Tag Archives: cognitive behavioral therapy

DBT: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

DBT: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. (Eating Disorder Hope) Through DBT, patients are educated in ways of increasing self-awareness, how to regulate self-defeating thoughts, ways to transform black-or-white thinking, and how to better manage conflict and stress. More recently, DBT has been adapted by leading eating disorder centers as a key treatment modality. Related Posts:Dialectical Behavior Therapy…
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8 ways CBT can improve your relationship.

8 ways CBT can improve your relationship.(Psychology Today) Effective therapy can improve our relationships, whether or not those relationships are the specific target of the treatment. A relatively brief course of cognitive behavioral therapy(CBT)—which has been tested more than any other treatment—can lead to marked benefits not only for the person in therapy but for…
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Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy.  Findings from multiple studies reflect the efficacy of DBT, especially for the treatment of borderline personality issues, posttraumatic stress, self-harm, and suicidality. Related Posts:Dialectical Behavior Therapy: For more than borderline personality.Dialectical Behavior Therapy treats binge eating disorder.DBT: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.OCD, motivation, and self-efficacy.The how and why of CBT.How early trauma influences behavior.
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3 questions that helped me discover my true purpose.

3 questions that helped me discover my true purpose. (Entrepreneur) You must embrace a purpose-driven life and serve mankind in some way. Related Posts:Finding your life purpose: Reinventing yourself.Likes less likely to affect self-esteem of people with purpose.5 keys to being a more mindful entrepreneur.Graduating and looking for your passion?4 questions to foster your authentic…
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4 questions to foster your authentic self.

4 questions to foster your authentic self. (Mindful) When we fear that we can’t think and act as we truly are, we put parts of ourselves on hold. Here’s how we can begin to let go of expectations and pressures and tend to our wants and needs with kindness.   Related Posts:Fear of flying: When…
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What is DBT?

What is DBT? (Psychology Today) DBT transforms negative mental thoughts and behaviors into an understanding of the person’s journey. The skills learned from DBT sessions prompts people to react to stressful situations in more productive, positive ways. Related Posts:Connecting: Forging real relationships with people of color.OCD: Unwanted thoughts or irresistible actions take over.Divorcés help those…
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Likes less likely to affect self-esteem of people with purpose.

Likes less likely to affect self-esteem of people with purpose. (ScienceDaily) How many likes did I get? The rush of self-esteem that comes with the ubiquitous thumbs-up has more people asking that question, as Facebook and other social media sites offer more ways for friends to endorse photos and posts. Related Posts:Tinder: Swiping self esteem?Are…
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In men, depression is different.

In men, depression is different. (Wall Street Journal) The symptoms—and how they respond to help—are unlike what women experience. Men often withdraw and get angry.   Related Posts:Depression doubles stroke risk in middle-age women.Describing depression to non-sufferers.Things you should never do when angry.Signs of teen depression.Depression treatment heals way more than the mind.Hidden depression among…
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Depressed? Do what you love.

Depressed? Do what you love. (Scientific American) Therapies that focus on changing behaviors are just as effective as those that modify thoughts in managing the debilitating mood disorder.   Related Posts:How to deal with a depressed spouse.Depressed or anxious? Check your thyroid.Privileged teens more self-centered–and depressed.8 hidden signs you might be depressed.5 unexpected signs that…
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Work productivity key in assessing depression recovery.

Work productivity is key factor in assessing recovery of depressed patients. (ScienceDaily) …monitoring work productivity can provide unique insight into whether a patient will require additional treatments to achieve long-term remission, a new study finds. Related Posts:Self-monitoring apps: Recovery Record or Rise Up.Eating disorder recovery: Your post-treatment plan.Binge eating disorder and recovery.To my patients beginning…
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What is behavioural activation for depression?

What is behavioural activation for depression? (Explainer) Behavioural activation aims to increase engagement in activities we value, which boosts our chances of deriving pleasure and a sense of achievement from life.   Related Posts:Behavioral activation effective as CBT for depression.Mindfulness boosts brain activation for healthy pleasures.4 things pre-marriage counseling taught me.Hereditary trauma: Inheritance of traumas.Describing…
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Behavioral activation effective as CBT for depression.

Behavioral activation as effective as CBT for depression, at lower cost. (ScienceDaily) A simple and inexpensive therapy is equally as effective at treating depression as the ‘gold standard’ of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a large-scale study has concluded. Related Posts:Treating bulimia with CBT and IPT.What is behavioural activation for depression?Social anxiety? Cognitive therapy most effective.Mindfulness-based…
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What to expect at your first therapy session.

What to expect at your first therapy session. (Teen Vogue) So, if you are choosing to try therapy, congrats on taking the leap. It means you’re taking control of your problems, and what’s cooler and more empowering than that? If you’ve got the first-appointment jitters, rest easy: Here’s what to expect.   Related Posts:Tips for…
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Describing depression to non-sufferers.

Describing depression to those who’ve never had it. (Blurt) We believe that those with lived experience of depression are the best qualified to educate about depression – how it feels, what helped, what didn’t.   Related Posts:16 damaging myths about depression.In men, depression is different.Signs of teen depression.Interpersonal therapy for depression.Depression treatment heals way more…
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CBT skills help unemployed with job search.

CBT skills can help unemployed with job search. (Psych Central) New research discovers skills commonly taught as part of cognitive-behavioral therapy for depression can help unemployed people find a job. Related Posts:Life skills everyone should master by age 40.Introductory questions therapists commonly ask.Signs you are verbally abused: Part I.Succeed as a leader? Talent, skills alone…
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Kristen Bell essay on depression is perfect.

Kristen Bell wrote an essay on depression and it’s perfect. (Huffington Post) “There is such an extreme stigma about mental health issues, and I can’t make heads or tails of why it exists.”   Related Posts:Kristen Bell‬ and ‪Dax Shepard’s‬‬ healthy marriage.Breaking stigma of mental health in student athletes.Mental health struggles of health professions students…
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First day of therapy? Know this.

First day of therapy? Know this. (Huffington Post) You are trusting another person with your troubles, with your personal opinions and your private relationships. There are a lot of questions that may be lingering in your mind when you walk through my door… Related Posts:What actually happens during a therapy session.Disagree about politics without losing…
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The untreated epidemic of medical student depression.

The untreated epidemic of medical student depression. (Health Affairs) External stressors alone may not be the culprit. Physicians are more likely to be obsessive and perfectionists, which may make them more emotionally reactive to failure. Related Posts:Social epidemic that increases heart disease by 30%.Eating disorders secret epidemic facing gay men.Breaking stigma of mental health in…
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Law students suffer depression and binge drinking.

The struggle: Law students suffer from high rates of depression and binge drinking. (Above the Law) Depression coupled with severe anxiety can lead to alcohol and drug abuse, and 22 percent of law student survey respondents reported that they were binge drinkers. Once law students graduate, these problems do not improve, but seem to only get…
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Danger of high-functioning depression in college.

The danger of high-functioning depression as told by a college student. (Upworthy). Depression can look different on everyone.   Related Posts:Law students suffer depression and binge drinking.The untreated epidemic of medical student depression.Stress, hostility, depression linked with stroke.Might your college student have an eating disorder?Long hours and overwork increases depression.High-potency cannabis damages key brain structure.
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8 hidden signs you might be depressed.

8 hidden signs you might be depressed. (Reader’s Digest) Depression doesn’t always involve crying or feeling obviously unhappy. These subtler mental clues could also indicate you have depression.   Related Posts:How to deal with a depressed spouse.5 unexpected signs that you are depressed.Depressed? Do what you love.Signs of teen depression.Depression is not always what you…
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Sad how men view their own depression.

The saddest thing about how men view their own depression. (PsyBlog) Try reaching out with even the simplest question like ‘How are you doing?’   Related Posts:Telling someone you have an eating disorder.Reassuring someone experiencing fear, anxiety.Depression treatment heals way more than the mind.Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for recurrent depression.Hidden depression among us.Ways heavy social media…
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What actually happens during a therapy session.

‘What actually happens during a therapy session’ and six other common questions about psychotherapy. (Huffington Post) I’d like to address a few typical questions — and misconceptions — about what therapy is, and isn’t, and how it works. Related Posts:Introductory questions therapists commonly ask.Tips for your first therapy session.6 common obstacles in couples therapy.What therapists…
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5 lies ruining your mental health.

5 lies ruining your mental health. (Huffington Post) Despite ongoing efforts to educate the public about mental health, many misconceptions remain. Before the stigma can be stopped, these five mental health myths need to be debunked:   Related Posts:Mental health struggles of health professions students clear.Breaking stigma of mental health in student athletes.The mental health…
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Things mentally strong people do daily.

8 things mentally strong people do every single day. (Huffington Post) In addition to avoiding the things that could hold them back, mentally strong people create healthy habits that assist them in growing stronger. Here are eight things mentally strong people do every day to strengthen their mental muscles. Related Posts:People who make things happen.6…
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12 things to stop blaming yourself for.

 12 things to stop blaming yourself for. (Huffington Post) As I go through the growing pains of becoming a “real adult,” I’m realizing that the notion that I’m responsible for everything that comes into my life is absolute, total crap. Sometimes there are things we just shouldn’t apologize for. Related Posts:5 reasons your diet does…
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Psychiatrist, psychologist, or counselor?

What is the difference between a psychiatrist, a psychologist, a psychotherapist and a counselor? When looking for someone to help you overcome whatever is holding you back from leading a productive life full of positive, loving relationships, it is beneficial to understand the differences between Psychiatrists (M.D.s), Psychologists (Ph.D.s &, Psy.D.s), and Licensed Psychotherapists (LCSWs,…
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7 drawbacks of online dating.

7 drawbacks of online dating, according to science. (Huffington Post) The upside of online dating is obvious: It’s an easy way to meet a bunch of potential dates whenever you want. But does all of that quantity and convenience equal quality? Not always.As 38 percent   Related Posts:5 ways to overcome dating anxiety.Best time to…
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Therapy myths that are just totally WRONG.

10 therapy myths that are just totally WRONG (as written by a therapist). (YourTango) There are a lot of myths about therapy that stop people from going in for a session. Here are 10 of the most common therapy myths — and the truth! — straight from the mouth of a therapist. Related Posts:Psychotherapy: Myths…
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People who make things happen.

15 characteristics of people who make things happen. (Huffington Post) People who make things happen seem to share certain admirable characteristics people in the other two groups lack. They are go-getters and know that if anything is to be, it’s really up to them. Related Posts:Surprising little things make a happy relationship.Things mentally strong people…
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Why highly successful people seek therapy.

Why highly successful people seek therapy. (Huffington Post) OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA There are five common problems that are unique to high achievement. Related Posts:10 rules for a successful second marriage.11 intriguing reasons to give talk therapy a try.5 ways to use Facebook as a highly sensitive person.How do I persuade someone to seek professional help?10…
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16 damaging myths about depression.

16 damaging myths about depression you need to stop believing. (BuzzFeed) There’s no getting around it. Depression is hard. So hard. And sometimes, it can take so much out of you that it feels impossible to look forward. But it won’t always be that way. Related Posts:17 harmful myths about anxiety.Describing depression to non-sufferers.Loving someone…
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Depression doubles stroke risk in people over 50.

Depression could double stroke risk in people over 50. (Huffington Post) People who have depression for a long time may be at increased risk for stroke, a new study suggests. Related Posts:Depression doubles stroke risk in middle-age women.Stress, hostility, depression linked with stroke.Depression linked to early death among seniors with diabetes.Long hours and overwork increases…
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Obesity, depression cause daytime sleepiness.

Obesity, depression have role in excessive daytime sleepiness. (Science Daily) Obesity and depression – not only lack of sleep – are underlying causes for regular drowsiness, according to researchers. Related Posts:Guidelines for childhood obesity prevention programs.No more diets… and other AAP recommendations.What is missing in teen health programs.Long hours and overwork increases depression.Seeing self as…
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There is nothing wrong with going to therapy.

Just a reminder that there’s nothing wrong with going to therapy. (Huffington Post)  “Most people who initiate counseling do not have a serious mental illness. They have serious life challenges or are going through difficult life-cycle transitions that may be taxing their current ability to cope.” Related Posts:Therapy myths that are just totally WRONG.Make difficult,…
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5 unexpected signs that you are depressed.

5 unexpected signs that you’re depressed. (Oprah) You’re not sad or overwhelmed, but maybe stuff has nonetheless gotten to you. Here are overlooked signals that you might need a little support to get back to feeling better, happier and more yourself. Related Posts:8 hidden signs you might be depressed.5 unexpected behaviors that sink a marriage.Depressed?…
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14 signs you are emotionally intelligent.

14 signs you’re an emotionally intelligent person. (Thought Catalog) Emotional intelligence is one of the essential soft skills in life that’s incredibly important to personal and professional success but often goes overlooked and undiscussed. Related Posts:Signs on your way to living your best life.How blacks emotionally protect themselves in age of BlackLivesMatter.Signs of emotional abuse.12 signs…
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Saying yes to what is next.

Saying ‘yes’ to what’s next: 4 signs you are a master at handling change. (Huffington Post) At the end of the day, it all comes down to how we handle it. Our ability (or inability) to live in reality and deal with change can say a lot about us and our outlook on life. And…
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13 things I wish I knew in my early 20s.

13 things I wish I knew in my early 20s. (Huffington Post) Early 20s. Mid 20s. Late 20s. It’s crazy how much a person can change in a span of 10 years and not even by force. It happens so fast. Related Posts:7 things I wish I knew when I was still in college.Things no…
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A long night of sleep may be bad for you.

Why a long night’s sleep may be bad for you. (BBC News) Many of us try, but often fail, to get eight hours’ sleep each night. This is widely assumed to be the ideal amount – but some experts now say it’s too much, and may actually be unhealthy. Related Posts:Pre-sleep drinking disrupts sleep.Long hours…
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11 intriguing reasons to give talk therapy a try.

11 intriguing reasons to give talk therapy a try. (Forbes) “Not only do successful people not fear therapy, they embrace it…. Psychotherapy is a tool that creates success. Smart people use it.” And therapy is not just something that smart people use, it’s something that most everybody should probably try during at least some point…
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Finding your life purpose: Reinventing yourself.

Finding your life purpose: Nilofer Merchant’s 3-step plan for reinventing yourself. (Huffington Post) Starting something new is always filled with uncertainty, but Nilofer Merchant, who’s got more than a few reinventions under her belt, is here to help you take your next step with clarity and purpose. Related Posts:3 questions that helped me discover my true…
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Life skills everyone should master by age 40.

Life skills: Ivanka Trump, Thich Nhat Hanh and others on the things everyone should master by age 40. (Huffington Post) Some people seem to have it all together, and there’s no reason it can’t be you. Experts from a variety of fields — from a master sommelier to a Buddhist monk — reveal the life…
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Mindfulness promising for treating depression.

Mindfulness holds promise for treating depression. (APA) …a growing body of research is pointing to an intervention that appears to help prevent relapse by altering thought patterns without side effects: mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, or MBCT. Related Posts:Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for recurrent depression.Mindfulness not a waste — treats depression.Treating bulimia with CBT and IPT.Treating the side…
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Depression is not always what you think.

Depression isn’t always what you think: The subtle signs. (Forbes) Knowing that depression can play out in counterintuitive ways is important, since knowing that you’re depressed is the first step in seeking help for it. Related Posts:8 hidden signs you might be depressed.How to face your fears one step at a time.5 unexpected signs that you are depressed.Signs…
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Looking for a therapist? Key questions.

Looking for a therapist? Key questions to help you find the right one. (World of Psychology) Clinical psychologist Ryan Howes, Ph.D, has known individuals who’ve spent more time researching their dinner reservations than their next therapist. However, going to therapy is a vulnerable process. It requires honesty and hard work. It requires revealing your struggles.…
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Why do therapists charge so much?

Why do therapists charge so much? (World of Psychology) In summary, the hourly rate on which your therapist seemingly lives the posh lifestyle has to cover quite a bit. What’s left over from the above-mentioned necessities go toward paying personal and family expenses and the occasional leisure activity. Related Posts:Therapists reveal what therapy can do…
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Doctors and nurses should meditate.

Why doctors and nurses should meditate. (Mindful)  According to recent research, mindfulness could cut down on the spread of hospital-acquired infections. Related Posts:Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for recurrent depression.Mental health struggles of health professions students clear.Talking about meditation… without being annoying.5 keys to being a more mindful entrepreneur.What it’s really like having obsessive-compulsive disorder.Compassion: Brain food…
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Facebook causes envy, depression follows.

If Facebook use causes envy, depression could follow. (Science Daily) “…if Facebook is used to see how well an acquaintance is doing financially or how happy an old friend is in his relationship–things that cause envy among users–use of the site can lead to feelings of depression.” Related Posts:Facebook, wine, TV almost destroyed my life.Feeling…
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Depressed or anxious? Check your thyroid.

Depressed or anxious? Check your thyroid. (PsychCentral) Since I hadn’t been sleeping well for months and was used to feeling fatigued, I assumed my exhaustion and concentration problems were merely symptoms of my chronic depression. Related Posts:Depressed? Do what you love.How to deal with a depressed spouse.8 hidden signs you might be depressed.5 unexpected signs…
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A simple hug as a natural anti-depressant.

The power of a simple hug as a natural anti-depressant. (Mindful) There is real biological power in the simple act of a hug. It can melt away the stress from a day. It can lend itself to repairing emotional wounds. Related Posts:Fights over power, relationship investment.Assessment: Is your power corrupting you?Simple things every person deserves…
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The scientific approach to changing your life.

The scientific approach to changing your life. (Huffington Post) For one thing, you have to know exactly where you’re at in relation to your goals. Dr. Norcross says there are five possible stages you may be in in regard to making changes: precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action and maintenance. Related Posts:7 emotional stages of divorce in…
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10 lies we need to stop telling ourselves.

10 lies we need to stop telling ourselves. (Huffington Post) These self-limiting beliefs are affecting us one way or another. They’re paralyzing us and keeping too many of us from even thinking about taking action on our dream lifestyle. Related Posts:5 lies ruining your mental health.Lies about eating disorders that almost stopped my recovery.Telling parents…
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Mindfulness boosts brain activation for healthy pleasures.

Mindfulness intervention boosts brain activation for healthy pleasures. (Science Daily) How can people who are dependent on prescription opioids reduce their cravings? Learn to enjoy other aspects of their lives. Related Posts:What is behavioural activation for depression?Tired and edgy? Sleep deprivation boosts anxiety.Mindfulness, music appreciation and empathy.The brain on anorexia.What alcohol does to your brain…
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What kind of therapist – and which type of therapy?

What kind of therapist – and which type of therapy – is right for you? (US News) Here are a few tips on how to find a therapist, along with an overview of common types of therapy offered by mental health professionals. Related Posts:Looking for a therapist? Key questions.6 common obstacles in couples therapy.Do I need…
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3 more obstacles in therapy, how to overcome.

3 more obstacles in therapy and how to overcome them. (World of Psychology) Therapy not only improves mental health symptoms and relationship issues, she said, but it also furthers our psychological (“our emotional, cognitive and relational aspects of life”) and spiritual development (“our deeper connection to our essence or highest self, as well as our…
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Overcoming 3 common obstacles in therapy.

Overcoming 3 common obstacles in therapy. (World of Psychology) If you’re new to therapy, you may not know what to expect. To help you make the most of the process, we asked seasoned clinical psychologist Ryan Howes, Ph.D, to share the three biggest obstacles in therapy along with how to overcome each one. Related Posts:6…
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Depression: A change of mind.

Depression: A change of mind. (Nature News & Comment) CBT encompasses a range of psychotherapies, all based on the premise that people with depression have excessively negative, and often inaccurate, beliefs about themselves and the world. It is designed to equip patients with the skills they need to “become their own therapists”, says Strunk, by…
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Introductory questions therapists commonly ask.

10 introductory questions therapists commonly ask. (World of Psychology) Here are 10 of the more typical questions a psychotherapist will ask to prime your mental pump for positive change during the counseling process. Related Posts:Looking for a therapist? Key questions.Answer these 5 questions before couples counseling.4 questions to foster your authentic self.What therapists wish readers…
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A beginner guide to starting therapy.

A beginner’s guide to starting therapy. (BuzzFeed) Dr. Barber also suggests explicitly asking your therapist in those first few sessions how he’s viewed the visits, and seeing how his ideas for treatment align with yours. “Something I’d get from a therapist — after the first visit, or a few — is a summary of what they…
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Working during depression offers health benefits.

Working during depression can offer health benefits to employees. (Science Daily) Attending work while suffering a depressive illness could help employees better manage their depression more than taking a sickness absence from work, a new study has found. Related Posts:Long work hours linked to alcohol abuse.Intangibles employees want from employers.Long hours and overwork increases depression.Health…
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Interpersonal therapy for depression.

Interpersonal therapy for depression. (WebMD) Related Posts:Interpersonal psychotherapy for depression?Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for recurrent depression.Treating bulimia with CBT and IPT.Hidden depression among us.Behavioral activation effective as CBT for depression.Describing depression to non-sufferers.
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Stress, hostility, depression linked with stroke.

High stress, hostility, depression linked with increased stroke risk. (Science Daily)  Higher levels of stress, hostility and depressive symptoms are associated with significantly increased risk of stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) in middle-age and older adults, according to new research. Related Posts:Depression doubles stroke risk in people over 50.Depression doubles stroke risk in middle-age…
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Tips for your first therapy session.

3 tips to remember for your first therapy session. (World of Psychology) You’re in a safe environment. The professional is not there to judge you, and they understand if some things are going to be difficult or embarrassing to talk about. Rest assured, they are there to help. Related Posts:What to expect at your first…
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How do I persuade someone to seek professional help?

How do I persuade someone to seek professional help? (lifehacker) Dear Lifehacker, I have a friend who who seems to have some issues that’d benefit from seeing a mental health professional. How can I tell him this without being a jerk?   Related Posts:What kind of therapist – and which type of therapy?Make difficult, serious…
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10 tips for making the most of therapy.

Therapists spill: 10 tips for making the most of therapy (Psych Central) Therapy … can be an amazing, transformative process toward living a conscious life Related Posts:What therapists wish readers knew about therapy.Red flags a clinician is not right for you.21 tips for clients in psychotherapy.Tips for your first therapy session.Tips for dealing with a…
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Depression linked to early death among seniors with diabetes.

Depression linked to early death among seniors with diabetes. (Medical News Today) People with diabetes have about double the risk of premature death as people of the same age without diabetes. Studies also have shown that they have about twice the odds of suffering from depression, which further increases their mortality risk. Related Posts:Stress a factor for developing…
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Reasons to break free from too busy.

4 reasons why you should break free from being ‘too busy’. (Mindful) Our culture wears busyness like a badge of honor. Here’s why you should do less—and feel good about it. Related Posts:Marijuana: Reasons you should take a break.Diet obsession: How to break free.Why you should get rid of your scale.6 reasons men say no…
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Kinder, gentler med school: Less depression.

Kinder, gentler med school: Students less depressed, learn more. (Science Daily) Medical school students learn more and are mentally healthier when pressure in medical school is reduced and they are taught stress management skills, a new study shows. Related Posts:When law school gives you an eating disorder.College students on pressure to seem happy.Universities contributing to…
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Mastering the art of falling apart.

How to master the art of falling apart. (Huffington Post) You see, there’s this point at the deepest depths of our hurt and sadness that’s truly magical. It’s the point at which we see things clearer than we ever thought possible. It’s where miracles happen — after all, “a miracle is simply a shift in…
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Mindfulness, music appreciation and empathy.

Mindfulness, music appreciation and empathy. (Huffington Post) Sometimes people will ask me whether or not listening to music counts as mindfulness practice. I’d say sure Related Posts:Mindfulness puts spark back in relationships.Mindfulness promising for treating depression.Mindfulness not a waste — treats depression.5 ways mindfulness will launch your career.Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for recurrent depression.Improve your workday…
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Developing psychological flexibility with ACT.

Developing psychological flexibility with Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. (World of Psychology) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a type of psychotherapy that combines various strategies that focus on mindfulness and acceptance, enabling people to overcome negative behaviors and commit to the goal of making a change for the better. Related Posts:Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.ACT reduces…
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Long hours and overwork increases depression.

Combination of long hours and overwork increases depression risk. (Science Daily) Employees who work long hours with high job demands are more likely to develop depression, suggests a new study. Interventions targeting the combination of “long hours/overworked” might help to reduce the risk of depression in the workplace. Related Posts:Depression doubles stroke risk in people…
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The 20 things you need to let go to be happy.

The 20 things you need to let go to be happy. (Elite Daily) Everyone has one common goal in life: to achieve true happiness. The biggest factor holding us back from achieving our dreams is, simply and sadly, our own selves. We put limitations on ourselves everyday, whether intentionally or unintentionally. Related Posts:Surprising little things…
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Health benefits of going screen-free.

Health benefits of unplugging and going screen-free this July 4. (Huffington Post) Taking the long weekend to enjoy a life in the third dimension might sound impossible, but it’s perhaps more important to your overall health than anything else you could do. Overusing technology is associated with low self-esteem, high stress and even poor sleep…
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Depression doubles stroke risk in middle-age women.

Depression nearly doubles stroke risk in middle-aged women. (Psych Central) Middle-aged women who suffer from depression face almost double the risk of having a stroke, according to a 12-year Australian study. Related Posts:Depression doubles stroke risk in people over 50.Stress, hostility, depression linked with stroke.Heavy drinking in middle-age increases stroke risk.Underweight associated with increased dementia…
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What therapists wish readers knew about therapy.

Therapists spill: What I wish readers knew about therapy and life. (Psych Central) Even though today there’s a lot of information about how therapy works, a slew of misconceptions and misunderstandings still persist, along with a palpable stigma in seeking therapy. Many people also hold erroneous beliefs about themselves and life in general. Below, seasoned…
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Unplug from technology: 19 ways.

Unplug: 19 ways to spend time off the grid. (Huffington Post) We’ve got a serious addiction to our cell phones. In fact, research has shown that more than half of us may have “nomophobia,” or the fear of being phone-less. Cell phone addictions can be just as real as other substance addictions. Related Posts:Reasons to turn off your cell…
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Method-of-loci helps with depression.

Method-of-loci strategy helps people with depression remember the good times. (Medical News Today) Related Posts:The 2 types of perfectionism.Depression linked to early death among seniors with diabetes.Depression: A change of mind.The untreated epidemic of medical student depression.Couples therapy: 5 signs you need it.Depression doubles stroke risk in people over 50.
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Red flags a clinician is not right for you.

Therapists spill: Red flags a clinician isn’t right for you. (Psych Central) …we asked clinicians to shed light on when a therapist isn’t right for you. Below, they share 11 warning signs that it’s time to find another clinician. Related Posts:10 warning signs your marriage needs couple counseling.What therapists wish readers knew about therapy.How well-meaning therapists commit…
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Learn how to make the most out of therapy.

Learn about how to make the most out of therapy. (Psych Central)  It’s a place for thinkers to try feeling, busy people to practice slowing down, non-confrontational people to be assertive, people pleasers to practice thinking only about themselves, and cut-and-run people to learn the art of a healthy goodbye.” Related Posts:People who make things…
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Best time to find love online is near New Year.

Best time to find love online is near the New Year: Report. (Huffington Post) Resident researchers with Match.com told the Daily Mail that the week leading up to New Year’s is the busiest week of the year for online daters. Related Posts:Telling someone you have an eating disorder.7 drawbacks of online dating.25 things 1st-year college students should never…
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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. (Intervention Support) In an ACT session, people are taught that feelings like this come and go, and they can be observed without being modified. Related Posts:Developing psychological flexibility with ACT.ACT reduces shame in substance users.Connecting: Forging real relationships with people of color.10 ways we body shame without realizing it.Empirical basis for…
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The financial costs of sadness.

The financial costs of sadness. (Psych Central) The research showed that sad subjects earned significantly less money than subjects in a neutral condition. The sad subjects showed what is known as “present bias,” where decision-makers want immediate gratification, so they ignore greater gains associated with waiting, the researchers explain. Related Posts:Marital financial failures that cause…
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Psychotherapy: Myths versus reality.

Psychotherapy: Myths versus reality. (American Psychological Association) If what you know about psychotherapy comes from TV or the movies, you may have some misguided notions about what goes on in a practicing psychologist’s office. Make sure you know the reality instead of the myths so you can benefit from all that psychotherapy has to offer. Related…
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Therapists reveal what therapy can do for you.

National Psychotherapy Day: Therapists reveal what therapy can do for you. (World of Psychology)   Therapy isn’t only for people with a diagnosis — or in crisis. Therapy is a great way to enhance your happiness (or what psychologists call “well-being”). Related Posts:What therapists wish readers knew about therapy.Culturally incompetent therapy: When therapists harm.Red flags…
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Hidden depression among us.

Hidden depression among us. (Good Therapy) Depression may be expressed in ways others don’t expect, such as rage or despair, or it may be completely hidden from view.   Related Posts:In men, depression is different.8 hidden signs you might be depressed.Sad how men view their own depression.Interpersonal therapy for depression.Describing depression to non-sufferers.Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy…
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All broken, and nothing needs fixed.

It’s all broken, and none of it needs to be fixed. (Guideposts to Happiness) According to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) , which I discussed in the post before last, a value is an aspect of life we want to nurture. Examples include: family, friendship, work, spirituality, aesthetics, and play. Related Posts:7 signs you are in…
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How do I select a therapist or counselor?

How do I select a therapist or counselor? (lifehacker)   It can be confusing when you initially search for counselors or therapists and you come up with a multiple titles, and people with different acronyms after their names, no doubt. Here’s the breakdown of the ones you’re probably seeing, and what they mean. Related Posts:CBT…
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The how and why of CBT.

The how and why of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). (Huffington Post) Related Posts:Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for recurrent depression.How early trauma influences behavior.Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome, intergenerational trauma.Treating bulimia with CBT and IPT.Signs you are the enabler in a toxic relationship.First day of therapy? Know this.
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What your therapist has not told you about insurance.

What your therapist hasn’t told you about using insurance. (Confessions of a Therapist) Once upon a time, not long ago, I started out as a licensed therapist- ready to bill insurance. Related Posts:Insurance companies keep eating disorder patients sick.Looking for a therapist? Key questions.Danger of high-functioning depression in college.How do I select a therapist or…
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Depression at graduation (or any transition).

Now what? Depression at graduation (or any transition). (World of Psychology)   How to gracefully maneuver between point A and point B? Like you would with any other mourning process. Because you are, in essence, grieving a kind of life-style. Even though there is no funeral involved, it’s helpful to process the stages of grief.…
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21 tips for clients in psychotherapy.

21 tips for clients in psychotherapy. (Psychology Today) Therapists have a big advantage in the therapy office. We’ve read a stack of books and spent thousands of hours learning what to do in session. Clients have to learn as they go, costing them valuable time and money. Here are a few pointers to help clients level…
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