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Butts, Guts, Sucks, and Tucks: Self-Care Is Different for Each of Us

April 7, 2014

It can be easy to become judgmental when considering another person’s idea of self-care. As most of us can interpret, this term is broadly used to describe the ways we care for ourselves on a daily basis. As I am both a personal trainer and a psychotherapist, it tends to mean different things in both of the professions I am immersed in. On the therapist side, it is common for us to use this term as a catch-all phrase... Read More

 
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Meet the GoodTherapy.org Topic Experts: Janeen Herskovitz

April 7, 2014

As the mother of an autistic son, Janeen Herskovitz knows all too well the challenges that come with parenting a child with special needs. Since joining our Topic Expert panel in late 2011, she has written extensively for GoodTherapy.org about her experiences, which can’t help but inform her role as a therapist specializing in the treatment of ASD children and their families. She is also trained in EMDR (eye movement... Read More

 
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Can Your Anti-Anxiety Medication Kill You?

April 4, 2014

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 claims that taking anti-anxiety medications leads to greater long-term mortality. Anxiety is the most common mental health challenge; an estimated 40 million Americans every year experience anxiety. Although contemplating such a serious side... Read More

 

Can We Survive My Girlfriend’s Control and Abandonment Issues?

April 4, 2014

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 see the question in a more positive light, thinking: Perhaps he really cares about her, loves her, and is willing to wait. Maybe he sees something worth waiting for. And what is nobler than that? At the same time, it’s possible... Read More

 
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Five Keys to Dating Him without Getting Hurt

April 4, 2014

Today’s world is filled with messages on how to date, but frankly, most of what we hear is creating heartache after heartache for women. After even one heartbreak, a woman might find herself distancing herself emotionally, having problems connecting, or experiencing trust issues. The examples in pop culture are numerous. On this past season of ABC’s The Bachelor, for example, viewers watched as women became physically... Read More

 
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Social Skill Difficulties and ADHD: Examining the Link

April 3, 2014

Children struggle with social skills for a variety of reasons. Many parents jump to conclusions about social difficulties being related to autism or what used to be known as Asperger’s, often overlooking attention-deficit hyperactivity (ADHD). Children with ADHD have difficulty sustaining attention, managing impulses, sitting still, and other issues. These impairments have the potential to negatively affect children’s... Read More

 
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Creative Blocks from A to Z: Happiness

April 3, 2014

Editor’s note: This article is the eighth in an A-Z series on issues related to creative blocks. This month we look at how happiness affects creativity. There are those who support the idea that emotional distress and trauma fuel the need for creative expression, that they give rise to the motivating force behind art making due to its ability to facilitate the healing process. Others are proponents of the view... Read More

 
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How ‘Power Posing’ Can Change Your Body and Mind

April 2, 2014

There’s a good reason why more than 16 million people have viewed Harvard professor Amy J. Cuddy’s TED Talk: “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are.” In it, Dr. Cuddy describes findings that seem to be both commonsensical and revolutionary all at once; even two minutes of adopting a powerful stance can change both one’s physiology and behavior. Over time, acting as if one is confident and powerful can positively... Read More

 
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When Words Fail: The Language of Gender Variance

April 2, 2014

The English lexicon is estimated to contain more than a million words, and yet when it comes to the vocabulary of sex and gender, there are many gaps. For example, we are stuck calling a 62-year-old man someone’s “boyfriend” because we don’t have a more appropriate option. Most of the time, it’s no big deal. For the transgender community, however, there is a lot more at stake in a vocabulary shortage. Language... Read More

 
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Confidence, Self-Esteem, and the KLT Factor: Know, Like, Trust

April 1, 2014

Have you heard of something called the KLT factor? It’s a hot topic among marketing types. KLT stands for know, like, and trust. The power of the KLT factor comes from the fact potential customers like you and me generally want to do business with people and companies we know, like, and trust. Why? Because knowing, liking, and trusting someone gives you confidence in that person. And that’s where the KLT factor blends... Read More

 
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The Anger Management Myth: Is It Really Anger?

April 1, 2014

I cannot tell you how many people have come into my office, sat down, and begun to tell me about their “anger problem”. Inevitably, I find out that these varied individuals have many things in common. In no particular order, they: recognize when they’re angry, are usually quite adept at expressing their anger, and feel distressed regarding their angry outbursts. After fully engaging and listening to their history... Read More

 
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The Link Between Chronic Migraines and Psychological Distress

March 31, 2014

If you have ever experienced a migraine, you can understand how painful and debilitating they can be. While there are different types of headaches, each with their own set of symptoms, migraines are a severe variety that can stop a person in his or her tracks. A migraine is a neurological syndrome frequently associated with nausea or vomiting, sensitivity to light, sensitivity to sound, and throbbing pain often felt on... Read More

 
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Living with Asperger’s Across the Lifespan

March 31, 2014

When a child is first diagnosed with Asperger’s (AS), a parent’s first reaction may be, “When will my child outgrow this?” Many parents remain hopeful that with support and time, their child will learn to overcome the challenges they face. The truth is some aspects of Asperger’s will remain with the child throughout the child’s entire life. Despite the implications that accompany AS, though, the needs of the... Read More

 
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Married to Asperger’s: What Has to Change?

March 29, 2014

A client of mine whose son had recently been diagnosed with Asperger’s (AS) asked me, “Who will love my child when I am gone?” This is a very profound question that reflects the long-term fears and concerns of parents that have children with AS. All parents want to experience the happiness and well-being of their children. Intimacy, relationships, and love are integral parts of this process, especially as children... Read More

 
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