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What it’s Like to Live with Hypochondria My life is controlled by an endless series of obsessions, intrusive thoughts, rituals, and fears, but I don’t have OCD, at least not technically. Instead, I have a somatoform disorder better known as hypochondria. Hypochondria, or health anxiety, is a preoccupation with having or acquiring … ...
A Quasi-Ménage à Trois from Hell: Smother Mother, Mama’s... “Howaaaaaard,” screams Mrs. Wolowitz on The Big Bang Theory, “where’s my girdle?” Welcome to the private Hell of a Mama’s Boy. Oh, I know the smothering Mrs. Wolowitz and her … ...
20 Prompts to Spark a Story and Strengthen Your... I just learned, thanks to author Judy Reeves, that May is National Short Story Month. One of the most creative (and fun) things we can do is to make up … ...
Is Video Game Addiction a Problem with OCD? I have to start this post with a caveat: I think a lot of people who are called video game addicts simply have a hobby that they enjoy, not an … ...
More Thoughts on Self-Love I’ve been thinking more about self-love and what it means and looks like for me. Yesterday, I shared some thoughts in this piece. Today, I’m sharing more examples. I hope … ...
Creative Ideas, Creative Reboot Creativity is one of the most joyful and meaningful parts of being alive. And for many people, creative expression is not so much a choice as a spiritual necessity. But … ...
5 Steps on the Road to Self-Compassion Daughters (and sons, for that matter) who grow up with hypercritical, combative, or dismissive mothers don’t just suffer from low self-esteem but they also internalize their mothers’ words and assessment … ...
A Room With This View Linked To Better Mental Health This is even better than having a view of a natural green space out of the window. > Get motivated with PsyBlog's latest ebook: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything" **
How Do You Know When You’re Stable? There was an interesting question I came across on the internet this week about mental illness that made me think. It was an honest inquiry into stability and what it … ...
Spanking: 50 Years of Research Shows How Detrimental It... Children who were spanked are more likely to defy their parents, exhibit antisocial behavior and aggression, and experience mental health problems and cognitive difficulties, according to a recent study from the University of Texas at Austin which analyzed 50 years worth of research including more than 160,000 children. … ...
6 Ways to Say No, Politely, to a Favor A favor is a category of altruistic behavior, and as such, we should be particularly pleased when one is offered. Not all favors are wanted. How do you say no?
Today I Love The Chiming Clock Today I love the chiming clock that hangs in my house and rings out the hours and half hours. I love that it came from an auction that seems like … ...
Psychology Around the Net: May 7, 2016 As I mentioned last Saturday, I had a pretty stressful last week of April. I was crunched for time to meet an important deadline, and it looked like I was going to fail. I did — fail, that is — but fortunately, my boss was … ...
Is Structure Good or Bad for People With ADHD? Adding “structure” to your life is a somewhat vague ADHD coping strategy people sometimes talk about. When we talk about combating ADHD with “structure,” we’re talking in abstract terms, but … ...
The Termination Stage of Therapy “Promise me you’ll never forget me because if I thought you would, I’d never leave.”  — A.A. Milne The need to move forward is an unwavering attribute in the grand scheme of human evolution and expansion. This natural directive requires a letting go of what was … ...
The Myth of Being Unlovable-Part 1 Linda: When we are feeling unloved, our mind makes up a story about how unlovable we are, filling in details about our supposed faults: not being attractive enough, not being … ...
What Loving Yourself Can Look Like There are a lot of misconceptions about self-love. Some people assume that loving yourself is a copout or an excuse to do whatever you want—as in miss work just because … ...
The 4 Greatest Lessons I Learned on My Journey... During my teens and most of my 20s I lived with social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, OCD and depression. For most of those years I was on strong antidepressants and during the worst of it, medical disability benefits due to my fear of job … ...
Whitewashing Feelings Yesterday, while sitting in the office of my friend and chiropractor Darin Mazepa, he asked what was happening in my life. As if he didn’t already know, since most of … ...
3 Ways Parenting Can Improve Your Addiction Recovery It’s easy to think of the values you want to pass on to your child, like patience, respect and compassion, but it can be difficult to know how to incorporate … ...