Need treatment? Find help or get online counseling right now!

About
Ben Martin, Psy.D.

Articles by Ben Martin, Psy.D.:

  • The 5 C’s of Effective Discipline: Setting Rules for Children
    17 May 2016

    People don’t just stumble upon good parenting. Parenting well, like any other skill in life, is something we learn not just through what we were taught when we were growing […]

  • Your Psychotherapy Rights
    17 May 2016

    Psychotherapy may be a new and different experience for you, and in some ways may be confusing. Misunderstandings now can lead to problems with your therapy later. Your therapy will […]

  • The Pros and Cons of Self-Help Books
    17 May 2016

    “Codependent No More” “How to Survive the Loss of a Love” “You Can Heal Your Life” “Never Be Tired Again!” “Don’t Panic” “Getting Control” “How to Quit Drinking Without AA” […]

  • Recovering from Addiction and Recovering Your Memory
    17 May 2016

    A chronic marijuana user has cut down his dosage dramatically, but now his supervisor complains that his job performance as a bricklayer was far better before he started treatment. A […]

  • Getting Anger and Hostility Under Control
    17 May 2016

    In the world of stress research, anger and hostility are the most widely studied behavioral characteristics. Studies indicate that anger is the behavioral factor most highly correlated with an increased […]

  • Tips for Talking to Students About a School Shooting
    17 May 2016

    During the tragedy of a school shooting, many times people are uncertain what to say or how to react to teens and young adults when faced with the enormity of […]

  • In-Depth: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    17 May 2016

    Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are […]

  • Helping Your Husband with Depression
    17 May 2016

    To the outside world, Emme Aronson lived a charmed life. She was a successful model, creative director of her own clothing line, a television host, lecturer, and mother of a […]

  • Amy’s Experience: Living with Depression
    17 May 2016

    Amy, a 68 year-old retired clinical social worker living in Virginia, has struggled with depression for more than 40 years. Twenty-four years passed before she received a diagnosis. Her mood […]

  • Problems Related to ADHD
    17 May 2016

    Table of Contents: An Introduction to ADHD Symptoms of ADHD Problems Related to ADHD Causes of ADHD How is ADHD diagnosed? Treatment of ADHD Additional Treatments for ADHD ADHD in […]

  • How is ADHD Diagnosed?
    17 May 2016

    Table of Contents: An Introduction to ADHD Symptoms of ADHD Problems Related to ADHD Causes of ADHD How is ADHD diagnosed? Treatment of ADHD Additional Treatments for ADHD ADHD in […]

  • Treatment for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD)
    17 May 2016

    Treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has two important components — psychotherapy interventions (for both the child and the parents; or the adult with ADHD) and medications. There is […]

  • The Mid-Life Crisis: An Opportunity in Disguise?
    17 May 2016

    In the movie City Slickers the character played by Billy Crystal hits his 39th birthday and finds himself in a slump. His boss tries to find out what’s the matter, […]

  • Parent Abuse by Teen
    17 May 2016

    Parents — just like anyone else — can be abused by a child or teenager. A young adult is just as capable as inflicting emotional, verbal and physical abuse, but […]

  • Challenging Negative Self-Talk
    17 May 2016

    Most people don’t realize it, but as we go about our daily lives we are constantly thinking about and interpreting the situations we find ourselves in. It’s as though we […]

  • Resources for Attention Deficit Disorder
    17 May 2016

    Table of Contents: An Introduction to ADHD Symptoms of ADHD Problems Related to ADHD Causes of ADHD How is ADHD diagnosed? Treatment of ADHD Additional Treatments for ADHD ADHD in […]

  • Future Directions in ADHD
    17 May 2016

    Table of Contents: An Introduction to ADHD Symptoms of ADHD Problems Related to ADHD Causes of ADHD How is ADHD diagnosed? Treatment of ADHD Additional Treatments for ADHD ADHD in […]

  • Getting Help for Attention Deficit Disorder
    17 May 2016

    Table of Contents: An Introduction to ADHD Symptoms of ADHD Problems Related to ADHD Causes of ADHD How is ADHD diagnosed? Treatment of ADHD Additional Treatments for ADHD ADHD in […]

  • ADHD in Adults
    17 May 2016

    Table of Contents: An Introduction to ADHD Symptoms of ADHD Problems Related to ADHD Causes of ADHD How is ADHD diagnosed? Treatment of ADHD Additional Treatments for ADHD ADHD in […]

  • Additional Treatments for ADHD
    17 May 2016

    Table of Contents: An Introduction to ADHD Symptoms of ADHD Problems Related to ADHD Causes of ADHD How is ADHD diagnosed? Treatment of ADHD Additional Treatments for ADHD ADHD in […]

  • How Do I Reduce My Risk of Depression?
    17 May 2016

    It may not always be possible to prevent depression. However, the following strategies may help reduce your risk of becoming depressed: Be aware of your personal risk of depression. Have […]

  • What are the Risk Factors for Depression?
    17 May 2016

    A risk factor is something that increases your likelihood of getting a disease or condition. It is possible to develop depression with or without the risk factors listed below. However, […]

  • Dave’s Story: Living with Bipolar Disorder
    17 May 2016

    Dave, a 68-year-old Texan, has battled bipolar disorder for more than two decades. He raised a family and owned a successful business. He is now retired and spends his time […]

  • Dealing with the Depths of Depression
    17 May 2016

    “I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were equally distributed to the whole human family, there would be not one cheerful face on earth. Whether […]

  • Strategies to Reduce Anxiety and Stress
    17 May 2016

    There are many good techniques and resources for dealing with stress. Perhaps the most important fact is this: Nearly all the stress-related factors in our lives can be modified. We […]

  • Fight or Flight
    17 May 2016

    Consider this stressful situation: At a meeting for which you have thoroughly prepared, the chair criticizes you and accuses you of failing to attend to tasks that were, in reality, […]

  • Reducing Stress at Work
    17 May 2016

    Understanding the causes and effects of workplace stress is important to developing strategies for change. The critical component of any stress management program is the belief that alternatives exist. Feeling […]

  • Being Alone Without Being Lonely
    17 May 2016

    There is a great difference between being lonely and being alone. Many people are alone and lead happy lives. It may behoove us to study some of their traits, because […]

  • In-Depth: Understanding Depression
    17 May 2016

    If you fail an important examination, lose a job or lose a love, it is normal to feel depressed. If a close friend dies, it is also normal to feel […]

  • Coping with the Loss of a Spouse
    17 May 2016

    Dealing with the loss of a spouse can be one of the most traumatic and stressful events in a person’s life. This loss often occurs during a stage when many […]

  • Does Stress Cause Heart Disease?
    17 May 2016

    One could argue that stress is bad and feel intuitively that it must be harmful to health. Then again, human beings have always been subject to stress. We evolved under […]

  • Phases and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder
    17 May 2016

    There are a number of common types of phases that most people with bipolar disorder experience to one degree or another. The most commonly experienced type of bipolar disorder is […]

  • Real Men Don’t Get Help
    17 May 2016

    The stigma still exists: “Real men” don’t whine about their physical, mental or emotional problems. They work it out, suck it up or walk it off. Although more men are […]

  • Questions to Ask Your Therapist
    17 May 2016

    Choosing the right therapist is important and often difficult to do simply by looking at ads in the Yellow Pages. Credentials can be important, but are not the whole story. […]

  • Talking to a Professional About Bipolar Disorder
    17 May 2016

    You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your doctor or health care provider about your personal risk factors and/or experience with bipolar disorder. By […]

  • How is Bipolar Disorder Diagnosed?
    17 May 2016

    Bipolar disorder is commonly diagnosed based upon the criteria found within the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, which is the professional manual for diagnosing […]

  • Depression vs The Blues
    17 May 2016

    It can be difficult to differentiate depression from a normal episode of “the blues.” Everyone experiences the blues because of troubling events such as the loss of a loved one, […]

  • Facts About Sexual Orientation
    17 May 2016

    In a national random survey on the prevalence of same-sex sexual behavior in the United States, 10% of adult men and 9% of adult women report at least one of […]

  • All About Sexual Orientation
    17 May 2016

    Few areas of psychology have been as controversial as the study of sexual orientation. What percentage of people are gay, and what is the most appropriate criterion for terming someone […]

  • Keep Stress at Bay: Striking a Balance
    17 May 2016

    There is no shortage of causes of stress in today’s busy lifestyle. The percentage of employees reporting work-related burnout grew from 39 percent to 53 percent between 1995 and 1998, […]

  • Moving Beyond the Loss of an Ability
    17 May 2016

    If we let our abilities define who we are, it makes sense that we might think less of ourselves when they are gone. However, we can move past any losses […]

  • Stress and Personality
    17 May 2016

    Individuals differ dramatically in their response to a problem or a stressor. Some people are born with a temperament that predisposes them to higher or lower levels of tolerance to […]

  • Taking on Anxiety and the Irrational Fears in Your Life
    17 May 2016

    Next month Amy turns 49, but it’s unlikely to be a happy birthday. Five years ago she had what she terms a breakdown — it was later diagnosed as generalized […]