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Study Finds Moms Talk More to Babies, Especially Baby Girls

November 11, 2014

Ask any parent which sex is more verbal, and you’ll likely get a confident assertion that girls are just better with language. Pop psychology tells us that this is a fundamental difference between men and women, but new research sheds light on how this phenomenon could actually be a product of parenting and environment. According to a study just published in Pediatrics, mothers may spend more time talking to girls... Read More


How Aromatherapy Can Boost Psychological and Physical Health

November 11, 2014

In holistic psychotherapy, we use anything and everything that can help someone’s mind, body, and spirit. Aromatherapy is an easy, inexpensive, and speedy way to lift your spirits, energize you, or calm your nerves. It can also boost immunity, reduce pain, induce sleep, and even lend spiritual support when used in conjunction with yoga, chanting, or meditation. Last year, I read an article about researchers in Japan... Read More

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Researchers Discover Common Cause of Dementia

November 10, 2014

One in three seniors dies with symptoms of Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, yet this memory-stealing group of diseases is still not well-understood. Researchers at the Krembil Neuroscience Centre say they’ve uncovered a major cause of dementia, though, and have published their results in Annals of Neurology.  White Matter Damage and Dementia Seniors frequently experience some damage to their brains’... Read More

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Applying the ‘Four Agreements’ to Autism Parenting, Part II

November 10, 2014

In the first part of this series, I discussed how The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz, can be applied to parenting children with autism. In his book, Ruiz explains how we can live a happier, more fulfilled life when we live by the following: Be impeccable with your word. Don’t take anything personally. Don’t make assumptions. Always do your best. Part I covered the first two agreements. In this article, I will... Read More

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Could Your Marriage Survive an Affair?

November 10, 2014

I never thought of myself as someone who could survive an affair. Like most folks, I’ve thought, “We’d be done, there’s no way I could ever get over it.” I convinced myself. Over time, my views have changed. As far as I know, over our 20 years together my spouse and I have remained faithful to each other. I have no reasons to doubt this. You might think that for these very reasons, time and... Read More

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How Jealousy and Depression Led Me to Spy on My Husband

November 9, 2014

The matter of trust is always a burning issue, especially nowadays when technology has taken over the bigger part of our lives. With the development of social media, we forgot how to talk to each other, and replaced our real life communication with calls, chats, and videos. We think we have the company of friends and lovers, but when the Internet goes dark, we face the terrifying reality—our virtual worlds are just... Read More

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Fibromyalgia Correlated with Decreased Brain Connectivity

November 8, 2014

Although fibromyalgia affects about 5 million people in the United States, doctors still don’t fully understand the condition. Fibromyalgia is far more common among women than men, and it causes severe pain throughout the body, with pain frequently concentrated around tender spots. Because there’s no test for the illness and no way to prove that the pain is real, fibromyalgia patients often feel brushed aside.... Read More

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Elections Undermine Happiness, and Other News

November 7, 2014

It seems obvious enough that Election Day is hard on the candidates who lose, but it may be almost as difficult for the people who voted for these candidates. A new study has found that seeing your candidate win an election does little to increase happiness, but a substantial loss increases negative feelings. Researchers relied on daily survey data to track happiness leading up to and immediately following the 2012 presidential... Read More


My 7-Year-Old Son Likes Dolls, Dresses, and Make-Up. Help!

November 7, 2014

I hear your struggle and pain, and you are not alone. It is so hard to know just what the right thing to do for your kids may be when you see them potentially heading down a road that could make their lives more difficult and quite possibly more dangerous. The best thing you can do for your son is offer him unconditional love and support by letting him know that you love him as he is, for who he is, and that nothing can... Read More

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Psychotherapy and Spirituality: Bridging the Great Divide

November 7, 2014

Editor’s note: DeAnza Spaulding, MA, LMHCA is a trauma therapist who takes a holistic, client-centered approach to therapy. Her continuing education presentation for GoodTherapy.org, titled Ethics in Spirituality in Therapy, is scheduled for 9 a.m. PDT on November 14, 2014. This event is available at no additional cost to GoodTherapy.org members and is good for two CE credits. For details, or to register, please click... Read More

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Is Fibromyalgia Real, or Is It All in Your Head?

November 6, 2014

The National Institutes of Health (NIH; 2011) reports that approximately 5 million American adults—or about 2% to 3% of the general population—are affected by fibromyalgia. Of those individuals, 80% to 90% are women. People experiencing fibromyalgia commonly report widespread chronic pain, anxiety, a lack of energy, and erratic sleep patterns. But as some doctors are focused on developing drugs and treatments for... Read More

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Study Finds Walking Style Affects Mood

November 6, 2014

If you’ve ever gotten stuck walking behind someone whose gait was painfully slow, you might have found yourself frustrated and moody, perhaps even changing your own walking style to match your mood. According to a new study, these small changes in walking style can add up to change in mood and outlook, potentially even making it easier to remember negative information. Does Walking Speed Change Mood? The study was... Read More

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No Meds, No Worries: Behavioral Techniques to Improve Focus

November 6, 2014

For children, adolescents, and adults with attention-deficit hyperactivity (ADHD), difficulty maintaining focus is often the most prominent challenge. Although medication can lead to huge improvements in the ability to focus, some individuals cannot take medication, choose not to, and in some cases medication alone is not sufficient to fully address difficulties with attention. In the absence of help from medication,... Read More

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When Does Rewarding a Child Work and When Does It Go Too Far?

November 6, 2014

Should parents offer rewards to children for something they are expected to do? Picking up toys, making the bed, and helping with the dishes are basic responsibilities that children can accomplish and contribute to the family. But what should a parent do when a child throws a fit about brushing his teeth or takes a half hour to complete a basic task like getting herself dressed? Is it OK to provide a reward for something... Read More

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