Archive for September, 2013

The Good Anxiety: On Challenging Yourself

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

The Good Anxiety: On Challenging YourselfI was two miles away from shore with two and a half more to swim before I reached the other side. I stopped for a second, treaded water and said to myself, “I’m going to die. And I’m never doing this again.”

I was just one of 569 other swimmers participating in a 4.4-mile charity swim beneath the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

Two and half hours later I landed on a small beach on Kent Island with a feeling of exhilaration that I’ll never forget, and I said to myself, “I’m definitely doing this again.”

Psychotherapy Works, So Why Not Try It?

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Psychotherapy Works, So Why Not Try It?In honor of National Psychotherapy Day, I must beat the drum for one of the best known forms of treatment for virtually any mental illness or mental health concern — psychotherapy.

It’s a drum I’ve happily been beating since I went to grad school in the early 1990s. There I learned about the decades’ worth of research into the effectiveness of psychotherapy for virtually any disorder. Since then, I’ve been telling anyone who will listen — psychotherapy works!

And now with the implementation of the mental health parity act and the Affordable Care Act, psychotherapy will become even more affordable to anyone who wants to give it a try. So why not try it?

What is Cognitively-Based Compassion Training?

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

What is Cognitively-Based Compassion Training?The root of compassion lies in realizing the interconnected nature of all beings on Earth. Cognitively-based Compassion Training (CBCT), a secular alternative to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of lojong, trains practitioners to cultivate compassion through straightforward contemplative practices.

In addition to realizing greater compassion, practitioners also find an improvement in their health and well-being.

Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, senior lecturer in Emory University’s Department of Religion, developed CBCT and has since initiated research studies into the effects of compassion meditation. UB Hawthorn spoke with him about how CBCT works, the health benefits of this type of meditation and the different kinds of compassion.

8 Ways to Help Kids with ADHD Succeed in School

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

8 Ways to Help Kids with ADHD Succeed in SchoolKids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a neurobiological disorder characterized by inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity, tend to have a harder time in school because of the disorder.

“Research suggests that children with ADHD exhibit deficits in cognitive and achievement testing, lower grades, and an increased use of special education services in comparison with the general population,” said Jacqueline Iseman, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist with a private practice in Potomac, Maryland.

Kids with ADHD also are more likely to need tutoring, repeat a grade or have learning difficulties, she added. So how can you help them do well in school?

How to Set Boundaries with a Sex Addict

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

How to Set Boundaries with a Sex AddictYou have discovered that your partner is a sex addict. You may be experiencing a variety of feelings including profound shock, depression, fear, shame, hopelessness, and deep ambivalence about continuing the relationship.

You may feel like you are on a ship whose course changes daily.

It is crucial at this time that you seek out support for what you are going through and understand how to set boundaries with the sex addicted person in your life.

Tips for Coping with Chronic Illness

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Tips for Coping with Chronic IllnessChronic illness is any condition that lasts for a year or longer. Examples of chronic illnesses that are familiar to many of us include things such as heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, autoimmune disorders, and multiple sclerosis.

PBS.org states that more than 125 million Americans have at least one chronic illness and estimates that by the year 2020, 157 million Americans will have a chronic illness.

These illnesses can cause a drastic change in one’s lifestyle. They can interfere with employment, interpersonal relationships, and individuals’ independence, and disrupt the normalcy of their lifestyle.

Best of Our Blogs: September 24, 2013

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Ever wonder why sometimes it’s easier to “be mean” via text rather than in person? How could admitting and accepting your emotional sensitivity change your life? Would you be more likely to work at overcoming your fears if you knew how to organize them?

Our Psych Central bloggers present some seriously thought-provoking ideas, studies, and overall conversation starters this week.

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The 4 Romantic Archetypes Men are Drawn To

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

The 4 Romantic Archetypes Men are Drawn ToThis guest article from YourTango was written by Rhonda Cort.

Men are drawn to women (and vice-a-versa) for numerous reasons. But some things stand out in a woman’s personality that make the attraction especially strong. There are four categories — or archetypes — that seem to be important in drawing out the best in a man.

When used together, these four archetypes give you an irresistible confidence and energy that invites the pursuit of high-caliber men and inspires his loving, long-term commitment.

Every woman has all four within her, but usually only one is the most dominant. Which one is your dominant archetype?

Talking with Your Teen about Drugs & Alcohol

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Talking with Your Teen about Drugs & AlcoholSometimes parents don’t really know how to approach their kids or teens to talk about important issues. They fall back on their own upbringing, relying on that history for guidance.

However, all too often, that upbringing may not have been ideal or act as a good role model.

Conversations with your kids about serious issues — like drug or alcohol use — isn’t a big deal if you’re equipped with the right tools and the right attitude. Below are some tips for talking to your teenaged daughter or son about alcohol and drug use.

5 Stress Busters for Students

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

5 Stress Busters for Students School is packed with potential stressors — everything from penning research papers to giving presentations to taking final exams. Plus, if you’re away at college, you have the added stress of being on your own and navigating a slew of unfamiliar places and situations.

While stress is inevitable for students, it doesn’t have to bulldoze your life or affect your academic performance.

Below, Kathryn Tristan, a research scientist on the faculty of the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, shares five tips for helping students like you to have a lower-stress semester.

Gamer Stereotypes Just Aren’t True

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Gamer Stereotypes Just Aren't TrueYou know gamers… They’re teenagers or young adults, slothful, lazy, without motivation and spend all of their time, well, gaming. They’re also typically unattractive, probably fat, and are pale from spending so much time indoors playing video games.

Well, if this is your idea of someone who plays video games, unfortunately your idea is pretty much completely wrong. Sorry.

So says new research just published from German researchers who examined 2,550 actual video game players.

6 Ways to Manage Autumn Anxiety

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

6 Ways to Manage Autumn AnxietyThe leaves are beautiful with their foliage, the air is fresh after an oppressing heat. Football games begin, as do new school years. But you are filled with anxiety.

Autumn can provoke anxiety for many people. It’s a season of transition, which is anxiety-provoking in itself, and a transition toward winter, the season with the shortest days.

Try to collect a handful of tools like these that you can use as the leaves fall and the anxiety rises.

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