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Overcoming Hypochondria

New View of Hypochondria Replaces Worry with Rational Thoughts People who constantly worry about having an illness, even when medical exams find there’s nothing wrong, used to be...
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How to Make Good Decisions

Making Decisions We make decisions all day long, every day of our lives, so many decisions that we’d never be able to count them. Will we skip breakfast because we’re in a hurr...
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Unplugging: Happiest Teens Limit Screen Time

Unplugging from Technology Gives Teens Room for Real Happiness Teenagers are being emotionally slammed by technology. A new study links anxiety, severe depression, suicide attempts...
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Iraq Veteran Says Books Saved Him from Suicide

Veterans Living in Darkness When Iraq veteran Kevin Powers writes about living in darkness, he means it physically and emotionally. After returning from combat in 2005, he spent da...
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5 Easy Steps You Can Take Toward Happiness

The Pursuit of Happiness Happiness is something humans pursue. It’s just in our nature. It’s so much a part of our species, especially Americans, that the founding fathers incl...
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The Stress of Being a Constant High-Achiever

The Stress of Being a Constant High-Achiever Anxiety and Depression Caused by Academic Stress “Bright. Accomplished. Ambitious. At times anxious, deeply depressed, even hopeless....
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Using Good Stress to Challenge Yourself and Get Things Done

How to Let Go of Bad Stress and Use Good Stress Let’s get over the myth that all stress is bad. A moderate degree of stress is natural. It’s what nudges us to get stuff done. ...
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Tips to Create Your Optimal Self

How to Create a Life that Honors Your Best Self Being happy, satisfied, content, joyful, optimistic, loving, emotionally and physically healthy - all the ways of “being” that s...
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Stressed Students Yearn for Relaxation and Happiness

Self-Imposed Stress Students at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut have a lot going for them. For some students at the Ivy League college, they may also have some things goi...
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3 Tips for Lasting Romance Based on Brain Science

Brain Science Gives Clues on Enduring Love Marriage and other long-term relationships are complex, often triggering emotions and reactions that can be surprising to ourselves and o...
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Living with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Spiraling Worries and Obsessions The main character in the book Turtles All the Way Down is a 16-year-old girl named Aza Holmes who lives in Indianapolis and struggles with all the...
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Easing Depression by Linking to People and Community

WHO declares depression the leading cause of ill health around the globe For British writer Johann Hari, his own struggle with depression set him off on a global search for answers...
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Male Loneliness: Fading Friendships Are Creating a Loneliness Epidemic

Dangerous Isolation and Rising Rate of Male Suicide American men are being hit hard with cultural, social and technological changes. The emotional and physical toll is showing up i...
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Marriage is Hard: High Expectations of Marriage Make it More Challenging

Marriage Has Become Disposable The hope for “happily ever after” creates a glow at every wedding. But this idealist vision of joining lives for richer or poorer, in sickness an...
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Video Game Addiction Is A Mental Health Disorder According to WHO

Time Spent on Video Games is Concerning You may be worried that your son, daughter, husband, brother, coworker or friend may be spending too much time on video games. You’re not ...
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What is Positive Psychology and How Can It Help?

While much of the study of human psychology focuses on what is wrong with us, positive psychology focuses on what is right with us. Specifically, positive psychology looks at the c...
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A Gratitude Practice Helps Your Attitude

“It’s not having what you want. It’s wanting what you’ve got.” Sheryl Crow may or may not have been singing the praises of gratitude with this line, but it sums up the na...
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One Psychologist's Mission To Save Talk Therapy

Saving Talk Therapy: An Essential Form of Healing Talk therapy can be a rambling conversation when a person shares distressing life experiences, hopes, dreams and troubles in a jum...
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Taking Time to Grieve

Allowing the Pain of Grief to Take Its Time Loss is part of life. Losing a loved one sets off the experience of grief in different ways for each person, and honoring that individua...
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Teen Suicide Linked to Smartphone Use

A disturbing increase in teen depression and suicide is being linked to their use of smartphones. A new study has found that these troubling mental health issues rose suddenly begi...
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‘Aliveness’ Is A Worthy Goal for the New Year

It’s natural and healthy to want to be a better person and do more good in the world, and the new year is an obvious time to make a plan to do that. The common New Year’s resol...
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Self-Compassion is More Valuable than Self-Confidence

New thinking on self-confidence turns the concept upside down. Of course, it’s important, even critical, for our physical and mental health that we believe in ourselves. And it i...
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Bold Exhibit to Dissolve Mental Health Stigma at Boston Museum of Science

The portraits of 99 people could have been taken off the walls of the family living room. Perhaps they were. They are mothers, fathers, children, teenagers, grandmothers, grandfath...
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A Close-up Look at Family Therapy

One Family's Journey Through Family Therapy You get the feeling you’re in the room with two therapists and the Brice family  trying to make their home more peaceful in the book ...
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Keys to Keeping Love and Delight Alive

Love at First Sight Two people fall in love and want to live together. They may have fallen in love at first sight or been pulled along by the current of “chemistry.” Sometimes...
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It’s Not Just About Sex: Reaching for Soul Deep Intimacy

Mark and Stacey found themselves, after just two years of marriage, facing an all-too-common issue – a difference in sexual desire that created confusion and resentment. Therapis...
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Many Shades of Depression

Depression: One Illness with Many Manifestations Depression may be one illness, with a defined set of criteria, but it takes many different manifestations. The experience of depres...
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Anorexia: The Reality Of Inpatient When You Want To Be Well

Eating disorders are complex illnesses, which makes the treatment of them hard. This is the experience of one individual struggling to recover, told through the lens of one morning...
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Depression: Personal Perspectives

I'm So Depressed Every now and then I hear say; “I’m so depressed”, or “I’ve really felt depressed lately, and just don’t know what to do.” I don’t think that perso...
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Histories of Individual Therapy

There are many different schools and styles  of therapy. But, consistently it has proven that the quality of the relationship between counselor and client is critical to the succe...
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Living with Trauma and PTSD

Living With PTSD Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD affects millions of people around the globe. Some people recover quickly, while others cope with it for many years. There a...
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Living With Anxiety – Patient Stories

What does it feel like to live with the anxiety? For some people, it’s never-ending worry.  For some it’s panic in certain situations, while for others it’s like listening t...
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Mindfulness Meditation Helped My Panic Attacks and Anxiety

For me, my anxiety always flares up when I get on a plane. I just can’t make myself do it. My palms sweat, and cold shivers run down my back. I feel my heart racing so hard I wan...
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Personal Perspective – Anxiety

Can a little bit of anxiety do us good? That’s the question that Eleanor (name changed for confidentiality) asked herself. After years of therapy she found the severe and crippli...
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Think You Can Increase Happiness? You Can with Practice

You Can Increase Your Baseline Happiness I recently attended a superb seminar titled, Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Well-being, presented by Jonah Paquette, Ph....
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The Winning Combination of Medication and 
Psychotherapy

It is often said that medication alone is not sufficient in the treatment of many psychological problems. Medication can treat ?symptoms but not the underlying issues that contribu...
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Colleges Increasing Support for Students with Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and Depression Increasing in College Students College may be an adventure, a transition to independence and an opportunity for many kinds of enjoyment. But the pressures of...
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Strategies to Enhance Your Mood

5 Simple Strategies to Get Out of a Bad Mood When anxiety, depression or some other negative mood threatens to put a shadow over your day, remember that people just like you have f...
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Teaching Empathy to Prevent Bullying

Sticks and stones may break my bones, But names will never harm me. -- English proverb Sticks and Stones: Verbal Bullying is Harmful You’ve heard this adage before. For generatio...
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Building Emotional Intelligence in Children

What is Emotional Intelligence? Emotional intelligence was introduced to mainstream culture in 1995 when psychologist Daniel Goleman presented it in his best-selling book Emotional...
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