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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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The Side Effects of Lithium: My Love Affair with Water

I never go anywhere without a drink in my hand. My nosey neighbor had the nerve to ask me if I was an alcoholic.

I’m not an alcoholic. I just love ice water, huge, plastic glasses of ice water.

The lithium did that to me. Lithium carbonate, which used to be a medication of choice for bipolar individuals, is a salt. It makes you ridiculously thirsty. For over 15 years, I ingested a lot of it daily. The result was a constant, unquenchable thirst.
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What Stephen Hawking Can Teach Us about Good Mental Health

I woke up Wednesday morning to the news that Stephen Hawking had passed away. My first thought made me smile -- that this incredible scientist who seemed to just will himself to stay alive against overwhelming odds, died on March 14th -- Pi Day.

Maybe that was his choice. Who knows?

Stephen Hawking was a thinker -- a brilliant scientist, professor and author who was known for his groundbreaking work in physics and cosmology. His books aimed to make science accessible to everyone. His more well-known works include A Brief History of Time, The Universe in a Nutshell, and A Briefer History of Time.
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Best of Our Blogs: March 16, 2018

Maybe it's because you grew up in a critical household or suffered from your own or a family member's illness. But you've always felt a secret insecurity, self-doubt or a feeling that something's missing. You weren't given a whole pie of worthiness, which is why feedback makes you cringe.

How do you improve your life when you're afraid of the criticism?

You work on yourself first.

Whether it's through changing your diet, creating clear boundaries, or understanding the toxic people in your life, to be successful you need to believe you're worthy of health, love and a lasting relationship.
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Free Live Webinar: How to Manage Your Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors

(Please note: This free live webinar will be recorded and a copy made available to all who registered.)

The only things in life we can truly control are our thoughts, feelings and behaviors. If we can manage those, we can achieve our goals and gain success in life). However, in order to have this control we first need to understand the basics of how our emotions and thoughts work. This webinar will present a simple yet powerful model of how our minds work based on research in cognitive science and behavioral economics. It will also discuss how our minds are wired to make thinking errors that can keep us from reaching our goals and offer practical suggestions for avoiding these errors.

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Anxiety and Panic

How Being Sleep Deprived Alters a Brain Connection That Causes Fear and Anxiety

Your co-worker sluggishly walks into the office and tells you they were up all night working on their client pitch. Do you marvel at their dedication and commitment, or do you shrug it off and think, "Yeah, I’ve had plenty of those nights"?

Odds are, your response would be the latter. After all, sleep is for the weak.

It is not uncommon for us to push our bodies to an unhealthy point in hopes of reaching our goals, whether it’s being a good parent and taking care of your newborn, or pulling an all-nighter to cram for the bar exam.
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Podcast: A Digital Approach to Employee Mental Health

Many employers provide health benefits to their workers that go above and beyond the typical medical insurance. This may take the form of incentive programs for improving health, discounts on fitness centers, or employee assistance programs (EAPs) that provide various health-related services. But there’s a new star on the health horizon called LifeSpeak. This is an entire wellness platform that employers can make available to employees, giving them free, anonymous access to an enormous library of health information, discussion forums, and even live interaction with health experts on a variety of topics, including a great deal related to mental health.
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Exercise & Fitness

6 Appetite Control Secrets from Neuroscience

The latest research in neuroscience offers a crash course in dieting "hacks" to control one's appetite and to decrease food intake. The methods conspire to use the mind to trick oneself into eating less.

1. Reduce Visual Complexity.

According to Rachel Herz, a guest on NPR's Innovation Hub, studies show that single-color jelly beans in a dish are consumed less in one sitting than mixed-color jelly beans. The reason: Mixed-color jelly beans are more visually complex, making them more appetizing to our visual taste receptors.
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What Is the Difference Between Supporting and Enabling?

It is human nature to want to care for and help someone you love. There is a very fine line, however, between being supportive of someone you care about and enabling bad behaviors. Often it can be very difficult to see the line at all. Because of that people frequently end up on the wrong side of the line and don’t even know it.

Whether it is alcohol, other selfish behavior, or general irresponsibility, allowing someone to continue to choose damaging behaviors by being passive, or assisting in them through your own actions, only deepens the damage. When your intention is to help, acting as an enabler does just the opposite.
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Children and Teens

How to Discipline Your Young Toddler

Young toddlers like to get into places they shouldn’t. They throw tantrums. They throw their food. Maybe they hit or bite. Many still don’t talk, and of course can’t articulate what they want or why they’re so upset. (Many adults can’t do that!) When you tell them “no,” they don’t back down and just keep repeating the behavior.

This, naturally, becomes very frustrating. It’s as though your child is doing all these things intentionally—which only escalates your anger. But “Young toddlers are new here and still have a lot to learn about which behaviors are considered socially appropriate and which aren’t,” said
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