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Relationships and Work Demands: Finding Time to Connect

Editor’s note: How do egalitarian couples with a shared goal of equal partnership navigate differing work demands? This series will consider common power struggles in such relationships,... Read More

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Stigma: Come at Me, If You Can!

Mental illness stigma is out of control. In past years we have been to Iraq; businesses have been bailed out; crazy oil spills have destroyed underwater life; people are just now waking... Read More

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5 Keys to Emotional Wellness

Staying active and motivated throughout the day, week, or month can be difficult. This becomes even harder to achieve when we neglect our mental well-being. Unfortunately, for many... Read More

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Why Hiding Who We Are Hurts Us

In my first meeting with Nora and Jeff, Nora told me (actually, she was yelling and crying): “He’s so passive, he’s driving me crazy. Jeff never lets me know what he’s thinking.... Read More

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5-Step Mindful Walk: Reconnecting with Yourself after Cancer

“When I’m in turmoil, when I can’t think, when I’m exhausted and afraid and feeling very, very alone, I go for walks. It’s just one of those things I do. I... Read More

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How to Talk to Your Doctor about Sex

In an ideal world, the doctor should take the lead, ask questions, and be there to address any concerns you have about your body. The reality is that many doctors are just as uncomfortable... Read More

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If You Want to Manage Your Pain, Manage Your Thoughts

For people challenged with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and other invisible issues, managing pain is a priority. Issues such as these generally do not have outward indicators,... Read More

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5 Undervalued Essentials for a Thriving Relationship

In today’s fast media culture, it’s easy to find negative perspectives about relationships. In the time it takes you to read this introductory paragraph, I’m guessing you could... Read More

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How Couples Therapy Can Help Heal Childhood Wounds

Do you want to build a case about how your partner is wrong and defective or do you want to repair the relationship? So many people come to my office wanting to convince me how wrong... Read More

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3 Steps to Stopping Negative Thoughts in Their Tracks

Do you find yourself on the never-ending merry-go-round of negative thoughts? You know how it goes: you can’t stop thinking the worst, knowing you’ve screwed up somehow or that... Read More

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Can Depression Be Cured without Medication?

“Can I recover from depression without antidepressants?” This is a question that many people ask me. They search the web, talk to their doctors, and seek alternative treatments,... Read More

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Infatuation in My Forties: Was It a Midlife Crisis?

Just over three years ago I considered myself happily married and content to grow older gracefully. I was 43, working hard as a senior school teacher and raising two teenage girls.... Read More

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Gene for Severe Form of Epilepsy Discovered, and Other News

November 21, 2014   .   5 Comments

Epilepsy comprises more than just one neurological abnormality. Instead, this group of seizure-causing neurological disorders has a number of causes that can be genetic, environmental,... Read More

Cannabinoids Demonstrate Potential in Treating Brain Cancer

November 20, 2014   .   5 Comments

Although medical marijuana is now legal in 23 states plus the District of Columbia, its use remains controversial. Opponents point to concerns about drug addiction, brain damage, and... Read More

Want to Promote an Ethical Environment? Cleanliness Is Key

November 19, 2014   .   5 Comments

Popular wisdom suggests that a messy work space is the product of a creative and unique mind. At least one study has found support for this claim, noting that a messy space can be a... Read More

Are Girls Taught to Be More Emotionally Attuned Than Boys?

November 18, 2014   .   3 Comments

There’s a broad assumption in our culture that women are just more emotionally intelligent than men. But women’s superior emotional intelligence is anything but a settled fact,... Read More

How Do Rape Victims Feel When Rape Kits Are Left Untested?

November 17, 2014   .   4 Comments

The development of DNA evidence revolutionized the prosecution of rape cases, making it much more difficult for rapists to deny sexual contact with their victims. In 2009, though, various... Read More

A Mother’s Education May Predict Her Child’s Academic Success

November 15, 2014   .   6 Comments

College enrollment is steadily increasing, with 71% of women and 61% of men enrolling in college after graduating high school. But for teenage mothers college enrollment might feel... Read More

Social Anxiety Affects Perceptions of Friendships, and Other News

November 14, 2014   .   6 Comments

As much as 13% of the adult population struggles with social anxiety. Social anxiety can make it difficult to make friends, leading to feelings of isolation that can make the anxiety... Read More

Scientists Replicate the Feeling of a Ghostly Presence

November 13, 2014   .   4 Comments

Nearly half of Americans believe in ghosts, and 18% report seeing ghostly apparitions themselves. A variety of psychological, cultural, and sociological phenomena can lead people to... Read More

Why Do Women Buy Magazines That Make Them Feel Bad?

November 12, 2014   .   4 Comments

Fashion magazines may seem like little more than a diversion from the stress of everyday life, but research has repeatedly demonstrated that reading these periodicals makes women feel... Read More

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

Help! I Can't Stop Thinking about My Therapist

Although I can’t know what is happening in your therapy and how this may pertain to your question, clearly this is an important issue, and I hope you will discuss it directly with your therapist. I ... Read more »

I Can't Seem to Focus Anymore. Is Something Wrong with Me?

That sounds very frustrating. It also sounds like it might be causing you some anxiety, which might be perpetuating ... Read more »

My 7-Year-Old Son Likes Dolls, Dresses, and Make-Up. Help!

I hear your struggle and pain, and you are not alone. It is so hard to know just what the right thing to do for your kids may be when you see them potentially heading down a road that could make ... Read more »

At 37, I Want to Stay a Virgin—but I Want a Relationship, Too

Thank you for sharing so much of yourself in your question. Though you didn't use the term, it sounds like you could be describing yourself as Read more »

Should I Give My Emotionally Abusive Husband Another Chance?

You are in a tough spot. You have been married for 16 years, and of course there’s a part of you that would love to see him change and spare all of you the challenges that come with restructuring ... Read more »

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