Essential Reads

Do You Need Drugs for Your "Chemical Imbalance"?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
Research reveals some surprising news about the role of serotonin in depression—and suggests millions of Americans taking drugs for depression would do just as well on placebo.

Pride in Mental Health: Education

An interview with GLSEN (creating safe schools for all, regardless of orientation or identity) and The Hetrick-Martin Institute (a safe space for LGBT youth and families).

Pride in Mental Health: Crisis Intervention

An interview with David Bond, Vice President of Programs at The Trevor Project, and Shoko Morikawa, Crisis Counselor Supervisor at Crisis Text Line.

What Happens When Partners Fight Chronic Pain Together?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on June 19, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
When one partner battles chronic pain, both partners suffer. A new treatment program offers hope—and lessons that can strengthen any relationship.

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Pride in Mental Health: Advocacy

An interview with Jillian Weiss of Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, and Calvin Stowell of DoSomething.org.

What’s “Emotional Reasoning”—And Why Is It Such a Problem?

One of the most baffling psychological problems is to acutely feel the reality of something without its having any basis in fact. Here are some examples...

Some Tips for Staying Married

Suggestions from a long-married guy for keeping your marriage going beyond those first few crazy-in-love passionate years (or months).

The One Question to Ask Every Therapist

A therapist who thinks it’s fine to coast is hardly an advertisement for change.

Old Selves and New

By Loren Soeiro, Ph.D. ABPP on June 19, 2017 in I Hear You
Ever feel like one type of person in some relationships, and a completely different one in others? Here's how psychotherapy uses this phenomenon to bring about change and insight.

National PTSD Awareness Month

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on June 16, 2017 in The New Normal
June is a time to celebrate a psychiatric revolution.
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If You're the Family Outsider, Learn to Fly On Your Own

If you've been the "problem" person in your family of origin or your relationships, you might come to see it as a blessing rather than a curse.

Do You Really Need Premarital Counseling?

What should you do to prepare for marriage? Research reveals effective tools to help your relationship thrive for a lifetime.

The Difference Between Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

There are so many different types of psychotherapy. How do I tell the difference and find an approach that is right for me?

Lessons From Summer Camp

By Mendi Baron on June 13, 2017 in On the Verge
Got a teen or young adult on your couch? Want it back? Helping them find a purpose can go a long way.

Handling Rather than Avoiding

Directly handling matters will always be a more effective response than avoidance.

My 20-Year Journey Toward a Unified Framework

A retrospective on my work toward a unified framework for psychology and psychotherapy.

Protecting Brain Injured Patients in Legal Proceedings

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on June 09, 2017 in The New Normal
Protective orders can protect people who have compromised cognitive functioning.

What Dogs Can Teach Us about the Main Cause of Depression

Psychologists have long pondered what is the cause, and the evolutionary purpose, of depressed feelings. Dogs have the answer.
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Run for Your Life to Improve Your Mental Health

In his new book, William Pullen provides a self-help resource on coping with mental health issues by combining exercise and mindfulness.

Five Embarrassing Things That Therapy Can Help With

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on June 07, 2017 in Friendship 2.0
Many people believe that therapy is just for specific mental health disorders. But many everyday concerns—including those rarely spoken about—can be helped by it as well.

Are You Stuck and Can’t Get Unstuck? Try Practicing Courage!

Are you stuck in life's rut? Practicing courage on a daily basis may be for you.
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Out With Empathy

By Tim Carey Ph.D. on June 06, 2017 in In Control
The spirit of genuine curiosity is a humble acceptance of our innocence when it comes to the experiences of another.

Seven Ways to Surpass Your Supervisors

Do your teachers' abilities to recognize patterns, apply ideas, and develop a working alliance set a cap on what you can learn?

The Asian Christian Sex Addict

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on June 05, 2017 in Minority Report
If you're an Asian, Christian, sex addict, is there a difference in your issues compared to other addicts? I would say definitely so since there are three distinct parts.
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Is Donald Trump Out of His Mind?

Is Donald Trump out of his mind? From a context-centered therapy perspective, not a bit. Sadly, he’s all too much in it.

What are the Common Psychological Reactions to Trauma?

It is normal to experience various psychological reactions in the days following a traumatic event. But if these reactions persist for several weeks it may be time to seek help

Which Type of Therapy Works Best? New Study Calls It a Draw

In the timeless battle over which type of psychotherapy is superior, a new meta-analytic study find psychodynamic therapy to be equivalent to CBT for adults.

Couples Who Fight as a "Way of Life"

By Susan Rako M.D. on June 03, 2017 in More Light
"Some couples get a lot of love out of fighting like hell for years." -- Elvin Semrad

The Single Best Strategy for Reducing Stress

Many say that modern life stimulates inordinate amounts of stress. How can you best combat the undue tensions and pressures in your life?

The Road to Recovery Is Paved With...Music?

During the 2017 Memorial Day concert, singer Renee Fleming shared four ways music therapy can help injured soldiers. Here's an explanation.

So You Want to Write/Edit an Art Therapy Book, Part Two

Are you an editor or a curator? In the long and winding road of publishing, edited books may be becoming curated volumes more often than you think.

Desensitization of Terrorism

Has society become desensitized to terrorism?

What Is the Best Way to Treat Depression?

When is psychotherapy the better option for relieving depression? When is medication called for? And is their combination always better than either one alone?

Do You Talk to Win, Persuade, or Collaborate?

Foss and Griffin’s invitational rhetoric describes a foundation for therapy and what ought to be a foundation for marital spats and diversity dialogues.