In: Psychology

Language Predicts Stress Levels
November 9, 2017

The way that people use language predicts stress levels quite reliably, according to a 2017 study in the Proceedings of the…

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Hope
Find Hope Despite Adversity
October 29, 2017

Finding hope can feel miraculous when wrestling with the endless challenges of any chronic illness, including depression. At the end of…

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Recovering from Disaster
Recovering from Disaster – Reclaim Your World
October 11, 2017

It seems appropriate to write about an aspect of recovering from disaster. We have been through an extraordinary period of natural…

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Decision Making
Better Decision Making – Nancy
October 5, 2017

Better decision making is important for many people dealing with how moods can influence our choices. How much self-control do you…

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Feeling Trapped
September 30, 2017

Feeling trapped is one of the most painful emotional experiences. The need to escape from this place can sometimes lead us…

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Contagious Moods
September 25, 2017

A well designed study of adolescents suggests that there are contagious moods. This study follows on earlier research suggesting that surrounding…

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Mood Spectrum
September 23, 2017

Author and psychiatrist James Phelps presented a thought provoking presentation about the notion of a mood spectrum (from very unipolar to…

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Purposeful Living Makes Us Stronger
September 16, 2017

Purposeful living makes us stronger – that is the conclusion of a study of people over the age of 50. We…

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Lower the Pressure
September 3, 2017

Lower the pressure to be more effective, tips on managing stress.

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States of Mind and Task Planning
July 29, 2017

How can we think about the relationship between states of mind (moods, energy levels, focus, etcetera) and task planning? All of…

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Motivating Healthy Behavior Changes
July 9, 2017

What is the most effective way of motivating healthy behavior changes? And how does medical practice best  take advantage of information…

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Impatience Warning
July 8, 2017

Sometimes I wish that my depressed patients had more impatience. Eagerness for change when you have been depressed for a long…

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Higher Carbohydrate Meals Increase Punishment
July 4, 2017

A study in 2017 finds that the composition of food in one meal can significantly affect behavior in the following hours,…

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Sitting with Emotions – Gina
June 17, 2017

Sitting with Emotions I regularly work with clients who are trying to avoid and push away feelings of sadness, anger, loneliness…

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Tools for Change
Tools for Change
June 11, 2017

In my previous post I outlined the idea of “stages of change,” here I want to focus on some of the…

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Ready for Change
Ready for Change?
June 11, 2017

Getting Ready for Change The process of getting ready for change has been the focus of the research of James Prochaska…

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Nature and Wellbeing – Gina
June 5, 2017

Nature and Wellbeing Many patients I work with speak of the value that nature plays in their lives and I can…

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Treatment Controversies
May 30, 2017

Treatment controversies abound in psychiatry. An earlier post about a conversation I had with a patient’s therapist in which it seemed that…

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Sadness Benefits
May 16, 2017

Are there sadness benefits? It often seems as though the work I am supposed to do is to eliminate all negative…

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Shame and Guilt After Mania – Gina
May 10, 2017

Addressing Shame and Guilt After a Manic Episode I have witnessed the immense pain caused by the shame and guilt experienced…

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