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How to Create a Routine that Supports Good Mental... It’s January. You’re back to work and the kids are back to school. It’s time to get a routine in place that supports mental health and wellness. Many of us … ...
Our Partner Is a Magic Mirror “When the practice of love invites us to enter a place of potential bliss that is at the same time a place of critical awakening and pain, many of us … ...
When Is It Okay To Cut Off A Relative? When Is It Okay To Cut Off A Relative? After the holidays, we therapists  are besieged with family drama stories. Family members fight, bad things happen, after too much champagne — … ...
This May Be Essential to Our Creative Process—and Great... The late writer Marina Keegan had a habit that was vital to her creative process. She talked about it in her application to Anne Fadiman’s writing class at Yale: “It … ...
Carrie Fisher: Turning Problems into Punchlines Carrie Fisher was able to turn mental illness into a career. In so doing, she helped so many “come out” about their own secrets. Can laughter really help heal mental illness?
Surviving Infidelity Requires the Partner Who Strayed to Accept... A client of mine, whom I’ll call “John,” is sitting in my office offering me a laundry list of explanations for why he had an adulterous relationship. John is well-educated, a successful businessman, and a pillar of his church. His illicit relationship with Violet, he … ...
Breathe in Peace, Breathe Out Pain During the recently passed holidays I got my usual case of annual ick. Most parts sinus infection and all parts misery, it sidelined my birthday festivities, shot down my writing … ...
Doing Well vs. Doing Good Do consumers gravitate to highly competent, if less moral service providers, or to providers that are highly moral but less competent? Underdog positioning can go a long way.
Today I Love Freedom Friday Today I love freedom Friday ’cause I’m free to take care of the stuff that needs doing and to do it all at my own varying pace. I love that … ...
The Hoarding A hoard is a collection of valuable artifacts, usually found by archaeologists. Guess what I found in my house while I was moving? Not a hoard. Well, not in the … ...
Best of Our Blogs: January 6, 2017 I’ve experimented with several healing modalities for my autoimmune disease. But recently, I’ve added a powerful one to my arsenal. Love. Romantic love and love for your children are important, but I’m talking about the love we often forget about-the love and gratitude we have … ...
Study links parent-adolescent relationship quality to teen and maternal depression Relationship quality between mother and child is significantly linked to maternal and adolescent depression, according to a study published in Children and Youth Services Review. An estimated 350 million people have been diagnosed with depression. This large number is alarming, and the scientific community is struggling to find risk factors and suitable treatment options. Current [...]
OCD and Thinking about Thoughts I’ve written before about the fact that there really are no “OCD thoughts.” As I explain in this post: “…when you get right down to it, there’s OCD, and there … ...
New apps designed to reduce depression and anxiety as easily as checking your phone Soon you can seek mental health advice on your smartphone as quickly as finding a good restaurant. A novel suite of 13 speedy mini-apps called IntelliCare resulted in participants reporting significantly less depression and anxiety by using the apps on their smartphones up to four times a day, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. The [...]
Study shows development of face recognition entails brain tissue growth People are born with brains riddled with excess neural connections. Those are slowly pruned back until early childhood when, scientists thought, the brain’s structure becomes relatively stable. Now a pair of studies, published in the Jan. 6, 2017, issue of Science and Nov. 30, 2016, in Cerebral Cortex, suggest this process is more complicated than [...]
Protein associated with Parkinson’s travels from brain to gut Researchers of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) have found that “alpha-synuclein”, a protein involved in a series of neurological disorders including Parkinson’s disease, is capable of travelling from brain to stomach and that it does so following a specific pathway. Donato Di Monte and co-workers report on this in the journal Acta Neuropathologica. [...]
Mothers’ lack of legal knowledge linked to juvenile re-offending Youth who commit crimes for the first time are more likely to re-offend if their mothers don’t participate in their legal process. Unfortunately, mothers are widely unfamiliar with the juvenile justice system – and those who know the least about the system also participate the least. Those are the findings of a first-of-its-kind study led [...]
Leaders and managers should be taught how to ‘love’ their staff Some 80 per cent of managers think leaders and managers should be taught how to be compassionate, to genuinely care for and to be considerate towards their staff. This is one of the key findings of research, published today, Thursday 5 January, by Dr Fiona Beddoes-Jones, Managing Director of The Cognitive Fitness Consultancy, at the [...]
Identifying children at risk of eating disorders is key to saving lives Spotting eating disorder symptoms in children as young as nine years old will allow medics to intervene early and save lives, experts say. A team from Newcastle University has identified that girls and boys with more eating disorder symptoms at age nine also had a higher number of symptoms at age 12. A new study [...]
What Is Cluster B? I can’t stand how mental health lingo is expected to be known, or understand in the world. It’s complicated. I know someone dealing with a person that is Cluster B … ...