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World of Psychology


General

7 Traits That Lead to a Long & Happy Marriage

These couples will get through any challenging situation.

Every couple wants to have a healthy relationship so their marriage will last. It turns out if you both have certain personality traits, your chances are much higher.

If you've read up on a lot of relationship advice, you realize that there has always been a debate about whether it’s good to marry someone who's totally the opposite of you versus someone who has a similar personality. In reality, the essence of your and your partner's personalities don't really matter in relationships.
Books

Clinicians and Creativity: How Psychology Informs Therapists’ Inventive Projects

Clinical psychologist Deborah Serani, Psy.D, has been writing since she was a little girl—everything from short stories to poetry to science fiction. So, for her, publishing books as an adult was a natural progression.

Serani is the author of several titles on treating and living with depression. Recently, she published a psychological thriller entitled The Ninth Session about a psychologist who starts working with a patient who’s struggling with severe anxiety—and keeping some dangerous secrets.
General

Insurance Coverage Parity for Mental Health Concerns Is Getting Worse

As a testament to the ineffectiveness of laws when not rigorously enforced (hello, speed limit, I'm looking at you!), the lack of enforcement on mental health parity has been devastating. Mental health parity means that insurance companies are required, by law, to offer the same coverage and benefits for mental disorders as they do for physical conditions.

When an American seeks treatment for a mental health or substance abuse problem, chances are they are going to face some pretty steep hurdles. And those hurdles are only getting worse before they get better, according to a new study examining insurance claim data from 2016-2017.

General

‘I Could Never Do That’ — and Other Myths We Tell Ourselves

There are five words that will stop you right in your tracks every time you say them. These words are familiar to many of us -- they are words that have played over and over in my own head, and words I have heard from so many others over the years: “I could never do that.” When we say those words -- especially when it is in the context of something that we would like to do -- it can act as a dead end, causing us to reverse direction or stay stuck right where we are. It is hard to move forward when we take those words as fact.
Antidepressant

Podcast | Chronic Illness and Depression


After receiving two chronic illness diagnosis by the age of 24, it really was no surprise that host Jackie Zimmerman also started to experience depression. Unable to tackle both, Jackie chose to focus on her physical health, letting her mental health deteriorate quickly -- and dangerously. In this episode, we discuss the mind-body connection and how when your body is sick, your mind can quickly follow.  

Anger

How to Let Go of a Grudge

“I don’t know how to stop being angry at him,” said Ellen during their sixth couple therapy session. “For the past seven or eight years, I’ve felt unimportant to him. He takes too long to do a chore and acts annoyed when I remind him. We’ve had sex less than once a year.”

I admire Ellen for owning up to how hard it is for her to let go of a long-lasting grudge. Like most couples under siege, she and her husband Phil waited over six years to seek professional help.
Addiction

Seizing the Opportunity in America’s Opioid Crisis

"Perhaps everything that is terrible is, in the deepest sense, something that wants our love." - Rilke
The overdose epidemic in the U.S. has been called “the greatest public health crisis of our time.” It’s also our greatest opportunity.

The opioid crisis is an identity crisis: it’s a challenge to how we see ourselves. Do we truly believe that we are all in this together? One answer leads us deeper into despair. The other, into a hopeful future.