What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that treats problems and boosts happiness by modifying dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and thoughts. Unlike traditional Freudian psychoanalysis, which probes childhood wounds to get at the root causes of conflict, CBT focuses on solutions, encouraging patients to challenge distorted cognitions and change destructive patterns of behavior.

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A Dose of My Own Medicine

The Stress in America survey indicates that over half of Americans are stressed by the political climate. Small changes in your routine may make a big impact on overall stress.

4 Ways to Finish the Semester Strong

By Joel Minden, PhD on April 24, 2017 in CBT and Me
Overwhelmed by the last few weeks before finals? Some simple changes can have a big impact.

52 Ways to Show I Love You - Teaching

Teaching offers basic ways to show love as we help someone learn skills, information, ways to manage situations, alternative ways to perceive. We can do it through multiple means.

It Would've Been My Brother's 30th Birthday Today!

Have you lost a significant person in your life? Here, a psychologist shares her personal loss of her brother and the psychological strategies that you too can apply to your grief.
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Letting Go of Regrets

Have regrets? Take these 5 steps to stop looking back and get your eyes back on the road to focus on where you're going.

8 Easy Strategies to Combat Insomnia

There are simple things you can do, both behaviorally, and in your head, that can lead to satisfying and restful sleep.

How Much Does Homework Matter in Therapy?

By Joel Minden, PhD on April 16, 2017 in CBT and Me
What research reveals about the work you do outside of therapy sessions.

Victim of Biology and Circumstance?

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on April 10, 2017 in Memory Medic
People have underestimated their capacity to sculpt their own brains, attitudes, and behavior by controlling experiences that affect gene expression.
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The Quest to Become Great

If you are on a quest to greatness, it’s first necessary to consider what you are aiming for and how you define success once you get to the position of “great”!

Perspective: The Difference Maker in Memories & Experiences

By Elyssa Barbash Ph.D. on April 03, 2017 in Trauma and Hope
Perspective is the main factor in determining how an event resonates with you, how you feel about a situation, and how you will remember what happened.

Prove It: Overcome Negative Thinking with Targeted Action

By Joel Minden, PhD on April 03, 2017 in CBT and Me
If it's difficult to restructure unrealistic thoughts, support new beliefs with evidence: change your behavior first.

Does He Bug You? This Could Be Your First Warning.

By Donna Barstow on March 31, 2017 in Ink Blots Cartoons
It's so annoying when he's just not as perfect as he could be - with your help.

No Walking Away from the Pain of Depression

By Mark Borigini M.D. on March 30, 2017 in Overcoming Pain
Despite the impact of depressive symptoms on the experience of OA knee pain, the condition is not recognized by adequate numbers of rheumatologists and orthopedists.

Cure the Religion, Not the LGBT Child

Conversion therapy does more harm than good.

Sticks and Stones Just Break My Bones

Colleges can either give in to "Brittle Self Disorder" or empower students to get past the discomfort of confronting objectionable ideas and teach them to think critically.

Why Virtual Reality Could Be a Mental Health Gamechanger

We’re still a long way from from being able to provide timely treatment to everyone who needs it, but we could be on the brink of dramatic change thanks to VR.

How "Daily Uplifts" Can Counter Depression

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on March 21, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
When we're depressed we tend to think that nothing will lift our mood. Results from a new study suggest otherwise.

Productivity Boosters

By Joel Minden, PhD on March 18, 2017 in CBT and Me
9 simple tips to get things done and be efficient.

5 Major Differences Between REBT & CBT

Looking for an effective, efficient psychotherapy? Understanding the differences between REBT and CBT will go a long way.

Help for That Buzz In Your Ear

By Temma Ehrenfeld on March 13, 2017 in Open Gently
Treat your anxiety—or try brain-training exercises—to beat ringing in the ears.

6 Ways That Tricks for Falling Asleep Can Backfire

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on March 13, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
Chronic sleep problems can be demoralizing. What are the potential downsides of tricks for falling asleep? And what's the best way to beat insomnia?
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Dealing With a Difficult Boss

Take charge of your situation and develop successful skills on mastering working for a difficult boss that may help you reach the next level within the organization.

8 Ways CBT Can Improve Your Relationship

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on March 06, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
Cognitive behavioral therapy can help your relationship in many ways—even when the treatment isn't specifically about your relationship. Find out how to start using CBT today.

Preventing PTSD After Trauma

Is your PTSD getting little relief from psychological treatments? Emerging technology-based therapies are proving both effective and safe.

What Are the Essential Qualities of Effective Therapists?

Searching for a therapist? Intriguing findings tell us what to look for.

Do More, Feel Better

By Joel Minden, PhD on March 01, 2017 in CBT and Me
Overwhelmed by sadness, negative thinking, and passivity? Use activity as a behavioral antidepressant.

Can You Improve Adult ADHD Without Medications?

Do you have Adult ADHD? Are there non-medication treatments? Have you tried medications but experience too many side effects or only partial benefit?

I Wanted to Be Superman. I Failed.

By Janina Scarlet Ph.D. on February 23, 2017 in The Real Superheroes
Did you ever want to be a Superhero? Did you ever connect with fictional characters in a meaningful way? There might be a therapeutic reason for this.

Why It's So Hard to Resist Late-Night Eating

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on February 23, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
If you've struggled to limit your eating after dinner, you're not alone. Find out why the drive to keep eating can be so strong—and ways to rein it in.