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What’s Happening to College Students Today?

I have a sad story to tell you...

Looking to Our Past: Escapism or Exploration?

Nostalgia can promote healthy coping during difficult times.

RID Yourself of Psychological Distress

Three simple steps that will help you live more contentedly.

Stress Relief in Seven Minutes, Doggie Style

Do programs using dogs to relieve anxiety in university students really work?

Recent Posts on Stress

How the Wealthy are Disadvantaged

By Shimi Kang M.D. on December 01, 2015 The Dolphin Way
Some things only money can buy: better access to education, healthcare, iPhones, and vacations; but what about things you cant buy, such as the foundations of a healthy childhood?

The Power of Positive Psychology

When we view challenging times in life as opportunities for growth and change, it can seem easier to take the necessary steps to make improvements with or without professional help. Here are a few ways to harness difficult emotions and thoughts for psychological growth and development.

What’s Happening to College Students Today?

By Tim Elmore on November 30, 2015 Artificial Maturity
So, what’s going on? Is life really that bad for these students?

Do Stronger Muscles Mean Better Brains?

It's not what you do with muscles - it's what you did to make them.

Thank You! Parisian PhD Candidate Ludvig Levasseur!

On occasion, we receive requests from PhD candidates for assistance in their research regarding time perspective theory and therapy. Last week, one such candidate emailed with a request that opened our eyes to the magnitude of a problem we've been unaware of: What is the potential cost savings of our talk therapy?

The Holidays and Cognitive Dissonance

Merry shmerry. Six Ways To Survive Until January 2nd.

Graduate School and Mental Illness: Is There a Link?

By Juliana Breines Ph.D. on November 25, 2015 In Love and War
Few people go to graduate school thinking it will be a walk in the park. But many find that it involves a lot more stress than they bargained for, and this can take a toll on mental health.

Another Frantic Holiday Season?

Is the holiday season wearing you down? How to find more flow and less stress.

Choose Gratitude Your Own Way for Good

The holiday season can seem like both the best of times and the worst of times. Don't just cope effectively with holiday stress, take advantage of the season to achieve your best life by choosing gratitude today and everyday and doing it in your own way.

Is Terrorism Changing Your Life?

Given all the recent terror issues, I feel security cannot truly stop an individual intent on harm. Am I being anxious for no reason? Do you truly feel that our security measures are 100%?

4 Psychological Smartphone Apps Designed to Benefit Behavior

Too little sleep, too much stress, anxiety over getting the kids to school on time, and a fear of flying are common issues that are addressed by these smartphone or tablet apps.

Approaching the Holidays With a Positive Attitude

By Thelma Duffey Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 Works in Progress
Are you experiencing the holiday blues? Here are some expert tips to help you out.

What Do You Need This Holiday Season?

The holidays don't have to be stressful. A few mindset shifts can go a long way.

6 Tips for Avoiding Family Drama

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 Friendship 2.0
The holidays are upon us—and every year, family tensions can cause more indigestion than that lumpy gravy. Here are six concrete steps to take in preparation for holiday drama, to help you banish stress and increase your enjoyment of the day.

Loneliness: Perceived Social Isolation Is Public Enemy No. 1

For the first time, a new study has identified how "perceived social isolation" triggers fight-or-flight stress responses that can lead to illness and premature death.

10 Holiday De-Stress Tips

Symptoms that are inflamed by stress are difficult to endure, especially with the added pressure to "be on" with company around.

Politics, Money, and Religion: Happy Holidays

Are you stressed about spending the holidays with family? A simple strategy for dealing with 'those' relatives can help.

Looking to Our Past: Escapism or Exploration?

The past is gone, cannot be changed, and cannot return. Is revisiting it in memory a reluctance to live in the present?

How to Feng Shui Your Workspace

By Caroline Beaton on November 21, 2015 The Gen-Y Guide
The science behind your office environment.

Work and Suicide

The specter of suicide looms large for white males in our struggling economy.

Why It's Hard to Be Thankful on Thanksgiving

New research reveals what stops us from being grateful during the holidays.

7 Questions to Get You Through Any Challenge

If stress is a given, how can you build your resilience to it? How can you evaluate the challenge in a flexible and accurate way? Whether you’re dealing with a minor adversity or going through a big life crisis, these seven questions will give you some perspective and build your resilience.

Terrorists Want Us to Feel Insecure - 5 Ways to Triumph

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on November 20, 2015 Off the Couch
5 ways to keep the terrorists from winning.

A Rose by Any Other Name: Is All Pain the Same?

Modern medical approaches to chronic pain have not been dramatically successful. Therefore it is generally assumed that chronic pain will never go away, so the best we can do is to cope with it. Scientific advances in understanding the brain reveal that many times the pain is literally "in the brain." It is critical to recognize when the brain is producing pain.

12 Easy Ways to Shrink Annoying Problems Down to Size

By Meg Selig on November 20, 2015 Changepower
Got a problem? Shrink it! These 12 techniques will relieve stress by shrinking annoying problems down to a more manageable size.

Gift Giving as a Remedy for the Holiday Blues

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on November 20, 2015 Grand Rounds
The winter holidays are descending and it fills many of us with dread. Want to know a secret? Giving feels better than receiving. It's not just a cliche—it's science.

RID Yourself of Psychological Distress

By Tim Carey Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 In Control
When correcting any problem, the way in which the trouble is understood will have a large bearing on how effective and efficient the remediation efforts are.

An Epidemic of Suicides

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 Hidden Motives
Why are suicide rates rising so rapidly in the U.S.?

Stress Relief in Seven Minutes, Doggie Style

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 Animals and Us
Yale University researchers have found that just seven minutes in the presence of a dog named Finn caused a major decline in anxiety levels of med school students and a big upswing in their moods.

The New Date Night: Dinner and...Therapy?

With date nights occurring so rarely, many couples want to take advantage of their limited time together. They may want to talk, but forget how. Therapy can provide a safe, sympathetic and constructive environment where couples can express their wants and needs within a relationship, relieving the expectation to tackle each issue while they are in a more social setting.