Children and Teens

Involved Dads Strengthen the Couple’s Relationship

If you visit any playground, children’s sports game or peer competition, you will undoubtedly see that one parent pushing their child to climb just a little higher, run just a little faster and try just a little harder. While mothers hold the critical role of challenging their children with a gentle and nurturing hand, fathers teach kids to push boundaries, take risks and embrace challenge head on.
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Best of Our Blogs: April 28, 2017

These days, the world seems to be in the palm of our hands. We can follow our dreams. We can raise emotionally healthy and bright children while juggling a successful career. We're health conscious, socially conscious and environmentally conscious.

But with all the opportunities for greatness, we're so much further removed from what's true and important.

These things are checklist ingredients for a seemingly perfect existence. We're striving for perfection without realizing that reaching for all these areas require more than the 24 hours we have in a day. Behind the social media photos, is real life, which is a whole lot messier, and imperfect than it appears to be.

To reconnect with reality, our posts you will reveal the truth behind the things you were taught as a child, what your narcissistic friend means, why people really quit taking their meds, and what's really required for a good conversation.
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Bullying

Transgender Trauma

Where did the idea come from that it is acceptable to hate or judge someone because of their gender identity? I spoke with a transwoman today who fears leaving her home since she has been verbally attacked and threatened with physical harm. She has also been criticized by others who are trans because she has not embraced a gender binary.

A few years ago, she began the transition to what she perceives as her true self and not the gender assigned at birth as male. She had lived as a man for much of her life, married and had three children; all of whom she loves and who are supportive. She is a professional who lost her job, once she came out and is now seeking other employment, albeit with trepidation.
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General

Podcast: OC87 Recovery Diaries – Real People, Real Stories

In this episode of the Psych Central Show, host Gabe Howard talks with Glenn Holsten and Gabriel Nathan. Glenn is the award-winning director of OC87, the groundbreaking film that led to the OC87 Recovery Diaries website, of which Gabriel is the editor-in-chief. The OC, in this case, is not Orange County, but Obsessive-Compulsive. The website features mental health music, art, interviews, movie reviews, essays, recovery videos, and much more.
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Anxiety and Panic

Living with “What If” — Addressing Anxiety

There are many people who don’t know that their hesitations, fears, and even compulsive “musts” throughout the day are actually stemmed in anxiety. Regardless if the anxiety is caused from stress or trauma, the longer anxiety is ignored -- the worse it usually gets.

If your life is plagued by “what if” moments, then it is time to address your quality of life from a mental health standpoint. It is important to know that not all anxiety disorders are the same, however all of them can cause such distress that it interferes with your ability to lead a normal life. The “what ifs” can become immobilizing and then the stress can lead to actual physical disability.
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Men

The Mystery of Men in Therapy Revealed

Why is it that so many men feel more comfortable opening up to a therapist -- essentially a stranger -- than they do their own spouse? Do they trust their therapists more than their wives? The short answer is, no, they don’t. The slightly more complicated answer is that they’re afraid to let the one woman who they’re closest with -- the one woman they've professed to love and protect -- know that they, too, are at times scared, confused and dare I say it…sensitive.
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General

6 Strategies for Achieving Any Aspiration

Maybe you’d like to move up in your company. Maybe you’d like to become more assertive. Maybe you’d like to become a better writer or runner. Maybe you’d like to start a photography business. Maybe you’d like to set stronger boundaries. Maybe you’re feeling stuck and would like to make a change. But you’re not sure about the specifics.

Whatever your aspiration or aspirations, the below strategies can help. These valuable tips come from
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Best of Our Blogs: April 25, 2017

Have you ever untangled a necklace or earbud cord?

It's incredibly frustrating.

As I unravel the cord or attempt to take apart a twisted chain, I feel a surprising amount of resistance. Here are the voices that flood my thoughts:

"There are a million things I need to do."

"Why can't this one thing be easy?"

"I wish this would go faster."

By the time I'm done, I want to quit, throw the thing away or in such a mood I couldn't care less that it's done.

Rushing through worsens the situation. Negative thoughts or in other words NUTS and ANTS (read our top post to see what I mean) adds suffering to my experience.

I'm reminded that it was never about the external things anyway. The obstacles you encounter are simply representations of what's going on inside.

See if you can use the challenges in your life as opportunities to stretch yourself by practicing mindfulness, and learning patience or acceptance on a smaller scale.
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Anxiety and Panic

How to Love and Support a Woman with Anxiety


Trust me, she's worth it.

So, you've fallen in love with a woman who has anxiety.

You're one of the lucky ones. You have met a woman who feels deeply. Commercials for dog food make her cry. So does messing up that Pinterest recipe she was so excited to try. She loves fiercely, and, if you are lucky, she will choose to love you. Here is how you love back someone with anxiety:

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