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4 Steps Vital to Releasing Old Family Patterns

Editor’s note: Claudia Black, PhD is a renowned addiction specialist and the author of several books addressing family systems and addiction issues. Her continuing education presentation... Read More

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Anxiety in the Asperger’s/Autism Marriage: It Cuts Both Ways

If you are what is commonly referred to as a “neurotypical” spouse of a person who is diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum, you are probably accustomed to anxiety. I don’t... Read More

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The Wise Parent’s Message: Do It, Even If You’re Scared

Fear is a pretty ordinary human emotion. When we experience it, though, it feels anything but ordinary. How we respond to our fears can shape the way we live our lives and the people... Read More

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The Big Pond: How to Make the Transition to College

From navigating the financial challenges of life away from home to integrating into new friendship circles, many college students find that they need some help to adjust to their new... Read More

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Is Fear of Rejection Keeping You Single?

You are single, feeling good about yourself, looking your best, and decide to go out for a night on the town. In the back of your mind, there is a small nugget of hope that perhaps... Read More

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Ways to Cope with Grief and Loss after Putting a Pet to Sleep

In the United States, there are almost as many pets as there are adult humans. Collectively, Americans keep 60 million dogs, 70 million cats, and a host of other animals as pets. More... Read More

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How to Deal with Anger

Have you ever felt so angry that you couldn’t see straight? Anger is one of the most powerful emotions we have to deal with, and it tends to lead us to say and do things we later... Read More

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Is My Child Bipolar or Just Being a Kid?

Are there times when your adolescent’s behavior or mood is excitable and silly, then plummets into sadness and isolation? Do you worry that his or her mood swings from overly excited... Read More

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How to Use Yoga and Meditation to Relieve Stress and Anxiety

There are many ways to help people who are in psychotherapy. Sometimes talk alone works fine. Other times a more multidisciplinary approach is called for, especially with someone who... Read More

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Let’s Not Forget about Suicide’s Unsuspecting Victims

The death of Robin Williams last week shocked many of us. Though I knew he battled addiction over the years, I did not know that he also battled depression. There are many people talking... Read More

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Depression Doesn’t Have to Be a Life (or Death) Sentence

To say the loss of Robin Williams to suicide is tragic is a gross understatement. Many of us grew up with Mork & Mindy on television and, over the decades, witnessed the incredibly... Read More

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Finding Compassion and Hope after the Loss of Robin Williams

Editor’s note: This article contains language that may be offensive to some readers and may be inappropriate for younger audiences. I was 8 years old the first time I remember... Read More

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Trying to Learn Something New? Stop Focusing on It (and Other News)

August 22, 2014   .   2 Comments

According to Barbara Oakley, author of A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even if You Flunked Algebra), downtime during the day helps your brain process more information... Read More

Everything You Need to Know about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

August 21, 2014   .   3 Comments

Unless you completely avoid all social media, you’ve probably seen dozens of friends, family, and celebrities dumping buckets of ice water on their heads, often while talking... Read More

Physical Neglect May Lead to Violent Behavior in Young Men

August 21, 2014   .   3 Comments

Prisons are filled with people facing mental health challenges, struggles with addiction, a history of trauma, or memories of childhood abuse. The rate of such challenges among prisoners... Read More

Men More Likely to Be Granted Flexible Work Arrangements

August 20, 2014   .   4 Comments

Women continue to make only 70 or 80 cents for every $1 men earn, even when controlling for factors such as hours worked and other career choices. Common cultural assumptions hold that... Read More

What Conditions Led to the Widespread Inmate Abuses at Rikers Island?

August 19, 2014   .   4 Comments

Corrections officers at Rikers Island, which is home to about 500 teenage inmates, regularly inflict severe and unwarranted abuse on inmates, according to a new report by the U.S. attorney’s... Read More

Sexual Orientation Colors Perceptions of Romantic Relationships

August 18, 2014   .   3 Comments

Imagine a deeply committed couple who are very much in love. What do the partners look like? Odds are good you envisioned a heterosexual couple, at least according to a new study, which... Read More

Study Uncovers What Parents Fear Most

August 16, 2014   .   5 Comments

Parenthood makes worry inevitable, but the threats parents worry about change with each generation. The National Poll on Children’s Health, conducted annually by the University... Read More

Autism Is Not Linked to Oxytocin Deficits, and Other News

August 15, 2014   .   5 Comments

Researchers have commonly suspected that oxytocin, a hormone associated with feelings of love and attachment, was lacking in people on the autism spectrum, but a new study indicates... Read More

Psychology Students Receive Little Training on Military Medical Ethics

August 14, 2014   .   4 Comments

Psychologists work in a wide variety of settings, including military hospitals, war zones, and prisons, and many work with the Department of Defense or Veterans Administration. In each... Read More

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My Husband Can Watch Porn, but Can't Apply for a Job? Help!

Thanks for your question. I think the first key point can be found in your last statement, as far as “how to fix this.” To cut to the chase: you cannot. You can only help your husband “fix” ... Read more »

I'm a Gay College Basketball Player. Should I Come Out?

It sounds like you’re caught between powerful opposing forces. If you come out, you fear you will be persecuted by ... Read more »

If My Wife Won't Lose Weight, Am I Justified in Leaving Her?

I really appreciate the authenticity with which you present your situation. The guilt you are feeling for writing in—and even for having the thoughts feelings you have—is palpable. It is clear ... Read more »

How Serious Is Paranoia? Am I Crazy? Do I Need Meds?

Having paranoid thoughts does not mean you are crazy. Some people have these thoughts as a result of feeling Read more »

Help! My Wife Is Spending Us into Bankruptcy

Thanks for your question. Boy, that is a doozy of a choice: bankruptcy or divorce. Would you rather lose the arm or ... Read more »

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