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What Makes Some People More Resilient to Trauma Than Others?

Why do some people suffer after a traumatic event while others do not? This is an important question in the world of trauma psychology, one that is being extensively researched. We... Read More

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Is Co-Sleeping or Bed Sharing with Your Child a Good Idea?

Is it OK to allow a child to sleep with his or her parents? This is a hot-button and controversial topic. Some believe there is nothing wrong with parents sharing a bed with their child... Read More

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The Squeaky Wheel of Anxiety: How to Stop Your Spinning Mind

Sometimes, anxiety feels a lot like a little mouse running on a wheel inside our heads and chattering incessantly. It gets ahold of a particular thought or fear and spins on it nonstop.... Read More

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Navigating the Dating World with a Chronic Illness

A 28-year-old woman sits across the room from me. Recently diagnosed with bipolar, she is slowly but surely accepting her diagnosis. With a perplexed look, she asks, “But what, exactly,... Read More

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‘Epidemic’ Is Insufficient: HIV/AIDS Is a Syndemic Issue

I recently was part of a group that developed and ran a workshop in Washington, D.C. called “Ethics, HIV, and Mental Health.” The audience was primarily made up of social work students... Read More

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Want Better Relationships? Become a Better Communicator

“I ka olelo ke ola, ika olelo ka make.” (In the word there is life; in the word there is death.) —Ancient Hawaiian saying Words are potent. When you interact with others, each... Read More

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Why Are Memories of My Past Trauma Coming Back Now?

“I’ve been fine for years. Now I have nightmares every night and can barely function at work. What’s going on?” “I thought I was over it. I even went to therapy as a kid!... Read More

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To See or Not to See: What Are Your Partner’s Eyes Saying?

I can remember an experience with my spouse about 12 years ago. We attended a partner yoga class. While these types of classes are not sexual, partners can experience deep intimacy... Read More


3 Key Components to Building Your Healthy Self-Care Routine

Establishing a good self-care routine can sort of be compared to putting on an oxygen mask when an airplane cabin loses pressure. “Put your own mask on first before assisting others,”... Read More

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3 Simple Ways LGBT Couples Can Revive Their Sex Lives

Remember when you were first dating your partner and the sex was hot, heavy, and frequent? As time passed and you and your partner slowly built a life together, the initial passion... Read More

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The Secret to Self-Awareness in Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Have you ever found yourself in such an emotional storm that you didn’t feel in control of what you were doing? When we are at our most vulnerable, we are most likely to act in... Read More

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Men, Too, Deserve to Grieve the Loss of Their Babies

Miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss happen to men, too. Unfortunately, this reality isn’t well recognized or acknowledged. Instead, men are typically asked how their partners... Read More

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Do Psychiatric Drugs Do More Harm Than Good?

May 21, 2015   .   3 Comments

Twenty percent of Americans take at least one psychiatric drug. According to Peter C. Gøtzsche, professor at the Nordic Cochrane Center in Denmark, these drugs may be more harmful... Read More

Self-Care Skills Key to Job Success in Adults with Autism

May 20, 2015   .   2 Comments

One in 68 children—and one in 42 boys—is on the autism spectrum. Parents of children with autism face a host of challenges that don’t end with the daily struggles of raising... Read More

Report Uncovers Abuse of Inmates with Mental Health Issues

May 19, 2015   .   1 Comment

According to a new Human Rights Watch report, abuse of prisoners with mental health issues is rampant. The report details intense physical violence, including shocking prisoners, trapping... Read More

Study Suggests Depression Increases Stroke Risk in Seniors

May 18, 2015   .   4 Comments

Depression is common, affecting 14.8 million Americans—almost 7% of the population—every year. Depression rates are even higher among seniors, with as many as 15% suffering from... Read More

Distinguishing Depression from Bipolar Sadness, and Other News

May 15, 2015   .   5 Comments

Researchers have long struggled to differentiate the depression associated with bipolar from the depression that comes with major depression. A new study suggests that the sadness associated... Read More

Study: Miscarriage Remains Misunderstood and Stigmatized

May 14, 2015   .   4 Comments

As many as 25% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, yet many people remain unaware of just how common the experience is. It’s commonplace not to reveal a pregnancy until the end... Read More

More Sex, More Happiness? Maybe Less, Study Suggests

May 13, 2015   .   4 Comments

If you’re not having as much sex as you’d like, you might think more sex would make you happier. Both anecdotal data and scientific research have long suggested that people... Read More

Are Porn and Video Games Causing a Masculinity Crisis?

May 12, 2015   .   6 Comments

More than 40 years ago, Philip Zimbardo oversaw the Stanford Prison Experiment—one of psychology’s best-known and most controversial studies. Now Zimbardo is interested in the... Read More

Do Women Want Sex with the Same Frequency as Do Men?

May 11, 2015   .   5 Comments

Men want sex and women want love, right? That’s what dozens of studies have set out to prove, often resulting in salacious headlines and lots of publicity. In one famous study,... Read More

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Help! I Love My Wife, but I Don't Like Having Sex with Her

Thank you for your very honest question. This is, obviously, a sensitive topic. But you might take heart in the fact it is not all that uncommon an issue among couples. In this case, it sounds ... Read more »

Help! Why Can't I Stop Making Self-Destructive Choices?

While there is no simple answer to your question, I do suspect your parents' issues with bipolar and Read more »

I've Stolen, I've Lied, and I Want My Wife Back. Help!

You write that you have lied, stolen, and pawned jewelry from family, and used that money to buy alcohol. You were seemingly out of control, but you weren’t really—you made choices, choices that ... Read more »

Help! My Husband Won't Let Me Discipline His Children

You have put your finger on one of the biggest challenges in blended families—the role of stepparents in discipline. ... Read more »

My Husband Cheated! So Why Is Our Sex Life Hotter Than Ever?

Thank you for your letter. Let me start by saying this pattern is more common than many people realize. There are varying opinions on why feelings and reactions evolve this way, but there are a ... Read more »

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