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Healing in the Aftermath of Las Vegas

Our brains take in the details of a mass tragedy, and organize them so that we have a sense of understanding and control --unless information, like motive, is missing.

Acute American Anxiety (AAA) Disorder: A New Diagnosis?

Serious stress, anxiety, and fear are in the air and seem pervasive in our country and culture with symptoms seemingly getting worse by the day. But we can cope better if we try.

Why Do People Think Animals Make Good Therapists?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on October 16, 2017 in Animals and Us
Public interest in animal assisted therapy has grown by leaps and bounds. Yale University researchers examine the reason for its appeal.
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Adolescence and the Use of Parental Worry

Not fun to do, and often given a bad name, worry can be constructive for both parent and adolescent to do.

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Solve 5 Baffling Problems Using the Latest Psych Research!

By Meg Selig on October 17, 2017 in Changepower
You've got problems. The latest psychology research has answers. Learn to: Look more attractive, ease depression and anxiety, decide when to socialize and when to work...and more.

The Real Reason Behind Teen Anxiety and Depression

By Jeffery S. Smith M.D. on October 16, 2017 in Healing and Growing
The real reason for increased anxiety and depression among young people is deeper and bigger than is often recognized.
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The Free Secret to Happiness

Embracing nature is one of the most powerful healing tools we have.

Childhood ADHD and Poor Self-Esteem

Does your child with ADHD constantly put himself down? ADHD, anxiety, and negativity commonly go together. As parents, we have to figure out how to battle negative self-talk.

Time to Put Your Childhood Demons Behind You?

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on October 15, 2017 in Fixing Families
Everyone has baggage from the past that haunts or handicaps them in some way. The 3 common sources and ways to finally put these demons to rest

Strange Sound Sickening Cuban Diplomats? Don’t Believe It.

By Robert Bartholomew Ph.D. on October 14, 2017 in It's Catching
Mysterious "sonic attacks" on U.S. diplomats in Cuba are mass hysteria.

The Existential Dread of Climate Change

Denying climate change is no solution. But is being fully aware of its consequences making us depressed?

Scams, Scandals, and Security Breaches

We may feel bombarded with stories about the lack of ethics, seemingly everywhere. But we can take charge and actively establish rings of trust around us.
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Better Sleep with 5-HTP

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on October 12, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
Relaxation, a strong bio clock, and better sleep: 5-HTP may help.

A Key Strategy Used to Accept a Mental Health Problem

By Lauren Mizock Ph.D. on October 12, 2017 in Cultural Competence
Lessons from research on resilience among transgender and gender diverse people

Why Anxiety Is Inevitable and Necessary

By Nick Luxmoore on October 12, 2017 in Young People Up Close
We rush to diagnose rather than listen, panicking when things don't go according to plan. Anxiety is normal and needs to be understood.

A Surprising Way to Deal with Stress

Looking for a new way to deal with stress? Here's one that may surprise you.

Self-Soothing Skills Learned in Childhood

Here are some curious childhood stress relievers that will help you identify your own. Your early habits are pathways in your brain that you can build onto today.

When You Love or Hate An Addict You Can Recover, Too

"Talking to a loved one before it's too late could make such a difference and prevent decades of unnecessary malevolence toward a person who cannot help himself."

6 Ways to Treat Anxiety and Depression from the Constitution

Identify and include the relevant marginalized parts of the self.
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Living in a World of Opposites, What's the Best Way to Cope?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on October 09, 2017 in Off the Couch
We live in a world filled with turmoil and contradictions. How do we manage the feelings they stir up? And what can we do to make things better?
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When Trust Hits Rough Waters, Flow Like a River

We have an ever-present source of happiness and wisdom inside us, all the time.

L-Theanine for Generalized Anxiety

Do you find that anti-anxiety drugs don't work or have side effects that get in the way? Consider trying l-theanine, a naturally occurring amino acid that might help.
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The Structure of Fear

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on October 08, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
A psychology class studies their experience of fear by visiting a reportedly haunted asylum.

3 Key Parenting Tips when Children See Horrific Events on TV

By Kevin D. Arnold Ph.D., ABPP on October 07, 2017 in The Older Dad
Are your children anxious from the media coverage of horrific events? Here are tips to identify their anxiety and help them cope with their fears.
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How to Be More Spontaneous

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on October 07, 2017 in Fixing Families
Many of us who tend towards the routinized or cautious would like to be a bit more spontaneous. Here's tips on how to get started.

A Simpler, Smarter Response to Accusations

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on October 06, 2017 in Ambigamy
"Well, of course, I'm biased, like you, like everyone. The only question here is whether I'm biased appropriately."

How To Approach Anxiety with Cleverness, Part 2

By Reid Wilson Ph.D. on October 06, 2017 in All about Anxiety
We “act as though” all day long—that the coffee we purchased is uncontaminated, and that gravity will keep our feet planted to the ground. When stuck, let it help you take action.

Why Ghosting Is Leading the World's Mental Health Crisis

Our social media bubble is about to burst. With so much information coming at us, we are quickly losing sight of the human connection it was meant to create.

Anxiety Springs Eternal

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on October 05, 2017 in The Human Beast
Anxiety is the unsolvable problem that gives rise to many others, from addiction and suicide to depression, obesity, and economic failure.
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Having a Baby After Postpartum Depression?

Do not tell me to snap out of it. I can’t.

How Can You Tell If You're Okay? And Why It Matters

By Atalanta Beaumont on October 05, 2017 in Handy Hints for Humans
Creating harmony and contentment in your life

Do You Struggle Selling Yourself? Try These 3 Simple Tips

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on October 03, 2017 in Adaptation
Do You Struggle Selling Yourself? Try These 3 Simple Tips
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Are You Your Own Worst Enemy?

By Robert L. Leahy Ph.D. on October 03, 2017 in Anxiety Files
Like many people, you may negate everything you do and blow things up as if your mistakes are the worst that one can imagine. Learn how to answer that self-critic.

Fear and Uncertainty

By Dan Peters Ph.D. on October 02, 2017 in From Worrier to Warrior
I do not want to live in fear. Do you?