Fighting every day Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Did you know that getting a song stuck in one’s head is one of the most common symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?  Here’s some practical advice, from the research, for getting that tune out of your head? A number of Beatles songs have been shown to be among the most annoyingly easy to become obsessive about. […]

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How is trauma passed down through the generations?

It’s well known that children of trauma survivors often experience secondary trauma– a kind of stress reaction that is ‘caught’ by someone, simply by hearing about the original trauma.  A substantial amount of literature, for example, has been written that examined Second Generation Holocaust Survivors.  The children of Holocaust survivors often went on to have […]

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A great new podcast!

The hidden brain podcast I’ve reviewed this and it looks like it will be phenomenal.  Thanks, NPR!

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Individuals do not just suffer with Psychiatric symptoms.  Instead, they have a complex relationship with their symptoms.  A depressed person may both love and feel intimate and secure with the familiar feeling of melancholy, and a person with occasional bouts of psychosis may strongly believe that the perceptions they have are helpful attimes. What kind […]

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When a loved one suffers from mental illness

I found this poignant article on one of my news feeds and want to share it on this site.  Where do you turn, when a loved one becomes mentally ill?  How can you help alleviate suffering, and foster understanding?  This author’s take is a frank look at how difficult it can be for the partners […]

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Perhaps there is hope for Alzheimer’s sufferers and their loved ones

Has you or anyone you know suffered from dementia.  For loved ones of individual’s with Alzheimer’s, everyday grief is the norm.  However, it looks like researchers at Stanford may have made a breakthrough.  Take a look: Alzheimer’s researchers potentially find cure

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If we were all a little more mindful…

I sometimes wonder how life would change, if we all took the time to be a little more mindful in our everyday lives.  Here is one author’s quest for mindfulness, and what he noticed about more mindful living.    mindful living What are YOUR challenges to mindfulness?  What do you notice, when you slow down?

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It’s been awhile since I’ve posted.  Teaching kept me busy, in the Fall of 2014.  I ran across this, however, and thought that I should share it.  The only thing I don’t like about it is that it gives a little too much weight to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, in my opinion.  Other than that, I […]

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Mental illness and stigma

I love it when famous people “come out” and tell of their struggles with mental illness.  It makes it easier for all of us to talk about. Hemingway and mental illness

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How Psychology can help Ferguson Heal

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, racism is incidious and exceedingly psychological. The president of the American Psychological Association has these words to say, about how we can combat racism.http://www.stltoday.com/news/opinion/columns/how-psychology-can-help-ferguson-heal/article_f6d6e76e-92c7-59a8-b7da-6321c3be882f.html#.VAmjsvjeemg.facebook

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