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Anger and Anorexia

November 11th, 2014
It took an eating disorder to finally teach me how to get angry. Many people with eating disorders are like me in that they feel reluctant -- even downright refuse -- to express anger. This is by and large a learned behavior. I grew up in a ...

Living with Binge Eating Disorder

Living with Binge Eating DisorderIf you have binge eating disorder, please know that you’re not alone. Binge eating disorder (BED) is actually the most common eating disorder. It affects about 3.5 percent of women and 2 percent of men. You’re also not weak, wrong or crazy. BED “is ...

African-American Women and Depression

listening skillsDepression is a huge health concern among African Americans -- particularly women -- but mental health is often stigmatized in the Black community. Although it can impact people from all walks of life, cultural habits and historical experiences can cause depression to be expressed and ...

OCD vs. Eating Disorders

OCD vs. Eating DisordersThere was a time when my son Dan would go days at a time without eating. When he did eat, it would have to be a specific food at a specific time in a specific place. There was no negotiating with him, and, ...

How to Tell if Your Decisions are from Your Evolved or Primitive Brain

Diabetes Drug Makes Brain Cells Grow in MiceDecisions can be motivated by thoughtful consideration from our higher mind (frontal lobe/executive functions) or fear-based survival instincts (amygdala, impulses) from a more primitive mind. When decisions are informed by our higher mind, they are more likely to lead ...

What’s the Best Treatment for Hair-Pulling Disorder?

What's the Best Treatment for Hair-Pulling Disorder?After school, Henry would sit down and watch TV, but one hour later, his mom would discover he had been pulling his eyelashes and eyebrows. It wasn’t that he didn’t want them, he just couldn’t stop plucking them. When his friends ...

Why Your Therapist Can’t Be Your Friend

Is Liking Your Therapist Enough?It’s only natural. You’ve met with your therapist once a week for a year or more. You’ve shared some of your deepest concerns and worries. You’ve shared your triumphs and celebrations. She (or he, but I’ll stick to female pronouns here) has supported ...

The Third Wave of CBT

The Third Wave of CBTThe approaches of the first two generations of Behavioral Therapy (BT) share the assumption that certain cognitions, emotions and physiological states lead to dysfunctional behavior and, therefore, therapeutic intervention is aimed at eliminating, or at least reducing, these problematic internal events. Third wave therapies ...

Therapists Spill: Their Favorite Books on Therapy

Therapists Spill: My Favorite Books on TherapyBecause it’s done behind closed doors, therapy can seem like a mystery. How do therapists actually conduct therapy? How do they treat disorders such as depression and anxiety? What if you could be a fly on the wall during a ...

Tips for the Mental Health Provider Working in a Hospital Setting

Tips for the Mental Health Provider Working in a Hospital SettingWorking as a mental health provider in a hospital setting can be a challenging and at times intimidating experience, especially for early career professionals and trainees. Medical professionals run the gambit from ...

The Origins of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Therapists Spill: 10 Tips for Making the Most of TherapyBrief Synopsis It is well known that Wilhelm Wundt is the father of experimental psychology, founding the first formal laboratory for psychological research at the University of Leipzig in 1879; in reality what was then thought as experimental psychology ...

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

BOOK REVIEW.
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 ...

What to Do When You’re Mad at Your Therapist

What to Do When You’re Mad at Your TherapistWhy does psychotherapy work? There are many reasons, but today we are going to focus on one in particular -- the therapeutic relationship. One of the biggest predictors of success in therapy is a good relationship between the ...

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 ...

Yoga Therapy For Children with Autism & Special Needs

BOOK REVIEW.
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

BOOK REVIEW.
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 ...

Anxiety + Depression: Effective Treatment of the Big Two Co-Occurring Disorders

BOOK REVIEW.
If you know anyone with anxiety or depression, you know that symptoms can be complicated. Even more complicated is that the two disorders have similar features. That makes diagnosis hard for many clinicians, no matter how seasoned they may be. And if that weren’t enough, the fact that the disorders can co-exist adds another layer ...

Therapists Spill: 10 Tips for Making the Most of Therapy

Therapists Spill: 10 Tips for Making the Most of TherapyTherapy can seem like a mystery. What do you talk about? Can you really be honest? How do you know if you're getting better? Before you even walk through the door, you also may have certain preconceived notions, ...

Therapists Spill: 9 Myths About Therapy that Sabotage the Process

Therapists Spill: 9 Myths About Therapy that Sabotage the ProcessWhat many of us know about therapy often comes from television and films, which typically provide an inaccurate picture -- or really a caricature of the process. So naturally many myths and misconceptions abound. The problem ...

Essential Psychopathology Casebook

BOOK REVIEW.
In medical school, we become adept at memorizing diagnostic criteria, able to spout off, at a moment’s notice, the definitions for everything from autism to schizophrenia. For some diagnoses, we are aided by mnemonics — SIG E CAPS for depression, DIG FAST for mania — while other disorders require simple brute-force memorization. All of this ...

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and the Teen Brain

OCD and Teens' BrainsWhen my son Dan was at a residential treatment program to battle his severe obsessive-compulsive disorder, my husband and I were encouraged by the staff there to let him make his own major life decisions, without any input from us. This didn’t make sense ...

Long-Acting Treatments for Schizophrenia

Long-Acting Treatments for SchizophreniaSchizophrenia has long presented treatment challenges for both patients who have the mental illness and the treatment providers who want to help them. Many medications prescribed for schizophrenia have traditionally not always been well-tolerated in patients, with sometimes significant side effects in ...

OCD and Atypical Antipsychotics

OCD and Atypical AntipsychoticsWhile the frontline treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder continues to be Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy, many who suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder also appear to be helped by medication. Often the combination of ERP therapy and medication, typically high doses of selective serotonin ...