Essential Reads

3 Best and Worst Ways to Be a Friend When a Friend Needs You

A recent news article suggests that people need friends as well as lovers. When your friend’s relationship is in trouble, research shows what to do and not do as a confidant.

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.

How Helping Others Can Relieve Anxiety and Depression

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on October 10, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
A new study shows that thinking of others' well-being may be more beneficial than trying to boost our self-image.

What Makes PTSD From Mass Killings and War Stand Out?

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on October 05, 2017 in ExperiMentations
New research shows how chronic trauma affects civilian populations.

More Posts on Therapy

Listening Patience

On several occasions, I have observed patients who seemed to be listening when I was talking to them, but left me doubtful about just how much they actually heard.

Sex Addiction Summer Camp or Toxic Masculinity?

By David J Ley Ph.D. on October 11, 2017 in Women Who Stray
Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein joins the long line of men who flee to sex addiction treatment in an effort to avoid or suppress sexual scandals.

Should Other Doctors Have Access to Your Psychiatry Note?

Should other doctors have access to your psychiatry note on the Electronic Health Record? It may improve physical wellness but your psychiatrist will have to adapt too.

6 Ways to Treat Anxiety and Depression from the Constitution

Identify and include the relevant marginalized parts of the self.

A New Way to Test Your Relationship's Health

Staying in a close relationship is always a matter of balancing its pros and cons. This new rating scale will help you pin down what’s working, or not, in yours.

The Great Paradox of Psychiatry

If the treatments for mental illness are better than ever, why is there more mental illness today than ever before? Herein lies the great paradox of psychiatry.

Do Children Really Need Psychiatric Medication?

By Marilyn Wedge Ph.D. on October 06, 2017 in Suffer the Children
Mental illness can be fatal. But in some cases, so can psychiatric medications.
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Artful Living

By Elizabeth Young on October 06, 2017 in Adaptations
I want to protect myself, in that way we do when we're reading a really good book and are afraid of what we suspect is going to happen.

An Open Letter to Therapists About Your Divorcing Clients

Therapists can do more harm than good if they don't know how to support divorcing clients

Depression and Mood Disorders

Most of us have learned to cope with mood swings but at any one time almost 10 percent of the U.S. adult population experience depression. Look for the signs and seek help.

How to Make Psychoanalysis Work Today

By John Munder Ross Ph.D. on October 02, 2017 in The Talking Cure
Psychoanalysis is an anachronism in today’s world—and often ineffective. Instead, patient and doctor must home in on those issues already in play in current reality.

Grieving for Las Vegas

By River Jordan on October 01, 2017 in Praying for Strangers
Just for one day let's all walk away from the wars and rhetoric, the killing and the evil.

The Importance of Cultural Immersion Programs

By Robert Dingman Ed.D. on September 29, 2017 in Mind Matters
Cultural immersion programs are important experiences for mental health professionals in training because they provide students an expanded perspective of global mental health.

Pitfalls of Not Being a Sexually Informed Therapist

By Joe Kort Ph.D. on September 29, 2017 in Understanding the Erotic Code
As therapists we know a lot about sexual pathology, but what about sexual pleasure?

Lose Sleep, Feel Better?

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on September 29, 2017 in Cravings
Can sleep deprivation improve the symptoms of depression?

On the Myth of the Chemical Imbalance

Why do so many people believe in the chemical imbalance theory?
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Mind Games

By Joni E Johnston Psy.D. on September 27, 2017 in The Human Equation
Most mental health professionals have the best interest of their clients at heart. But, when they don't, the "cure" can be worse than the "disease."

Does Severe Remorse Require a Specialist?

There are few resources specifically for "accidental killers." Can people with severe or unusual emotional suffering get help from mainstream sources?

Art Therapy’s Unsung Trailblazers

Who impacted your art therapy career path? Here are four women who impacted mine and blazed a trail for many other art therapy professionals in the 21st century.

How Is Rewriting History the Goal of All Therapy?

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on September 27, 2017 in Evolution of the Self
It’s common to talk about what therapy can do for you. But before therapy is able to eliminate disturbing personal and relational problems, it needs first to undo what caused them.

Does Couples Therapy Promote Good Sex?

By Marty Babits on September 27, 2017 in The Middle Ground
What makes couples therapy sexy? Does it help promote good sex? And how does it approach the issue of sexuality? The answer to these questions may surprise you.

Toxic Relationships

By Asa Don Brown Ph.D. on September 26, 2017 in Towards Recovery
Toxic relationships are sometimes unavoidable. Be aware of the signs and symptoms related to a toxic relationship.

My Therapist's Office: The Ultimate Free Speech Zone

I have always felt that in my rants—my "passionate discourses"—I am at my most eloquent. But I can’t go on and on ranting to anyone, except my therapist! And she listens.

Enough Already with Syndromes

By Steven C. Hayes Ph.D. on September 25, 2017 in Get Out of Your Mind
Lists of signs and symptoms is not telling therapists or people in need of help want they need to know. But what is the alternative? Stefan Hofmann and I have a proposal.

Theoretical Orientations as Straw Men

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on September 25, 2017 in Feeling Our Way
The appeal of reviling other therapists' approaches.

Can Therapists Really Share Power with Clients?

By Jonathan D. Raskin, Ph.D. on September 25, 2017 in Making Meaning
In asserting that they can share their power equally with clients, therapists mean well but are misguided. Here's why.

How Witnessing Your Wounds Can Curtail Your Anger

How you can reduce being prone to anger at home, in your relationship or in your daily life? Being a witness to your past pain is essential for meeting this challenge.

Hope Versus Depression

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on September 24, 2017 in iAge
Could depression benefit from viewing hope as an illusion, and that depression reflects the reality of life? Could depression be a sense of realism closer to the truth?

Therapy for Gambling Addiction

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on September 24, 2017 in In Therapy
Gambling maintains the fantasy of success while denying some harsh, cruel realities.

CBT Increases Cerebellum Connectivity to Other Brain Regions

By Christopher Bergland on September 22, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A new UCLA study offers fresh insights into a previously underestimated link between the cerebellum, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and cognitive behavioral therapy.