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Making Therapy Work for You: Have Your Feelings Without Your Feelings Having You

Dr. Gary Trosclair | Posted 06.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gary Trosclair

Some believe that venting will help them to heal, others feel that it will be most helpful to remain distanced from their feelings so that they can analyze them. They're both right. And they're both wrong.

Making Therapy Work for You Continued -- Tool 1: Take Off the Mask

Dr. Gary Trosclair | Posted 06.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gary Trosclair

To get the most out of psychotherapy try to show as many of the different parts of your personality in your session as you can. We all wear masks -- personas -- to get along in less intimate settings such as professional situations, and to get through difficult times.

10 Tips to Make Therapy Work for You

Dr. Gary Trosclair | Posted 06.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gary Trosclair

Therapists do try to explain what it means to work in therapy, but it's difficult to describe briefly how the process works, and delivering even a short discourse in session can be disruptive to the natural flow of the work.

How You Can Help Someone With Mental Illness: What to Do First

Farsh Askari | Posted 06.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Farsh Askari

Instead of an assessment (which implies judgment) and advice (which implies expertise), what someone who's mentally distressed, in any context, needs first, mentally and emotionally, is some acknowledgment and support.

This Is Nursing

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 05.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Shelly Lopez Gray

This is why I fell in love with my coworkers and with our nursing profession. I cannot look at this picture without getting a little teary. If you're ...

The Danger of Physician Burnout on the Health Care Highway

Starla Fitch, M.D. | Posted 03.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Starla Fitch, M.D.

Whether we're doctors, nurses, med students, or health professionals in other arenas, I can tell you that we went into this for the patients. Someone along the way touched our hearts and our souls and we decided that nothing else but helping patients would put the fire in our bellies.

10 Things to Expect When You Have Cancer

Cindy Finch, LICSW | Posted 02.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Cindy Finch, LICSW

The life of a cancer patient can be summed up in one word: access. Everybody wants access to you. Whether it's the lab tech taking your blood or the chemo staff giving you an infusion, there are lots of "ins and outs" when you have cancer. You'll get used to it.

A Chemo Christmas: 24 Ways to Help Those Who Are in the Hospital at the Holidays

Cindy Finch, LICSW | Posted 02.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Cindy Finch, LICSW

Here are the top five most effective things you can do for your hospitalized friend and their families during the holidays, plus 19 quick and easy ways to bring Christmas cheer and holiday fun.

25 Ways to Help a Caregiver Manage Life During a Medical Crisis

Lori Lee | Posted 01.21.2015 | Impact
Lori Lee

As a breast cancer survivor and a parent who cared for child in long term medical care, I enjoy spending time with other survivors and caregivers.

The Top 10 Lies Doctors Tell

Starla Fitch, M.D. | Posted 01.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Starla Fitch, M.D.

Sometimes the lies are to our patients. Sometimes, the lies are to our families. And sometimes the lies are to ourselves. But, nonetheless, we lie. A lot. Often daily. Want an inside scoop on the lies to look out for from your doctor?

Does Medicine Need a New Language?

Starla Fitch, M.D. | Posted 11.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Starla Fitch, M.D.

The insurance companies' complications, government involvement, and economic downturn have all added fuel to this fire of discontent. But I think the problem is even more pervasive than that. It stems from our interactions. With each other and with our patients.

The Secret Lives Of Patients

Starla Fitch, M.D. | Posted 11.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Starla Fitch, M.D.

My recent experience taught me that doctor and patient are two sides of the same coin -- and it's a toss up, literally, which side we are on. Every day.

What A Dying Patient Taught A Burned-Out Doctor

Starla Fitch, M.D. | Posted 10.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Starla Fitch, M.D.

In medicine, our goal is health, to make everything better. But sometimes we can't. Driving home from Mr. Johnson's funeral, I remembered our last conversation. What had he really wanted me to know? What could I learn as my lesson from his life?

Water as a Symbol of Love

Dr. Hyder Zahed | Posted 08.21.2014 | Good News
Dr. Hyder Zahed

Love is the natural medium that carries messages, that flow incessantly and silently, bringing us together, conveying what is often unspoken -- the message from our hearts to others and to the world -- allowing life to continue and flourish in all our relationships.

9 Things Your Doctor Wants To Tell You

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Andrea Atkins | Posted 06.20.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com Become an ace in the exam room and get more from your visits with these doctor-approved tips. Read more from Gr...

Patience In The Age Of Distraction

Pacific Standard | CASEY N. CEP | Posted 04.01.2014 | World

The meaning of patience has changed over time, but that hasn’t made it any easier to practice. There is a bar of marzipan across the table from m...

The Art of Uncertainty in Medicine

Marlene Pearce | Posted 05.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Marlene Pearce

I've long felt that the art of general practice is being comfortable with uncertainty. In my first training term in general practice, I frequently ca...

Health Literacy: An Unrecognized Problem in Our Health Care System

Richard H. Carmona, M.D. | Posted 02.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard H. Carmona, M.D.

Americans are fortunate to have access to some of the best health care in the world, but each time we ignore the opportunity to establish thoughtful, effective communication among all our health-related entities and the people and communities they serve, everyone loses.

When He (or She) Just Doesn't Want to Talk About It

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 12.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Not all relationships can or should be saved. Knowing if and when to make that call is a critical piece of information that we need to have in order to know which path to take.

Action Call: Let's Change American Medicine -- Finding Hope by Living Healthy Naturally

Tasneem Bhatia, M.D. | Posted 12.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Tasneem Bhatia, M.D.

Moving forward, let's change American medicine. We can be better doctors and better patients. Together, we can change how medicine is practiced in this country and shift focus to living healthy naturally. Together, we can find hope.

Can We Let Doctors Be Human?

Riva Greenberg | Posted 09.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

Ofri's books explore the "other world" of medicine -- emotions. Writing, Ofri told me, "began as a way to walk through some intense experiences and process my feelings." Her books are also "thank yous" to her patients who have taught her how to, and made her a better, doctor.

The Big Night: 5 Ways to Cultivate Patience

Rob White | Posted 08.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob White

Remember that many of life's miracles often do not happen quickly; they require patience. Illnesses and wounds heal best with patience. Life often reveals its mysteries with patience. Difficult problems sometimes solve themselves with patience. We grow into healthy, functioning adults with patience.

Giving and Receiving Are the Same

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 01.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

As a person with illness and in a wheelchair for many years, I am so frequently on the receiving end of other people's attention that I often forget there are many ways I can give.

Goodbye Blank Screen

David J. Hellerstein, M.D. | Posted 11.28.2012 | Healthy Living
David J. Hellerstein, M.D.

We older therapists, digital immigrants -- if not digital refugees -- may cling to the delusion we can hide ourselves from the Web. For the younger generation, digital natives all, there will be no way to erase their footprints.

Handling Doctors

Sonya Hamlin | Posted 11.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Sonya Hamlin

Here's what happened to me when I recently became ill and the whole business of our relationship with doctors was suddenly brought into sharp focus.