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Reclaiming Life With CBT
Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D.
A new study examines whether using electronic devices in the classroom affects students' exam performance.
Why is it easier to lose weight than to keep it off? And why do all diets eventually fail? Psychologists Aria Campbell-Danesh and Lucy Faulconbridge provide some answers.
Religion is correlated with many health advantages; a recent review suggests it's also good for sleep. The study authors explore four pathways to account for this association.
CBT-I is widely recognized as the treatment of choice for chronic insomnia; a new study reveals how and why the benefits are long-lasting.
The latest research supports time-honored ways of aligning our thoughts, actions, and presence to maximize well-being.
Trying to force ourselves to sleep is bound to backfire. Find out how a surprisingly paradoxical approach can be one of the most effective ways to beat insomnia.
Excessive anxiety can limit our lives in countless ways. Exposure therapy provides a reliable way to find relief.
Tired of lying awake in bed? Find out how to schedule your time in bed to optimize sleep quality.
Our childhood experiences can continue to affect us even decades later. Find out what the latest research says about the enduring effects of early adversity.
When someone says they're "hurting emotionally," they probably mean this quite literally. Find out what explains the depression — pain association.
Two recent studies show how relationships are happier and more harmonious when couples are meeting these needs for one another.
Tired of always beating up on yourself? Identify the core beliefs that drive self-loathing, and work toward making friends with yourself starting today.
Like the change in seasons, it's hard to know definitively when depression has lifted. Here are eight signs to look for.
Recent research has explored ways to increase our ability to show compassion, both for others and for ourselves.
Responsible assertiveness is a win-win, allowing us to honor not just our own needs but the needs of others.
There is a growing awareness that problematic Internet use can have serious consequences. A new study demonstrated one simple technique that can help.
Insomnia affects millions, yet the number-one treatment often remains out of reach. Now apps make CBT-I available through web and mobile platforms.
We've been trained to believe that eating for comfort is "bad"—which doesn't necessarily make it easier to avoid. Dr. Pavel Somov provides an alternative: better emotional eating.
A new study shows that thinking of others' well-being may be more beneficial than trying to boost our self-image.
A recent study reveals one powerful way to get back to work faster.
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.
Bad sleep opens the door for thoughts that only make sleep worse. Find out what some of the most troubling thoughts are, and how to fix them.
Depression is a common and highly impairing condition that often requires professional treatment. Find out what the research shows about what works and what doesn't.
Research reveals some surprising news about the role of serotonin in depression—and suggests millions of Americans taking drugs for depression would do just as well on placebo.
When one partner battles chronic pain, both partners suffer. A new treatment program offers hope—and lessons that can strengthen any relationship.
When is psychotherapy the better option for relieving depression? When is medication called for? And is their combination always better than either one alone?
It can be surprisingly easy to overlook our own depression — even for those of us who treat it all the time.
A new longitudinal study reveals connections among mothers' basic psychological needs, postpartum depression, and parenting behaviors.
Recent research suggests that being a parent lowers well-being when it makes it hard to fulfill our fundamental psychological needs. There are ways to reclaim our happiness.
When we're depressed we tend to think that nothing will lift our mood. Results from a new study suggest otherwise.
Seth J. Gillihan, Ph.D., is a clinical assistant professor of psychology in the Psychiatry Department at the University of Pennsylvania.