ADHD and ADD

ADHD and Adults: How to Create a Routine When You Don’t Have a 9 to 5

Maybe you’re an entrepreneur. Maybe you’re a real estate agent or writer. Maybe you’re an artist or a photographer. Maybe you’re a graphic or web designer. Maybe you’re a coach or consultant. Maybe you’re an attorney with your own practice.

Whatever your profession, you aren’t tied to a desk and you don’t have specific work hours -- like 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. And you also have ADHD, which makes not having a built-in structure challenging.
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General

Psychology of Empathy: Why It May Hurt More Than You Know

As a child, many of us are taught that it's important to put yourself in another person's shoes, to feel what they're feeling. "How would you like it if Joey took your toy and smashed it?" This is an attempt to understand that our behaviors can have a negative impact in another person's life -- that our actions can hurt others.

So it's no surprise that as we age, we tend to believe that it's important to keep empathy in our lives when thinking about other groups of people -- like the poor or disadvantaged.

But what if everything we thought we knew about the value of empathy was wrong? What if empathy hurts us more than it helps?

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Children and Teens

PODCAST: Hospital After-School Program Teaches Life Skills for Youth with Mental Illness

In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe and Vincent continue a 3-part series about the Palo Alto suicides and some of the things that came about after and, at least partially, as a result of them. Returning this episode is Sammy Kotmel, joined by Michael Fitzgerald, Executive Director of Behavioral Health Services at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California. Sammy is one of many school students to go through the hospital's ASPIRE program, which helps children, teens and young adults with anxiety, depression or other symptoms related to a mental health condition.

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Anorexia

To the Mother of a Daughter with an Eating Disorder

You remember holding your child, kissing her, cuddling her, whispering, "I love you." You remember her running through the grass, laughing, with a constant smile on her face. You remember what it used to be like before ED (Eating disorder) came into her life.

Writing this I am almost tempted to say that ED is like a really bad boyfriend your daughter has. He’s powerful, manipulating, pervasive, and destructive. He has all the wrong intentions. He doesn’t know when to back off, stop abusing her, or telling her lies.
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General

How Trumpcare Will Affect Mental Health

The American Health Care Act -- aka Trumpcare or the AHCA -- is the GOP's effort to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). You'd think with a proponent like Trump behind it, it would offer the gold standard of healthcare. You know, like the free healthcare that Congress gives itself.

Instead, the proposed law is a fairly half-hearted attempt to remake the Affordable Care Act into something that Republicans can better stomach. Let's take a look at the current proposal, which is getting pushback from all sides.

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Happiness

The Joys of Changing Your Perspective

When we talk about skills for taking care of our mental health, we often talk about things like practicing self-care, eliminating stress from our lives, and being able to seek support from others.

There’s another powerful skill, though, that has more to do with what you think than what you do: changing your perspective.
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Anxiety and Panic

An Immigration Phenomena: The Effects of Forced Migration

And if there was one bitter lesson the times had taught all those “hunted down and forced into exile at a time hostile to all art and all collections, then it is the art of saying goodbye to everything that was once our pride and joy.” - Stefan Zweig
The Need to Belong

An individual’s personality is shaped mostly by their memories of childhood. These memories become one’s ego, strength, and confidence, and further reflect in various aspects of their daily routines and functioning. The association of a man with places, people, relationships, activities and conflicts structures one’s memory and provides one with an identity.
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