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Is My Child Bipolar or Just Being a Kid?

August 19, 2014

Are there times when your adolescent’s behavior or mood is excitable and silly, then plummets into sadness and isolation? Do you worry that his or her mood swings from overly excited to very depressed? Is your child or adolescent having social or academic problems because of these mood swings? Changes in mood are a normal part of adolescent development. The body is going through biological changes due to hormones, and... Read More

 
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Sexual Orientation Colors Perceptions of Romantic Relationships

August 18, 2014

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 found that heterosexual couples are taken more seriously than same-sex couples. Perceptions about the closeness and commitment a couple shares can affect the rights to which that couple is privy. A couple perceived as uncommitted, for... Read More

 
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How to Use Yoga and Meditation to Relieve Stress and Anxiety

August 18, 2014

There are many ways to help people who are in psychotherapy. Sometimes talk alone works fine. Other times a more multidisciplinary approach is called for, especially with someone who is very anxious, someone who could benefit from calming methods that may include yoga, breathwork, and meditation. Paying attention to the breath calms the body and provides a focus for meditation. One such person was Julie—not her real... Read More

 
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Let’s Not Forget about Suicide’s Unsuspecting Victims

August 18, 2014

The death of Robin Williams last week shocked many of us. Though I knew he battled addiction over the years, I did not know that he also battled depression. There are many people talking about the experience of struggling with suicidal thoughts and the fight to keep them at bay. However, too often the other victims of suicide are forgotten. These are all of the people who are affected by the death. In the case of Williams,... Read More

 
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Study Uncovers What Parents Fear Most

August 16, 2014

Parenthood makes worry inevitable, but the threats parents worry about change with each generation. The National Poll on Children’s Health, conducted annually by the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, is a phone survey that asks a nationwide sample of adults to list the top 10 threats faced by children in their communities, as well as for children across the country. The most recent poll... Read More

 
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Autism Is Not Linked to Oxytocin Deficits, and Other News

August 15, 2014

Researchers have commonly suspected that oxytocin, a hormone associated with feelings of love and attachment, was lacking in people on the autism spectrum, but a new study indicates that is not necessarily the case. It was assumed that insufficient oxytocin levels were responsible for the detachment and social difficulties commonly associated with autism. In fact, that is what researchers conducting the study expected... Read More

 

I’m a Gay College Basketball Player. Should I Come Out?

August 15, 2014

It sounds like you’re caught between powerful opposing forces. If you come out, you fear you will be persecuted by others; if you don’t come out, you write that you will feel as though you are “living a lie.” I don’t think I can tell you what to do. It’s a serious decision that only you can make, from a place deep within your gut. I can look at the issue with you, however, and I hope I can offer you a hand. In... Read More

 
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Depression Doesn’t Have to Be a Life (or Death) Sentence

August 15, 2014

To say the loss of Robin Williams to suicide is tragic is a gross understatement. Many of us grew up with Mork & Mindy on television and, over the decades, witnessed the incredibly talented actor and comedian reach new heights in films ranging from Good Morning, Vietnam to Good Will Hunting. For many, there exists a sense of knowing Mr. Williams, almost on a personal level, as if his persona was woven into the very... Read More

 
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Finding Compassion and Hope after the Loss of Robin Williams

August 14, 2014

Editor’s note: This article contains language that may be offensive to some readers and may be inappropriate for younger audiences. I was 8 years old the first time I remember peeing my pants from uncontrollable laughter. My little brother and I were watching one of our favorite shows, Mork & Mindy. We both peed our pants and soaked the carpet beneath us. Let’s just say that “Shazbot” was not the word... Read More

 
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Psychology Students Receive Little Training on Military Medical Ethics

August 14, 2014

Psychologists work in a wide variety of settings, including military hospitals, war zones, and prisons, and many work with the Department of Defense or Veterans Administration. In each of these settings, mental health professionals must make important decisions that take military medical ethics into account, and a new study has found that psychology students may not be properly prepared to work in these settings. According... Read More

 
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Our Favorite Blogs about Postpartum and Maternal Depression

August 14, 2014

In addition to adapting to the brand new experience of parenting, many new parents may also be managing preexisting mental health issues, like depression or bipolar. Others may experience postpartum depression (PPD) after the birth of a child. The American Psychological Association states that postpartum depression affects 9–16% of postpartum women, and women who experienced PPD after the birth of their first child... Read More

 
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10 Things You Might Not Know about Bisexuality

August 14, 2014

I recently agreed to do part of an online course in LGBT studies. I’m doing the “B”: bisexuality. They had a hard time finding someone to do it; no one thought they could fill the time with enough info on the subject! After all, we still live in a world where a lot of people think there is “no such thing” as bisexuality. The more I dig, the more I feel that understanding bisexuality is the key to understanding... Read More

 
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Depression, Mild Cognitive Impairment in Seniors Accelerate Brain Aging

August 13, 2014

Depression affects nearly 20% of Americans over the age of 65. Seniors’ depression symptoms are frequently written off as inevitable reactions to the aging process or the result of steady cognitive decline, limiting their access to help. New research highlights the importance of depression interventions in this group, finding that the combination of mild cognitive impairment and depression can rapidly accelerate... Read More

 
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The Startlingly Simple Secret to a Successful Exercise Program

August 13, 2014

Along with being a psychotherapist, I am a personal trainer. You might think that this would lead me to recommend to anyone getting started on an exercise program that they make sure that their program has a mix of cardiovascular exercises for their heart and strength training for their metabolism and muscle mass development. In fact, I could make myriad suggestions for a variety of goals someone may have in wanting to... Read More

 
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