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Cultivating Connection: Reviving the Lost Art of Eye Contact

A couple is out to dinner. Instead of gazing into each other’s eyes, both partners are looking at their smartphones, checking email or texting someone else. This is their date night,... Read More

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Hear Me, Love Me: Explosive and Withdrawn Behavior in Kids

During healthy development, children learn that the people around them are mostly safe and trustworthy. Even when they do not get what they want, they eventually learn to self-soothe... Read More

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Is the MBTI a Good Indicator of Relationship Compatibility?

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a personality type classification questionnaire based on Carl Jung’s theory of psychological types. For the past several decades, it has... Read More

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How Students with ADHD Can Improve Their Study Habits

For many individuals with attention-deficit hyperactivity (ADHD), and even for many people without it, the idea of sitting down to study can seem daunting. A lot of people don’t exactly... Read More

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The Truth May Not Set You Free, but Shame Definitely Won’t

Many families have secrets of one sort or another. When she was 80, my mom shared with her eight children, on an individual basis, a secret she had carried for over 60 years. She wanted... Read More

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Suicide in the Spring: Practice Prevention as Seasons Change

Spring has sprung. The days are longer, the trees fuller, and the flowers are in full bloom. While spring may be a warm welcome after a cold and dark winter, for some it can be a time... Read More

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Bruce Jenner Has the Headlines, but Transgender Is Old News

Bruce Jenner, former Olympic athlete and reality star, has made recent headlines. After months (or longer) of tabloid and entertainment news speculation, Jenner publicly came out in... Read More

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What Makes Some People More Resilient to Trauma Than Others?

Why do some people suffer after a traumatic event while others do not? This is an important question in the world of trauma psychology, one that is being extensively researched. We... Read More

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Is Co-Sleeping or Bed Sharing with Your Child a Good Idea?

Is it OK to allow a child to sleep with his or her parents? This is a hot-button and controversial topic. Some believe there is nothing wrong with parents sharing a bed with their child... Read More

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The Squeaky Wheel of Anxiety: How to Stop Your Spinning Mind

Sometimes, anxiety feels a lot like a little mouse running on a wheel inside our heads and chattering incessantly. It gets ahold of a particular thought or fear and spins on it nonstop.... Read More

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Navigating the Dating World with a Chronic Illness

A 28-year-old woman sits across the room from me. Recently diagnosed with bipolar, she is slowly but surely accepting her diagnosis. With a perplexed look, she asks, “But what, exactly,... Read More

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‘Epidemic’ Is Insufficient: HIV/AIDS Is a Syndemic Issue

I recently was part of a group that developed and ran a workshop in Washington, D.C. called “Ethics, HIV, and Mental Health.” The audience was primarily made up of social work students... Read More

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Delayed Cord Clamping May Boost Social, Motor Skills

May 27, 2015   .   1 Comment

For decades, doctors have routinely clamped the umbilical cords of newborns moments after birth. Some parents now avoid immediate clamping in favor of allowing the umbilical cord to... Read More

Do Depressed People Hear Things Differently?

May 26, 2015   .   2 Comments

Though depression affects 14.8 million Americans each year, it can be a deeply isolating experience. People experiencing depression may feel chronically misunderstood and unheard, and... Read More

Suicide Rate Among Black Children Increases, Study Says

May 22, 2015   .   4 Comments

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a million adults in the United States attempted suicide in 2010, with nearly 16% of students seriously considering suicide at some... Read More

Supreme Court Rules on Mental Health Issue, and Other News

May 22, 2015   .   5 Comments

United States Supreme Court In 2008, Teresa Sheehan, a woman with a long history of mental health issues, was shot multiple times by two San Francisco police officers. The incident... Read More

Do Psychiatric Drugs Do More Harm Than Good?

May 21, 2015   .   5 Comments

Twenty percent of Americans take at least one psychiatric drug. According to Peter C. Gøtzsche, professor at the Nordic Cochrane Center in Denmark, these drugs may be more harmful... Read More

Self-Care Skills Key to Job Success in Adults with Autism

May 20, 2015   .   3 Comments

One in 68 children—and one in 42 boys—is on the autism spectrum. Parents of children with autism face a host of challenges that don’t end with the daily struggles of raising... Read More

Report Uncovers Abuse of Inmates with Mental Health Issues

May 19, 2015   .   2 Comments

According to a new Human Rights Watch report, abuse of prisoners with mental health issues is rampant. The report details intense physical violence, including shocking prisoners, trapping... Read More

Study Suggests Depression Increases Stroke Risk in Seniors

May 18, 2015   .   4 Comments

Depression is common, affecting 14.8 million Americans—almost 7% of the population—every year. Depression rates are even higher among seniors, with as many as 15% suffering from... Read More

Distinguishing Depression from Bipolar Sadness, and Other News

May 15, 2015   .   6 Comments

Researchers have long struggled to differentiate the depression associated with bipolar from the depression that comes with major depression. A new study suggests that the sadness associated... Read More

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She's Everything I Want in a Woman—Except She's Religious

Can relationships between people who share very different faiths work? Absolutely—but only if they also share a profound ... Read more »

Help! I Love My Wife, but I Don't Like Having Sex with Her

Thank you for your very honest question. This is, obviously, a sensitive topic. But you might take heart in the fact it is not all that uncommon an issue among couples. In this case, it sounds ... Read more »

Help! Why Can't I Stop Making Self-Destructive Choices?

While there is no simple answer to your question, I do suspect your parents' issues with bipolar and Read more »

I've Stolen, I've Lied, and I Want My Wife Back. Help!

You write that you have lied, stolen, and pawned jewelry from family, and used that money to buy alcohol. You were seemingly out of control, but you weren’t really—you made choices, choices that ... Read more »

Help! My Husband Won't Let Me Discipline His Children

You have put your finger on one of the biggest challenges in blended families—the role of stepparents in discipline. ... Read more »

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