A-typical

Symptom of the Day: Excessive Sleep

There exists a trope in depression of the man (or woman) who is so down he cannot get out of bed. It seems like an exaggeration or a meaningless stereotype, but for many people it is a harsh reality. Sleep cycles in depression typically swing one of two ways. In the first, a person is unable to sleep...
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Successful Valentine Campaign by IMAlive

        This year, I was invited to be a part of a special Valentine's campaign for people without partners.  #ThereIsAlwaysMe was created by crisis chat site IMAlive, and promoted by PostSecret, @unsuicide, Torrey DeVitto, Jennifer Niven, and Kevin Brooks. This short video shows highlights from the campaign results. People...
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Hope

Today I Love Rainy Fridays

The lawn shrugging off its covers Today I love rainy Fridays and the sweet smell of the earth unlocking its frozen secrets even though it is way too early for it to be doing that. I love the quiet, comforting sound of the rain and the runoff from roofs and downpipes. I...
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Top 10 Spices for a Healthy Brain

Your diet plays a crucial role in your mental well being and physical health, as they are intricately connected. Have you ever thought about everyday spices that could give your brain an internal boost and reset from within to function at an optimal level? Consider adding these 10 spices below
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How Travel Can Benefit Our Mental Health

Ever feel like you are stuck in a rut? Taking a vacation and having a change of scenery, even if it is just a couple of hours down the road, can work wonders, and it has been scientifically proven that travel provides a number of benefits to your mental health.
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ADHD

Endeavouring To Succeed With ADHD

Even if it means failure ... Who isn't endeavouring to succeed? Well, who doesn't at least dream of succeeding, right? And people with ADHD are constantly driven to be doing things. We're busy people. At least those of us with the "H" aspect of ADHD activated are usually on the go. And while it is...
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My Second Lesson in Sufficiency

At the start of this year, I set the intention to spend the next 365 days studying, examining, being mentored by, and (hopefully) experiencing sufficiency....or, as "The Soul of Money" author Lynn Twist terms it, "enough." On January 1 when I began my study, I only knew one fact about sufficiency: it is the opposite of scarcity. Well, make that two facts: I also knew...
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Culture

Healing Ourselves

I bet you know what heals your kids. I bet you know their favorite songs, their favorite books, their favorite toys, their favorite kind of soup. I bet you know exactly what they need when they're feeling sick or sad or anxious. And I bet you give it to them. Without hesitation. Without...
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The Potential of Online Mental Health Interventions

The internet has raised all kinds of new possibilities in how we do things, and psychology is no exception. A big question right now is how computer-based interventions can be used to improve psychological and psychiatric care. Recently, a systematic review of existing research looked at whether web-based interventions can
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Harsh Parenting and Childhood Aggression Can Create Vicious Circle

If your intuition tells you that harsh parental discipline is likely to have opposite the intended effect, you’d be correct. But a new study by researchers in Turkey suggests that besides being counterproductive, harsh discipline can lead to a vicious circle where children become more aggressive and parents become harsher.
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Creative Thinking

How to Stop Your Days from Feeling Monotonous

Waking up at the same time, going to bed at the same time, going to the same job, driving the same roads to that same job, washing the dishes, doing the laundry, paying the bills, performing other must-perform responsibilities. Every day can easily feel monotonous (and oh-so serious). Every day can feel repetitive, tiresome, unmemorable....
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Addictions

Infidelity: Why Do Men Cheat?

In my recently published book, Out of the Doghouse: A Step-by-Step Relationship-Saving Guide for Men Caught Cheating, I define infidelity as “the breaking of trust that occurs when you keep intimate, meaningful secrets from your primary romantic partner,” noting that this definition encompasses behaviors other than actual sexual intercourse, that purely online behaviors can...
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Hope

Today I Love The Sun Piercing The Clouds

Big water and muddy rivers Today I love the sun piercing through the clouds and casting moody light over the melting landscape. I love the smell of earth and water when it is mild and thawing everywhere. I love that I am looking around for flowers to be blooming even...
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