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Get it Together! – 4 Steps to Getting Out... Many young adults come to me saying, I can’t get started.  Today a beautiful young girl came in who stated, “I have no coping skills.”  Of course this is not … ...
Late Adolescence and the Need for Meaning, Part II In part one of this blog post, I noted that adolescents are prone to face questions of meaning as they enter adulthood. At such a time, they often look to … ...
Does isolating mean I’m depressed? Maybe I’m hooked on watching The Golden Girls back to back to back to back. Or maybe it’s the rain? Maybe I’m just tired. It’s hard to know when isolation … ...
Which Strengths Rise Up to The Occasion? When was the last time that you felt like you needed to dig a little deeper and use a strength that you don’t typically call upon? It may have taken … ...
Drugs that alter inhibitory targets offer therapeutic strategies for Autism, Schizophrenia Memories are formed at structures in the brain known as dendritic spines, which communicate with other brain cells through 'synapses.' Researchers recently discovered that an inhibitory brain receptor triggers synaptic pruning in adolescence. Now, a new article shows that drugs that selectively target these receptors, when administered during adolescence, can alter synapse number, with possible implications for the treatment of autism and schizophrenia.
Being an Effective Stepparent I read a report last week that stated that over 1,300 new stepfamilies are forming every single day. Every day, children who are coping with the loss of one parent … ...
Creative Counseling One attribute of a good counselor or good leader is the ability to be creative.  This article is an overview of Samuel Gladding’s ideas for implementing creativity into one’s counseling practice. The acronym SCAMPER was created by Bob Eberle as a creativity technique to help … ...
11 Surprising New Facts About Your Personality People can smell your personality, helpful people have more sex, what underlies personality disorders, and more... Dr Jeremy Dean's ebooks are: The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything
When Depression Isn’t An Episode Depression isn’t limited to full bipolar episodes. It is possible to feel depressed and have symptoms of depression before the experience can be qualified as an episode. You can start … ...
Warm Weather Ambivalence We may be bearing witness to the dawning of a new human experience, one in which we both enjoy unseasonable warmth and also feel something may be wrong with the climate.
ADHD Autopilot Zoning out, spacing out, going on autopilot. Call it whatever you want – it’s the reason the milk ends up on the coat rack and your coat ends up in … ...
Status in a Group Affects Generosity Toward the Group Groups of people naturally form groups that have status hierarchies. How does someone's status affect their generosity toward other group members?
Why You Should Let Your Passion Die I began my journey in personal development at age 18. I became obsessed with Tony Robbins’ seminars and audio programs. He ended each one by saying, “Live with passion.” Many of us seek passion in our relationships, work, and life itself. Being passionate is a … ...
What Happens When Narcissism Turns Malignant Narcissism is one of the Dark Triad traits that also include psychopathy and Machiavellianism. New research that sadism brings its own unique contribution to the equation.
Cocaine addiction leads to build-up of iron in brain Cocaine addiction may affect how the body processes iron, leading to a build-up of the mineral in the brain, according to new research. The study raises hopes that there may be a biomarker -- a biological measure of addiction -- that could be used as a target for future treatments.
Posttraumatic Growth in Combat Veterans Mental health professionals are well aware of the problem of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in our combat veterans. Estimates vary, but researchers tend to agree that around 10-15 percent of veterans of the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from the disorder.  It is … ...
Creative people have better-connected brains Seemingly countless self-help books and seminars tell you to tap into the right side of your brain to stimulate creativity. But forget the "right-brain" myth -- a new study suggests it's how well the two brain hemispheres communicate that sets highly creative people apart.
The World’s Most Annoying Wall Art I have this plaque hanging on my wall. It reads, “Today is a perfect day for a perfect day.” A former friend gave it to me. The friendship didn’t survive, … ...
9 Ways of Being Stuck He enjoyed roaming the land and meeting different folks. It intrigued him that the others were finding out who they were and what made them tick.
Today I Love The Dining Room Today I love the dining room which is more than half way back to being a dining room again and has only about 30% of the boxes left in it … ...