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6 Common Obstacles in Couples Therapy Couples therapy can help couples improve their relationship in many ways. For instance, it helps couples resolve conflict, learn how to communicate effectively, better understand each other, enhance their emotional connection and strengthen their bond. Naturally, couples may face obstacles in therapy that stall their progress. They may have inaccurate...
Hepatitis C ruled out as cause of mental impairment in HIV patients Advances in treatment for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have made it possible for people with HIV to survive much longer. As they age, however, many experience impaired thinking, memory loss, mood swings and other evidence of impaired mental function. Secondary infection with the hepatitis C virus does not contribute to the mental impairments seen in many long-term survivors of HIV infection, a new study reveals.
Codependent or Simply Dependent: What’s the Big Difference? Being codependent is hardly the same as simply being dependent. And in some ways it’s crucial that these two types of dependency be seen as distinct—as too often hasn’t been the case. Not, however, that codependent individuals aren’t dependent on others. So what's the peculiar dynamic operating in such relationships that makes them so tricky to understand?
What Can You Do If You Dislike Being Touched? Some people have aversions to one or more types of normally accepted touch. If you find your aversion to touch interferes with your personal life, relationships, happiness, it's not too late to seek answers....
Creative People With Schizophrenia As devastating as schizophrenia can be, a number of people with the mental illness lead active and creative lives. Some research even indicates the type of thinking that characterizes the disorder can facilitate creativity. Some of the possible symptoms include: “Hearing or seeing things that are not there (hallucinations); Isolation;...
7 Great ADHD Gifts I’d Like to See ‘Tis the season of giving. The perfect gift for me would be something to help me with the day-to-day circus that is life with ADHD. Something like, say, these fine (and fictitious) products. If only! Mood-detection gifts 1 ) Emoti-glasses Reading other people’s facial expressions is a crap shoot at...
Medicating When It Is not Needed Medicating When It Is not Needed                        Creativity is a complex and vast construct that has been vital to the progress of human civilization and the development of human reasoning processes. Indeed, the immense array of creative endeavors encompasses the works...
My Top Ten Favorite Parenting Resources I’m back! Sorry I disappeared for a while, folks. I’ve been busy with book talks for Parenting in the Present Moment, working on my next book about teaching mindfulness to children (New Harbinger, 2015), helping my big girl transition to kindergarten, my little girl transition to not being in the...
CIA Torture Report: A Sad Day for Psychologists This week marks a low point for U.S. psychologists. Two psychologists were responsible for devising the CIA program that uses “enhanced interrogation techniques” — what the rest of the world calls torture — on certain detainees after 9/11. It also took the American Psychological Association years to clarify its ethical...
Mental health problems still emerging, 2 years after Sandy Hook school shooting The scope of the psychological damage to children, parents and others is becoming clear, and the need for treatment is likely to persist a long time.
Sexual assault: Who are likely victims? Study shows that female college students are less likely than non-students to be sexually assaulted, but they're also less likely to report an assault to police.
Why painful memories linger Memories of traumatic events can be hard to shake, and now scientists say they understand why.
Gay advocates can shift same-sex marriage views Study found that gay door-to-door canvassers could trigger a persistent change in same-sex marriage voting attitudes.
New Depression Treatment So Obvious You Won’t Believe It’s NEVER Been Tried Before Study finds support for severe depression treatment that's so obvious it incredible it hasn't been tried before. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:A Fast-Acting Treatment Which Helps Severely Depressed Experience Pleasure Again This Group Depression Treatment is as Effective as Individual Therapy Meditation is an Effective Treatment for Depression, Anxiety and Pain Long-Held Belief About Depression Challenged by New Study Social Anxiety Disorder: Impressive Study Reveals The Very Best Treatment
Negative Thoughts? Throw Them Out (Literally) + 4 Other It’s easy to be negative. The human mind is wired to detect and dwell on negative events and circumstances. Think about cavemen who went out hunting and gathering food for their families. Those who survived did so because they were sharply attuned to possible attacks from saber-toothed tigers lurking in...
One in six Ontario adults say they've had a traumatic brain injury in their lifetime Nearly 17 percent of adults surveyed in Ontario said they have suffered a traumatic brain injury that left them unconscious for five minutes or required them to be hospitalized overnight, according to new research. These same adults also reported more substance use, smoking and recent psychiatric distress.
New way to diagnose brain damage from concussions, strokes, and dementia New optical diagnostic technology promises new ways to identify and monitor brain damage resulting from traumatic injury, stroke or vascular dementia—in real time and without invasive procedures.
Do Personality Traits and Values Form a Coherent Whole? Personality psychologists are currently attempting to create more comprehensive theories that integrate many different components of personality. According to Life History Theory there is a general factor of personality that combines all personality traits in a specific way. However, attempting to integrate personal values with traits poses problems for this model.
The Surprising Facts about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) A cup of hot chocolate. A funny movie. A snowball fight. These are all things that can cure the winter blues. It’s easy to feel gloomy or un-energetic on dark and windy winter days. But it’s often equally as easy to pick yourself with a little physical exercise or a...
Be an Empowered Medical Patient Learn to do what makes a difference. Living with a life-threatening or debilitating chronic medical condition—regardless of age—can easily leave you feeling powerless and depressed. However, there are ways to change this. Skill-building catalyzes mastery. With specific skill-building practices, it is possible to live with a sense of mastery and...