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Bipolar Girl in a Unipolar World There are two types of bipolar disorder listed in the DSM-V. Bipolar I has one or more manic episodes or mixed episodes (both manic and depressive). Bipolar II has at least one hypomanic episode and major depressive episodes. I have bipolar II. I have a specific cycle and triggers that...
Babies Born to Single and Cohabiting Mothers: The Latest “More babies are being born to unmarried, cohabitating parents in America than ever before. This has some sociologists are worried. Will children lose out on the benefits of living in a financially solid home? They might, but there is a way to address that: stop biases against single people.” That’s...
Looking for Love? Go Green! Choosing eco-friendly vs luxury goods may have an impact on your love life.
Pain Is a Message: How Our Brains Try to Protect Us All pain is a function of the brain meaning that it is produced by the brain. Either a physical injury or an emotional injury can activate pain. It's up to us to figure out the message that our brains are sending us.
Fear of Friday the 13th could be self-perpetuating Believing bad luck happens on a specific day fulfills the need to predict and control the future.
How to Co-Parent Successfully after Divorce There can be few experiences more painful in life than divorce. Divorces involving children are particularly fraught, with the tradition dictating that the mother is granted custody while the father gets visiting rights. However, recent years have seen the rise of co-parenting — a far more balanced approach which emphasizes...
How Music Can Help You Get Ahead, The Right Way Music can often boost, or hurt, performance. So what do professionals and athletes need to know about the benefits and traps of using music to motivate?
Are You Having Enough Sex? As a psychotherapist specializing in sexual and intimacy disorders, I can tell you that for a lot of individuals and couples the amount of sex they’re having (or not having) can be worrisome.
24 Ways to Make Mindfulness Stickier Learn how to "supercharge" your mindful breathing, mindful walking, or other meditation practice. Enhance your intrinsic motivation by bringing your best strengths to your practice. Here are 24 examples to help you get started!
17 Quick Tips to Creating Social Media Posts Social Media doesn’t have to be complicated, it can be fun. Here are 16 quick tips to help you create your social media posts for your counseling practice. Put your website on your images so people can trace the post back to you. Use images that you have permission to...
What's Wrong With Giving Advice We might think that giving advice might be the best way to help someone who has a problem. But it might instead inhibit our interpersonal relations, and be very ineffective. Here is why.
Are Men More Caring Where They Outnumber Women? In romance, as in real estate it is either a buyer's market, or a seller's market. If there is a scarcity of men (or women) in a society, they get the best deal. If men are in demand, they can play the field. If women are in demand, they can hold out for a desirable partner who is kind, intelligent, and affluent.
Free Will? Analysis of worm neurons suggest how a single stimulus can trigger different responses Even worms have free will. If offered a delicious smell, for example, a roundworm will usually stop its wandering to investigate the source, but sometimes it won’t. Just as with humans, the same stimulus does not always provoke the same response, even from the same individual.
How Parents Turn Their Children Into Narcissists Creating narcissists: the parental behaviour that convinces children they are better than other people. » Continue reading: How Parents Turn Their Children Into Narcissists » Read HealthiestBlog.com, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles:The Number of Children That Makes Parents Happiest Are Narcissists As Sexy As They Think? The One Simple Question That Identifies a Narcissist Academic Achievement: You Inherit More Than Just Intelligence From Your Parents Lied-to Children More Likely to Lie and Cheat Themselves
Spring Cleaning: Surprising Strategies for Finally Organizing Your Space This spring you might be planning to declutter. Because after multiple attempts to get organized, you’re still not seeing much progress. Or maybe you decide against decluttering because you think you’re disorganized by nature. Maybe you think you don’t have time to make big changes in your home. According to...
Every Day, I Wake Up and Prepare to Die A few days ago, I blogged about what I do each morning to wake up and fully prepare to live another 24 hours. However, there is another facet of my process I didn’t share in that post, which is preparing for our own death daily. I have found much of...
Raising the smoking age Report predicts big health benefits if the legal smoking age was raised, including a quarter-million fewer premature deaths.
Going Beyond the Words “This Is Stressful” We throw around the word “stressful” often. It’s become an umbrella term for all sorts of experiences. My day was stressful. My life is stressful. Work has been stressful. Learning to like my body is stressful. That new class is stressful. The home renovation is stressful. Trying to figure out...
The 'Other' Marshmallow Test The tower building exercise - and its marshmallow - reveals another secret of successful human behavior, in this case for mental health professionals: when we put the goals of our patients first and foremost, they are going to be more effective, and so will we.
Communicating Better in Intimate Relationships If you feel like you’re having trouble opening up to your partner or other intimates in your life, or if you keep running into communication roadblocks and misunderstandings, this post is for you.1)  Know how you feel before you try to communicate it. What I mean is, know the underlying...