In: Psychology

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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Boost Creativity by Walking
May 1, 2017

“How can I get my creativity back?” One of my patients, who has been wrestling with depression for quite a…

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Impulsivity – Gina
April 28, 2017

Impulsivity is something everyone has experienced. We have all had moments when we have said something impulsively that we regret or…

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Avoid Intimidation
April 23, 2017

Rick Hanson has written an elegant and timely newsletter article about how to avoid intimidation and fear from paper tigers and…

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Cognitive Recovery from Mania
April 13, 2017

Cognitive recovery from mania or depression seems to lack behind the improvement in mood symptoms. In our experience full cognitive recovery…

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Pace Yourself for More Manageable Moods
April 3, 2017

I have been doing a lot of thinking about how to pace yourself so that you can capture some of the…

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Hope and Self Efficacy – Gina
March 25, 2017

Believing you can create change in your life is the foundation for successfully making the change. Self efficacy is the sense that…

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Positive Emotions
March 19, 2017

We had a wonderful conversation (see the conversations tab on this site) with two smart young UC Berkeley graduate students in…

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