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anxiety

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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anxiety

Unique Trauma Treatment & PTSD Prevention Make Waves

Last May suicide bomber Salman Abedi, in Manchester, England murdered 22 people and wounded over 100, at a pop concert packed with children and teens. Anyone called upon to help victims, whether professionally or not, at any other of the terror attacks the world over, would most likely instinctually reach out to hug or offer other soothing and comforting support.

But in the aftermath of this horrific mass murder, a new kind of Israeli trauma...
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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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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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