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Book Review: How to Be Alone

September 4th, 2014
I recently took a 10-day solitary road trip through Oklahoma, Nebraska and Kansas. A few stops to promote a new book required interacting with other people, but otherwise it was just me and my car and miles and miles of glorious prairie. I put about 2,000 miles on my car on that trip. I drove ...

The Ecstasy of Surrender: 12 Surprising Ways Letting Go Can Empower Your Life

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Surrendering to a simpler life can be frightening or stressful — even inconceivable.  Consider an average day. Multitasking and over-performing are more a requisite than an ideal, as is maintaining competitive advantages just so you can pay your rent. Competition is everywhere we look, in fact, making it seem almost reckless, at least counter-intuitive, to stop ...

Book Review: Living Independently on the Autism Spectrum

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Lynne Soraya grew up in a world that did not always make sense. She did learn to make her way through, but it was difficult. As an adult, she was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome — then life began to make much more sense. Soraya’s book, Living Independently on the Autism Spectrum: What You Need to Know to ...

Charting the Course for Treating Children with Autism: A Beginner’s Guide for Therapists

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For therapists who work with children on the autism spectrum, the family interview or assessment can be quite difficult. It can be hard to determine how much information to obtain and how much information to omit. And for many of us, getting a parent or family to remain focused during the assessment and provide structured ...

DSM-5 Made Easy: The Clinician’s Guide to Diagnosis

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I had just come off my first overnight shift. From 8pm to 8am, I was the go-to resident for any issues that arose on any of the three psychiatry units, along with any emergent psychiatric consults from anywhere in the hospital. A psych patient couldn’t sleep? My pager went off. Another fell while getting himself ...

Diagnosis Made Easier: Principles & Techniques for Mental Health Clinicians (2nd Edition)

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It was a few weeks into my psychiatry residency, the print barely dry on my medical school diploma, when I met a patient we’ll call Sarah. Up to that point, the majority of those I had cared for on the inpatient psychiatry ward had been in and out of mental health care for years. When ...

Book Review: The Matchmaker

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The Matchmaker, Elin Hilderbrand’s new summer novel, brings readers back to the place where the sand is hot but the ground is healing — Nantucket. This beautifully written and thought-provoking story illustrates the power of love and emphasizes the notion that we have one life to live -- how can we make it ...

Healing from Neglect: When Those We Love Don’t Love Us

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It is an emotion that has inspired the rise and fall of empires and that influences the very foundation of our development. But how you approach love is dependent on your past and present associations with it. The belief that love is a many-splendored thing falls away when we step back and evaluated the collateral ...

Heads Up Psychology

By Marcus Weeks I was always an inquisitive kid (this is probably synonymous with “nosey” but sounds nicer).  When I learned that the mother of one of my friends had gone back to school and was taking a course in psychology, I was curious.  “But what is psychology?” I kept asking.  Despite the fact that psychology is ...

The Fog of Paranoia: A Sister’s Journey through Her Brother’s Schizophrenia

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When a loved one develops a mental illness, we sift through the sands of memory looking for clues. Running our hand through the fine grains, we examine past events, vague memories, comments made in passing. As we home in on a recollection, we ask ourselves: Was this the moment we knew something was wrong? Or ...

Rethink How You Think: How to Create Lasting Change Today

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For a science-informed book on self-improvement, Rethink How You Think can be both illuminating and confounding. The primary reason is its splicing of science and religion: two camps perennially at odds. However, this is not the kind of book that has been somewhat in vogue the past few years, a pop-science look at religiosity versus ...

Book Review: The One & Only

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A palpable buzz is in the air of Huntington’s renowned book shop. On a May night, this Long Island, New York, venue is packed with females and the demographic is vast: teenage girls, young women, and senior citizens all seated in place. We’re here to meet Emily Giffin, the incredibly sweet, down-to-earth Atlanta resident and ...

Book Review: Emotional Life

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“I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions, I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.” That quote from Oscar Wilde is how psychologist Doreen Davy kicks off Emotional Life: Managing Your Feelings to Make the Most of Your Precious Time on Earth. Whether an experience is good or bad ...

Is That Me Yelling? A Parent’s Guide

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"I never imagined that I would have a child who talks back to me and thinks she’s the boss of everyone. How did that happen, and what am I supposed to do now?" So asks Brice, a psychologist and parent of a 7-year-old child, in Rona Renner’s Is That Me Yelling? A Parent’s Guide to Getting Your ...

Conquering Shame & Codependency: 8 Steps to Freeing the True You

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“I had found the enemy — and it was me.”  So writes Darlene Lancer in Conquering Shame and Codependency: 8 Steps to Freeing the True You. Sometimes there are true external foes that we must fight and defeat. But quite often, when we take a hard look at a situation, we are indeed our own worst enemy. ...

Feeling Loved: Finding Happiness in an Overstressed World

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We have been writing about love for millennia. From the earliest surviving love poem dating from around 2030 BCE to the work of philosophers like Lao Tzu to the sonnets of Shakespeare, countless tomes have been written about seeking love, finding love, feeling love, and all the possible variations on the theme. In the modern ...

8 Keys to End Bullying: Strategies for Parents & Schools

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A school playground aide sees third-grader Riley grab hold of classmate Liza’s scarf and choke her with it. Riley is subsequently viewed as the bully. But is there more to the story? What the aide hasn’t witnessed is the endless ridicule Riley has experienced from Liza and Liza’s best friend, Jada. Liza and Jada have learned ...

Book Review: Reconcilable Differences

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If you’re searching for one useful self-help book for couples, versus an entire bookcase of them, the second edition of Reconcilable Differences may be your answer. Through this revised text, readers committed to mending a relationship rife with serious recurring conflicts may find more clarity, conflict resolution solutions, and routes to greater acceptance of their ...

Winter Blues Survival Guide: A Workbook For Overcoming SAD

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Do the first signs of fall make you feel like hibernating until spring? During the winter months, do you feel irritable and depressed? If this sounds familiar, you may be one of the twenty percent of American adults suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD is a pattern of depression that comes and goes as the ...

Yoga Therapy For Children with Autism & Special Needs

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As a former yoga teacher, I used to consider Anatomy of Hatha Yoga my bedside manual. Years later, after my life priorities changed and the focus on physical stamina became less important than attaining a peaceful mind, I revisited the practice. It was a different yoga in my forties than in my twenties and thirties, despite that ...

Out of the Blue: Six Non-Medication Ways to Relieve Depression

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Despite the title, this is not an anti-medication book. In fact, Bill O'Hanlon, a much-published psychotherapist and author, writes in Out of the Blue: Six Non-Medication Ways to Relieve Depression that medication can help, and that he respects each individual’s choice. This respect, along with his creativity and understanding that we must seek out what works for ...

The Gift of Adversity: The Unexpected Benefits of Life’s Difficulties, Setbacks & Imperfections

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With a title like The Gift of Adversity, Norman Rosenthal’s new book seemed like it would be a boring recount of life’s hard situations — something trite with a “get through it” message woven in. Instead, I was surprised to find it a rather interesting read. Rosenthal is a great storyteller, and that’s key. A clinical ...

The Mindful Way Workbook: An 8-Week Program to Free Yourself from Depression and Emotional Distress

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Depression and anxiety are among the most common, if not the most common, issues that bring people into therapy. The struggle to get better can be a long and arduous one. One individual shared with me that she had visited numerous therapists over the years, but still struggled, and that she was told by one ...