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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.

Click to view the cartoonTrue Love, or….Danger Ahead?
From Donna Barstow's Quick Fix
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Fight, Flight or Freeze: The Stress Response
By Maureen Werrbach, MA, LCPC in World of Psychology
Imagine the following scenarios: 1. During a staff meeting that you led and thoroughly prepared for, your boss criticizes you for not completing a task that was someone else’s responsibility. All eyes are on you. You feel flushed, your heart starts racing, and you have you the urge to yell...
Introducing Childhood Emotional Neglect
By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. in World of Psychology
I’m pleased to introduce a new blogger to Psych Central, Jonice Webb, Ph.D. who will be blogging on the topic of childhood emotional neglect (CEN). Here’s how she describes becoming interested in this topic: During twenty years of practicing psychology, I started to become aware of an invisible factor from...
The ‘Weakness Factor’: Men and Depression
By Kurt Smith, LMFT, LPCC, AFC in World of Psychology
I’ve found that it’s much easier for women to say, “I’m depressed,” than it is for men. This has more to do with what I call the “weakness factor,” in which men struggle to admit something’s wrong with them or acknowledge something they perceive as a sign of weakness. Men...

Click to view this cartoonThe History Of Dyslexia
From Chato Stewart's Mental Health Humor (click on cartoon for larger image).
Why Is It So Hard for People to Understand You?
By Sara Staggs, LICSW, MPH in After Trauma
2014-07-31 12.02.49 Ever heard that conflict is inevitable? And yet do you still get frustrated when it happens? Being in relationship is hard. One reason is that we see so little of any person that we meet.  We note their clothing, the context we’re in, and estimate some demographic information.  When you think about it, that’s precious little of...
You Can Become the Person You Want to Be
By Shannon Cutts in Mentoring and Recovery
This includes us - you and me. We need (and deserve!) our own kindness too.This includes us – you and me. We need (and deserve!) our own kindness too. The other day I caught myself saying these words out loud: Today, I am so much closer than I ever have been...
Why You Should Stop Saying You’re Sorry
By Cherilynn Veland, LCSW, MSW in Psychology of Women
SorryPostWhy do women apologize more frequently than men? Well, I have my theories. This older article at Scientific American is interesting too. I hear women say they are sorry several times a day. They say it when they cross your path in the grocery store. They say it when their pen rolls over to your paper in a meeting. They...
There’s No Such Thing as an Adverse Childhood
By Will Meecham, MD, MA in Peace, Love and Childhood Adversity
Adverse (ad'vərs,'advərs/adjective): preventing success or development; harmful; unfavorable. Louis-Emile_Durandelle,_The_Eiffel_Tower_-_State_of_the_Construction,_1888 Definitions matter, because the words we apply to our lives influence whether we feel hopeful or discouraged. Can a childhood be adverse? Events during childhood can certainly be harmful and unfavorable. And yes, painful formative experiences often limit success and development along conventional avenues. In my own case early loss, trauma,...
Let Go & Free Yourself:
21 Strategies

By Joyce Marter, LCPC in The Psychology of Success
Hands releaseing a Monarch Butterfly “In the end, these things matter most: How well did you love?  How fully did you live? How deeply did you let go?” ~Buddha Therapists, coaches, and yoga instructors love to tell us to, “Let it go!”  Sounds divine, yet...
The Trouble With Heart Trouble For Women
By Cherilynn Veland, LCSW, MSW in Psychology of Women
My friend Shannon’s mother had a heart attack this weekend. Luckily, her mom is okay and they discovered she had severe blockages that had been occurring for a long time. Shannon’s heartsmother reported that, in hindsight, she had been experiencing heartburn for years and had felt a marked decrease in her energy level over the past few months. She was...
What Really Happens at ‘The Great Love Debate’? Guest Post by Kim Calvert
By Bella DePaulo, Ph.D in Single at Heart
calvertBella's intro: There are some events I would never want to attend, such as ones that pose the question, "Why is everyone still single," as if that's a bad thing. Fortunately, the wonderful Kim Calvert went to one iteration of "The Great Love Debate" so we don't have to. Even more fortunately, Kim brings her much more enlightened attitude to the...
HARO: My Secret Weapon to Landing Media Interviews
By Julie Hanks, LCSW in Private Practice Toolbox
Media interviews are a great way to share your passions and spread the word about your practice.  They can connect you with other professionals in the field, get your name out there to potentially attract more clients, and can often give you an additional source of income.  But how exactly...
Mindfulness with CBT May Rewire the Brain Sensitized by Addiction
By Richard Taite in The Science of Addiction
Wire.TiedOne secret to addiction recovery may be rewiring the brain. Image: Flickr/Geekr cc license. Why do addicts seek their drug? Why can’t they stop? The 21st century view is that an addict’s brain becomes literally hardwired to crave the drug. It’s called “incentive-sensitization” – the theory has been around since 1993 and was made mainstream...
Life is so Unfair:
What can I do about it

By Aaron Karmin in Anger Management
shutterstock_59131981Many people become angry at the unfairness in their lives. Unfairness is not about morality, altruism or equality. It is a temper tantrum that is used to gain an advantage or relieve the imbalance that is causing pain. The experience of unfairness can be heard is statements like, “I want my way.” If this might sound childish, it’s because...
Recovery Need Not Be Your Only Identity
By Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D. in 360 Degrees of Mindful Living
wwWhat Would Henry Rollins Do Rollins once wrote: He tells me he’s doing better now It’s been a long upward crawl up from the sewer The bottom floor was hell for real He used to be addicted to junk Now he’s addicted to talking about How he’s not addicted to junk Counting the...
The Parenting Trick That Saves My Sanity
By Holly Brown, LMFT in Bonding Time
shutterstock_120028159This one is for all the parents of toddlers out there.  I started doing it three weeks ago and since then, no tantrums (from her, or from me!).  So I thought it was my civic duty to pass it on. My daughter is two and a half and she can be pretty oppositional at times, particularly when I want...
Top 10 Mistakes in Making Behavioral Changes (and their solutions)
By Mike Bundrant in NLP Discoveries
Do you want to create irresistible habits that lead to a healthy, happy and long life? Sustaining long-term, positive habits is beyond frustrating for many people because they sabotage their success, sooner or later. According to Stanford researcher BJ Fogg, the key to success with positive habits lies in establishing desired behaviors according to easy principles that work, while avoiding the top mistakes most people make. ...
Squashing Mania
By Rebecca Moore in Bipolar Parenting
shutterstock_160949072I truly did not want to go back to being manic. Some people chase their mania’s, but I’ve learned the crash is too horrible to enjoy a mania for too long. I did all I could to avoid it, sleeping right, staying on schedule, making sure I took my medications. But sometimes no matter what we do mania rears it’s ugly...
Megan Fox is a Loner?
By Henry Kimmel, Psy.D. in Celebrity Psychings
shutterstock_122257873Megan Fox has it all. The 28 year-old actress and model is currently starring in the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. She’s probably best known for her roles in some of the internationally popular Transformer movies. She’s also regularly featured among breathless media lists of the most beautiful women in the world. The “sultry, exotic” movie star must...
A Taken
By Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D. in 360 Degrees of Mindful Living
Being isn’t a given. Being is a taken. “To be” is a verb, a documentation of action. Being isn’t a cause, being is a consequence of willing oneself into continuation, a consequence of taking a breath, a consequence of taking a chance, a consequence of taking responsibility, a consequence of taking a life (via eating, self-defense, etc). Shakespeare knew it....
Chandelier of Pattern Interruption
By Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D. in 360 Degrees of Mindful Living
chaThere is a chandelier in my sitting room. It’s hung too low. I bump into it with my noggin now and then. Everyone tells me I need to get an S-hook and raise it up a bit. They assure me that it is an easy fix. But I am not interested. This problem is a solution. This chandelier keeps me...
I’ve Done It Again, ADHD And Overload
By Kelly Babcock in ADHD Man of Distraction
Wondering how I got into this ...Wondering how I got into this … I’ve told you all before how I get caught up in my schedule. Not caught up as in everything done, caught up like a fish in a net. And I know I’ve mentioned that it seems to happen without me...
My Secret Weapon to Landing Media Interviews

By Julie Hanks, LCSW in Private Practice
HARO My Secret Weapon to Landing Media InterviewsMedia interviews are a great way to share your passions and spread the word about your practice.  They can connect you with other professionals in the field, get your name out there to potentially attract more clients, and can often give you an additional source of income.  But how exactly do...
Love is NOT Never Having To Say You’re Sorry
By Jake & Hannah Eagle in Healthy Romantic Relationships
Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 11.55.40 AMThe 1970 film Love Story was a beautiful film and considered one of the most romantic of all time. The most memorable line was “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” At the time we were all moved by that line. Perhaps this is where the myth of unconditional love originated? But it...
35 Lessons on Body Image, Well-Being And Life
By Margarita Tartakovsky, MS in Weightless
tulips Today is my 32nd birthday. Every year, for my b-day, I’ve been republishing a version of the below post. It’s become sort of a tradition around here. In it, I share what I’ve learned about body image, well-being and life in my years on this earth thus far. Why 35? Extra lessons for good measure and good luck!...
Evaluating Your Mental Health Provider’s Credentials
By Támara Hill, MS in Caregivers, Family & Friends
HIDDEN 2Last week I had a conversation with the parent of a child receiving both therapy and counseling services within the same agency. One of the first questions I was asked was “why is my daughter receiving counseling and therapy, aren’t they the same things?” I began to explain the differences and the purpose for why there is typically a...
The Rebound:
The Post Relationship Relationship

By Erica Loberg in Tales of Manic Depression
shutterstock_78391027When a relationship fails, and you find yourself back out there, sometimes it is hard to decipher if your next relationship is a rebound. It’s not like you can put a clock on when a rebound is a rebound, or when it’s not? You break up and you’re alone for two months? A year? Seven days? Does it depend on how...
You Have Everything You Need Right Now To Be At Your Best
By Joe Wilner in Your Best Self
florence-walking-tour-michelangelo-accademia-detail “Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” - Wilma Rudolph There are so many excuses and rationalizations we come up with for not creating a more fulfilling and...
Addicted to Opiates:
The Staggering Impact of Prescription Painkillers

By Jerry Nelson in One Sober Life
Prescription Addiction An in-depth look at the types of prescription painkillers, rise in opioid overdoses and who is at risk for abusing these legal drugs.   Prescription opiates, which have been formulated to alleviate pain, continue to rise on the scale of abuse and addiction. So much so, that the Obama administration recently hosted...
My Love Hate Relationship with Women in Reality TV
By Dr.J in Diary of a Therapist
shutterstock_108249626I must admit, I watch the cocktail sipping, Range Rover driving and high end shopping of the Real Housewives franchise and the ridiculousness of Love and Hip Hop. But before you agree or disagree, let me explain why I watch these shows. I love the unscripted format of reality television because it displays exactly-not considering the editing-how the cast lives and...
Sometimes resilience means letting go:
The last post at Bounce Back!

By Bobbi Emel, MFT in Bounce Back: Develop Your Resiliency
shutterstock_147905000One of the important components of resilience that I am learning to practice more and more is that of acceptance. Taking in my experiences as they come and allowing them to happen. Sometimes things need to change and I take action and other times things are out of my control and I have learned to sit with the experience – whether...
Jews and Arabs Refuse to Be Enemies:
A Compassionate Response to War

By Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy
Henry David Thoreau said, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” At some point in our development we learn to see others through a lens of fear and hate. Because the brain is so malleable in our younger years these beliefs become that much more ingrained and as we grow older the skew of our lens becomes hardened. When it comes to the Middle East, it seems there is...
What Is A Soul-Mate?
By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski in Therapy Soup
1414424_35810153The recent report from PsychCentral news that soul-mates may actually have lousy relationships, does nominally prove that believing soul-mates are perfect matches and will always live in harmony and unity is bunk. This leads to the question: What is a soul-mate? The Jewish sages teach that every person has a soul*, and that each soul is missing its other half, which...



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-- Orson Welles
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