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Active Shooter Drills at School: How to Do Them Right

 

Threats to school-aged children are not new. From the 1940s through the 1980s, children in primary schools participated in bombing preparation drills, in case their school came under a bombing...

Podcast: Anxiety and Anger: A One-Two Punch

 

  Do you struggle with anger? Did you know that some of our most hot-headed moments are actually rooted in anxiety? In today’s podcast, Jackie openly shares her own fuse-blowing...

February 17 is National Random Acts of Kindness Day

 

National Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Day is devoted to just that: People doing random, unasked for gestures, big and small, to make the world a better, kinder place.  There...

The Psychology of Staying Put: Why Mobility in the U.S. Has Been Declining for Decades

 

Do you think that, over time, the U.S. has become an increasingly mobile nation? Is it your sense that people pick up and leave far more often than they did...

Turbocharge Your Brain 

 

Life sure does require a lot of thinking. The heavy lifting includes solving problems, charting the right path to our goals, and making important decisions. Each requires us to rev...

A Meditation on Leaving a Job Behind and Taking Back Control

 

When you’re in a job that you dislike, it could be complicated to simply walk away. It’s tough to walk out the door without looking back and weigh the various...

10 Strategies for Recharging on the Spot

 

While it would be nice to have an entire day to recharge, it’s not necessary. And if you wait until you have a full day off (from work or parenting...

Psychology Around the Net: February 15, 2020

 

In this week’s Psychology Around the Net, we explore the 12 subtle signs of anxiety, how sleep is vital for kids’ mental health, Medicare’s warning to doctors trying to offer holistic...

You’ve Hurt Your Partner: Here’s How to Apologize Sincerely

 

Everyone makes mistakes. Here’s how to fix them. You messed up and made a huge mistake. You really blew it, and now your partner is giving you heck about it,...

The Things We Do for Love: Avoiding Co-Dependency When Addiction Affects Your Relationships

 

Valentine’s Day is a time to show your appreciation for those you love, often with gifts, a special dinner or even doing a few chores so that they can relax...

How to Spot Red Flags in Your Relationship

 

Every week, I get letters here at PsychCentral, asking for my advice about red flags in relationships. From my files: “I love him very much, but he spends more time...

So You Really Want to Love Yourself?

 

We’ve all learned about the importance of loving ourselves. Even kids today pick it up from popular media. And there’s no shortage of advice for how to love yourself, most...

A Psychiatrist’s Perspective on How to Overcome the Stigma of Mental Illness

 

I was a third-year medical student when I discovered my calling to become a psychiatrist. To this day, I remember the gentleman who changed the trajectory of my life.  He...

Podcast: Managing Coronavirus Outbreak Anxiety

 

Does the new coronavirus from China make you a little anxious? How concerned should we be? Is it a real threat or mostly hype? In today’s podcast, Dr. John Grohol,...

Stress Management: An Act of Self-Love

 

Managing your stress is a form of love. It is taking a look at your life and deciding where changes could be made to help improve your sense of control...

Podcast: Anxiety and Anger: A One-Two Punch

 

  Do you struggle with anger? Did you know that some of our most hot-headed moments are actually rooted in anxiety? In today’s podcast, Jackie openly shares her own fuse-blowing...

Psychology Around the Net: February 15, 2020

 

In this week’s Psychology Around the Net, we explore the 12 subtle signs of anxiety, how sleep is vital for kids’ mental health, Medicare’s warning to doctors trying to offer holistic...

The Things We Do for Love: Avoiding Co-Dependency When Addiction Affects Your Relationships

 

Valentine’s Day is a time to show your appreciation for those you love, often with gifts, a special dinner or even doing a few chores so that they can relax...

Podcast: Managing Coronavirus Outbreak Anxiety

 

Does the new coronavirus from China make you a little anxious? How concerned should we be? Is it a real threat or mostly hype? In today’s podcast, Dr. John Grohol,...

3 Questions to Ask Yourself When Worry Takes Over

 

Are you an overthinker? Do you sometimes suffer from nonstop anxious thoughts? A lot of people do: bright, accomplished professionals, executives, and leaders who look like they have it all...

When Your Depression Is Perfectly Hidden (Even from Yourself)

 

Natalie always had a smile on her face, even when discussing painful topics. She was a highly successful, hard worker and an involved, loving mother. In addition to her full-time...

Podcast: Managing Marriage and Depression

 

  What’s it like being the spouse of someone with mental illness? In today’s podcast, our hosts Gabe and Jackie invite their beloved spouses, Kendall and Adam, to share what...

Psychology Around the Net: February 8, 2020

 

In this week’s Psychology Around the Net, we discuss what happens when workplaces are rated for their mental health benefits, how the coronavirus is affecting people with severe health anxiety,...

The Connection Between Childhood Trauma and Generalized Anxiety Disorder

 

Numerous studies have been done on the implications of childhood trauma on mental health. Although the general consensus is that trauma does affect an individual in many ways, very little...

Why Finding Your Purpose Is Important When Battling Depression

 

When your mood is at the lowest of low, it’s hard to even think that someone loves you or cares about you. You feel like you’re unnoticed by everyone. It’s...

Psychology Around the Net: February 1, 2020

 

Happy Groundhog Day! Do you think we will see six more weeks of winter, or will spring arrive early? In this week’s Psychology Around the Net, we discuss why the...

How to Shift Perspective When You’re Stuck in Your Own Way

 

Why We Can’t Believe Everything We Experience Sitting by the edge of the indoor pool on a winter’s day, I swung my feet into the water, feeling the full-on rush...

Podcast: Caring for My Bipolar Mother

 

When parents struggle with severe mental illness, their children can fall into the role of caregiver. What is this like from the child’s point of view? How does it affect...

How to Understand and Control the Online Over Checking Habit 

 

I know I’m addicted to what I call “Over Checking.” I also know that the more I feed this addiction, the more emotionally exhausted I become. Yet, even with this...

Podcast: BoJack Horseman and Celebrity Mental Health Advocacy

 

  Rich celebrity on TV: “Have you ever been sad? You might have depression.” If scenarios like this make you want to throw a rock at a window, you aren’t...

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