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Pay Attention, Parents! ADHD Answers You’ve Waited For

“If he would only listen!” This phrase has been spoken by more parents of children with ADHD than any other. Although all children have behavior issues that exasperate their parents,... Read More

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When She Wants Sex but He’s Not Having It

Many of the couples I work with are dealing with disparate desire levels—in fact, I’d say the majority of my sex therapy conjoint work is for just this issue. Most people might... Read More

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Understanding Suicide: 5 Myths about Suicide

It is time that we as a society openly talk about the serious impact of suicide and mental health challenges. Suicide is a difficult topic for many people to discuss, although with... Read More

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Fitting In, Standing Out: Bigotry in the LGBT Community

If someone asked you to define who you are in just a few words, what would you say? What words would you include, and what would you choose to leave out? Would “gay” always be a... Read More

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5 Solutions to Your Child’s Sleep Problems

Sleep is not only important for your child’s rest and rejuvenation, good sleep is essential to healthy development. Sleep problems affect a child’s mood, ability to cope, and academic... Read More

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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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Study Finds Aging Process May Not Affect Spatial Reasoning

August 27, 2014   .   1 Comment

The aging process can be scary for people concerned about losing their cognitive abilities, and some people take it for granted that aging necessarily slows down brain function. According... Read More

Objectification and Internalized Shame in Romantic Relationships

August 26, 2014   .   3 Comments

For generations, women have raised concerns about how objectification contributes to street harassment, unwanted workplace sexual attention, and sexual violence. The practice of treating... Read More

GoodTherapy.org Supports Love Our Local Fest for Second Year

August 25, 2014   .   2 Comments

On Sunday, August 24, 2014, GoodTherapy.org was a sponsor for the Love Our Local Fest to support the community around its regional office in Olympia, Washington. It was a beautiful... Read More

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

August 22, 2014   .   10 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   .   6 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   .   5 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   .   5 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

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

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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