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Passing the Hot Potato: Let Others Solve Their Own Problems!

Do you spend too much time on other people’s problems? You lead a busy lifestyle and you have plenty of problems of your own to solve. But have you ever noticed how much time you... Read More

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Is Up Really Down When It Comes to How We View Bipolar?

Is bipolar an emotional roller coaster filled with ups and downs? Do all people need to be on medication if they have bipolar? Does medication treat the issue? Is it a unique brain... Read More

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Punishments vs. Consequences: Teach Your Teen the Difference

When I work with parents of teenagers, our conversations inevitably turn toward discipline. “How do get my teen to follow the rules?” “My teen won’t clean up after himself.... Read More

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Self-Sabotage: When Unexpressed Anger Undermines Success

It is not unusual for well-meaning parents to use their influence to try to mold their children into their ideal of a “successful” person. But when parents are not welcoming... Read More

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Women Like Me: Mental Health and Your Cycle

I think I may have finally discovered a medicine that has made me feel like I never felt before. I almost feel like my old self again. I say “almost” because I’m really going... Read More

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Are We Overprescribing Pills and Underprescribing Therapy?

It is well documented that when people seek help for mental health issues, the best results often come from a strategic blend of medication and psychotherapy. However, a recent study... Read More

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8 Ways Parents Can Help Teens with Academic Overwhelm

Would you work a highly demanding, fast-paced job Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., take a small break, then work another job that requires intense focus both mentally and... Read More

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So Long, Social Constructs: From Conflict to Self-Compassion

What would you believe if nobody taught you what to believe? As children, the world seemed so big. We witnessed the reactions and strategies of our caregivers as they navigated various... Read More

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Are People Who Believe in Conspiracy Theories ‘Crazy’?

Pop quiz: What do the moon landings, the JFK assassination, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks have in common? Give up? While each event touched the lives of millions of people and left... Read More

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Healing with Purpose: An Interview with ProjectHelping.org

GoodTherapy.org’s GoodCause Nonprofit Directory features nonprofit organizations that are aligned with the GoodTherapy.org mission and vision and work toward improving mental... Read More

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Using Mindfulness to Combat Your Passive-Aggressive Behavior

Editor’s Note: Andrea Brandt, PhD, MFT is a psychotherapist and speaker and the author of Mindful Anger: A Pathway to Emotional Freedom. Her continuing education presentation... Read More

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Detecting Threat: A Review of ‘Suspicious Minds’

“Hippocrates is supposed to have said that it is so much more important to know what sort of patient has a disease than what sort of a disease a patient has […] it doesn’t... Read More

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Can Sweat Spread Fear and Happiness? Study Suggests So

April 28, 2015   .   No Comments

More than 90% of Americans wear some form of deodorant, helping to fund an $18 billion industry. According to new research published in Psychological Science, though, all those scent-stifling... Read More

Study Explores How Teens Manage Risk While Driving

April 27, 2015   .   2 Comments

Though teens represent just 14% of the population, they account for about 30% of the costs of car accident injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In... Read More

High Rates of Mental Health Discrimination, and Other News

April 24, 2015   .   4 Comments

New research by RAND and the California Mental Health Services Administration points to an epidemic of discrimination against those with mental health issues. Researchers followed up... Read More

Is Mindfulness Therapy Just as Effective as Antidepressants?

April 23, 2015   .   6 Comments

Doctors, therapists, and mental health advocates have long advised people experiencing depression to consider both medication and psychotherapy. Medication doesn’t always work,... Read More

Babies Feel Pain Similarly to Adults, Study Suggests

April 22, 2015   .   6 Comments

Despite evidence—such as crying, resisting, and seeming afraid—that points to babies’ ability to feel pain, the notion that very young children feel either no pain at all... Read More

Study Suggests Fidgeting May Help Children with ADHD

April 21, 2015   .   5 Comments

Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity (ADHD) are accustomed to warnings to stop fidgeting. Their busy brains can overload their bodies, and the stress of having to sit still... Read More

Understanding ‘The Button,’ Reddit’s Highly Addictive Game

April 20, 2015   .   7 Comments

Two weeks ago, Reddit released a new game, “The Button,” as an April Fool’s Day joke. The game has taken on a life of its own, with users caving to temptation to play the... Read More

Can Probiotics Protect Against Depression and Negativity?

April 17, 2015   .   4 Comments

Probiotics, which promise to boost “good” bacteria, have exploded into the world of healthy living in recent years. The body is home to colonies of millions of bacteria that help... Read More

Survivors of Boko Haram Kidnapping Share Stories, and Other News

April 17, 2015   .   6 Comments

A year ago, the terrorist organization Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, sparking international outrage and giving birth to #BringBackOurGirls. Ten girls escaped... Read More

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Topic Experts answer your questions about psychotherapy, mental health, and relationships.

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 »

Help! I'm Finally Clean, but My Boyfriend Still Uses Drugs

Thank you for your question, and congratulations on your sobriety! Fifteen months is great; clearly, in spite of your current woes, you’re doing something right. I think the answer to your ... Read more »

Help! My Insensitive Family Won't Shut Up about My Weight

Of course you're not laughing! This all sounds incredibly painful. Ideally, family provide a place of warmth, comfort, and support. It sounds like you feel like you are getting Read more »

Help! I'm Afraid to Talk to My Therapist about Self-Injury

You are feeling frightened and ashamed to talk to your counselor about ... Read more »

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  • g.r: I feel like this for 2 weeks now but its been on and off for over a year, sometimes milder, sometimes not at all. All your stories make me...
  • Clara: You would hope that more doctors would talk with their female patients about this issue but sadly I still think that this is a conversation...
  • Lawrence: what happened to letting your kids choose the path that they wish to pursue?
  • Mary A.: If you are like me you have probably found that the things that you think that you are doing to punish them will actually be punishing you...
  • rafe: I suppose that like so many other disorders, yes it could be helped with medication but think about how much better it could be if you tried...