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How Has Your Brain Trapped Your True Self?

If you were to ask most people if they are in charge of their life, the majority of people would likely respond that they themselves were. Yet what most people don’t understand is the tremendous power their subconscious mind has on the choices they make and how they approach life on a daily basis.

In order to live your ideal life -- the one you were innately designed to live rather than the one your family or society may have designed for you -- it is important to learn to be more conscious of the programming you may have inherited.

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Take on Your Fears: 5 Strategies that Anyone Can Employ at Home in Their Spare Time

Being afraid isn’t popular.

Real men aren’t supposed to quake in their boots during a crisis. Our collective vision of the successful woman does not include her hiding in her office, hyperventilating.

Once we’re grown up, we’re supposed to be confident, competent and fearless. Right? Right. Yeah. But life doesn’t always cooperate. Life keeps handing us situations that, if we’re at all sane and paying attention, make us a little scared -- or terrified.
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A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast

Ep 1: Two Truths and a Lie: Stories From a Bipolar and a Schizophrenic

Gabe Howard (Bipolar) and Michelle Hammer (Schizophrenic) decide to play Two Truths and a Lie. Each tells three remarkable stories of the past. The other tries to guess which are true and which are not. Hear Gabe’s stories of Demi Lovato, after-hours strip clubs, and bar fights. Hear Michelle’s stories of dating hell, apartment fires, and medication hallucination. Which ones do you think are real?
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Coping with Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) was first listed in the DSM in 1980. The disorder is described as a condition in which a child displays extreme defiant behavior including vindictiveness, irritability, and anger. 

ODD is an ongoing disorder that starts very early in child development, usually preschool, and continues throughout their teens. Several studies indicate that roughly 3 percent of children have it. Symptoms may include many common problems for children, but on a much grander scale.
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A Brief Guide to Imagery Rehearsal Therapy (IRT) for Nightmare Disorders for Clinicians and Patients

In 2010, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine published the first summary guidelines on how to effectively treat nightmare disorder (Aurora et al., 2010). Based on a comprehensive review of the literature, the two top interventions were psychological and pharmacological. They are Imagery Rehearsal Therapy (IRT) and venlafaxine or Prazosin. The data show the two interventions as comparable in efficacy and, therefore, a trial of the psychological intervention -- before medications -- is usually recommended. The context and nature of the nightmares, of course, are central to how best to use this approach and, thus, an equally important recommendation, is that you the client or patient seek the assistance of a clinical provider trained and qualified to deliver this treatment.
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Holistic Tech-Assisted Rehab: The Future of Addiction Recovery

Statistically, if you know ten people in the US, at least one of them is expected to enter a near futile battle with addiction -- chances of long-term recovery are low. Traditional drug rehabilitation alone isn’t working for enough people, not even slightly. Finally, the foundations for the creation of next-generation therapies have been laid that could help turn these numbers on their head.

Recent developments in our understanding of the biological and neural networks involved in substance abuse disorders and psychological theories of behavioral change, coupled with the rapid evolution of technology-assisted therapy mean that the pivotal time is now.

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4 Steps to Increase Your Child’s Emotional Intelligence

How would you define happy? And how would you define sad or anxious? We all know what emotions are, until we are asked to define them in ways our kids can understand. Emotions are complex things. Yet helping our kids become emotionally intelligent requires us to help them learn to understand different emotions so that they can be better able to deal with those emotions in a socially acceptable manner.
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Psychology Around the Net: March 17, 2018

Happy Saturday, Psych Central readers! How's the time change treating everyone? Personally, it's kicking my butt (which is unusual, as time changes normally don't affect me much), but I am absolutely thrilled with the extra daylight -- and all the mental health perks that have come along with that!

This week's Psychology Around the Net takes a look at writing and self-esteem, how a lack of federal funding could be contributing to a lack of psychiatrists, the mental health care benefits California is seeing thanks to a tax on millionaires, and more.

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The Side Effects of Lithium: My Love Affair with Water

I never go anywhere without a drink in my hand. My nosey neighbor had the nerve to ask me if I was an alcoholic.

I’m not an alcoholic. I just love ice water, huge, plastic glasses of ice water.

The lithium did that to me. Lithium carbonate, which used to be a medication of choice for bipolar individuals, is a salt. It makes you ridiculously thirsty. For over 15 years, I ingested a lot of it daily. The result was a constant, unquenchable thirst.
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What Stephen Hawking Can Teach Us about Good Mental Health

I woke up Wednesday morning to the news that Stephen Hawking had passed away. My first thought made me smile -- that this incredible scientist who seemed to just will himself to stay alive against overwhelming odds, died on March 14th -- Pi Day.

Maybe that was his choice. Who knows?

Stephen Hawking was a thinker -- a brilliant scientist, professor and author who was known for his groundbreaking work in physics and cosmology. His books aimed to make science accessible to everyone. His more well-known works include A Brief History of Time, The Universe in a Nutshell, and A Briefer History of Time.
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Best of Our Blogs: March 16, 2018

Maybe it's because you grew up in a critical household or suffered from your own or a family member's illness. But you've always felt a secret insecurity, self-doubt or a feeling that something's missing. You weren't given a whole pie of worthiness, which is why feedback makes you cringe.

How do you improve your life when you're afraid of the criticism?

You work on yourself first.

Whether it's through changing your diet, creating clear boundaries, or understanding the toxic people in your life, to be successful you need to believe you're worthy of health, love and a lasting relationship.
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