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One Flu Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: When Illness Levels You

I recently had a serious bout of flu or some other mysterious, sneaky illness that snuck up and knocked me down so hard I didn’t even know I was hit. I struggled through my day at... Read More

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Powerlessness: Learning to Live with the Unchangeable

Most of the people who come to my office are contemplating a life change, or trying to feel better about one that happened recently. They feel stressed and unsure about decisions they... Read More

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From Patient to Person: How Art Helped Me Find My Identity

Sometimes, I consider it a blessing that I have no formal art training. Not being savvy with technical art terms is an advantage when my lines aren’t perfectly shaped or my colors... Read More

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If ‘Pink Viagra’ Seems Tough to Swallow, Try This Instead

Not long ago I was contacted by a local female journalist who was researching an article about “Even the Score,” a pharmaceutical industry campaign that trumpets “it’s time... Read More

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A Self-Help Guide to Living with Bipolar

There is a paradox when it comes to bipolar mood episodes in terms of the treatment versus the prevention of episodes. On the one hand, the treatment of mood episodes can be rigorous,... Read More

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Not My Job to Save Her: Watching a Parent Grieve

Losing my dad gave way to grief, the overwhelming life I lived for an entire year—a year of details I can barely recall. I was thrust into this whirlwind of a life that I had... Read More

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4 Myths That Are Keeping You from Trying Meditation

Does it seem like everyone is talking about meditation these days? Do you feel like the odd one out for having not yet tried it? Perhaps you have bought into some of the common myths... Read More

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Do Suicide Prevention Signs and Phones on Bridges Help?

The Golden Gate Bridge, which connects San Francisco and Marin County, is a marvel of architecture and engineering. It’s an internationally recognized symbol of American culture... Read More

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For Richer or Poorer: Why Community Trumps Money in Marriage

How important is money when it comes to sustaining a marriage? Money is cited in the media as one of the most common topics of marital conflict (Chatzky, 2007), and financial stress... Read More

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How Much Screen Time Should My Child Get? A Parent’s Guide

There is no greater challenge for parents today than managing their children’s use of technology. Children are using electronic devices from early ages at rates that are hard for... Read More


What to Do Before Scheduling Your First Therapy Session

Choosing to see a therapist is a huge decision. It’s that moment when you decide: You need or want help (did you actually just admit that to yourself?). You can no longer manage... Read More

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Is Moving or Relocating a Good Reason to Pursue Therapy?

Moving or relocating, be it near or far, is a great reason to plan ahead and seek help from a therapist. After all, there is substantial evidence showing relocation causes significant... Read More

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Heavy Metal and ‘Extreme’ Music Can Be Calming, Study Finds

June 29, 2015   .   2 Comments

Heavy metal, punk, and other loud, aggressive varieties of music have been historically blamed for things such as child murders and satanic rituals, and some may suspect their influence... Read More

1 in 4 Children Exposed to Weapon Violence, and Other News

June 26, 2015   .   7 Comments

The tragic Charleston church shootings have renewed debates about gun control in the United States. A new study published in Pediatrics may contribute to the dialogue by exposing the... Read More

How Do Crows Count? Study Examines Mathematical Crows

June 25, 2015   .   2 Comments

Crows and ravens are a long evolutionary chain away from humans, but some of their behavior closely resembles that of humans. Viral videos of crows that talk and count frequently make... Read More

Study Says 23% of Children Are Victimized by Cyberbullying

June 24, 2015   .   5 Comments

For many parents, bullying is still little more than an uncomfortable childhood rite of passage. But cyberbullying means bullies can attack their victims free of risk, and often without... Read More

Rape Prevention Program Nearly Halves Risk of Rape

June 23, 2015   .   4 Comments

About 16% of women have survived a rape or attempted rape, and some studies put the figure even higher. In one survey of New York University students, 37% of women reported having survived... Read More

Connecticut Reduces Fatal Shootings, and Other News

June 19, 2015   .   8 Comments

In the wake of the shooting rampage that killed nine people at one of the country’s oldest historically black churches, debates about gun control have again entered the national... Read More

Study Suggests Psychosis Not Linked to Violent Crime

June 18, 2015   .   5 Comments

School shootings, bomb threats, and similarly horrific crimes often spark national dialogues about “mental illness”. Yet research consistently suggests that those with mental health... Read More

Researchers Link Mental Health Issues and Creativity

June 17, 2015   .   4 Comments

Van Gogh cut off his own ear. Edvard Munch was overwhelmed by anxiety and hallucinations. Charles Dickens likely struggled with depression. The link between creativity and mental health... Read More

Autism Linked to Strong Perceptual Skills in Infancy

June 16, 2015   .   4 Comments

Autism is common, with 1 in 68 children receiving an autism-spectrum diagnosis. Parents, medical providers, and other caregivers are often overwhelmed by the struggles children with... Read More

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A Call for Help Adjusting from the Military to Civilian Life

Thanks for writing in, and thank you for your service. I can only imagine the difficulty of transitioning from being in the service overseas to civilian life. I’m curious as to why, if indeed you ... Read more »

Help! A Decade Later, I Just Found Out My Husband Has 2 Kids

What an incredible breach of trust. Not only did he lie to you about not having kids, which I'm sure made sense to him at the ... Read more »

Help! I'm Lost in My Mind, with No Sense of Life Purpose

I don’t suppose it’s much consolation, but you describe your situation very well—lost in your mind, indeed. You seem very much in ... Read more »

Our Relationship Has Hit a Wall; How Do I Get My Needs Met?

It sounds like you are in a very frustrating, even painful, place in your relationship right now. While all Read more »

Help! If I Have an Abortion, Do I Have to Tell My Boyfriend?

Despite using protection, you have gotten pregnant; naturally, you are shocked. You are not happy with your boyfriend, ... Read more »

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