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4 Big Ways We Can Change Mental Health Care in America

When President Obama addressed the nation in his January 2015 State of the Union speech, he made only two vague references to mental health, despite it being an issue that impacts millions... Read More

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Hey, Parents, Here’s a Radical Idea: Don’t Yell at Your Kids

As the new year rolls on, I keep thinking about the idea of radical change. My first idea has to do with losing my temper with my kids. Here’s a radical thought: What if I just stopped? The... Read More

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Losing Hope for Love: What It Means to Work on Yourself

After experiencing relationship disappointments such as breakup or divorce, it can be hard to move forward and have hope that you will find love again. In today’s online dating world,... Read More

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‘What Do You Do?’ Breathing New Life Into an Old Question

When you meet someone, you know it’s coming. Social niceties dictate a certain order of operations—a “What is your name?” followed by a “Where are you from?” and perhaps... Read More

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Revisiting Childhood Wounds in the Context of Couples Work

In November 2014, I wrote an article titled How Couples Therapy Can Help Heal Childhood Wounds. This article is a response to some of the comments that were made. Some agreed with the... Read More

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You Found Out Your Partner Uses Porn. Now What?

In today’s world, pornography use has become quite common. In fact, 40 million Americans are regular visitors to pornographic sites, 12% of all websites are pornographic in nature,... Read More

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Our Narrative Body: The Core Material of Hakomi Therapy

Our blueprints for the world form within our childhood bodies. Much like an elephant chained to a stake, we continue replaying lessons learned when we were small, helpless, when resources... Read More

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Tame Your Emotional Brain and Improve Your Relationship

We like to think we are in charge of our own life, master of our ship. We do in fact have the ability to choose how to act, what we say, who we are—up to a point. Neuroscience gives... Read More

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Gaslighting: A Slow-Burning Emotional Abuse Tactic

In my work with people who have survived narcissistic abuse, I find that many have endured a devastating form of emotional abuse called gaslighting. The film Gaslight (1944), starring... Read More

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With Depression, the Wounds You Can’t See Cut the Deepest

I recently spent four days in the hospital recovering from surgery. I have a pretty large incision that’s visibly healing well. But the cut is not where the greatest damage is. Most... Read More

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Break Up and Smell the Coffee: How to Know to Stay or Go

Most of us have probably either been friends with or been part of that couple. You know, the couple that pulls you into their dramatic and sometimes nasty drama, swears this time the... Read More

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Is Your Cell Phone Making You Less Connected?

Are you in a serious and committed relationship with your cell phone? Do you find yourself texting instead of talking, sending hugs instead of giving them, and going through withdrawals... Read More

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Study Suggests Music’s Effects Are Similar Across Cultures

January 27, 2015   .   1 Comment

Though music is growing increasingly global as musicians extend their reach to far-flung regions of the world, there’s no denying that music is still somewhat culturally specific.... Read More

Mental Health Workers May Not Recognize Their Own Burnout

January 26, 2015   .   2 Comments

Mental health workers such as social workers, psychologists, and therapists deal with a seemingly endless stream of trauma, depression, and negativity in their work with people. Though... Read More

Writing Your Way to Well-Being, and Other News

January 23, 2015   .   8 Comments

The healing power of the pen is increasingly playing a role in therapy, support groups, and psychiatric hospitals. A number of studies, for instance, have found that writing can help... Read More

Study Suggests a Possible Link Between Epilepsy and ADHD

January 22, 2015   .   3 Comments

Epilepsy can be a challenging, exhausting experience. According to New York University’s Langone Medical Center, about half of all adults with uncontrolled epilepsy experience... Read More

Is Hearing Voices Part of the ‘Normal’ Human Experience?

January 21, 2015   .   5 Comments

Mental health stigma is alive and well, but some conditions are more stigmatized than others. Schizophrenia, which can lead to a disconnection from reality called psychosis, remains... Read More

Study Finds How Easy False Confessions May Be to Obtain

January 20, 2015   .   6 Comments

You might think you’d never confess to a crime you didn’t commit, but a growing pile of evidence suggests otherwise. According to The Innocence Project, an organization... Read More

A Woman’s Body Image Improves When Men Prefer Fuller Figures

January 19, 2015   .   8 Comments

Body image issues are common among women and even young girls: among adult women, 91% experience dissatisfaction with their bodies, and 80% of 10-year-old girls expressing fears of... Read More

Depression Could Be an Allergic Reaction, and Other News

January 16, 2015   .   7 Comments

A recent Guardian article highlights the mounting evidence that at least some forms of depression could be due not to an imbalance in brain chemistry, but to an allergic reaction. Some... Read More

Can Listening to Taylor Swift Ease Children’s Pain?

January 15, 2015   .   5 Comments

Parents and children have been fighting over what plays on the radio for as long as there have been radios. For children recovering from surgery, though, music might not be a trivial... Read More

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

Childhood Trauma Left Me Feeling Worthless and Depressed

Thank you for your question. Boy, oh boy were you put through the wringer. My heart ached to read of your experiences. I suppose the short version of my answer would be to see a therapist soon as you ... Read more »

After 32 Years, I'm Ready to Leave My Wife and Take a Chance

Thank you for reaching out and asking these important questions. I appreciate how hard it is to ask for help and I’m really glad you did. I am going to share my thoughts on your situation as ... Read more »

I Badly Want to Be a Mom, but Fear I'll Have to Go It Alone

You are neither crazy nor too old. You are also not alone in having your dream of motherhood deferred. There are many women ... Read more »

My Boyfriend Thinks We Need a Gun, but I Worry He's Paranoid

Now that’s what I call a loaded question. (Sorry, that was bad!) Let me start over. Thank you for your interesting question. My very biased response is that, on the face of it, a Read more »

Being My Husband's Caretaker Has Me Angry and Bitter. Help!

The intensity of your feelings is coming through loud and clear. And it is understandable. Being a full-time ... Read more »

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