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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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Addiction

12-Steps For 15 Maladies

In the original 1938 Alcoholics Anonymous book*, 15 emotional/spiritual symptoms (referred to as maladies) of addiction are listed:

being restless, irritable, and discontented
having trouble with personal relationships
not being able to control our emotional natures
being prey to (or suffering from) misery and depression
not being able to make a living (or a happy and successful life)
having feelings of uselessness
being full of fear
unhappiness
inability to be of real help to other people
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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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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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Need Better Coping Skills? Therapy Can Help

Your Emotional Scaffolding: Developing Coping Skills
The systematic, yet personal approach that I believe really works is a combination of the use of proven treatment methods and the therapist’s techniques. Effective therapists primarily use proven treatment methods supported by their own studiously developed personal techniques.

Whenever possible (and that is the vast majority of the time), it's important for your therapist to first help you improve—or, if necessary, develop from scratch—your emotional scaffolding comprised of your coping skills...
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Communication

What Is Therapy, Really?

*Let's begin answering this essential question: What is therapy, really?

By definition, psychotherapy is “The treatment of mental or emotional problems by the use of techniques that are tailored to the unique problems and backgrounds of the individual and that may include talk therapy, behavioral modification, medication, and other treatments.”

The goal of psychotherapy is to help resolve an individual’s mental and emotional problems and, at the same time, teach that individual how to attain the...
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8 Steps To Healthy Thoughts & Feelings

Your thoughts and feelings are not, as some suggest, your interface with reality.

They are your reality. 

That's why understanding that you can change your thoughts and feelings is so important, because once you believe you can change them, you give yourself the freedom to do so.

Gaining mastery over your thoughts and feelings changes your life.

Of course, this is easier said than done. 
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