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anxiety

Love Older People & Advocate For Them

The New York Times reported on new research that shows there's been an extremely sharp rise in the use of multiple psychotropic drugs in older Americans, even those without mental health diagnoses.
"The number of retirement-age Americans taking at least three psychiatric drugs more than doubled between 2004 and 2013, even though almost half of them had no mental health diagnosis on record, researchers reported on Monday.
"The new analysis, based on data...
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Addiction

6 News Stories That Are Actually Positive

In A Wise Approach To Taking In The News PsychCentral blogger Elisha Goldstein writes: The global political climate right now is very sensitive and all we need is a little spark to get our nervous systems activated. He also suggests if we experience a positive or negative reaction to the news, we research the article before sharing it.

In NYC, what we've seen is a tendency towards feeling negative about the news in general, and a palpable lack of...
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Communication

How To Choose A Therapist You Actually Like

Look for a therapist with the right balance of professionalism and personality if you want therapy to succeed.

Although ideally you will find a therapist with excellent credentials, appropriate training, and relevant experience, as well as a very high percentage of successful outcomes, if you dislike your therapist or don’t trust them—therapy will not be successful.

A therapist should have a fairly good balance of professional attributes and personality. Concerning personality, you want to put at least some...
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Addiction

Does Your Therapist Have Successful Outcomes?

When searching for and interviewing a prospective therapist, ask him to tell you about his rate of successful outcomes.

A therapist should be able to tell you what percentage (approximately/in the ball park), of his patients with problems similar to yours (for example, clinical depression, borderline personality disorder, addiction, and so on), have achieved successful outcomes with his help. If you don't have a diagnosis, it still may be helpful to hear from the therapist how his patients...
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Addiction

Healing Families With Honest Role Modeling

You can become a healthy role model for your child—even for your adult child.

Obviously, the earlier on you model healthy emotions and behavior for your child, the better. A child who grows up with a parent who is mentally, emotionally, and spiritually healthy will usually have a better chance of developing these qualities him or herself.

But sometimes, being a role model is deeper than merely being a responsible, thoughtful adult. Children see everything, and are often able...
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Communication

Can You Make Verbal Abuse Stop NOW?

How do you get a verbal abuser* to stop abusing you, at least in the short term?

Though there are many ways to attempt to stop verbal abuse in the short term, below is one general script you can use in a variety of situations, when you want the abuse to stop.*

During A Phone Call Or While Texting (Or Emailing)

If the abuse occurs while you're on the phone, tell the abuser: You may not realize this, but...
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Communication

It’s Okay To Tell Your Therapist You Aren’t Happy With Therapy

Is therapy not working for you? Do you feel disappointed in how your therapist and you interact? Do you not seem to be getting to the root of your problems? Do you feel that something is missing?

Sometimes in these cases, patients don't know what to do except let therapy drag on until they find a new therapist. Or, they let the feelings of dissatisfaction build up until they reach the point of total frustration...
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