Can Depression in an Individual be predicted?

What if we had the ability to predict or even prevent mental illness? A study in the Australian Journal of Psychology1 suggests that we may be able to soon. We estimate that by 2030 depression will be the leading cause of disease burden worldwide2 This is forecasted despite the fact that our ...

Sep 27

Categories: Adult psychological development, Depression

Written By:
Tony Brown

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Maintaining Faithfulness in married Expat Couples

I recently came across an article titled "Expat wives losing hubbies to Asian women a big worry" in which expat wives in Singapore expressed worries on the trend of expat husbands leaving their wives for local women. In today's ...

Sep 20

Categories: Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions, Infidelity

Written By:
Brian Scott

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The Olympic Games and the source of National Pride

I am not a sports enthusiast by any stretch of the imagination. I am too lazy to play and too impatient to watch. There are, however, a few exceptions. Take for example the Tour de France. I watch is as a kind of inspiration because I keep threatening to take up bicycling as an exercise hobby. ...

Sep 12

Categories: Multicultural Concerns

Written By:
Tony Brown

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Can Empathy be Learned? The neural substrate of caring

I remember a science fiction show from television that featured a character which was said to have been an empath. For all I knew, the writers might have invented the word, but I thought it was an intriguing concept. The idea was that the empath, upon encountering someone who had suffered great ...

Sep 5

Categories: Empathy

Written By:
Tony Brown

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Does it pay to let your mind wander?

Have you ever wondered how Einstein, before the age of quantum computers and super conducting super colliders was able to come up with his theories of Relativity? Simple, he used what he called "thought experiments." Take for example, the one he conducted at sixteen years of age, ...

Aug 28

Categories: Other

Written By:
Tony Brown

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Using music therapy to heal Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

I think I am on firm ground when I say that music permeates our daily lives. On any subway you can find more than a few people sitting with their earphones, heads bobbing to music. Equally anxious to escape into another world, earphoned joggers can often be seen on big-city sidewalks dodging ...

Aug 21

Categories: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSD, ...

Written By:
Tony Brown

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Coping with stress: What does love have to do with it?

When life tries to slap us down, we instinctively turn to others for support particularly our intimate partners. Although this tendency to seek emotional support from loved ones to heal our wounds has long been recognized, it is only in the past couple of decades that substantial scientific ...

Aug 13

Categories: Codependency / Dependency, Couple Counseling, Post Traumatic Stress ...

Written By:
Brian Scott

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Can Fun and Play Improve Intelligence?

Derek Bok, lawyer, professor and former president of Harvard University once said, “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” I have to wonder if Mr. Bok had ever heard of Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil in Switzerland. At over $100,000 US per year for tuition, ...

Aug 10

Categories: Academic Issues, Child and/or Adolescent Issues

Written By:
Tony Brown

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Aurora Incident: Does Violent Media Cause Aggressive Behavior?

For years there has been a controversy surrounding the question of a causal link between exposure to violent media and aggressive behavior. At least as far back as 1986 when the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City was released, the public has been divided over whether not such media has a ...

Jul 28

Categories: Aggression & Violence, Child and/or Adolescent Issues

Written By:
Tony Brown

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Can Your Parenting Style Influence your Child’s Weight?

Asian Americans are the least likely of all Americans to be obese. That is what a Gallup poll, released a few days ago on July 17, 2012 in America reported. After reading about that report I decided ...

Jul 23

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Parenting

Written By:
Tony Brown

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Neurasthenia, “Americanitis” and the Chinese Patient

I like to think of medicine from a biopsychosocial perspective, which focuses on the bi-directional relationships between body, mind and environment. Note that I did not reference a brain-body, but instead a mind-body relationship. The 33 billion or so cells which serve as the command center of our ...

Jul 19

Categories: Health / Illness / Medical Issues

Written By:
Tony Brown

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Do You Cry in Public or in Private?

“If you've never eaten while crying you don’t know what life tastes like.” I came across this saying by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe the other day and thought that it would be a nice starting point to talk about the subject of crying. It’s not that Goethe cried a lot; ...

Jul 13

Categories: Empathy, Grief, Loss, Bereavement

Written By:
Tony Brown

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Fear of the Abyss: Healing the Wounds of Shame

In my years of practice as a psychotherapist, I have come to know that people can actually heal, not just cope better—the best hope current cognitive-behavioral therapy models offer. Depending on the difficulty of their problems and the degree of self-examination they are willing to do, ...

Jun 29

Categories: Control Issues, Self-Criticism, Shame

Written By:
Tony Brown

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3 Ways to Make yourself Happier and more Positive in Life

"The joyfulness of a man prolongeth his days" ~  Ecclesiastes Positive Psychology is an exciting and relatively new area of psychology. It aims to study scientifically what makes us humans happy and how we can improve our general level of happiness, well-being, and health. ...

Jun 19

Categories: Positive Psychology, Self-Care / Self Compassion

Written By:
Brian Scott

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Are you an adult with Asperger’s syndrome?

The condition now called Asperger’s syndrome (AS) was first recognized in children in the mid 1940s (Kanner 1943; Asperger, 1944). Since that time, children have been the main focus of attention by mental health workers so that most children with AS have been detected and diagnosed in ...

May 28

Categories: Asperger's Syndrome

Written By:
Brian Scott

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