Do Depressed and Anxious People Ruminate And Worry?

Research on depression and anxiety has looked at many factors underlying these disorders. One important factor that has emerged in many studies is rumination.

Jun 17

Categories: Anxiety, Depression

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This Creative Pursuit Lowers Cortisol And Relieves Stress

Making art lowers the levels of stress hormones in your body, a new study finds.

Jun 17

Categories: Art Therapy, Stress Management

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"I'm Fat, and You Don't Love Me" : How early attachment insecurity ...

But it ISN'T THE FOOD. Eating disorders are not about meals. They're usually about control. And those issues start young, sometimes before you've mastered the use of a knife and fork.

Jun 16

Categories: Attachment Issues, Eating Disorders

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Photography Has A Surprising Psychological Benefit, Large Study Finds

It turns out that photography has an unsuspected psychological benefit.

Jun 16

Categories: Other

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Both Introverts and Extraverts Get Exhausted from Too Much Socializing

Having an active social life is one of the strongest predictors of longevity and good health. Human connection is one of the most fundamental and important human drives. But it can also be our most tiring! Quick question: raise your hand if you ever ...

Jun 16

Categories: Other

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It Can Be A Good Thing For A Therapist And Client To Disagree About ...

Rapport between a client and therapist is important for therapy to be successful, and part of that is agreeing about the aims of the exercise. You’d think this would include the therapist and client agreeing about the specific nature of the ...

Jun 14

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Hitting Rock Bottom: Some, Not All

Hitting rock bottom is a phrase I hear all the time when people talk about addiction. Yet, what does it mean to hit rock bottom?

Jun 14

Categories: Addictions

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Special Report: The Psychology Of Terrorism

Since September 11, terrorism has been an ever present threat gnawing at our collective peace of mind. To contend with a threat, it is better to understand the forces that shape it. That is where science enters in. What can psychology tell us about ...

Jun 14

Categories: Fear

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Parents who think failure is harmful to learning have children who ...

Children respond better to learning setbacks when they believe that ability and intelligence are malleable – that is, when they have what psychologists call a "growth mindset" rather than a "fixed mindset". This immediately raises the question of ...

Jun 13

Categories: Family Problems, Learning Difficulties

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‘Children with ADHD are not misbehaving’

"Inattentive”, “naughty”, “lazy”. Nine-year-old Vinay (name changed) had grown accustomed to being told off by his teachers at school. His report cards, through primary and secondary school, were curiously erratic — he would score ...

Jun 13

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child Development

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"Don't have children!" Busting myths about Bipolar Disorder and ...

But there is a division between this outside pressure and the experience of some women, particularly in the case of bipolar disorder. While we hear, “Come join us,” peppered into even the most mundane conversations, these women often hear, ...

Jun 13

Categories: Bipolar, Pregnancy & Birthing

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Holding Hands in Body Language

Just like any type of touch, holding hands can be a very potent signal. Depending on how it is used, it can make or break the relationship. It can break other person's defenses and force them to open up to you, or it can have a completely opposite ...

Jun 11

Categories: Empathy, Friendships, Relationships & Marriage

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Forgiving another, what it really means.

In this blog I will look at forgiveness as a psychological process and not a religious driven concept. Existential Analysis certainly does not support any ideas of “should” or “must”. It supports the idea of authentic morality and ethics, ...

Jun 11

Categories: Forgiveness

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Can Shame Be Your Friend

We often hear how shame is toxic and destructive. As a psychotherapist, I continually see how toxic shame saps our energy and makes us feel flawed and defective. But can there be a healthy aspect to shame? Bret Lyon and Sheila Rubin, who lead ...

Jun 11

Categories: Shame

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Major Depression: Most Antidepressants Ineffective For Children, Teens

Children and adolescents with major depression do not benefit from most antidepressant medications, and some of these drugs may do more harm than good. This is the conclusion of a new study published in The Lancet.

Jun 10

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Depression

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