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The Exposure Myth

The exposure myth, occasionally perpetrated by psychotherapists themselves, is the belief that by exposing a hidden neglect or trauma (usually one that occurred in childhood), or even an external, physical cause (such as extreme stress or substance abuse), all the patient’s problems will be solved. Suddenly, the patient’s life will become meaningful and happy.

When patients talk about painful events, they are at their most vulnerable. They don’t yet know how to
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Addiction

How To Be Happy. Is It Really This Simple?

The key to true happiness is, according to a recent study, giving. But is it really that simple?

Being generous, according to this study*, leads to measurable changes in brain activity and neural connectivity in specific regions associated with happiness.

Fifty subjects were divided into two groups. Each group (which ended up being 24 subjects due to exclusions) was told they would be receiving 25 Swiss francs a week over the upcoming four weeks.

One group agreed to spend the money...
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Addiction

10 Self Screening Tools For Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, Etc.

May is Mental Health month, and a timely reminder to screen for mental illness or addiction.

Mental Health America,  a community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans, offers some simple screening tools that can help you determine if you might be experiencing symptoms of mental illness or substance abuse/addiction.

These screening tools
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