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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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Ten Conscious Choices Toward Inner Peace

Over the course of 20-plus years seeing clients in private practice, I have also been on my own personal journey reflecting, healing, and growing and, in that time, have learned a lot... Read More

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Why Volunteer? The Hidden Payoff of Donating Time

Whenever someone tells me how amazing it is that I’m a counselor, the first thing I think of is how amazing it is to learn so much from the people I work with. As a career coach at... Read More

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Four Keys to Integrating Youth Sports with Family

With funding for physical education classes dwindling all across the country, childhood obesity rates making headlines, and children sitting in front of complex technology for hours... Read More

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Finding Integrity of Self—Alone and with Others

Like most mammals, we are a social species. There is a biological imperative active in us at birth to connect in order to survive. A baby’s voice cries in order to be heard by a caring... Read More

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Creativity: Unexpected Side Effect of Trauma/PTSD?

We know that certain functions of the body shut down when a person is faced with a threatening situation. This allows other parts to become more active. Larger sets of muscles receive... Read More

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Don’t Let ADHD Consume Your Relationship: Know the Signs

Adults with attention deficit (ADHD) tend to experience problems with relationships. At one time, it was believed that ADD was outgrown by adulthood; however, in 1992 research proved... Read More

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New Study Suggests Autism Begins in Pregnancy

April 14, 2014   .   3 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   .   6 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   .   No Comments

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

‘American Addict’ Film Explores America’s Prescription Pill Popping Habit

March 18, 2014   .   13 Comments

An ongoing issue faced by many in the mental health field is the over-diagnosis of conditions like bipolar, depression, and attention deficit or hyperactivity (ADHD), as well as the... Read More

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

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 »

50 Years Later, Should I Finally Talk about My Pastor's Sex Abuse?

You are not a coward. The only person to blame in this story is the pastor, who bullied an 8-year-old by taking ... Read more »

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