Essential Reads

The Epistemology of Narcissistic Personality Disorder

People in relationships with persons with Narcissistic Personality Disorder find it problematic; but the reasons are not apparent from psychological diagnosis alone.

I Tried Direct Neurofeedback and the Results Surprised Me

By Zoltan Istvan on September 17, 2017 in The Transhumanist Philosopher
Recently, Grant Rudolph, Clinical Director at Echo Rock Neurotherapy, invited me to try his Direct Neurofeedback techniques.

How Long Should Psychotherapy Last?

By Stephen Joseph Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in What Doesn't Kill Us
A good psychotherapist won’t try to push clients to go faster than they can. To do so can feel threatening and, paradoxically, lead a client to become more entrenched.

What Would You Rather Tell a Robot Than a Human?

Why might a robot be a better therapist? Research suggests we may prefer to talk to robots about our negative feelings.

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How Group Therapy Can Empty Your Basket of Troubles

Unsatisfied with individual therapy? Here's how a group can help.

My Grandmother’s Hands

By The Book Brigade on September 21, 2017 in The Author Speaks
If we’re going to make any headway on America’s racial inequities and hatred, we need to pay more attention to the traumas that are carried in the body.

Trauma Exposure Linked to PTSD in 911 Dispatchers

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on September 21, 2017 in Talking About Trauma
Emergency dispatchers are often exposed to duty-related trauma.

Should You Go to Couples Therapy?

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in Friendship 2.0
Lots of people waver on whether they should take the plunge and see a couple's therapist. Might it be time for you and your partner? Here are some clues.
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The Shadow in a Selfie

By Elizabeth Young on September 18, 2017 in Adaptations
Silence was the main means of communication about the deep, sharp tensions that sliced the fabric of family life.

Hooked on Disappointment

By Megha Pulianda, M.S., LPC-I on September 17, 2017 in The In-Between
Daring to break an unhealthy relationship cycle takes hard work and courage, but it can lead to a future of genuine love.

“Dad, I Think I Have ADHD”

By Marcia Morris M.D. on September 17, 2017 in College Wellness
The accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment of ADHD are critical because ADHD, if left untreated, can lead to poor school performance, driving mishaps, and substance abuse.

The Salvation of Psychiatry

By Robert Berezin M.D. on September 17, 2017 in The Theater of the Brain
Psychiatry should be grounded in that quest for truth. It has, however, lost its way.The Psychotherapy of Character is precisely this unified field theory for psychiatry

Sorry, Your Therapist Can’t Be Your Friend

Your therapist cannot and should not be your friend. Here's why.

Revisiting Berne's Theory of Sexual Frigidity

Are you living in a sexless marriage?

Psychodynamic Running

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on September 13, 2017 in The Me in We
A new running meditation and how it works holistically, engaging both mind and body.

Back to School: Therapists Design for Life

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on September 13, 2017 in Design on My Mind
In the hands of clinical psychologists, Design Psychology can be a “design therapy” that (like art therapy) helps clients move more healthily along their life journey.

Non-invasive Vagus Nerve Stimulation May Relieve Migraines

By Christopher Bergland on September 13, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
In 2002, doctors first noticed that implanted vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) devices relieved migraines. Now, a new handheld VNS device shows promise for headache sufferers.

Orienting the Incoming Class: How I Introduce Myself

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on September 11, 2017 in Feeling Our Way
Orient trainees by displaying clinical values.

Is Mindfulness Just Hype?

Depending on the news source, you may have read that mindfulness is a miraculous life-changer, a harmful Pandora's box, or an utter sham. So which is it?

Becoming a Patient

Ever wonder why physicians delay going for help for themselves? Here are some answers.

4 Ways Culture Impacts Acceptance of Mental Health Problems

By Lauren Mizock Ph.D. on September 08, 2017 in Cultural Competence
Four cultural factors that impact the process of acceptance of a mental health problem.

Therapy for Borderline Personality: Why It Takes So Long

By David M. Allen M.D. on September 08, 2017 in A Matter of Personality
Understandable mistrust of the therapist, along with fear, shame and complex interactions with family members, make psychotherapy with BPD patients very complicated.

Want to Feel More Upbeat? Here Are 8 Natural Antidepressants

By Susan Heitler Ph.D. on September 07, 2017 in Resolution, Not Conflict
Try this formula to ease mild to moderate depressed moods.

Dancing Away the Blues

There's evidence supporting your need to sway.

What Kind of Expert Is a Psychotherapist?

By Jonathan D. Raskin, Ph.D. on September 04, 2017 in Making Meaning
I believe that psychotherapists are experts at interpersonal communication. We talk to people and, in so doing, help them have transformative conversations.

Power, Paternalism, and Psychiatry

Some psychiatrists value the freedom and autonomy of their patients. Others see them merely as objects for control.

Why Surviving Adolescence Isn't Enough

I thought working with adolescent girls would be easy. I was wrong.

Depressed, Anxious, and Unable to Work? Start Therapy Soon

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on September 01, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
A recent study reveals one powerful way to get back to work faster.

The Case for Eclecticism

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 31, 2017 in How To Do Life
The benefits of counselors working from any one theoretical framework are usually outweighed by its limitations.

Mindfulness Therapy Could Help ADHD, Studies Suggest

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on August 31, 2017 in Urban Survival
New studies suggest an important role for mindfulness cognitive behavioral therapy in ADHD treatment.

Art Therapy and Non-First-Person Narratives

Talking to your therapist about your art? Try shifting your perspective from first person to "non-first-person" language. It can make a big difference.

What Psychoanalysis Can Do For You

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

Think You're a Bad Parent?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on August 30, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
The work of parenting is even harder when we're constantly telling ourselves we're doing it wrong. Moms and dads can use the tools of CBT to fix overly critical thoughts.

Can Dogs Detect Ghosts, Spirits, or Hallucinations?

Whether dogs can sense the presence of ghosts or spirits is ambiguous; however, they can be trained to alert to their owner's hallucinations.