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Addiction

Starting Over From Despair

Slavery. War. Destruction of sacred places.

According to the Jewish mystical tradition, all events in the outside world are reflections of, even responses to, our inner mental, emotional, and spiritual states.

Just as world events appear to cycle up and down, so do we. And the down-times can be launching pads for rebirth, if we know how to harness the positive energy buried deep inside.
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Depression

Traditional Wisdom & Depression

A God in Therapy post:

In our previous post, we ask: Can faith and belief prevent depression?

Today, we ask: Is it possible that faith and belief can help with existing depression?

And, is a traditional technique for helping heal depression relevant, today?

Over two hundred years ago, the great Jewish teacher and mystic, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, explained that you can't think two thoughts at the same time. He tells us that we have the power to choose our thoughts, and not be victims of them. Therefore, if you introduce a positive thought, the negative thought goes away because your brain cannot focus on both.

Psychology seems to agree. Learning how to replace negative, unhealthy thoughts
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Addiction

Got Gratitude? Thanks!

A God In Therapy Post

In our first gratitude post in awhile. we explored one of the difficulties with general gratitude. C.R., Sarah, and Lea agreed: if there's no one you're grateful to, perhaps gratitude is an emotion that can't be fully experienced.

But what about the whole gratitude journal, affirmation, thing as a whole? Does that really make people happier? Is it worth trying?
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anxiety

Choose One Of These 11 Insights And Make Your Life Better

Psychiatrist Victor Frankl's Man's Search For Meaning is one of the most powerful, even transcendent secular collection of insights into how to be the best human being you can be. Dr. Frankl survived four Nazi concentration camps, and during his imprisonment, spent much of his time thinking about freedom, life, and what it means to be truly human.

Many people who've thought about and applied his insights say their lives have been enriched. Choose one, and watch yourself blossom:

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” 
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Help For Borderline Personality Traits With Debbie Corso

You may have heard of Debbie Corso, a revolutionary mental-health blogger, author, and teacher. Debbie has shared her story of living with borderline personality disorder online.

Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), she has overcome the symptoms of BPD. Now, together with a therapist, Debbie helps others with BPD and BPD traits in her online program, DBT Path. Today, Debbie no longer meets the criteria for a BPD diagnosis.

Welcome, Debbie.

You’ve worked hard using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to help you transform yourself and improve your own symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Now you’re helping others do the same.

But perhaps what is revolutionary, is that you are also helping people who do not have a BPD diagnosis, yet want to the improve the feelings, thoughts, and behaviors which are associated with BPD, often called BPD traits.

Yes! DBT has been a truly life changing and transformational experience.  When I started treatment, I had nearly all of the nine criteria for a BPD diagnosis (and only five or more were required for a diagnosis). Nearly two years after participating in DBT, I entered recovery and no longer met enough of the criteria to be diagnosed with BPD.  Yet, I still have some of the symptoms—clinicians refer to this as having “borderline traits.”

I'm not alone, many others also live with borderline traits. Which is why therapist Alicia Paz and I decided that no formal BPD diagnosis would be required for students of our online DBT skills classes. By accepting students across the BPD spectrum, at
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