Happiness

Video: Materialism and Happiness

Apple's iPhone 7 is coming out this year, and it's going to be the greatest iPhone yet. Maybe the greatest smartphone yet. It's going to complete your life.
At least until the iPhone 8 comes out. That's really going to be the greatest iPhone yet.
Buying stuff is fun because the coolest phone or shirt or toaster or whatever always seems to be the one we don't have. Once I buy this snazzy new gadget or item of clothing or household appliance, then I'll be happy!
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Anxiety and Panic

Psychology Around the Net: July 9, 2016


Happy Saturday, Psych Central readers!

I hope my fellow Americans enjoyed last week's Fourth of July celebrations! Unfortunately, my neck of the woods has been devastated with rain and extreme flooding, so I didn't get to celebrate as much as I would have liked.

However, the sun is shining today, and it's time to catch up on this week's latest mental health news! Keep reading for information on how medical marijuana has lowered prescription drug use, see pictures one photographer uses to chronicle his quest for peace amid anxiety and depression, which habits say a lot about your personality, and more.

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Happiness

Video: Be Passionate, Not Just Content

Let's say for a minute that instead of a therapist you have a genie that will grant you three mental health wishes. Whatever's getting in your way, bothering you, holding you back, poof, it's gone, solved by the mental health genie.
OK. So now what? There's nothing to make you unhappy anymore. Does that mean you're happy?
At the very least, it probably means you're content. Things...
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Inspiration & Hope

Video: If Therapy Doesn’t Work, Try Again

Going to see a therapist is a little different than going to see a dentist. And not just because a responsible therapist will never dose you with laughing gas.
When you get a tooth pulled, it's generally a one-off thing. You wouldn't shop around at different dentists to see who does the best job pulling out your tooth. If your first dentist botches the job and only gets the tooth pulled out partway, you wouldn't simply head on down the street to the next dentist to try again.
But therapy is more complicated. Getting your psychological "teeth" pulled is more of a drawn-out, imperfect, subtle process. And therapists are professionals, but they're also humans.
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Family

Video: Overcoming Sibling Resentment in Adulthood

Here's a fun fact: a quarter of all hyena cubs are killed by one of their siblings.
In humans, competition between siblings is a little subtler, but it's still there. After all, there's only so much parental attention to go around. Any time mom and dad are focused on one of your siblings is a time they're not focused on you.
Sometimes competition between brothers and sisters takes the form of healthy sibling rivalry. Other times, though, it can turn into a pattern where one or more siblings are not getting their emotional needs met and fall into unhealthy roles within the family.
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Self-Esteem

Video: Working on Self-Esteem by Doing, Not Thinking

There are some problems where you can't think your way to a solution. Anyone who's ever been anxious knows this all too well: once you've lost your cool, thinking tends to make things worse!

Still, it's tempting to believe you can think your way to happiness and better mental health. After all, if the problems are all in your head, maybe the solutions are too.

But the old cliché that actions speak louder than words often applies even when the speaking is between you and your own brain. What you do can influence how you feel more than what you think.
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General

#MindOurFuture: Share Your Mental Health Story

We're happy to share with you this great new project by our friends over at BringChange2Mind (BC2M), the national organization co-founded by Glenn Close that works to combat stereotypes around mental health. It's called #MindOurFuture and the goal is to increase awareness around mental health issues by people sharing their personal stories on YouTube.

Here's the scoop that BringChange2Mind shared with us. We pass it along with our wholehearted recommendation.

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Bipolar

Touched with Fire: A Film about Bipolar & Artistic Genius

My name is Paul Dalio. I’m a filmmaker, husband of my NYU film school classmate, father of two children, and bipolar. Of these labels, the one I'm certain stands out in your mind is bipolar -- and not in a good way. That’s no fault of your own, since you probably don’t know much about it, other than what you’ve heard.

So how do I deal with this label? What other label do I have to choose from that’s not a disorder, disease, illness, or defect in my humanity? I remember when I received the label at age 24. All every medical book had to offer was that if I stayed on these meds, which made me feel no emotion, I could live a "reasonably normal life.” I didn’t know exactly what that meant, but I was pretty sure it sounded like "just get by."
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Industrial and Workplace

When You’re Told You Don’t Have What it Takes

What do you do when you're told you don't have what it takes? Maybe it's at school, or even something as important as your major. Maybe it's in the midst of your professional training, when you're already well on your way. Or maybe it's advancing in your career or at work.

Wherever it happens, how do you react to such counsel? Do you shrivel up, throw in the towel, and start looking for a new major, job or career? Or do you resolve to show that person that you do indeed have what it takes, and double-down your efforts?

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Anxiety and Panic

Psychology Around the Net: December 12, 2015


This week's Psychology Around the Net is full of some surprising information (for example, did you know many doctors in training suffer from depression?) as well as helpful suggestions (such as how to handle awkward personal questions during your next family gathering).

Dig in!

Signs of Depression Are 'Unacceptably High' Among Doctors in Training, Study Finds: Are all those years of medical training actually providing a "crash course in depression," too?

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