General

7 Ways to Boost Your Well-Being That Go Beyond Sleep, Diet and Exercise

We know that getting enough sleep, eating nutrient-rich foods, and participating in physical activities (that we actually enjoy) are all vital for our well-being. After all, these make up the foundation of our health, resulting in everything from increasing our energy to lowering our blood pressure to alleviating our anxiety.

But there are so many other ways we can contribute to our well-being.
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Brain and Behavior

Decision Fatigue: Does it Help to Wear the Same Clothes Every Day?

Ever since the late Steve Jobs popularized the idea, some folks have been enamored by the idea that by wearing the same clothes everyday, you are somehow setting yourself up for greater success. The psychological reasoning behind this is the idea that the fewer decisions you have to make every day on rudimentary tasks (like choosing your clothing, what you're going to eat, etc.), the more brain power you have available for more important decisions.

But is that true? Does cutting out simple decisions about clothing really likely to significantly impact your overall brain reserve for the day?

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Brain and Behavior

Stop Refusing to Apologize & Embrace Being Sorry

One of the hardest lessons to be learned in life is how to be truly, genuinely sorry for our behavior or words that cause another person pain, upset, or harm. Some companies -- as we saw this past week with United Airlines' difficulty in apologizing to their customers -- have an even more difficult time with this than most people.

You may think, "Well, what do I have to apologize for? They were clearly in the wrong." Such stubbornness and a refusal to apologize will get you into far more trouble than it could possibly be worth. It's a lesson worth learning sooner rather than later -- that is, if you want to be happier and more successful in your life.

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General

Start Your Life Passport

My United States passport is expired. I keep meaning to get it renewed, but the reality is, with upcoming career changes, I don't see myself needing it anytime soon. And I haven't added anything to my "bucket list" in years because I haven't been inspired to. My bucket list is rather full. I filled it when I was younger. Feels like I had more life and energy then -- when I wanted to conquer the world. 

I've already lived out that song by Tim McGraw, Live Like You Were Dying. I've been skydiving, mountain climbing, and actually made it more than 2.7 seconds on a bull I named Fumanchu (I couldn't walk for three days, but it was worth it). If you know the song, I also learned to love deeper, speak sweeter, and to forgive. I've raised an amazing son, cultivated lifetime friendships, and meaningful work. 
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Bipolar

PODCAST: Hypersexuality – An Ignored and Misrepresented Symptom of Bipolar

In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe and Vincent address the frequently ignored and often misrepresented aspect of bipolar disorder – hypersexuality. Many seem to view this as a desirable state, believing it to be little more than having frequent sex. It is often treated as a punchline (when it is addressed at all). In reality, it is a horror of compulsion and pain, with devastating consequences, both physical and mental, that no one should wish to have.
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Children and Teens

Are You an Overprotective Parent?

Do you try to protect your child from both physical and emotional pain? Do you try to shield them from sadness and disappointment? Do you try to prevent them from making mistakes or taking risks? Do you do their homework or projects for them? When your child has an argument with a friend, do you call the friend’s parents to resolve it?

If you do, you’re probably an overprotective parent.
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Bipolar

Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, & the Microbiome

You've probably heard about the rising importance of the microbiome -- otherwise known as your gut bacteria. Researchers have started to find interesting links between the naturally occurring bacteria that live in our guts, and things we've traditionally attributed to the brain. Things like our mood, feelings, and even thoughts. We now know, for instance, that gut bacteria can influence brain function.

What has the research found linking the microbiome to serious mental illness such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder?

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General

The 8 Voices of Laziness and How to Overcome Them

According to a study from Deloitte, 70 percent of respondents binge watch streaming content. This means watching an average of five television shows (50-minutes long) in one sitting.

Do we have a laziness epidemic on our hands? It’s possible.   

Laziness is something everyone struggles with to varying degrees. There are many different sources of our laziness. Most of the time, we aren’t aware of these causes. Instead, we just feel lazy.
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General

7 Simple Ways to Enhance Your Relationship Right Now

Enhancing your relationship is about giving it regular attention, effort and care. It is about cultivating your connection. It is about cherishing and supporting your partner. And there are simple ways we can do all these things.

Of course, relationships are complex and multilayered. But that doesn’t mean that working on your relationship is necessarily complex, too. Sometimes it might be. Sometimes it’s not. Below couples therapists share seven simple suggestions to help you enhance your relationship.
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Brain and Behavior

5 Common Traits of Psychologically Healthy People


How psychologically healthy are YOU?

We all have a general idea of what we think a psychologically healthy person looks like. Maybe it’s not being depressed or anxious, not suffering, or not having a diagnosis. Maybe it’s being happy, or simply able to live a good life. All of these things are important and have great merit, of course. But what are the specific factors that make a person psychologically healthy? Here are the five hallmarks that hardly anyone thinks about.
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