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Our blogs highlight different topics and concerns in mental health and psychology, bringing fresh perspectives, ideas and news updates in small, digestable nuggets. Below, you'll find an index of the most recent entries from our blogs.

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26 Creative & Curious Questions to Deepen Your Connection with Your Partner
By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. in World of Psychology
An important part of building a connection with your partner is knowing their inner life. What are they thinking and feeling? What were their dreams as a child? What are their dreams today? Another important part is knowing how they feel about your relationship (and your partner knowing how you...
Always Err on the Side of Compassion
By Therese J. Borchard in World of Psychology
The best piece of marital advice I’ve ever heard came from an ex-priest, a kind and gentle man who has been married to his bride for longer than I’ve been alive. “Always err on the side of compassion,” he told me when I called him up all upset one afternoon...
10 Common Reactions to Urinary Incontinence that Impede Care-Seeking
By Paula Miceli, M.Sc in World of Psychology
Our lives are a dynamic flurry of family and professional activities — our work, our families and friends, and duties on the home front. Some of us have additional challenges due to ill health, financial stress, elder care or marital breakdown. When small urine leaks begin to appear every now...

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Bruce Jenner’s “Transition” Will Be Documented on Reality Series
By Jeanne Croteau in Celebrity Psychings
For a while, people have been commenting on Bruce Jenner’s changing physical appearance. Since his split from most recent ex-wife, Kris Jenner, he has been spotted with longer hair, fuller lips and manicures. While speculation has definitely been rampant, PEOPLE magazine is confirming the rumors that he is transitioning into a woman....
Brain Food for Happiness

By Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy
Did you know that compassion, the act of recognizing someone else’s suffering with the inclination to want to support them, creates important activity shifts in the brain that are associated with IMAG1371resiliency and well-being? I recently attended a talk at a fundraiser where the presenter, Amy McLaren, had conveyed her story of going to Kenya with her husband and making...
Whitney Houston’s Daughter Bobbi Kristina in Medically Induced Coma
By Jeanne Croteau in Celebrity Psychings
Bobbi Kristina, the daughter of singers Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston, was found unresponsive in a bathtub in her Georgia home. The news is particularly chilling since it conjures up memories of how her mother died almost three years ago. Police were called to the home on Saturday morning after Brown’s husband, Nick Gordon, and a friend found her face down. They immediately started CPR as they waited for...
Got Issues? It’s All Your Parents’ Fault
By Jonice Webb in Childhood Emotional Neglect
blame photoPhoto by left-hand Everything that’s wrong in your life is the fault of your parents. Whatever your struggles, your mistakes and your pain, you are not to blame. You are...
The Funny Thing About Self-Care
By Margarita Tartakovsky, MS in Weightless
tulips Lately, I’ve been realizing that sometimes self-care doesn’t look very much like self-care. Sometimes, it doesn’t feel like self-care in the moment. That is, it doesn’t feel blissful or calming or rejuvenating. It wouldn’t be described as softening or unwinding or taking a break. Sometimes, self-care looks a lot like chores and tedious responsibilities....
Pushing Beyond Hope – Keeping Commitments When Hope Is Gone
By Andrei Nana in Commitment Strategies
lost hope photoPhoto by Adrian Fallace Design & Photography It is always very easy to pursue a goal when equipped with faith and hope. But hope isn’t naturally bestowed...
Let Me Go, I Don’t Want To Be Your Hero! Men And Societal Expectations
By Cherilynn Veland, LCSW, MSW in Psychology of Women
I love this video and song. I see the faces of my two boys and all the men I have cared about in it. Please listen and watch. Here are some lyrics  from it: Let me go, I don’t want to be your hero… Everyone deserves a chance, to walk like everyone else. Baby needs some protection… ...
Adventures in Private Practice: Weight Management Counselor Michelle Lewis, LCSW
By Julie Hanks, LCSW in Private Practice Toolbox
This series highlights the successful private practitioners’ journey in private practice so you can learn from their successes and missteps. One of the unexpected benefits of writing this blog is that I’ve been able to meet and connect with practitioners around the globe. The therapist featured today actually is not...
Looking For Approval In All The Wrong Places?
By Linda & Charlie Bloom in Building Relationship Skills
Chuck grew up in an extremely abusive family environment. His mother was the primary abuser of the children. From a very early age, Chuck was subjected to extremely vicious and violent beatings, which often came completely unprovoked. He never knew when the next attack would come and consequently, he lived in a state of constant anxiety and fear.  ...
Bipolar and Physical Health
By Rebecca Moore in Bipolar Parenting
organic240When I was first diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and for the last four years, I have let Bipolar dictate my life. Sure, I thought I had my symptoms under control but they kept popping their ugly heads into my daily life. I take my medication like I’m supposed to, but I haven’t been doing much else to control my symptom....
Focusing on What You — And Only You — Can Give
By Margarita Tartakovsky, MS in Weightless
sunset over the ocean, taken by mama, july 2014, w Judy Garland quote Even though I feel much better about my body than I did years ago, even though I am taking much better care of myself than I did years ago, I still feel the pricks of comparison. When I’m in an exercise class, some days...
ADHD And Sleep
By Kelly Babcock in ADHD Man of Distraction
Turn on the TV, it's time for bed ...Turn on the TV, it’s time for bed … ADHD is such a varied thing. There’s a grab bag of symptoms and you don’t always get the whole bag. Sometimes things that are supposed to be symptoms are so not for you that they make...
Grow Into Your Best Self–Change Your Mindset
By Suzanne Phillips, Psy.D., ABPP in Healing Together for Couples
Is your mindset holding you back? Is it keeping you locked into a certain view of yourself, your children, your partner, your life? Is it keeping you from who you want to be in the life you want to lead? Mindsets are simple beliefs that shape how we see ourselves and others and how we live our lives. Much of what we consider as our personalities stems from our...
Work on Yourself:
Expressing Your Emotions

By Aaron Karmin in Anger Management
anger240Tom was reluctant to talk about his feelings. He had learned from his tough guy father that such matters were for “weaklings,” not to be discussed in broad daylight. Tom made the right choice. He chose to work on his relationship with himself, which was in tatters. His homework was to release his anger onto a piece of paper, to write...
How Body Language Helps Us Make Decisions
By Gerti Schoen, MA, LP in The Gentle Self
Une passante Sometimes the mind is too confused or too overwhelmed to give us useful information about what the right thing to do is. We get trapped in self doubt and anxiety and may end up doing nothing at all, which makes us feel depressed and not in control. When the mind is too wrapped up in thinking, listening to the...
15 Statements of Commitment to Heal and Strengthen Your Relationship  
By Athena Staik, Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Relationships
Commitment 3 Commitment is a conscious choice to express your love for your partner and relationship with a clear series of choices to consciously shape your future together. Commitment is a foundation that nourishes a sense of safety, trust, and security, all key ingredient in forming a healthy, vibrant relationship. The same neurochemicals that make partners feel loved and loving are...
No One Knows It Hurts
By Elaina J. Martin in Being Beautifully Bipolar
megaphoneI hurt my leg this week. Don’t ask how because I am not really sure. All I know is I slept on the couch and woke up in the morning with a sore neck and hurt leg – knee mostly. I think it has to do with getting out of the car at CVS the morning prior. Anyway, it hurts...
Keys to Creativity:
Use rituals for creative focus and flow

By Diana C. Pitaru, M.S., L.P.C. in Unleash Your Creativity
Rituals in creativityRituals in creativity The trap of myths The realm of creativity continues to maintain an aura of mystery mostly due to the abundance of myths surrounding it. Myths are sometimes beautiful stories meant to provide some sort of explanations about the things we know little or nothing about. They help us believe that...
What is an Eclectic Approach to Therapy?
By Sara Staggs, LICSW, MPH in After Trauma
Screen Shot 2014-09-26 at 6.14.27 PM Previously I have discussed the many layers that are present in a therapy session. One of those layers is which therapeutic technique to use at any given time. Most clinicians are taught more than one in graduate school and then we learn more as we attend trainings, read...
This or That:
The psychiatrist meets the therapist

By Erica Loberg in Tales of Manic Depression
mentalking240I should have known it was coming. My psychiatrist recommended me the therapist I’m working with which has been an amazing experience. I tend to tell more to my therapist then my psychiatrist which is stupid, and weird, cause one is prescribing my medication while the other one is… I’m still new to therapy so won’t say something that doesn’t speak...
Growing Empathy:
A Daily 30-Minute Gift That Can Rescue Your Relationship

By Athena Staik, Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Relationships
images-769The amazing work of neuroscientists such as Marco Iacoboni reveals human beings are neurologically “wired for empathy” and — an innate moral nature. The same brain circuits are mobilized whether feeling one’s own pain and others’, and merely observing someone performing a certain action activates the same areas of the brain in the observer. The special neurons that make this...
5 Things I Say “No” To
By Lisa Keith, Psy.D. in Bipolar Lifehacks
Photo by Franco d'albaoPhoto by Franco d’albao I just read a great article from Haley on The Tiny Twig on saying “no”. She’s  a blogger and mom of three and busy, busy. In her article she shared that she can’t do it all – and that’s okay! I began to think seriously about what...
How to Support A Depressed Loved One
By Holly Brown, LMFT in Bonding Time
lovedone240When you see someone you love in pain, you might feel a lot of things.  You’re likely to start with sympathy and concern but as you try (and fail) to help, it might turn to frustration.  Or resentment, if you’re having to pick up the slack. Here are some thoughts on how to support your loved one, and take care of...
Where Were You When You Realized You Love Your Single Life?
By Bella DePaulo, Ph.D in Single at Heart
computer240It is something all single people have experienced. We are asked to answer some security questions to set up an account, only to find that a disproportionate number of those questions just assume that we are married. Amy Gutman, a facilitator of the OpEd Project, recently described an experience in which every one of the security questions made the Spouse...
Mirror Seeks Mirroring
By Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D. in 360 Degrees of Mindful Living
We look for mirror neurons (in search of empathy, validation and understanding), while there is a flawless mirror inside each and every one of us. – Lotus Effect   ...
Floating in the Hormonal Sea
By Will Meecham, MD, MA in Peace, Love and Childhood Adversity
Meyers_b1_s0268bOur body chemistry changes, moment by moment. We feel this indirectly as energy levels rise and fall, fullness gives way to hunger, and arousal alternates with sleepiness. Many of these internal shifts are due to hormones. The pituitary gland, connected directly to the hypothalamus in the brain, drives many of the body’s other glands, and so plays a big part...
Three Creative Minds:
Dolan, Lange, Binoche

By Douglas Eby in The Creative Mind
Xavier Dolan Multitalented people often express stimulating perspectives on realizing their creative abilities and passions. Here are comments from three well-known artists. Xavier Dolan has credits including: Actor, Writer, Producer, Costume designer, and at age 25 has directed five feature films. He has said “I don’t know that I’m being prolific, I’m just responding, I’m being...
Overcoming Limiting Beliefs
By Jake & Hannah Eagle in Healthy Romantic Relationships
Screen Shot 2014-11-06 at 10.30.55 AMMost of us suffer from various limiting beliefs. There are many therapeutic techniques for changing beliefs. But if we approach each belief one at a time, the process takes forever. We believe there is an easier way. In Reology, we’ve identified three broad categories—patterns—in which most limiting beliefs reside. As well, we’ve identified the general...
Coming to Terms With the Fact that You Can’t Be Superman
By Michael Hedrick in Of Two Minds
supermanI’m slowly coming to terms with the fact that I can’t do everything. For a long time I’ve been haunted by this notion that I’m not good enough and that no matter what I do it will never be enough to prove myself. That said, I don’t know why I feel like I have to prove myself. It could...



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