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What Neil deGrasse Tyson Can Teach You About Mental Health

Nick Holt, MSW, ASW | Posted 07.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Nick Holt, MSW, ASW

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 06.17.2013 | 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.

What Good Can It (Psychotherapy) Do?

May Benatar, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. | Posted 03.11.2013 | Healthy Living
May Benatar, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Within most adult folks there is an inner wisdom that would offer great assistance in resolving the impasses of our life. Therapy is about accessing our inner, innate wisdom, not replacing it with someone else's.

Thoughts on Psychotherapy and Speculations About Its Star Trekian Future

Lloyd Glauberman, Ph.D. | Posted 01.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd Glauberman, Ph.D.

Kagan's observations beg the question about the extended future of therapy. Perhaps science fiction can provide an answer and offer a glimpse into what lies ahead.

Psychologist Jennifer Taitz's Timely Antidote to Emotional Eating

Jean Fain, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W. | Posted 12.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Jean Fain, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W.

No dieter plans on eating emotionally from Halloween to New Year's Eve, and yet, that's what the overwhelmed majority end up doing year after year after year. If anyone is equipped to reverse this unhealthy trend, it's Jennifer Taitz.

Manage Anxiety: How To Train Your Brain To Derail Stress

Posted 09.25.2012 | Healthy Living

By Kate Lowenstein Ever feel overwhelmed by worries? Do you find yourself dwelling on concerns big (is my job safe?) and small (that darn clogged...

Drink Warm Milk, Take A Bath, Count Sheep: What To Do When None Of It Helps

Dr. Lee Ritterband | Posted 11.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lee Ritterband

Imagine you have trouble sleeping. Perhaps you can't fall asleep at night or you wake up in the middle of the night and you're unable to get back to sleep. Maybe this has been going on for a few months -- or maybe years.

Eating Disorder Therapist Emily Sandoz on Accepting the Reality of Bad Body Image

Jean Fain, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W. | Posted 10.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Jean Fain, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W.

When I heard word of a self-help workbook in the works about a promising new kind of CBT for body dissatisfaction called acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), I made a mental note.

Natural Highs: A Positive Approach To Mood Alteration

Harvey B. Milkman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Harvey B. Milkman, Ph.D.

Although we have developed effective technologies to track the epidemiology of alcoholism, nicotine addiction, and other hedonic dependencies, strategies for their prevention and treatment remain sorely inept. We need new ways of managing pleasure that go beyond AA.

Treatment for Social Anxiety

Morty Lefkoe | Posted 08.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Morty Lefkoe

If you feel emotional discomfort about social situations, interactions with others, or being evaluated or judged by others, you may have "social anxiety" -- a problem shared by almost 20 million others in the United States.

7 (Drug-Free) Ways To Overcome Divorce Anxiety

Mark Banschick, MD | Posted 07.22.2012 | Divorce
Mark Banschick, MD

It probably does not come as a surprise to you that anxiety and stress disorders are common among recent divorcés. Some choose to deal with this stress by taking anti-anxiety medications.