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Children’s Dreams: Understanding the Most Memorable Dreams & Nightmares of Childhood

November 3rd, 2014
My younger brother and I are in the back seat of our family’s van, parked on a steep hill. At the base of the hill is a lake or some other body of water. The ocean? My mother has stepped out of the car and she is at the top of the hill. She is ...

Therapists Spill: When Being a Therapist Was Especially Hard

Therapists Spill: When Being a Therapist Was Especially HardWhen we’re going through something difficult or stressful at home, it often spills into our workplace. This can get especially tricky when your work is being a therapist, an already-demanding job emotionally and mentally. In this month’s “Therapists Spill” ...

15-Minute Vacations

  <small><a href="http://www.shutterstock.com">Cardiovascular system photo by shutterstock</a>.</small>For those of us who have a 9-to-5 indoor job, it can sometimes feel like summer is passing us by. If we already took a vacation, it can seem like a distant memory. If a vacation week is a month ...

9 Tips for A Good Night’s Sleep

9 Tips for A Good Night's Sleep Getting a good night's sleep can be easier than you think, if you just keep in mind some of these helpful tips. Remember, sleep is supposed to be relaxing. Good daily sleep helps to renew your body every night. Do not make ...

The Importance of REM Sleep & Dreaming

The Importance of REM Sleep & DreamingWe typically spend more than 2 hours each night dreaming. Scientists don't know much about how or why we dream. Sigmund Freud, who greatly influenced the field of psychology, believed dreaming was a "safety valve" for unconscious desires. Only after ...

How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?

How much sleep do you really need?The amount of sleep each person needs depends on many factors, including age. Infants generally require about 16 hours a day, while teenagers need about 9 hours on average. For most adults, 7 to 8 hours a night appears to be ...

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 ...

Putting the Fear of Sleeplessness to Rest

Putting the Fear of Sleeplessness to RestFear can be a powerful disincentive to change. It was one of several factors that kept me from undergoing cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) for over a decade. Not that I wasn’t eager to trade in my bad nights for ...

The Effortless Sleep Method

BOOK REVIEW.
I've recently read a book which claims to cure insomnia. One of the main points it makes is that there's no such thing as insomnia. Some may be tempted to hurl it at the wall at this stage; however, I persevered and I'm now almost totally cured and utterly convinced that it makes sense. Author of ...

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 ...

9 Tips for Destressing Getting the Kids to Bed

9 Tips for Destressing Getting the Kids to BedOne of the sweet pleasures of parenting can be the nightly ritual of tucking a child into bed. It can also be a waking nightmare. It’s up to us. And, yes, it’s important. Children who feel loved, cared ...

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 ...

Tips for Getting to Sleep — and Staying Asleep

Tips for Getting to Sleep -- and Staying AsleepScenario 1: You’re nice and relaxed. You’ve gotten into your comfortable pajamas, and you’ve gotten in just the right spot. You’re warm, comfortable, and in no time you are fast asleep. ...

Clinicians on the Couch: 10 Questions with Psychologist Christina Hibbert

Clinicians on the Couch: 10 Questions with Psychologist Christina HibbertIn our monthly series, clinicians share the behind-the-scenes of their work and life. They talk about what it’s like to conduct therapy -- the surprises, trials and triumphs -- and how they personally cope with stress. They also ...

Is School a Healthy Place for Your Child?

Is School a Healthy Place for Your Child?It continues to amaze me that contemporary parents who are so concerned about their children's health and safety continue to ignore all the evidence that school is increasingly an unhealthy place for ...

4 of the Biggest Barriers in Bipolar Disorder

4 of the Biggest Barriers in Bipolar Disorder People with bipolar disorder can face many challenges -- from the illness’s fluctuating feelings to its destructive effects on relationships. Below, two experts reveal some of the biggest obstacles and offer strategies to overcome them. Challenge: Uncontrollability “Bipolar disorder can ...

Exploring Your Dreams: Q&A with Robert Moss

Exploring Your Dreams: Q&A with Robert MossDreams can provide us with a wealth of information. But many of us dismiss our dreams. Robert Moss encourages individuals to embrace their dreams and better understand them. Below, Moss explains why understanding our dreams is so important, how ...

Understanding & Coping with Cyclothymia

Understanding & Coping with CyclothymiaIt’s a disorder that leaves you at the mercy of your moods, but tends to be subtle enough that you may not even understand you’re struggling with diagnosable symptoms. It’s not particularly common, and there’s not much information available. Cyclothymia affects up to ...

Infant Feeding Methods and Maternal Sleep and Sleepiness

breastfeedingThe choice to breastfeed an infant is intensely personal. Yet because of the well established health and psychological benefits of breastfeeding for both the mother and infant, it has also become a medical decision. For this reason, any real or perceived disadvantage of breastfeeding should be ...

Resolving Infant Sleep Disturbance

Resolving Infant Sleep DisturbanceQ: Our 14-month-old son constantly awakens during the night and won't stop crying unless we hold him for long periods of time. We have tried "following the book" and ignoring his cries but he just doesn't stop and after 30-45 ...

3 Relationship Pitfalls When Entering Parenthood & Pointers to Help

3 Relationship Pitfalls When Entering Parenthood & Pointers to HelpCouples are often surprised just how much a baby changes their relationship and their lives. In fact, “A baby will change virtually every component of your life: physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, relational, social, financial, logistical and spiritual,” ...

Nothing: A Portrait of Insomnia

BOOK REVIEW.
From the first sentence, Blake Butler’s poetic voice is clear. He writes: “Into the version of the sky above my house one afternoon when I was twelve, the nearby high school released a flood of pink balloons.” Throughout Nothing: A Portrait of Insomnia, Butler does not lose this creativeness, nor does his unique vantage point ...

Into Your Dreams

BOOK REVIEW.
Into Your Dreams: Deciphering Your Unique Dream Symbology to Transform Your Waking Life, by Janece O. Hudson, Ed.D. is a comprehensive guide to unraveling the mystery of those nocturnal dialogues we call dreams. Unlike most dream books and interpretations, here is a personalized look based not solely on science or esoteric belief systems but an integral ...