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Podcast: What Is Participatory Medicine?

It’s an unfortunate truth that many people are unsatisfied with their relationships with their doctors. They often feel that their own concerns aren’t given any credit, that doctors don’t really listen to them, and that they are helpless to do anything about it. The concept of participatory medicine, however, throws all that out the window. In this show, a doctor and a patient describe how the field of medicine can – and should – change by including the patient in everything. They discuss how technology can play a bigger part in improving the patient experience than it currently is. They also touch on dealing with patients who are misinformed and how medical records aren’t as accurate as we think they are.
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How to Be a Real Friend

“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” – Walter Winchell

If you can count the number of real friends you have on one hand, you’re rich, indeed. If you have more than five, perhaps you’re even more blessed. But what if you don’t think you have any real friends, people you can count on no matter what misfortune or happy circumstance you find yourself in? Are you destined to be only an accumulator of acquaintances or is there something you can do about it?
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What So Many of Us Get Wrong About Assertiveness

Most of us are familiar with the term “assertive.” We have a general idea of what being assertive means. But that doesn’t mean we fully understand it. And, in our society, many myths still abound, which adds another layer of confusion. Which is a problem, because these misconceptions can lead us to stay silent about our needs, stew in our resentment and let others walk all over us.

According to psychotherapist Michele Kerulis, EdD, LCPC, “Assertiveness is when people clearly communicate their positions, wants, and needs in respectful ways to others. This includes standing up for yourself, honoring your values, and being firm about your boundaries.”
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Building Healthy Boundaries: 14 Different Ways to Say No

Learning how to say No is incredibly important in our lives. Doing so helps us maintain healthy boundaries and relationships with others and ourselves and also allows us to be more thoughtful and committed to the things we say Yes to. In spite of understanding the benefits of being able to say No when needed, many people (myself included) continue to struggle with actually doing so.

Here are some suggestions to help you master the art of saying No that you can put into practice today (I've included an example with each one, but feel free to put them into your own words):
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Are Babies Able to Reason Before They Talk?

The famous Swiss developmental psychologist, Jean Piaget, believed that children begin to acquire the ability to reason between the ages of four and seven. Those who have taken a child development course will likely remember the conservation of matter experiment, where children younger than seven are not likely to understand that a beaker of water poured into a tall, thin container still contains the same amount of water, even though it might appear to be more.
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Brain and Behavior

Helicopter Parenting: Encourage Your Child’s Free-Range Freedom Instead

Walking to the corner store or to school. Playing in the park or over at a neighbor's house. Endlessly bicycling for miles from friend's house to friend's house down development states and main roads.

These are all things I did as a child. Neither I nor my parents ever thought twice about the amount of freedom children were given in the 1970s, 1980s, and even into the 1990s.

But somewhere after that time, parenting styles changed. And not for the better.

Today, free-range parenting is butting heads with helicopter parenting. Finally, common sense seems to be winning out over fear and overestimating the risks of actual harm to a child.

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Best of Our Blogs

Best of Our Blogs: April 10, 2018

What if there was a way to be less stressed and prepared before the barrage of stressful events start?

There is. Children hold the secret. Can you think of what it is?

Curiosity. As we grow older, we start to predict what will happen. We alter our moods to prevent disappointment. We prepare ourselves for loss and lose that sense of innocence, hope and exploration.

For today, can you see every moment as if it were new? Can you open yourself to the experience without judging it? Can you look at even the challenging situations with curiosity?

Speaking of curiosity, it's the subject of our top posts in dealing with anxiety and can be used to help understand your relationships.
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Using Anxiety as a Signal to Increase Emotional Health

I was at my dentist’s office the other day when I heard the assistant, I’ll call her Emily, talking with the office receptionist. Emily asked her boyfriend to buy her an anxiety cube. My ears perked up when I heard the word “anxiety” so I asked how the cube worked and if she suffered with a lot of anxiety. She smiled sheepishly nodding yes. I told her I was a psychotherapist who teaches people how to ease anxiety and asked if she wanted me to share a bit of education that might help. She and the office receptionist both nodded yes.
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A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast

Ep 4: Uncommon Things We Dislike About Living with Bipolar and Schizophrenia

Gabe Howard (Bipolar) and Michelle Hammer (Schizophrenic) discuss personal and public topics that bother them in society.  Michelle shares her frustration with being accused of lying about having schizophrenia.  She describes how people leave comments on her social media saying she is too competent to have a mental illness, despite her saying publicly that she takes seven medications. Gabe talks about feeling like a marked man when he applies for jobs because of his bipolar disorder.

Both try to come up with a new name for medication classification anti-psychotics, and discuss frustration with other people’s opinions of potentially spreading mental illness to their children. Finally, they discuss how mental health care is not easy for everyone to access and that is unfair.

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Anxiety and Panic

How to Be Mindful (Even if You’re Anxious or Impatient)

The world really wants us to count our blessings. News articles and blog posts tout the many benefits of gratitude, from improved health to better sleep and happier moods. Entrepreneurs and business behemoths like Oprah Winfrey swear by gratitude journals as a solution to stress and the secret to their success.

But practicing gratitude doesn’t come naturally to everyone -- myself included. For one thing, the thought of keeping a gratitude journal can sound like a chore, another to-do item in my already Type A lifestyle.
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Anxiety and Panic

Helping Your Anxious Teen: 5 Ways Parents Can Help

Teens and anxiety. The two seem to go hand in hand.

If you are a parent looking to help your teen through this tough and often turbulent time, then you are not alone. Anxiety in children and teens is on the rise and you will want to know what you can do to make this time easier for them. To make a difference, here are some options that will help your teen not only feel better but receive the right support from you.  
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