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You Can Worry and Be Happy

August 29th, 2014
Some time ago, there was a popular song by Bobby McFerrin that urged us “Don’t worry. Be happy.” The lyrics suggest that worrying and being happy are contradictory feelings. They’re not. When ...

7 Steps to Changing a Bad Habit

7 Steps to Changing a Bad HabitWe all have them -- bad habits that we wish we didn’t have but feel pessimistic about changing. Maybe you know you really have to spend less time on Facebook or playing online games. Or perhaps you’ve tried a dozen ...

Therapists Spill: When You Have a Bad Therapy Experience

Therapists Spill: When You Have a Bad Therapy Experience It takes courage to seek therapy. Therapy is a vulnerable act, as you entrust a stranger with your innermost thoughts and feelings. So it can be especially disappointing and distressing when you have a bad experience. It ...

Rethink How You Think: How to Create Lasting Change Today

BOOK REVIEW.
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 ...

Depressed? It May Be Celiac Disease

Depressed? It May Be Celiac DiseaseMelanie had been feeling out of sorts for years. No matter how well she slept, she was often fatigued. She had frequent headaches. She had diarrhea so often, she figured it was just how her body worked. She wryly said that ...

Smart Change: 5 Tools to Create Sustainable Habits in Yourself & Others

BOOK REVIEW.
The colorful paintbrush on the cover of Smart Change might seem like just another symbol, a welcoming, clean-design image inviting us to read a pop-science book. But, in this case, the illustration is apt: It prompts us to imagine our lives in brighter hues.  When we want change, we often mean we want to create better ...

Parenting the Whole Child

BOOK REVIEW.
The brain is a fascinating organ. It weighs about three pounds when fully grown and entails a plethora of complicated electrical and chemical processes that can stump the savviest of scientists. Encased in a jelly-like substance in the skull, it is thought to separate human beings from other animals, and allows for the sophisticated thought ...

Mental Health for the Whole Child

BOOK REVIEW.
>Children make 3 billion new connections in their brain every second. That is 3 billion opportunities for growth, or 3 billion missed connections.  With rising rates of ADHD, autism, and other mental health disorders in American children, it seems like more and more of these connections are being missed. And medications that we give our kids ...

The Effortless Sleep Companion

BOOK REVIEW.
Having recently reviewed Sasha Stephens's incredible (in my opinion) book, The Effortless Sleep Method, I'd like to share my opinion of her follow-up, The Effortless Sleep Companion. Again, I'm very impressed. Stephens knows her subject matter, and makes sure that the reader is left in no doubt about her approach to beating ...

Building a Routine When You Have Bipolar Disorder

Building a Routine When You Have Bipolar DisorderHaving a routine helps people with bipolar disorder maintain stability. “Unexpected stressors can lead to episodes for me so the better I can plan things, the more stable I am,” said Elaina J. Martin, who writes Being ...

Book Review: Finding Ultra

BOOK REVIEW.
Recently I read the memoir of an endurance athlete, Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World's Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself. It tells the story of Rich Roll, who, after a promising swimming career, falls victim to alcoholism and unhealthy eating - crippling his relationships, career and health. On the ...

6 Reliable Strategies for Making Smarter Decisions

6 Reliable Strategies for Making Smarter Decisions We must make a variety of decisions on a daily basis. Many are less important, such as what to wear or what coffee to drink. But there are lots of these choices to be made. In fact, according to author ...

Tips on Tolerating Uncertainty

Tips on Tolerating Uncertainty You’ve probably heard some version of the phrase: The only thing certain in life is uncertainty. The fact that life is filled with surprises, unexpected events and change – a whole lot of it – isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s simply reality. ...

Therapists Spill: How To Strengthen Your Resilience

Therapists Spill: How To Strengthen Your ResilienceResilience is “one of the most important elements of our lives,” said clinical psychologist John Duffy, Ph.D. Some people are naturally more resilient than others. But anyone can learn to strengthen their ability to bounce back from rough ...

9 Ways to Reduce Anxiety Right Here, Right Now

9 Ways to Reduce Anxiety Right Here, Right NowWhen you’re feeling anxious, you might feel stuck and unsure of how to feel better. You might even do things that unwittingly fuel your anxiety. You might hyperfocus on the future, and get carried away by a slew ...

Therapists Spill: What Brings Me Joy

Therapists Spill: What Brings Me Joy Some of us may experience joy on most days. Others may only experience joy during big celebrations like birthdays and weddings. Still others of us may worry that we’ve lost our sense of joy. For this month’s “Therapists Spill” series, we ...

Finished Being Fat: An Accidental Adventure in Losing Weight & Learning How to Finish

BOOK REVIEW.
“Not everyone can win the race, but everyone can finish it.” That statement sums up Betsy Schow’s personal philosophy. In her recent book, Finished Being Fat, Schow not only chronicles her journey with weight loss but a personal transformation that completely changed her view of herself and her life. But hers is not a self-help book. Rather, Schow ...

Depression Commonly Strikes Seniors & Other Vital Facts About Depressed Seniors

Depression Commonly Strikes Seniors & Other Vital Facts About Depressed SeniorsThere’s a common belief that depression is a normal part of aging. It’s not. But unfortunately, it is prevalent among the elderly. A 2000 study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry ...

How to Avoid Bedtime Struggles

How to Avoid Bedtime StrugglesMother of two young kids, Molly Skyar, interviews her mother, Dr. Susan Rutherford, a clinical psychologist, about best strategies for enforcing bedtime with young kids and how your parenting decisions today may affect your child as an adult. Molly: I received this question from ...

Therapists Spill: 14 Ways to Get Through Tough Times

Clinical psychologist Christina G. Hibbert, Psy.D, knows a lot about tough times. Her youngest sister died from cancer at 8 years old. In 2007, another sister and her sister’s husband died within two months of each other. At the time, Hibbert was just ...

The Diet Dropout’s Guide to Natural Weight Loss: Find Your Easiest Path to Naturally Thin

BOOK REVIEW.
In 2012, ABC News reported that the annual revenue of the US weight-loss industry was $20 billion. This includes the sales of diet and weight-loss books. How does a person decide between the proliferation of choices? South Beach, Atkins, Paleo, Weight Watchers, gluten-free, dairy-free... the list goes on. There is an overwhelming amount of information ...

15 Small Steps You Can Take Today to Improve Anxiety Symptoms

15 Small Steps You Can Take Today to Improve Anxiety Symptoms“Anxiety is a normal, predictable part of life,” said Tom Corboy, MFT, the founder and executive director of the OCD Center of Los Angeles, and co-author of the upcoming book The Mindfulness ...

Using Mindfulness to Approach Chronic Pain

Using Mindfulness to Approach Chronic PainWhen we’re in pain, we want it to go away. Immediately. And that’s understandable. Chronic pain is frustrating and debilitating, said Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist and Psych Central blogger. The last thing we want ...