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Patricia McGuire

When Zero Tolerance Makes Zero Sense: Kids Caught in the Middle

Editor’s note: Patricia McGuire, MD, FAAP, is a developmental and behavioral pediatrician and published author. Her continuing education presentation for GoodTherapy.org, titled... Read More

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Trauma and Re-Experiencing: The Intrusion of Past into Present

Last month I wrote about avoidance, one component of trauma-related struggles for many people. Another one of the primary things therapists consider when exploring trauma-related problems... Read More

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Losing Connection in the Age of Information

As a psychologist, I find myself extremely interested in observing—observing the world, observing people and animals, observing how we interact and connect to others. We often forget... Read More

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Should We Require Prospective Parents to Be Licensed?

Editor’s note: The following article represents the opinions of the author alone. Any views expressed are not necessarily shared nor endorsed by GoodTherapy.org.  Psychotherapists... Read More

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When a Loved One Commits Suicide: Dealing with God

Grief after any death can raise a lot of questions. For a person of faith who has beliefs about the afterlife, a loved one taking his or her own life can raise specific questions that... Read More

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The Five Most Common Mental Health Diagnoses

Despite decades of work to educate the public about the nature of mental health conditions, mental health issues are still accompanied by stigma. Many people perceive that mental health... Read More

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From Sad to Mad: How Suppressing Your Sadness Invites Anger

In my introductory article on anger management, I introduced you to the notion that anger management per se often misses the mark. Spending all our time and energy handling our anger... Read More

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EMDR Therapy for Families of Children with Autism, Part III

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, or EMDR therapy, differs from traditional talk therapy in that it relies on the brain’s innate operating system to turn disturbing... Read More

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Five Tips to Quit Smoking that Really Work

Every smoker knows that smoking poses serious health risks, but the prospect of quitting can be daunting. Nicotine withdrawals can last between three and 14 days, and some smokers find... Read More

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Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Youth: The Real Issues

In my last article on GoodTherapy.org, I explained at length my objections to two news articles as examples of a flawed and inadequate way of looking at treatment options for transgender... Read More

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When It’s All Too Much: Three Tips for Managing Stress

Stress has always been a part of our lives. Forty years ago, people had stress and worry that were significantly different from what most of us have today. Without the Internet or cell... Read More

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How I Learned I Was in an Abusive Relationship

I started my relationship with a very intelligent registered nurse in 1984. I was a clerk going to college part time and work full time to be able to afford college. She seemed very... Read More

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SSRI Use Linked to Autism and Other News

April 18, 2014   .   1 Comment

SSRI use during pregnancy linked to autism and developmental delays in boys Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) are typically the first line of defense for treating depression,... Read More

New Study Suggests Autism Begins in Pregnancy

April 14, 2014   .   8 Comments

Parents of children on the autism spectrum often notice the condition slowly over time, as a child’s development unfolds and seems unusual. But a new study suggests that the path... Read More

New Drug Promises to Reverse Opioid Overdoses (and Other News)

April 11, 2014   .   7 Comments

Nearly 75% of drug overdoses are caused by prescription opioid medications; these drugs led to 14,800 fatal overdoses in 2008. The powerfully addictive nature of opioids can make quitting... Read More

Latest Fort Hood Shooting Puts Military Mental Health in Spotlight

April 10, 2014   .   1 Comment

For the second time in five years, Texas’ Fort Hood is mourning a mass shooting. The alleged gunman, Spc. Ivan Lopez, was an Iraq war veteran undergoing treatment for posttraumatic... Read More

Can Your Anti-Anxiety Medication Kill You?

April 4, 2014   .   8 Comments

Many people have heard that anxiety medications can have some serious side effects, such as addiction, memory problems, impaired driving, and sleepiness. But a provocative new study... Read More

Mental Health Services Set to Improve Across the U.S.

March 28, 2014   .   15 Comments

This week, as part of the Excellence in Mental Health Act, the House of Representatives passed a demonstration project that aims to reinforce quality care for individuals who have mental... Read More

News Roundup: ACA Enrollment Deadline, a Backpack Inspires Change

March 21, 2014   .   12 Comments

It’s been in the news for months: Obamacare is here; it’s more affordable for many people than the alternatives; and you will be penalized if you are currently uninsured and do... Read More

Retreat or Reach Out? Exploring How Men and Women Respond to Stress

March 20, 2014   .   8 Comments

How do you handle your emotions when life gets stressful? Do you shut down and internalize, withdrawing from social circles? Do you seek solace in substances, food, or marathon runs... Read More

Planting ‘SEEDS’ of a Healthy Brain: We Interview Dr. John B. Arden

March 19, 2014   .   6 Comments

Last week was officially Brain Awareness Week. Yes, the brain—the organ that basically governs all of our body processes—is officially honored for one week in March every... Read More

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

Is It Normal for Group Therapy to Mix Teens with Adults?

Therapy groups are formed around a common interest to promote cohesiveness, a central factor in the strength of the group. ... Read more »

Is My Therapist Coming On to Me? Should I Find Another One?

Honestly, my immediate reaction to your question is run—don't walk—away from this therapist and find someone new. This is 100% unethical and a complete Read more »

Can We Survive My Girlfriend's Control and Abandonment Issues?

Thank you for your question. Boy, have you been on a roller coaster! In fact, this was my first response: Gee, does he really want to get back on? But then I reflected on it, and I began to ... Read more »

Help! My Husband's Teenage Daughter Says She Hates My Young Sons

Thanks for writing. The first thing I am going to strongly urge you to do is get your family in to work with a family therapist who specializes in Read more »

Is It Right to Expect More Affection from My Boyfriend?

First of all, I want to commend you on the great job you have done reflecting on and understanding your feelings around this issue, and on sharing them with your partner. It sounds like you ... Read more »

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  • Irma D.: There are so many variables and having done research myself, I believe ASD is biological/genetic and environmental. Yet, one woman I know...
  • charmaine: with so many friends and relatives living out their lives online it is very hard not to get sucked into that pattern too
  • Jess: Oh yeah, the list has helped me a ton. When I made my list like you suggested, I saw really quickly that there were lots of things that I...
  • rosa: I kind of feel like you have to draw the line somewhere, and you either have to do sometihng like three strikes and you’re out or zero...
  • Jack: How come if it starts in pregnancy doesn’t it show up in the kids until they are older and not at birth?