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Rubin Khoddam Ph.D.
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Cognitive-behavioral therapy is an evidence-based treatment that has been applied to a variety of mental health disorders, including substance use disorders.
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Maintaining your sense of self in isolation.
Mediation and relaxation strategies in the time of COVID-19.
Three questions to assess why your schedule may not be working for you.
Do you ever wonder whether you or someone you love might be drinking or using more than they should? Answer these questions to find out.
Utilize these six tools from cognitive behavioral therapy to help decrease your pain and begin engaging with your life in a meaningful way.
Always feel like you're chasing after the next thing without stopping to notice the view? Let this be a reminder to slow down and see how far you've come.
So many of us wait to feel motivated before we do anything. But what we don't realize is that just by taking action, the motivation will follow.
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The National Institute of Health is preparing to fund the largest study of brain development in adolescents to date. Read why they are going to spend $150 million on it.
The self-help industry is a $10 billion a year industry and Los Angeles is arguably the capital. However, is it even effective?
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We know how powerful drug cravings can be, but we often fail to realize how our environments also shape and influence our cravings.
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In this age of social media, we're more virally connected and physically disconnected than ever before. Find ways to regain that connection back into your life.
Substance use treatment is about behavior change. Here are five simple tools to help us facilitate that change.
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With the rising popularity of e-cigarettes and recent proposals to adjust regulation of e-cigarettes, it's important to understand the risks associated with it's use.
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Depression is scary to some and familiar to others. But everyone knows how easy it can be to fall into the depression hole. We don't have to make a home there, though.
There are many definitions of happiness and, at the end of the day, you have to find yours.
We make our judgments our reality and see them as facts. By doing this, we don't leave room for compassion towards ourselves and to the experience of others.
Rubin Khoddam, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist in the Los Angeles area.