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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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When a Friend Struggles with Anxiety, Fear, and Depression
By Stan Popovich in World of Psychology
What do you do when someone you know has to deal with persistent fears, anxieties, or even depression? Well the first thing you need to do is to get the person to seek the services of a professional who can lead them in the right direction and give them the...
Money and Relationships: Are You REALLY Fighting About Finances?
By Psych Central Staff in World of Psychology
Don’t let your money troubles prevent you from having a great relationship. My husband and I have had countless arguments about money. And we’re not alone; divorce statistics suggest that money is the major cause of most divorces. Suffice it to say that money is a hot topic and one...
Single & Surviving as a Woman
By Archana Sankaran in World of Psychology
Being 34 and single, the last 10 years have been a time of a lot of emotional stress for me. I had been a very successful student in my younger days. So I used to take praise for granted. In the extended family I was touted as someone that the...

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From Chato Stewart's Mental Health Humor (click on cartoon for larger image).
Why Don’t Therapists Talk More About Emotional Neglect?
By Jonice Webb in Childhood Emotional Neglect
José Manuel Ríos ValienteChildhood Emotional Neglect (CEN): A parent’s failure to respond enough to a child’s emotional needs. “After reading Running on Empty I told my therapist that I’m pretty sure I was emotionally neglected as a child. He understood what I meant but he never mentioned it again”. “I’ve been seeing my therapist for a year and she has...
#114 When Home Becomes a Holy Place
By Ellen Toronto, Ph.D. in See-Saw Parenting
Our model of commitment, connection, and balance would never survive without the recognition of the intangible aspect of human souls and the indefinable structure that is created when they are joined as a family. Somewhere along the way, I came to understand that elusive nature and I caught a glimpse of the significance of the work I was doing....
16 Quirks Of ADHD
By Kelly Babcock in ADHD Man of Distraction
The things we're known for ...The things we’re known for … We are unique. We are unusual. We are people with ADHD. Some people say we’re no more creative then others. Well, we may not be more creative, but if we aren’t, we are more likely to let our creativity flow unchecked. I...
The One Thing You can Do Right Now to Grow Younger
By Ran Zilca in Going on the Ride of Your Life
In his 1982 hit “Jack and Diane”, rock singer John Mellencamp describes two high-school sweethearts, who are  oblivious to the inevitable awakening of adulthood, waiting around the corner. In the famous chorus, using only a handful of words, Mellencamp conveys one of the saddest processes that many people experience: “Oh yeah – life goes on – Long after the thrill...
4 Types of Subtle Manipulation
By Linda Hatch, PhD in The Impact of Sex Addiction
feeling manipulatedManipulation can be very subtle. We often talk about how manipulative addicts are. And in particular we talk about how sex addicts manipulate others in order to avoid discovery, throw their partner off the scent and “gaslight” their partners. In gaslighting, a term taken from the 1944 movie Gaslight, a person controls another person by finding ways to...
Got Self-Destructive Behaviors? Try This Instead
By Sara Staggs, LICSW, MPH in After Trauma
DSC02232What do I mean by self-destructive behaviors? For the purposes of this post, I’m going to use the definition from Lisa Ferentz, which is broader than some: she includes any self-directed act that is “addictive, destructive acts that are punitive, are harmful, hurt the body or compromise physical safety.” She operates from the understanding that there is a strong...
If It’s Good Enough For the A-Listers

By Laura Bzowy in Celebrity Psychings
6089536847_7dc2005461_z   Let me tell you something about me, in about 8 days time, my life is about to explode and I will become an over-scheduled, sometimes cranky, workaholic for the next 10 months. Along with my regular 40 hour a week full time job, I also have a part time teaching practice (that is just a few hours shy...
The Power of Online Presence: Mari A. Lee, LMFT Overcame ‘Technophobia’ to Become Best-Selling Author
By Julie Hanks, LCSW in Private Practice Toolbox
Discover how some very successful mental health professionals use blogging, social media, and other technologies as powerful tools for their therapy practices.   I’ve discussed in great length ways that my online presence has benefited my private practice. But don’t just take my word for it.  Many therapists have utilized the power...
The Power of Online Presence:
Mari A. Lee, LMFT Overcame ‘Technophobia’ to Become Best-Selling Author

By Julie Hanks, LCSW in Private Practice
power of online Discover how some very successful mental health professionals use blogging, social media, and other technologies as powerful tools for their therapy practices.   I’ve discussed in great length ways that my online presence has benefited my private practice. But don’t just take my word for it.  Many therapists have utilized the power of social media and blogging to...
The Monkey Business of Being Human
By Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D. in 360 Degrees of Mindful Living
CollectionImageHiResFor years I’ve been thinking of myself as just another modern-day ape. This line of thought – that we are nothing more and nothing less than monkeys – is powerfully humanizing. Here’s what Mahesh Bhatt had to say about one of the most dangerous minds of the 20th century, U.G. Krishnamurti, in “Mind is a Myth.” UG, sitting bewildered...
Instead of Being Furious, Get Curious About Your Body And Yourself
By Margarita Tartakovsky, MS in Weightless
amelia island, breakfast I just finished writing an article on strategies for staying curious and why curiosity is so vital to our lives. (I featured tips and insights from Ian Leslie’s fascinating new book Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on It. Stay tuned for the piece on Psych Central next month.) So...
Are Eating Disorders Racist? And Other Questions for Kati Morton (Video)
By Sandra Kiume in Channel N
Therapist Kati Morton answers questions from her Tumblr readers, in a YouTube video. First, she talks about forgetting to talk about issues with your therapist during your appointment and ways to help remember, with helpful tips. The second question is, “Are eating disorders racist? …I don’t believe I can have one, because...
Lack of Quality Sleep Could Trigger Suicide
By Mike Bundrant in NLP Discoveries
Alarm clock insomniaOver 14 000 senior adults aged 65 years and older were studied over a period of ten years by researchers from the Stanford University of Medicine. The results of this long-term study drew a troubling conclusion regarding suicide rates among the elderly population. Published in JAMA Psychiatry, the findings of the study suggest that seniors who have difficulty...
Make it about TODAY
By Jessica Beltran, MS in Thrive
7912377858_d2f106e90f_oA friend of mine once asked me how I managed to get through a painful divorce. She asked because she saw me broken once and now I seemed complete again. And not only did I seem complete, but happy. “How did you get through it?” she asked me crying. Her 3-year boyfriend who she was planning on marrying had just...
Transformational Writing and Sparking Creative Flow
By Douglas Eby in The Creative Mind
pen image from Getting Creative Juices Flowing article Author, professor and CEO Ocean Robbins and his father John are examples of transformational writers. Ocean recalls: “I was ten-years-old when my dad first began to write Diet for a New America. It was the first book to expose the truth about factory farms, and the link between food and our planet, to a...
Don’t Worry, Be Happy!
By Linda & Charlie Bloom in Building Relationship Skills
Flickr- Danumurthi Mahendra Flickr- Danumurthi Mahendra It’s not just for your sake. Happiness depends more on the inner disposition of mind than on outward circumstances” – Benjamin Franklin In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s been a wealth of information recently in the form of books, TV shows, CDs, DVDs, magazine articles, and even movies on...
Why Kids Need to Play
By Heather Gilmore, LLMSW in Reflections from a Children's Therapist
14404650444_13e884cbc8_z It is so important for kids to have unstructured, free play time. In these days of schedules, routines, and many demands and responsibilities, it is increasingly important for children to be allowed to just play. See the following reasons why children need to play (statements in italics retrieved from More Than a Toy). 1. According...
A Powerful Question for Making Good Decisions
By Margarita Tartakovsky, MS in Weightless
bubbles, central park, nyc I’ve always had a hard time making decisions (you should hear me order anything at a restaurant). When I really think about it, a big part of the difficulty is the fear of making the wrong decision. It’s the palpable yearning for perfection. Plus, big decisions can seem so overwhelming. It’s hard to wrap your...
Before You Medicate, Read This
By epower in Trauma Informed Systems
Image: Flickr/NeilsHeidenrich cc licenseImage: Flickr/NeilsHeidenrich cc license Yesterday I wrote about the pros and cons of psychotropic medicines; basically, I’m all for drugs that make people feel better quickly. But the physical, mental, emotional and financial costs of these drugs as currently prescribed so often outweigh their benefit. Yesterday after I clicked “publish”, I...
Out of the Darkness
By Elaina J. Martin in Being Beautifully Bipolar
lighthouseLast year I attended the Out of the Darkness Walk here in Virginia. It was my first time to participate and I wrote about it last year in a post titled the same as this one, “Out of the Darkness.”  Take a look at it to read about my experience. My great grandfather committed suicide. I never got to meet...
Celebrities are Humans Too
By Laura Bzowy in Celebrity Psychings
Robots are perfect, humans not so muchRobots are perfect, humans not so much I have been spending the afternoon glancing at celebrity gossip sites, and reading the many comments those kinds of sites bring. And I have to ask, have we forgotten that celebrities are human too? As members of the human race, we are...
6 Strategies to Take Control of Your Attitude and Stay Positive
By Joe Wilner in Your Best Self
RandR attitude “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” - Zig Ziglar You may have heard the saying that “attitude is everything.” Whether you want to go that far or not, attitude is pretty damn important. I really doubt you’ll find a happy and successful person out there with a poor attitude. This is because attitude is directly related...
No ADHD Excuses … Well, Maybe Just One
By Kelly Babcock in ADHD Man of Distraction
Thinking up excuses ...Thinking up excuses … To those of you who noticed that I missed publishing my blog on Friday, I have a good excuse. I have ADHD. No, I’m not going to tell you that I forgot, I’ve got a better imagination than that. I’m going to tell you a wee...
The Pros and Cons of Psychotropic Medications
By epower in Trauma Informed Systems
Image: Flickr/Sam_Catch cc licenseImage: Flickr/Sam_Catch cc license Many people think I am anti-medication.  In some ways, I am—and in many others, absolutely not. It’s a tricky balance – one that takes into account wanting to feel better quickly, but one that also takes into account the risk and cost of medications and even the risk that...
Security Online:
Do You Have to Be a Married Parent to Qualify?

By Bella DePaulo, Ph.D in Single at Heart
As we all do more and more of our banking and shopping and business online, a particular kind of question is becoming ubiquitous – the security question. These are questions presumably written so as to be relevant to the vast majority of the people who will be answering them. That makes them particularly interesting windows into the assumptions that are...
Standing Up for Yourself
By Holly Brown, LMFT in Bonding Time
It’s not an easy thing to do, especially if your parents never modeled it for you or if you’re in relationships where you tend to feel devalued.  But assertiveness is a skill you can learn, no matter how old you are.  Here’s how to start. 1)  Recognize that being silent isn’t helping you, or your relationships. Many people have...
Depression vs Feeling Sorry for Yourself
By Elaina J. Martin in Being Beautifully Bipolar
I got some comments regarding me last blog post, “Stop feeling sorry for yourself!” Some people found what I had to say offensive. I didn’t mean to offend though was not surprised by the reaction that came my way. I understand where you are coming from, but depression and feeling sorry for yourself are two different things. Feeling sorry for...
Vedic Psychology 101
By Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D. in 360 Degrees of Mindful Living
Lotus effect picYou are not this body. That is the Vedic Psychology 101. When you get this, much changes. Almost too much. Here’s Swami Bhaktipada on this point and then a word or two from yours truly: “I am this body.” This is the greatest mistake of all, the mistake underlying all other mistakes. We are not these bodies....
Research Reveals Positive Feelings Key to Weight Loss
By Mike Bundrant in NLP Discoveries
Yes Word on Scale Lighter Weight LossWith 25% of the adult population of England and 33% of Americans tipping the scales of obesity, researchers are now investigating the psychology of weight loss success and body image. They want to determine what makes the difference between success and failure, from a scientific point of view. The Technical University of Lisbon along...



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