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Playing the Victim: How the Victim Mentality is Hindering Your Sobriety

Do you often feel hopeless, like you’ve failed so many times that it’s not even worth trying anymore? Do you frequently dwell on all the mistakes you’ve made and all the relationships you’ve lost? Maybe you just feel like your life will never be meaningful so there’s no use trying to be anything or do anything.

If thoughts like this are controlling your life, you may be using self-victimization to cope with issues you feel unable to manage.
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Best of Our Blogs: March 20, 2018

I bet you think you're a weak person. You suffer from an illness and feel your vulnerability if not daily, moment by moment. You can't just shrug off a look, disappointment or bad news the way a friend can. This makes you feel super sensitive, temperamental or even weak.

It makes sense to think this way. And yet, those who struggle are amongst the strongest warriors in the world. Think about war veterans. Think about the neighbor's daughter who is physically ill, but emotionally strong. Think about how much you've overcome.

Wearing your heart on your sleeves may seem like a sign of weakness. But it's what makes you emotionally strong. It's your resilience that pushes you to persevere through all the oodles of challenges you face every day.

As we begin this week, you'll read what really defines weakness and emotional strength. It just may surprise you.
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Brain and Behavior

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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