Essential Reads

Bipolar II or Bipolar Too?

The challenges of accurate symptom identification for those newly diagnosed with bipolar disorder as well as for diagnosed individuals who also struggle with emotional reactivity.

Lack of Sleep Leads to Harsher Punishments

By Art Markman Ph.D. on March 08, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
There are lots of benefits for getting good sleep. How does it affect the way you judge other people?

8 Ways CBT Can Improve Your Relationship

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on March 06, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
Cognitive behavioral therapy can help your relationship in many ways—even when the treatment isn't specifically about your relationship. Find out how to start using CBT today.

Five Ways that Evolutionary Psychology Informs Medicine

The field of evolutionary medicine is changing our understanding of best practices in healthcare at a breakneck pace. Evolutionary psychology is helping lead the way. Here's how.

More Posts on Sleep

Rebuilding the Brain From Concussions

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on March 24, 2017 in Brain Trauma
Don't settle for "take two and call me in the morning." The brain responds well when we treat it well. Here's how to get those neurons firing on all cylinders.

Hell Yes: The 7 Best Reasons for Masturbating

By Neel Burton M.D. on March 22, 2017 in Hide and Seek
The stigma surrounding masturbation has to stop.
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Let the Kids Sleep, Part II

Why is sleep so important?

Sleep Your Way to The Top (of Your Game)

7 tips to get a great night's sleep so you can be on top of your game (regardless of what game it is).

6 Ways That Tricks for Falling Asleep Can Backfire

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on March 13, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
Chronic sleep problems can be demoralizing. What are the potential downsides of tricks for falling asleep? And what's the best way to beat insomnia?

The Study of a 32-Year Long Dream Journal

This long series of dreams offers an amazing opportunity to observe the emotional contours of a woman's life as she makes her way through a challenging and often dangerous world.
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Does Sleeping Long Harm Health?

It's not the time, it's the change.

Dream Interpretation

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on March 03, 2017 in Dream Catcher
This simple four-step decoding scheme can unlock the basic meaning elements in any dream.

Why You Keep Bringing Workplace Stress Home With You

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on February 27, 2017 in The New Resilience
Do you think getting more rest and sleep helps you let go of workplace stress when you get home each day? A new study says yes; but it fails to recognize the true solution.

Can You Improve Adult ADHD Without Medications?

Do you have Adult ADHD? Are there non-medication treatments? Have you tried medications but experience too many side effects or only partial benefit?

Back to Basics

How do we help stressed out teens? The answer doesn’t come from any academician, nor scholarly source. The answer is as simple as going back to the basics.

The Surprising Effects of Parents' Sleep Deprivation

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on February 25, 2017 in Joyful Parenting
Sleep deprivation inhibits parents' ability to manage their emotions and reactivity to negative stimuli. It may also interfere with their verbal and nonverbal expressions of joy.

Should Bedrooms be No-Phone Zones for Teens?

By Amy Green M.A., C.C.C. on February 17, 2017 in Psy-curious
Three ways parents can help their teens log off before turning in for the night - without the power struggle.

SHUTi: A New Insomnia Treatment Via the Internet

SHUTi, a promising new Internet-based therapy for treating insomnia, is offering hope to people who can't find or afford a therapist, and don't want to take medication.

Taking Melatonin but Still Can't Sleep?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on February 08, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
Understanding the role of melatonin in sleep helps explain its limited usefulness in relieving insomnia.

Sleep Disturbances Have Many Causes

Is chronic insomnia wearing you down? Learning about different kinds of sleep problems and their causes may help you find a more effective treatment.

Are Your Circadian Rhythms Out of Whack? Try Pitching a Tent

By Christopher Bergland on February 02, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Spending the weekend on a camping trip with minimal artificial light exposure and an abundance of natural light can reset your internal circadian clock, according to a new study.
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Treating Insomnia Part II - Sleep in the Elderly

Getting back to sleep seems daunting to many. It should not be.

Practicing Darts in Lucid Dreams Improves Performance

By Michelle Carr on January 31, 2017 in Dream Factory
Practicing motor tasks in lucid dreams may help to improve performance, although only, if you are able to focus on the task in your dream.

VA Says 68,000 Vets Addicted to Opioid Painkillers

By Eric Newhouse on January 23, 2017 in Invisible Wounds
Opioid painkillers are addictive, but the VA has been prescribing them to about a half million vets—and treating nearly 70,000 of them for addiction to their meds.

Virtual Reality and Dream Research

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on January 22, 2017 in Dream Catcher
Virtual reality environments may be used to influence dream content patterns
Quick and Dirty Tips

5 Myths About Insomnia to Help You Sleep Tonight

Can't sleep? Groggy mornings? Get back on track with 5 myth-busting tips that will help you get your best night's sleep.

Late-Night Smartphone Use Often Fuels Daytime Somnambulism

By Christopher Bergland on January 18, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A growing body of research offers compelling evidence that late-night smartphone use can trigger sleep disturbances linked to subpar daytime performance, depression, and anxiety.

Anxious or Depressed? 'IntelliCare' Is an App Suite for That

By Christopher Bergland on January 05, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A new study reports that the IntelliCare smartphone app developed by psychologists at Northwestern University (and available for FREE!) can help reduce anxiety and depression.
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Dreaming Is Play: A New Theory of Dream Psychology

The best way to understand the psychological power of dreaming is to recognize it as a kind of play that promotes the flexibility and adaptive creativity of the human mind.

Patience: A Wise Response to Life

In today’s society, we have come to expect the instantaneous, the rapid, the quick, the get-it-done-right-now. We are simply impatient people.

Treating Insomnia Without Using Prescription Medications

Are you taking a sleep aid that no longer works or is causing side effects? Many non-medication approaches can help you get the sleep you need avoiding prescription drugs.