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  • Focusing in Clinical Practice: The Essence of Change
    When you can’t put a particularly unsettling feeling into words or have trouble getting to the meat of a problem, try feeling it in your body. That’s the advice of Ann Weiser Cornell, a Ph.D. ...
  • Parenting the Whole Child
    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 ...
  • Body-Focused Obsessions: Sensorimotor Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
    There are so many different types of obsessions and compulsions when it comes to OCD. Perhaps among the less talked about are sensorimotor, or body-focused, obsessions which involve a heightened awareness and focus on involuntary bodily activities and processes. Common examples include hyperawareness of swallowing, breathing, or blinking. Additionally, overattention to bladder and digestive processes -- indeed, any unhealthy focus on a specific body part or organ -- might also fall into the category of sensorimotor obsessions. I think these types of obsessions seem particularly brutal because they involve necessary, ongoing bodily processes. There truly is no escape, and this fact often plays into the sufferer's obsessions.
  • Hypocritical Compulsions: Recognizing the Nonsense of OCD
    The need for certainty fuels the fires of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Compulsions are performed to reduce anxiety by making sure everything is okay. For ...
  • Mental Health for the Whole Child
    >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 ...
  • The Connection Between OCD & Psychosis
    When my son Dan’s obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) became severe, he was in college, fifteen hundred miles away from home. My husband ...
  • Treating Schizophrenia Successfully
    Schizophrenia is a complex and often chronic illness that requires long-term treatment. Medication is the bedrock of managing schizophrenia, said Peter Buckley, MD, ...
  • Mastering the Art of Solution-Focused Counseling
    There are exceptions to many rules in life. Whether it is a fashion decree about wearing black and brown or the parking law in various neighborhoods, there are many instances where the “rule” does not ...
  • Who Needs Counseling? 10 Therapy Myths Dispelled
    She was sitting in front of me, hollow-eyed and tired. For years she was resolute in her refusal ...
  • 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 ...
  • The Future of Computerized Therapy
    There are some problems that continue to defeat computer science researchers. One example is natural language understanding. It is currently not possible ...
  • Building a Routine When You Have Bipolar Disorder
    Having a routine helps people with bipolar disorder maintain stability. “Unexpected stressors can lead to episodes for me so ...
  • OCD, Lying, Hyper-responsibility & Honesty
    My son Dan was an honest child; an unusually upfront, truthful boy, who as far as I know, never lied to me. ...
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Following a Single Event
    Following is an example of how post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop after a single traumatic incident. Tony had a somewhat ...
  • 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.
  • Therapists Spill: How Therapy is Different from Talking to a Friend
    A common reason people give for not seeking therapy is that, well, it’s basically like talking ...
  • Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Relational Trauma
    “Tapping resources” has a second meaning in EMDR therapy. In Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, you literally tap them in — maybe on your knees, maybe on your shoulders. The movement is sometimes called “installing ...
  • Treatment of PTSD May not Be a Solo Affair
    It appears that use of the term post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has risen sharply over the past few ...
  • Therapists Spill: What You Didn’t Know About Therapy
    Therapy is highly misunderstood. That’s due to several key reasons. For starters, therapy is conducted behind closed doors, which ...
  • OCD & The Perception of Being Selfish
    Soon after my son Dan was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), he and I were out with some friends and ...
  • The Unpredictability of OCD
    At the time my son Dan’s obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) was at its worst, he had not eaten in over a week. I flew ...
  • The Unlimited Potential of Online Mental Health Tools
    New technology is becoming vital for providing easy-to-access mental health care, says a top mental health expert from London, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Myths & Truths about Tourette Syndrome
    Many myths and mysteries surround Tourette syndrome -- everything from how the disorder manifests to how it’s treated to what causes it ...

 

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