian mother.

Should You Try To "Get Over" Grief?

Grief is overwhelming. It is painful beyond measure. Should you active try to "get over" it?

Brain Networks in TMS for Combined PTSD and Major Depression

Transcranial magnetic stimulation is a promising treatment for people with both PTSD and depression. New TMS research gives insight into how to refine existing approaches.

Anxiety, Depression, and Other “Gifts” You May Have

By Jeff Corbin, MD MPH on January 14, 2018 in Rethinking Normal
Don’t blame your mother. It’s not her fault, or yours.

Stigma, Psychopathology, and President Trump

Virtually everyone experiences a decline in fluid intelligence after about 70 years on the planet.

Rape Victims' Reactions Misunderstood by Law Enforcement

Most rape victims suffer secondary victimization by the justice system.

Closure Is Overrated

"You need closure." Heard that before? Here's why getting closure is unrealistic in some circumstances.

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation for Depressed Mood

Are you searching for information about transcranial direct current stimulation for depressed mood? Large sham-controlled studies are needed to confirm antidepressant benefits.

When Grief Gets Complicated

By Jessica Zitter MD, MPH on January 08, 2018 in Life and Dignity
Having a loved one die is hard enough. Make sure that you aren't flying blind.

50 Psychological Hacks for Better Mental Health

By Linda Esposito LCSW on January 08, 2018 in From Anxiety to Zen
Do you need a mental tune-up? A few adjustments can go a long way toward creating a positive mood.

Pediatricians Have the Power to Improve Moms' Mental Health

New research shows that pediatricians have the potential to vastly improve the mental health of women and families.

4 Things Every Parent Should Stop Doing Right Now

By Paula L. White M.A. on January 08, 2018 in Shape Parenting
Do you want to make life better for your kids? Stop doing these 4 things today.

Mindfulness and Being Present in the Moment

By Elyssa Barbash Ph.D. on January 07, 2018 in Trauma and Hope
Living in the moment has an abundance of benefits.
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Pulling Back? Withdrawing? 5 Possible Reasons Why

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on January 07, 2018 in Fixing Families
Pulling back, emotionally or physically withdrawing happens to all of us from time-to-time. Here are five common reasons why and how to handle them.

Attachment Style, Adult Well-Being, and Childhood Trauma

Research spanning decades looks at how maltreatment of children plays out in adulthood.

Save Yourself From Unnecessary Heartache!

Have you ever thought, "I'll never fall in love again"? There's a better way to take care of yourself without depriving yourself of deep connection.

Why Do Horses Help Us Heal?

Have you ever wondered why horses are used in therapy?

Technology Designed for Addiction

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on January 04, 2018 in Boundless
Have trouble limiting social media exposure? Tech giants want it that way.

Crushing Debt Affects Student Mental Health

Students are struggling to cope with rising tuition costs and high debt loads.

Why the Same Old Thinking Gets You the Same Old Results

By Linda Esposito LCSW on January 03, 2018 in From Anxiety to Zen
Beginnings are filled with newfound energy, promise and dreams of a better future. But lofty goals often get in the way. A few mindset shifts can change all that.

Deep Brain Stimulation Without Surgery

A technique to selectively stimulate specific brain regions without the need for surgery has been developed recently. Such technology has tremendous therapeutic potential.

Is the US Becoming More Obese Because of Medication?

Excluding carbohydrate is disastrous for your serotonin levels.

Pets Rock

Research points to the physical and mental health benefits of owning and caring for a pet.

Five New Year Resolutions to Improve your Mental Health

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. on January 01, 2018 in Talking About Men
Evidence suggests that certain self-initiated activities can be very beneficial for mental health. A new year resolution based on one of these activities may be a life-changer.

Self-Blame: How do you respond when things go wrong?

Why do you attribute self-blame to the occurrence of negative events? Doing so can come with benefits but also risks. Be careful!

4 Ways to Achieve Meaning and Purpose in Your Life

What really makes happiness last? Having meaning and purpose in your life. Find out the four factors that make up meaning and purpose.

What Is Your Risk for Clinical Depression after Disasters?

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on December 30, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Due to the increasing prevalence of disasters, including natural disasters, technological accidents and terrorism, understanding risk and intervention is more important than ever.

The Mysterious Disappearance of Unipolar Mania

Unipolar mania (mania without depression) is currently diagnosed as bipolar I disorder. But scientific evidence suggests that it may be a subtype of ADHD.
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A Happiness Formula for Difficult Times

The key is to stop fighting life and instead roll with it.