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10 Benefits of Tai Chi for Better Overall Health, Well-Being and Living Longer

“The reason I exercise is for the quality of life I enjoy.” – Kenneth H. Cooper

In the search for effective ways to experience positive outcomes in the all-important life aspects such as overall health, well-being and mortality, one of the sleeper strategies to consider involves adopting an ancient Chinese practice called tai chi. Here are some of the benefits of tai chi documented by research.

Live longer.

Tai Chi is a mind-body practice...


Confronting Narcissistic Abuse

We’re all capable of abuse when we’re frustrated or hurt. We may be guilty of criticizing, judging, withholding, and controlling, but some abusers, including narcissists, take abuse to a different level. Narcissistic Abuse can be physical, mental, emotional, sexual, financial, and/or spiritual. Some types of emotional abuse are not easy to spot, including manipulation. It can include emotional blackmail, using threats and intimidation to exercise control. Narcissists are masters of verbal abuse and...


What You Need to Know About the Newest Antidepressants

In addition to therapy, medication can be an invaluable treatment for clinical depression. It may alleviate symptoms and literally save lives. Which is why having an array of medications to choose from is vital.

Recently, in the , three antidepressants were approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression: vilazodone (Viibryd) in 2011; levomilnacipran (Fetzima) in 2013; and vortioxetine (Trintellix; formerly called Brintellix, but renamed to avoid confusion with the blood-thinning medication Brilinta) in...


What’s Under His Suit? Depression and Anxiety

Let's get candid about male mental health.

Men don’t get a lot of compassion -- not as a gender, not toward one another, and not toward ourselves. We are the more impulsive, less refined gender that has not progressed much since our cave-dwelling days. We’ve learned to use a salad fork since then, however, and we pretend to enjoy chivalry.

Sadly -- and perhaps due to our ruffian status -- men are...


How to Find the Best Therapist for You

Many people start looking for a therapist while they are experiencing significant levels of distress, sadness, troubling symptoms, or other difficulties. While we are in this state, we simply want someone who can help us and hopefully make us feel better. However, just as you would want to meet and discuss things with several professionals for home repairs or try out several models prior to...


Sex Addiction: Not Just a Man’s Issue

According to The National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity, sexual addiction is, “engaging in persistent and escalating patterns of sexual behavior acted out despite increasing negative consequences to self and others.” Although, in some circles, the very idea of sexual addiction is debated, since it comes across as sex-negative or shaming, like any habitual or pattern- oriented behavior, if engaging in...


Don’t Tell Me to Shut Up: The “Et Tu, Brute” Stigma of Mental Illness

After sharing my eccentric journey to recovery in a new book, I’ve been accused of being anti-psychiatry. I'm not anti-psychiatry. I’m only anti-psychiatry if it means questioning the long-term efficacy of antidepressants, drug-biased research and the accuracy of making quick diagnoses without objective evidence. I’m anti-psychiatry if it means campaigning for a better mental health system that views a patient in a broader, holistic light and meaningfully addresses things...


Implicit Bias Leads to Explicit Danger

There has been considerable and well-deserved publicity regarding cases where implicit or explicit police bias has led to unwarranted arrests and shooting of unarmed black individuals. The Starbucks case illustrates how a black man waiting at a place of business can be construed as loitering or engaging in disorderly conduct. A black man standing in his backyard with a telephone in his hand can be shot as a potentially dangerous suspect. About 22-25% of...

Healthy Living

A Heart-repreneur Bounces Back from Chronic Pain by Focusing on Her Blessings and Being of Service

Terri Levine, captures the attention of a room by speaking powerfully about ways that listeners can enhance their lives and fulfill personal and professional dreams. Small in stature, but expansive in presence; she has experienced what may seem like several lifetimes this go-around. They include travel and adventures, marriage, and creating her own successful business.

I met her at a professional conference where she was one of three speakers, encouraging us...


Are You Experiencing Emotional Abuse and Not Aware of It?

You may not think you’re in an emotionally abusive relationship or minimize it. You may not consider your partner abusive because they seem caring and loving towards you, until you do not comply.

An abusive partner can be extremely loving when you make yourself available to meet all their needs and give them all your undivided attention. In fact, it is when the partner stops meeting the needs of the abuser that...


How to Help Your Child Combat Loneliness

“You are never alone. You are eternally connected with everyone.” – Amit Ray

Many children, especially latch-key kids who must fend for themselves while one or both parents work, suffer from loneliness. Some have it worse than others. I can relate, having endured years of loneliness as a child. While I’m not a trained child psychologist, some of the basic habits

Book Reviews

Book Review: Inventing Ourselves

Adolescence may seem like a period during which the brain goes offline, but it is anything but that. All-consuming relationships, capricious decisions, radical mood swings, and an addiction-like compulsion to risk-taking all offer tremendous insight into a time when the brain is shifting, changing,...

Book Reviews

Book Review: The Power of Context

Our initial impressions about other people are often far from accurate. We might judge someone for not holding the door open for us, but perhaps he didn't even see us, or has trouble hearing and didn't sense us approaching. In The Power of Context,...


Book Review: Hatching Charlie

“Herein lies one of life’s many paradoxes, although embracing one’s thoughts and feelings is essential to the pursuit of happiness, it is not easy,” writes Charles Creath McCormack in his new memoir, Hatching Charlie: A Psychotherapist’s Tale.

Throughout the book, McCormack takes readers on a...


Is All Our Photo Taking Worthwhile?

New research sheds light on what’s working and what’s not.

Smart phone cameras have turned many of us into de facto members of the paparazzi. Every event from the mundane to the glorious is shared in the moment or preserved for the future. But do our efforts pay off as intended?

Whatever your motivation is for taking photos, it's worthwhile to have a clear view of what's working and what's not. For example, recent...

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