Cognitive-Behavioral Library

  • Loving Someone with Borderline Personality Disorder
    Caring about someone with borderline personality disorder (BPD) tosses you on a roller coaster ride from being loved and lauded to abandoned ...
  • Depression Kills
    Last month, I was sitting on my sofa with my laptop when I saw the headline “Robin Williams Found Dead.” I was shocked and deeply ...
  • OCD vs. Eating Disorders
    There was a time when my son Dan would go days at a time without eating. When he did eat, it would have ...
  • Change How You Feel: Change How You Breathe
    Emotions add flavor to life. Joy, love and contentment make living a pleasure. Anger and fear act as warning signals telling us when to protect ourselves. ...
  • The Third Wave of CBT
    The approaches of the first two generations of Behavioral Therapy (BT) share the assumption that certain cognitions, emotions and physiological states lead to ...
  • The Origins of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    Brief Synopsis It is well known that Wilhelm Wundt is the father of experimental psychology, founding the first formal ...
  • Book Review: Emotional Life
    “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 ...
  • Is That Me Yelling? A Parent’s Guide
    "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, ...
  • What Can Parents Do When OCD Sneaks In?
    Megan felt miserable. She and her family had relocated in the middle of the school year to another city. ...
  • The Mindful Way Workbook: An 8-Week Program to Free Yourself from Depression and Emotional Distress
    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 ...
  • Mindful Anger: A Pathway to Emotional Freedom
    Have you ever been so angry that you were enraged? So upset that you were ready to scream and throw things? Felt your heart about to pound out of your chest at the wrong done ...
  • Book Review: By All Means
    A few pages into this “Zen cautionary tale,” the dramatic stakes are set high and our attention is arrested when its main character, Edward, barely manages to extricate a piggy hand-puppet from the jaws of ...
  • Putting the Fear of Sleeplessness to Rest
    Fear can be a powerful disincentive to change. It was one of several factors that kept me from undergoing cognitive-behavioral ...
  • Computerized Therapy: Will Your Next Therapist Be a Computer?
    You have probably heard of ELIZA at one time or another. In the mid-1960s, Joseph Weizenbaum, a computer ...
  • Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
    Michelle was terrorized for much of her childhood. Her father was an inconsistent presence and her mother expressed outright disdain for her. Often when Michelle went to her mother for comfort, she was accused of exaggerating or being a "crybaby" and sent away. Starting at age 4 until she was out of the house at 16, Michelle was molested by several family members -- including her brother, her uncle and a couple of cousins. As she grew up, different men in the neighborhood also sexually assaulted her. At 19, she began dating Carl, who initially was very affectionate. However, he then began to be suspicious of different friends of hers and concerned about how she spent her time. This escalated into more and more controlling behavior and occasionally he was physically violent.
  • Psychotherapy Treatment for PTSD
    Therapy has been shown to be effective in the treatment of PTSD.  However, since trauma symptoms are very specific, not all types of therapy are appropriate.  SAMHSA has a list of every evidenced based therapeutic ...
  • OCD: Getting the Right Treatment Can be a Challenge
    Over the last few years I’ve connected with a lot of people who have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Most ...
  • Advances in Relational Frame Theory: Research & Application
    I had not heard of Relational Frame Theory before coming across this textbook, but my curiosity was piqued when I learned that it addresses how people communicate and how they behave in a contextual sense. Relational ...
  • Depression & Your Child: A Guide for Parents & Caregivers
    Until recently, it was believed that children didn’t -- and couldn’t -- get depressed. But kids do struggle with depression. In fact, some research has even suggested that babies can become depressed, according to Deborah ...
  • Acupuncture, Anxiety & Depression
    As our broadband speeds up and our phones get smarter, some matters regarding our health get overlooked -- especially our mental health. Tablets and ...
  • Some Ideas for Handling Treatment-Resistant Bipolar Disorder
    Bipolar disorder is being better understood each day. There is also ongoing research into its treatment. But successfully treating ...
  • Not Otherwise Specified: Anxiety & the Work of Dr. Robert Hudak
    Southwest Pennsylvania National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) held its annual conference at the beginning of ...
  • Living with Chronic Pain and Depression
    About 50 percent of people who have chronic pain also have depression, according to Robert D. Kerns, ...
  • Job Duties and Qualifications of a Cognitive Psychologist
    The brain is the body’s ultimate control center. It is the most important and ...
  • New Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression?
    “I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I’m supposed to feel a surge of maternal instinct, right? I’m supposed to ...