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Provider Referrals, Perceptions Affect Mental Health Disparities

December 8, 2014

Research has repeatedly found significant race-based health disparities. For example, African-Americans statistically die younger than whites, and although African-Americans experience fewer mental health problems overall, those who do are less likely to receive proper treatment for these conditions. A new study suggests that these different outcomes may be partially explained by racially biased medical decisions. Race-Based... Read More

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What Makes Complex Trauma So Complex?

December 8, 2014

Thankfully, health care providers have come to recognize and better understand psychological stress and trauma over the past few decades. While we used to reach for terms like shell shock, hysteria, and catatonia to describe mental health symptoms, we now have a more refined understanding of the nervous system and its window of tolerance. Nowadays, we are able to conceptualize more clearly how overwhelming experiences... Read More

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Best of 2014: GoodTherapy.org’s Top 10 Suicide Prevention Websites

December 8, 2014

Every time a person commits suicide, at least six other people are estimated to be intimately affected by the loss. Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in the United States, with approximately 40,000 people dying by suicide each year. Non-fatal self-harm injuries account for roughly 500,000 visits to hospitals each year. Millions of people are affected by these acts, and loved ones and survivors may experience... Read More

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Are Some Officers Unconsciously Racist? And Other News

December 5, 2014

In the wake of grand jury no-bills against Darren Wilson and Daniel Pantaleo, the police officers accused of killing Michael Brown in Missouri and Eric Garner in New York, discussions of race and racism have grown increasingly contentious. In an article on why police officers shoot young black men at disproportionately high rates, Mother Jones explores how racism can be a subtle phenomenon that changes lives even when... Read More


I Was Once My Husband’s Mistress. Now I Can’t Trust Him!

December 5, 2014

Thanks for your question. Six years is a long time to be living with this kind of uncertainty! And not only is this situation more common than you might realize, but the concept of certainty, or security, is often at the heart of this existential dilemma—which is something all of us want and need, though it often proves elusive. When we begin an affair with someone who is unavailable (via marriage or otherwise), there... Read More

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After the Thrill Is Gone: The Science of Long-Term Love

December 5, 2014

Editor’s note: Mona Fishbane, PhD is a clinical psychologist and the author of Loving with the Brain in Mind: Neurobiology & Couple Therapy. Her continuing education presentation for GoodTherapy.org, titled Neurobiology and Couple Therapy, is scheduled for 9 a.m. PDT on December 12, 2014. This event is available at no additional cost to GoodTherapy.org members and is good for two CE credits. For details, or to... Read More

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Panic Disorder Linked to Sensitive ‘Suffocation Alarm’

December 4, 2014

Six million Americans—almost 3% of the population—suffer from panic disorder, a condition that causes sudden, overwhelming sensations of fear called panic attacks. Studies on twins suggest that panic disorder may be partially genetic, and there’s good evidence that panic runs in families. Researchers know little about which, if any, specific genes cause the condition. New research into a so-called “suffocation... Read More

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5 Tactful Ways to Respond to Domestic Violence Victims

December 4, 2014

Victims of domestic violence will sometimes display specific behaviors or attitudes that make loved ones unsure about how they can help. Please keep in mind that victims of domestic violence are very capable and strong. Their reactions to their experiences are normal, human reactions in the face of abuse and complex emotions, including issues with children, finances, and love and attachment to the abuser, among many other... Read More

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Is Art Therapy for ADHD the Right Choice for Your Child?

December 4, 2014

Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity (ADHD) often experience intense emotions, behavioral challenges, and low self-esteem. As a result of these experiences, children with this diagnosis may find it difficult to express their emotions and to develop the capabilities needed to control their behavior. In the short term, these issues can make it difficult for the child to have positive experiences that reinforce... Read More

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Brain Imaging Could Help Diagnose PTSD, TBI in Veterans

December 3, 2014

Between 11% and 20% of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from posttraumatic stress (PTSD). Treating the disease can prove challenging, though. Nineteen percent of veterans suffer a traumatic brain injury, and the symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) can be difficult to distinguish from the symptoms of PTSD. In fact, 44% of veterans with MTBI also meet the criteria for a PTSD diagnosis, which... Read More

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Breaking Bad Moods: 15 Tips for Shaking the Funk You’re In

December 3, 2014

We have all had a case of the blues. You know, those times in our lives where the world looks bleak and things just don’t seem to be going in our favor. No matter how hard we try to turn things around, it seems to end up as wasted effort and all we can do is throw our hands up and ask, “Why me?” But as much as we resist our sadness, anger, frustration, and grief, it is often during these dark moments when we... Read More

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How Much Freedom Should Parents Allow Teens to Have?

December 3, 2014

I often have parents come to my office wanting guidance on how much freedom they should allow their teen to have. Of course, the answer to that greatly depends on variables such as the individual teen, his or her life experiences, the amount of family support he or she has, his or her level of responsibility, level of maturity, etc. Many times, parents want to protect their teen from painful life experiences, especially... Read More

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Babies’ Memories Improve in Response to Happy Voices

December 2, 2014

It’s easy to see babies as gurgling balls of chaos who remember nothing about their lives. After all, adults don’t remember infancy. But a new Brigham Young University study has found that babies remember more than adults might suspect they do, offering reassurance to parents who wonder if what they did yesterday will matter today. What Do Babies Remember? Since babies can’t talk or reliably communicate... Read More

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Sex 101: A Little Pillow Talk Can Go a Long Way

December 2, 2014

A long time ago, far, far away, I lived in the country and raised llamas. There is little photo documentation remaining of this time in my life, save one snapshot of me helping Apache, our male llama, guide his penis into one of our females. This is called, in agricultural parlance, “settling.” People have asked why he needed this assistance, since dogs, cats, and other farm animals don’t seem to need help. The... Read More

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