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Sadness: The Heroic Emotion (Inspired by the Movie 'Inside Out')

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 08.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Although often used interchangeably, an emotion differs from a feeling. The movie "Inside Out" inspired me to explore that distinction as well as t...

What Your Handwriting Says About You

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 07.28.2015 | Healthy Living

You might not think twice about your messy signature, but according to graphoanalyst David J. DeWitt, your John Hancock says a lot a...

Damaged Goods

Beth Whitley | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents
Beth Whitley

Sometimes, in trying to explain the impact that Rett Syndrome has had on our lives, I have referred to myself and my husband as "damaged goods." People don't respond to this very well.

The Identified Patient

Dr. Robert Lusson | Posted 05.30.2015 | Fifty
Dr. Robert Lusson

Annie and Raymond's story is an example of how distorted, usually negative, thoughts and beliefs can be passed down in a multi-generational fashion from grandpa to mom to son and so on to form core beliefs and automatic thinking about people and the world in general.

Divorce Confidential: Using Mental Health Professionals In Divorce

Caroline Choi | Posted 04.20.2015 | Divorce
Caroline Choi

The goal in enlisting mental health professionals in your divorce is to help you move forward. Remember, there is no shame in asking for help, especially if it will get you to a better place emotionally and spiritually.

Affordable, Quality Psychotherapy in America: Open Path Psychotherapy Collective

Paul Fugelsang | Posted 10.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Fugelsang

It's been about a year and a half since I first introduced my idea for making mental health care more affordable for more people. I blogged about it r...

Astoria Characters: The Guys With the Great Garden

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 09.21.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

People stop and stare and hold their babbling babies up to the wrought-iron railing. It's not every day you see a koi pond on Ditmars Boulevard. Or a garden that looks as though it outgrew Architectural Digest.

Get in Touch With Your Inner Bossiness

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 06.02.2014 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

Recently, Sheryl Sandberg launched the "Ban Bossy" campaign to help girls and women develop their leadership skills by ridding themselves of the B-word mental shackles.

Searching for a Great Psychotherapist

Michael J. Tansey | Posted 04.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael J. Tansey

The notion of acknowledging the need for professional help and calling a perfect stranger regarding matters that are deeply personal is a very hard thing to do. This does not make all that go away, but be well aware that the first phone call for virtually everyone is daunting.

8 Signs You Should See A Therapist

Posted 08.11.2015 | Healthy Living

Photo credit: Kaspiic Everyone experiences periods of stress, sadness, grief and conflict, so when you're feeling off it can be hard to know if i...

Message to the ADHD Medical Community: Is Medication the Only Answer?

Elaine Taylor-Klaus | Posted 02.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Professionals know that there is no magic formula for "fixing" ADHD, and that active management is key for long-term success. Let's share that little secret with parents, shall we? The futures of their children are at stake.

The 'Golden Rule' of the Helping Professions

Ross A. Rosenberg | Posted 02.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Ross A. Rosenberg

As people who are entrusted with so much responsibility, professional helpers should conduct themselves according to a standard that prohibits them from providing services that they themselves need.

Why Couples Fail At Marriage Counseling

Posted 07.13.2013 | Divorce

By Dr. Bonnie Ray Kennan for Another relationship bites the dust. It's an occupational hazard for a couples counselor, but still, it...

Donna Rockwell, PsyD: Living a Successful Life: Lessons From My Father

Donna Rockwell, PsyD | Posted 08.09.2013 | Women
Donna Rockwell, PsyD

My father may not have fully appreciated my personhood or agreed with my worldview, but in his own way, he gave me a priceless gift.

Astoria Characters: The Analyze-This Psychologist

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 08.11.2013 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

A dozen African masks. A baby grand. And a bouquet. If we are the sum of our possessions, these tell us most of what we need to know about Milton "Mickey" Wilner.

Right and Wrong Answers on School Safety

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Despite the loud voice of the National Rifle Association (NRA), scholars, experts on school safety, and teachers overwhelmingly disagree with turning schools into armed camps rather than places of nonviolent positive learning.

My Only Son: A Student's First Film Has Meaning and Compassion

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 05.04.2013 | Entertainment
Peter D. Rosenstein

ost of the cast and crew donated their time or worked for little compensation. Equipment and locations were donated or gotten at greatly reduced rates. The realities of the film industry may make this the last time in his life that Jonathan can make such a film for so little money.

Two Mental Health Red Flags That Could Save Someone's Life

Kim Gorgens | Posted 03.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Kim Gorgens

As a psychologist, I've been asked frequently about red flags or warning signs that may contribute to violent or aggressive behavior. For the most part, dozens of interpersonal red flags can be summarized by two alarms: change and disclosure of information.

Guns, Lies, and Suicides

Michael J. Tansey | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Michael J. Tansey

Whereas the NRA would have us believe that the solution to our alarming homicide rate is more good-guy guns and greater accessibility, that argument has been refuted beyond dispute when it comes to suicide.

Menopause Is the New Puberty

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 10.03.2012 | Fifty
Ellen Dolgen

Who just had a meltdown and locked themselves in their bedroom? Was it daughter, son or Mom? With all these hormonal fluctuations happening at once, things can get more than a little hectic!

Can Baby Brains Point Way To Smarter Computers?

Posted 03.14.2012 | Science

By: Jeanna Bryner, LiveScience Managing Editor Published: 03/13/2012 01:49 PM EDT on LiveScience Cognitive scientists hope to bottle up a baby's...

OMG You Were a Nun and You're Black?

Deborah Plummer | Posted 01.06.2012 | Black Voices
Deborah Plummer

I spent over four years researching friendship patterns of people from all ages in order to write Racing Across the Lines: Changing Race Relations th...

The Will And Ways Of Hope

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 03.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Scott Barry Kaufman

Psychologists have proposed lots of different "vehicles" over the years: grit, self-efficacy, optimism, passion, inspiration, etc. They are all important. One vehicle, however, is particularly undervalued and under-appreciated in psychology and society. That's hope.

Dr. Phil On Love, Life And Happiness After 50

Posted 12.28.2011 | Fifty

Dr. Phil McGraw needs little introduction. He's the famed TV psychologist who enters our living rooms every afternoon with real advice. He's a certifi...

Black Women Are Not (Rated) Less Attractive!: Independent Analysis of the Add Health Dataset

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 07.23.2011 | Style
Scott Barry Kaufman

The low convergence of ratings finding suggests that in this very large and representative dataset, beauty is mostly in the eye of the beholder. What we are looking at here are simple ratings of attractiveness by interviewers whose tastes differ rather strongly.