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Relationship OCD? ACT’s Cognitive Defusion Skills Can Help!

 

Maddie thought she liked and loved her fiancé but lately began to question whether she really did. Every time they were together she would start obsessing, “His ears are too...

5 Lessons in Expressing Your Feelings

 

“If the only thing people learned was not to be afraid of their experience, that alone would change the world.” – Sidney Banks I spent most of my life scared...

When OCD and Self-Compassion Meet in the Middle

 

OCD is a disorder that affects millions of people and causes a lot of mental, physical and spiritual distress. Because OCD can be debilitating it is important to note that...

Podcast: Joker Movie and Mental Illness

 

Did the movie Joker portray mental illness correctly and does it matter? We passionately go over the movie Joker from the lense of people living with mental illness and discuss...

Don’t Ignore These 5 Common Relationship Problems

 

Pay attention! Relationship problems are a fact of life and every couple goes through them. After the honeymoon phase is over, the problems begin. This doesn’t mean you have to...

How to Develop a Distinctive Artistic Voice

 

Whether creativity is part of your profession—you’re an artist, an author—or your passion—you love to paint, take photos, sculpt, write—it helps to develop your artistic voice. After all, your artistic...

How to Lose Weight — Without Dieting

 

To lose weight — and keep it off — don’t go on a diet. Why? Because “going on a diet” creates the false mindset that weight loss is a time-limited...

What Happened When I Continued Methadone Treatment While Pregnant

 

The last time I stuck a needle in my arm was three whole months before I conceived my son, and I’m grateful that he’s never experienced me in active addiction....

What Are You Tuned Into?

 

One of the principles of my writing practice is Attunement. I like to believe that I am naturally attuned to parts of life that many other people might ignore or...

Psychology Around the Net: October 12, 2019

 

This week’s Psychology Around the Net takes an interesting look at how our shadow selves affect relationships, why death anxiety is keeping men awake, strategies to help boost focus and...

Potential Mental Health Benefits of Living to Age 100

 

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson To me, age is more a state of mind than anything else. It’s perception...

Women and ADHD: Changing Destructive Self-Talk

 

I’m such a mess!  I can’t do the simplest things. Why am I so stupid? I’m too sensitive. Why am I so lazy? Everyone else can do this without any...

The First Step in Healing After Traumatic Loss

 

Healing after a traumatic loss that has devastated your life may feel impossible. Left alone and isolated, the human brain in this situation may remain in a loop of remembered...

World Mental Health Day 2019: Letter to a Suicidal Person

 

By the time you read this blog, two or three people will have taken their lives. In fact, every 40 seconds someone completes suicide; Close to 800,000 die by suicide...

Helping Someone With Suicidal Thoughts: Reach Out to a Friend Today

 

Today is World Mental Health Day (#worldmentalhealthday) — a day to promote awareness of mental health issues. Just like physical health, we all have mental health. Whether we spend any...

Relationship OCD? ACT’s Cognitive Defusion Skills Can Help!

 

Maddie thought she liked and loved her fiancé but lately began to question whether she really did. Every time they were together she would start obsessing, “His ears are too...

5 Lessons in Expressing Your Feelings

 

“If the only thing people learned was not to be afraid of their experience, that alone would change the world.” – Sidney Banks I spent most of my life scared...

When OCD and Self-Compassion Meet in the Middle

 

OCD is a disorder that affects millions of people and causes a lot of mental, physical and spiritual distress. Because OCD can be debilitating it is important to note that...

Podcast: Joker Movie and Mental Illness

 

Did the movie Joker portray mental illness correctly and does it matter? We passionately go over the movie Joker from the lense of people living with mental illness and discuss...

Women and ADHD: Changing Destructive Self-Talk

 

I’m such a mess!  I can’t do the simplest things. Why am I so stupid? I’m too sensitive. Why am I so lazy? Everyone else can do this without any...

World Mental Health Day 2019: Letter to a Suicidal Person

 

By the time you read this blog, two or three people will have taken their lives. In fact, every 40 seconds someone completes suicide; Close to 800,000 die by suicide...

Podcast: Hiding Depression- Using Perfectionism to Hide Our Struggles

 

Are you always in control and always perfectly put together? Are you professionally successful, a great friend, and always showing a happy face to the world?  But what about on...

A “S.A.F.E.” Meditation Practice for Difficult Emotions

 

When life throws us challenges, it can be beneficial to have ways to comfort ourselves amidst intense feelings of fear, worry, sadness, or other strong emotions. We all have moments...

What to Do When You Don’t Know Where Your Child’s Anxiety Comes From

 

The only reason your physician asks about your symptoms is because he cannot accurately treat your pain and discomfort, if he doesn’t know where that pain and discomfort is coming...

Podcast: Explaining Depression To Happy People

 

Are you so happy that you can’t understand depression? Not us! While Gabe and Jackie can’t relate to that level of positivity, there are lots of people in the world...

The Grief of Self-Growth and Healthy Narcissism

 

We all know self-growth is good. But we rarely talk about the grief that comes with growth. As our perceptions shift, we experience grief because the person we used to...

Podcast: Benefits of a Video Library Documenting Mental Health Issues

 

Today Gabe speaks with the president and CEO of PsychHub.com, Marjorie Morrison.  Psych Hub is a partner of PsychCentral.com and has more than 100 free animated videos on a variety...

National Psychotherapy Day: Telling Our Therapy Stories

 

California-based psychologist Ryan Howes, Ph.D, is a big believer in the power of stories to transform how we see therapy. “In a society where we still hear statements like ‘only...

Is Your Past Too Heavy to Haul Around?

 

Imagine a cloth bag containing 10 pounds of river rocks, their surface smoothed by years of water washing over them, tumbling them, moving them downstream. You are asked how long...

Advice for Parents of High Functioning Autistic Children from Someone Who’s Been There

 

When raising an autistic child, doctors and therapists come in handy in answering questions that parents of autistic children may have. God knows, we’ve consulted our share of specialists. But...

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