General

Scrupulosity OCD — You Have Choices!

“I’m such a sinner. I’m supposed to have pure thoughts. I’m so wicked!” Destiny’s incessant thoughts compelled her to pray, sing hymns, confess, and repent to no avail. Her religious leaders kept telling her that she was not a sinner. They reassured her by telling her that she was a
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Difficult Feelings

Does Anyone Ever Regret Having Kids?

The answer is “yes,” as discussed with great honesty in this article. Most of the time, no matter how ambivalent we may be about becoming parents, once the little one arrives, we adjust and then find it difficult to imagine what our lives would be like without children. But that isn’t always the case.
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General

ADHD, No Two Alike

You and me ... I write a lot about what it is like to have ADHD. And I get a lot of feedback about how appreciative others are to find out that they aren't alone in many things. I like that. It always makes me happy when I've made someone feel less...
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Hope

Today I Love Loud Mornings

Forsythia foretold ... Today I love loud mornings when the air is full of sounds and songs and sweet cold oxygen. I love the rowdy robin's raucous ruckus and the clever cardinal's clear clarion calls. I love the mourning dove's low, quiet sounds of distant hope. I love the beeping of the...
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General

When Do Students Succeed?

There’s a lot of appeal to the idea that we can do scientific studies into how people learn, then use the information from those studies to develop better teaching methods. In practice, of course, things are complicated: different studies say different things, and insights from research don’t always make it
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General

Nightmares and Imagery Rehearsal Therapy

Maybe you’ve heard that if you have a recurring nightmare, you should try imagining a new version of the dream and rescripting a more pleasant ending. It’s a simple idea, but one that psychology researchers have elaborated into an entire method of therapy for people with chronic nightmares. Most people
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Bipolar Laid Bare

Coping with Being a Caregiver

When the subject of bipolar disorder comes up, the focus is typically on the patient and their burden. After all, we’re the ones who experience the mood swings of mania and depression as well as the after-effects and consequences of any behavior. It’s also important to acknowledge the people who care for those...
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Conscious Lifestyle

10 Habits to Make Happiness a Lifestyle

  Life is so fascinating. There’s always something to learn and do, and there's unfinished business, a situation to resolve, a habit to break, a relationship to start or improve, something to see in new and different ways. It’s part of feeling alive. Or is it? Does thinking about challenges or a relationship issues turn your mind to thoughts of...
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Sufficiency

My Third Lesson in Sufficiency

My motivation for getting out of bed today. So I've been totally under the weather this week. Again. Sigh. It's the same respiratory ick that dogged my footsteps (or rather, my sinuses) all during December, and apparently it's back for more of me. As I've dragged myself from one end of my tiny casa to the...
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