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Emotional Health

How to be Happy…

When most people are asked to identify their goals in life, what they really want in life, most people say they want to be happy. A "happy" life is then defined by a feeling of contentment and satisfaction with oneself, one's family and relationships with others, one's job, one's home, etc., yet there is always room to strive toward unmet goals or facets of one's life to be improved. In some respects, we all...
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Emotional Health

Is Abnormal the New Normal?

Oh, the outrage! Well, not really. It’s more like mass confusion.  Several new diagnoses will appear in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – Fifth Edition (DSM-V). But, has the firestorm of criticism grounded the manual before it even takes off?

Even Dr. Allen Frances, psychiatry professor emeritus at Duke University, who chaired the DSM-IV task force, called the day on which the DSM-V was approved “a sad day for psychiatry.” Of greatest concern...
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General

Redefining Success: Today, It’s Personal.

Today, it’s personal.  This isn’t about evidence-based therapy or psychological disorders - not this time. This will, however, come full circle to quality “Therapy That Works” though, so hang in there. Trust me on this one.

If you read the news, you have likely read about Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer, and her recently published book, “Lean In,” a declaration that women need to become more assertive in the workplace and assume more leadership...
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Anxiety

A Quiz to Help You Uncover Your Level of Anxiety

Everyone experiences anxiety. Anxiety is our body’s reaction to what we perceive as threatening. Anxiety can be a healthy and adaptive response to stress. But, anxiety occurs on a continuum, ranging from normal, healthy concern, on one end, to worry, anxiety, and panic toward the other end. Normal caution and concern can help to motivate you, to estimate risks, and to get things done. Worry, anxiety, and panic are more akin...
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Anxiety

The Key to Why YOU Get Anxious

We know that when we get anxious, the fight-or-flight response is triggered and our bodies experience many physiological changes and symptoms that we find stressful and unpleasant. But, do you know what causes us to get anxious? It may not be what you think.

No, it’s not that upcoming presentation at work or that plane flight next week.  It's not something external.

I’m a psychologist, so I’m going to try to help you discover the...
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Anxiety

Stress & Anxiety: In Plain English

word alone can make you feel uneasy. It can come out of nowhere or be easily anticipated. Why is it that anxiety affects so many of us and how can we harness it to be helpful, rather than stressful?  Let's look at anxiety and in plain English, answer some of the most common questions asked.

1. What is the difference between stress and anxiety?

Stress is a state of mental and bodily tension you experience...
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Anxiety

4 Great Apps to Release Tension

There’s no greater skill to easing anxiety and physical tension, than learning to relax.  It sounds silly, perhaps, to think of relaxing as a skill, but think about how many times you’ve said or heard someone else say, “relax,” “calm down,” “settle down,” or “chill out.”  And, if you’re on the receiving end of that comment, it’s not as easy as it seems.

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Anxiety

The Neglected Side of Hoarding

Compulsive hoarding has attracted a great deal of media attention. These media portrayals, whether they are television, newspaper, or other illustrations of the problem, tend to be somewhat unidimensional.  Yes, these individuals’ homes are frequently difficult to navigate, and, yes, these individuals appear to be excessively attached to items that many of us view as of very little or no value. However, these snapshots into the lives of these individuals sometimes lack the depth...
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