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Lynn Ponton, MD

Articles by Lynn Ponton, MD:

  • The Sex Lives of Teenagers
    17 May 2016

    Revealing the secret world of adolescent boys and girls. Rory’s parents had discovered that Rory was sexually active and wanted to know how to handle his request to have Jen […]

  • Alice’s Story with Bipolar Disorder
    17 May 2016

    When my daughter “Alice” was 24, she came home from graduate school one day at three in the morning in a new red Camaro. She sat outside in her new […]

  • Betty’s Story with Depression
    17 May 2016

    Betty J. is a 74-year-old retired school teacher. She became widowed 20 years ago when her husband died unexpectedly in a car accident, after 30 years of marriage. Following that […]

  • Harry’s Story with Depression
    17 May 2016

    From 1961 to 1996, I worked in the same profession with the same company. I was married to the same lady for 42 years. I raised four girls, put them […]

  • Elise’s Story with Depression
    17 May 2016

    Elise is an attractive and bright 24-year-old pre-law student. She is very popular, with numerous friends and family nearby. At the beginning of the fall semester of her junior year, […]

  • Henry’s Story with Depression
    17 May 2016

    Henry W., a 44-year-old advertisement company executive, had been married for 17 years before his wife demanded a divorce based on “irreconcilable differences.” Henry and his wife, Mary, had been […]

  • Richard’s Story with Depression
    17 May 2016

    Richard Appelt had been living the American dream when he started showing symptoms of a mental illness. An Army veteran who had moved his way up through the ranks at […]

  • What is Forgiveness?
    17 May 2016

    Forgiveness is letting go of the need for revenge and releasing negative thoughts of bitterness and resentment. If you are a parent, you can provide a wonderful model for your […]

  • All About Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
    17 May 2016

    Hypnotism puts you into a state of “focused concentration,” during which you’re vaguely aware of your surroundings — you just don’t care about them. There are different stages of hypnosis, […]

  • The Power of Positive Thinking
    17 May 2016

    By now, almost everyone has heard of the Type A personality: the driven workaholic who supposedly is at high risk for heart disease. Well, credible evidence is starting to show […]

  • Finding Help In The Ones You Know and Love
    17 May 2016

    One of many reasons that your attitude can affect your health is that a bad attitude can drive other people away. And interaction with other people is vital for your […]

  • Gaining Control of Your Life
    17 May 2016

    It’s important that you feel in control of your life. People who do go through life with a better sense of well-being and security, as well as have a greater […]

  • Tips for a Satisfying Sleep
    17 May 2016

    It’s especially important to get enough sleep during stressful times. You may feel pulled in many directions by relationships, errands and work to be done. However, if you sacrifice sleep […]

  • Anger Management
    17 May 2016

    Anger is an emotional state that varies in intensity from mild irritation to intense fury or rage. It is accompanied by physiological and biological changes, like increased heart rate and […]

  • Anthony’s Story with Bipolar Disorder
    17 May 2016

    As I sit writing this, my 11-year-old son Anthony sits in a Residential Treatment Facility in hopes of learning how to deal with all the phases that bipolar brings. My […]

  • Prevention of Bipolar Disorder
    17 May 2016

    Based on our current theories about the causes of bipolar disorder, there is no ready way to prevent its onset. However, those at risk for bipolar disorder — because it […]

  • Dave’s Story with Bipolar Disorder
    17 May 2016

    I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder nine years ago and have been hospitalized three times within six years, due in part to nonacceptance of my condition, coupled with severe side […]

  • 10 Tips for Parents of Risk-taking Teenagers
    17 May 2016

    1. All teenagers take risks as a normal part of growing up. It’s a tool they use to define and develop their identity. Healthy risk-taking is a valuable experience. 2. […]

  • Coping With Bipolar Disorder
    17 May 2016

    If you have bipolar disorder, one of the best things you can do to help manage your illness is learn all you can about the disorder. You can do this […]

  • Understanding the Fear of Flying
    17 May 2016

    Traveling by plane is one of the fastest and easiest modes of transportation, enabling people to visit family and friends across the globe in a short amount of time. While […]

  • Coping With Denial in Eating Disorders
    17 May 2016

    What if the person you care about refuses to admit there is a problem? This is often the case with teenagers in general, and with anorexia nervosa at any age. […]

  • Characteristics of Effective Counseling
    17 May 2016

    Effective counseling is a two way street. It takes a cooperative effort by both the person receiving counseling and the counselor. And it takes a commitment to make sometimes difficult […]

  • 20 Tips to Tame Your Stress
    17 May 2016

    Stress hits us all in life, and while a little stress is good — it keeps us focused and motivated — too much of it and it can grind our […]

  • Accepting the Body You Have
    17 May 2016

    By the third week of January, many New Year’s diets have been broken, and it’s time for some sound advice on achieving a quality lifestyle instead. Ninety-five percent of all […]

  • Building Self-Esteem
    17 May 2016

    Self-esteem is how you feel about yourself as a person. Those with high self-esteem believe that they are adequate, strong and worthy of a good life, while those with low […]

  • Frequently Asked Questions about Separation Anxiety Disorder
    17 May 2016

    It can be natural for young children to be afraid of being with unknown people or in unfamiliar surroundings. This is a normal part of childhood development. However, when children […]

  • Treatment of Separation Anxiety Disorder
    17 May 2016

    There are a number of commonly used treatments for separation anxiety disorder, most of which focus on one or more types of psychotherapy. As with most childhood issues, the earlier […]

  • Jolene’s Story with Bipolar Disorder
    17 May 2016

    Like others, I too experienced all the typical manic symptoms (rapid speech, giving things away, handing my credit card to everyone, sleeplessness). But there are some big differences, too. This […]

  • Mary’s Story with Bipolar Disorder
    17 May 2016

    I’ve worked through a marriage for 13 years. It’s been 14 years I guess, because my divorce isn’t final yet. I feel as though I’ve failed in my commitment to […]

  • Rory’s Story with Bipolar Disorder
    17 May 2016

    Below is the story of Rory, who shared her story of first being diagnosed with bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression). She shared her story with us to help […]

  • Coping With Loneliness: Tips for Seniors
    17 May 2016

    On the old television show “The Golden Girls,” four, over-60 widows live together, providing each other companionship, friendship and emotional support. Many seniors, however, lack this kind of social network. […]