Therapy Essential Reads

The Antidote to Envy

Envy tells us that someone, somewhere has it all—but it just isn’t true. The best we can do is be thankful for what we have and try to do something useful with it.

How Scientists, Too, Can Be Stubborn and Wrong

Ever been troubled by a reversal in scientific opinion? Psychological biases may be part of the problem.

Therapy Without a Therapist?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on September 13, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
Learning and practicing new skills is at the heart of CBT—whether you're working with a therapist or on your own.

How to Be a More Authentic Parent

By Stephen Joseph Ph.D. on September 11, 2016 in What Doesn't Kill Us
Authentic parenting is hard and no one gets it right all of the time. Here are three things that you might try to make it easier.

A Nation in Pain

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on September 02, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
With alarming rates of chronic pain and opioid-related deaths in the US, how can we more effectively treat chronic pain?

Nature Therapy

Nature exposure does indeed soothe those worried parts of the brain into thinking less and relaxing more.

How to Spot Authenticity

Authenticity is about more than speaking your mind with passion and commitment.

5 Signs You Have the Wrong Therapist

No progress in therapy? Maybe your therapist is the problem.

Treating Road Rage: A Free-Range Approach

How a hawaiian shirt, the music of Gabby Pahinui, and a lump of coconut-scented surf wax helped cure a case of road rage

Auto Accidents and Brain Trauma

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on August 12, 2016 in The New Normal
What happens to your brain in a car accident?

Exercising Your Way to PTSD Recovery

Physical remedies such as intense exercise may help those suffering from PTSD.
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Why Attachment Theory Is All Sizzle and No Steak

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on August 10, 2016 in Standard Deviations
Attachment theory is a helpful research tool, but in clinical practice it imposes arbitrary, moralistic societal standards on relational and sexual desires.

Now I Know I Have Trichotillomania, What Can I Do About It?

By Tasneem Abrahams on August 10, 2016 in Mastering Hair Pulling
Sometimes just the acknowledgement that this is a very real struggle can be empowering, but now that you know you have something called Trichotillomania, what next? Is there help?

Are the Results of Animal Therapy Studies Unreliable?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on August 04, 2016 in Animals and Us
Most studies of oxytocin ("the love hormone") do not have enough subjects to produce valid results. Unfortunately, this is also true of animal-assisted therapy research.

The Romantic Relationship Challenges of Bisexual Individuals

Bisexual men and women often enter treatment to focus on relationship concerns only to learn that providers don't know how to help them improve in this area.

A Good Therapist Is Hard to Find

Most therapists aren't providing research-supported treatment. How to spot a good one.

No Horsing Around About the Human-Equine Bond

For millennia, horses have worked hard for humans, and today they serve as the ultimate therapists. Here's a look at the important roles horses play in the human experience.

Are Authentic People More Self-Interested?

Are authentic people more selfish, aggressive and out for themselves. Research suggests otherwise and that authenticity may actually be for the common good.

Stronger Drugs, Stronger Placebos

By Peter D Kramer on July 19, 2016 in In Practice
New research is elucidating the biological underpinnings of the placebo response. The results might enhance our appreciation of real—inherently effective—medications.

Misdiagnosis of a Behavioral Addiction

By Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Brian L. Odlaug, PhD, MPH, and Samuel R. Chamberlain, MD, PhD on July 12, 2016 in Why Can't I Stop?
Many people with behavioral addictions have been told that they have a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

5 Ways That Helping Others Is Self-Serving

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on July 07, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
Recent research suggests that caring for others may be as important as caring for ourselves when we're feeling stressed.

Understanding Behavioral Therapy for Autism

Long-term planning for children with autism requires patience and diligence. Behavioral therapy, as time and labor-intensive as it seems, remains the foundation of skill building.

Stoicism: Being Indifferent to Pain or Pleasure

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on July 01, 2016 in A Sideways View
Many of the world religions suggest that being stoical is wise and virtuous. But many therapists suggest that rather than repress our emotions we should learn to embrace them.

What Is Global Mental Health?

The exciting field of Global Mental Health aims to address the shortage of mental health services in low-resource communities around the world.

DNA Imaging: Icon of a New, Genomic Literacy

Images of DNA pose the problem of genomic literacy and raise questions about what the text of the genome means, with potentially revolutionary implications for society.

Offering Patients Hope While Still Telling the Truth

How do we manage patient expectations while still offering hope? A retrospective perspective can help.

What Can Be Done to Prevent the Next Mass Murder?

By Kathryn Seifert Ph.D. on June 14, 2016 in Stop The Cycle
Reducing the unacceptably high number of mass murders and other types of violence in the US will require multiple methods. Prevention through Behavioral Health methods is one.

TMS for Depression Adds to Treatment Options

When psychotherapy and medication are not enough in treating major depression,TMS is an example of a new method that may help.

Giving the Devil His Due

By Peter D Kramer on June 03, 2016 in In Practice
A study showcased as validating psychotherapy shows surprising benefits from medication.

How Many Deaths Will It Take? Prince Is Just the Latest

The news stories say Prince died of an overdose but it was not just of opiates: his death came from our collective overdose on the medicalization of chronic pain.