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What Kind of Psychotherapy Should You Choose?

Judith S. Beck, Ph.D. | Posted 07.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Judith S. Beck, Ph.D.

I would advise potential clients, friends, or family members to find a therapist who "gets" them, has the expertise to help them reduce their suffering as soon as possible, and teaches them skills to stay better.

Question: Does Cognitive Behavior Therapy Include Insight?

Judith S. Beck, Ph.D. | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Judith S. Beck, Ph.D.

Answer: Insight is always a part of cognitive therapy -- an important part, but not an end in itself. We help patients gain insight into why they ...

Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Diabetes

Judith S. Beck, Ph.D. | Posted 05.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Judith S. Beck, Ph.D.

View image | gettyimages.com Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is usually short-term, goal-directed, and skills-based. Therapists help patients identi...

My Q and A With Insomnia Expert Gregg Jacobs

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Arianna Huffington

Gregg Jacobs is an insomnia specialist at the Sleep Disorders Center at the UMass Memorial Medical Center and the author of Say Good Night to Insomnia. In answer to my questions, he shared his insights on how human sleep patterns have changed over time, healthier and more effective alternatives to sleeping pills, and how to reverse our worst sleep habits and behaviors.

Psychotherapy Works, But Not For Everyone

Allen Frances | Posted 04.12.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

Treatments that work well for most don't work well for all. And even effective treatments have side effects and complications. This is true of medication and surgery- and it is also true of psychotherapy.

Finally Embracing My Passion

Trish DeLuca | Posted 02.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Trish DeLuca

Writing is the key to freedom for me and the gift that allows me to reach inside and bring parts of me into the light that would otherwise remain shrouded. In this first week of the final month of another calendar year, I look ahead ask myself: Will writing take me to places I've never been?

A Surprising Treatment For Depression That May Be Just As Effective As Talking To A Therapist

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living

Even though a growing body of research has demonstrated the legitimate mental and physical health benefits of meditation, some people still consider ...

How to Deepen Your Relationship With Yourself

Nancy Colier | Posted 12.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

All experiences, welcomed, are opportunities to see and know the truth of ourselves more clearly. With this attitude, we can relate to our whole life, the sweet and the bitter, as enlightening, not necessarily wanted, but enlightening nonetheless, and in that light, meaningful.

One Way To Help Your Children Handle Stress And Anxiety

The Huffington Post | Sahaj Kohli | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living

It’s hard for anyone to deal with stress and anxiety, but it’s especially hard for children. Michele Kambolis, a clinical therapist and author,...

What Neil deGrasse Tyson Can Teach You About Mental Health

Nick Holt, LCSW | Posted 09.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Nick Holt, LCSW

By better examining our thinking through a more scientific process and softening our internal and external response to failure, we are better able to continue our journeys in personal growth in order to advance ourselves, those around us and, hopefully and ideally, mankind.

Lindsay Holmes

How To Stop An Anxious Thought In Its Tracks

HuffingtonPost.com | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 06.19.2014 | Healthy Living

When we're worried about something, "What if?" is the enemy. What if we mess up at work? What if we can't complete our goals? What if everything falls...

Approaches You Don't Know About for Helping Someone With Substance Abuse

Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D. | Posted 06.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D.

I know that substance abuse problems vary in terms of severity, fright and heartbreak, and yet I am optimistic! In research and clinical work alike, I've seen the evidence over the past 40 years that families and friends make a difference in helping someone who struggles with drinking, drugs or other compulsive behaviors. Often, it is the critical difference.

Could Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death Finally Change the Conversation About Substance Use?

Jeff Foote, Ph.D. | Posted 04.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Foote, Ph.D.

We are humbled by the difficulties associated with staying stable over the long haul and hope that we continue to change the conversation about this problem from that of stigma to growth, from deficits to strengths and from shame to pride.

Narcolepsy Drug Shows Promise in Depression Treatment

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 03.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

We still have much to learn about how both sleep disorders and depression influence on another. But recent scientific discoveries may have brought us to a turning point, where attention to sleep and treatment for sleep problems will begin to be regarded as part of the core treatment for depressive disorders.

Want Weight Loss in 2014? Here Are 5 Key Requirements

William Anderson, MA, LMHC | Posted 03.11.2014 | Healthy Living
William Anderson, MA, LMHC

Wanting, even with all your heart, to lose weight does not make it happen, as anyone with a stubborn weight problem knows. Hopefully, it won't take you 20 years to learn what I learned. You can learn it from me!

The Biggest Sleep Stories Of 2013, Part 2

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 03.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

As we bring 2013 to a close, we're taking a look back at the sleep stories that made news this year. With so many fascinating developments in sleep science, it was hard to narrow it down, but here are the most challenging, eye-opening, important sleep stories from the second half of 2013.

When Reassurance Becomes a Crutch

Andrea Umbach | Posted 02.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Andrea Umbach

We have all done it. We try to say something that is helpful and reassuring. We try to say something that will take away someone's fears or doubts. The problem is it usually doesn't work. And sometimes reassurance does the exact opposite of what we intend.

Confessions From an Anxious Mind

Debra Kissen | Posted 02.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Debra Kissen

Why is the human mind so good at pointing out all of the opportunities for failure? Is it a mean-spirited organ, hell-bent on creating emotional pain? The answer to that rhetorical question is of course no (although there are moments when it couldn't feel more true).

Will Sleep Therapy Transform Treatment for Depression?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

New research being presented this week at a meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies will show results that indicate treating insomnia among people with depression may dramatically boost rates of recovery.

Three Steps to Better Mental Health

Jennifer Nagy | Posted 11.25.2013 | Divorce
Jennifer Nagy

One of the hardest parts about divorce is picking up the pieces after it's all over. Even the friendliest divorce (like mine) leaves you with all sorts of lingering issues related to relationships, love and commitment.

CDC Report: 9 Million Using Prescription Sleep Aids

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 10.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Have you taken a sleeping pill in the past month? If so, you've got plenty of company. In the past 30 days, approximately nine million adults in the United States -- that's 4 percent of the population -- used prescription medication to help their troubled sleep.

How To Keep Job-Associated Grumpiness To A Minimum

Posted 08.26.2013 | Healthy Living

After a seemingly interminable day on the job, the last question you want to be asked is the ever-dreaded, "How was your day?" If these four littl...

Suicide: The Biggest Issue for New Veterans

Jason Hansman | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics
Jason Hansman

According to alarming results from a new survey of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, 30 percent of members surveyed have considered taking their own life...

To Be, Or To Be 'Well': How Psychotherapy Works

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 12.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

I'd like to discuss how therapy (all therapy) works, as opposed to why it works, and how specific people, such as those in LGBT communities, are affected when we presume to know what makes someone mentally and emotionally "well."

The Staggering Cost Of Insomnia

Dr. Lee Ritterband | Posted 05.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lee Ritterband

Medical research is big business in this country. But historically very little of this money has gone to insomnia research. For decades, those with insomnia were regarded as "silent sufferers," often going undiagnosed, even when seeking help.