In: Psychology

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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Sustained Attention and Denial
March 5, 2017

What to do when a loved one is refusing necessary medical care? Is an “intervention” the answer, or can sustained, loving, attention accomplish the same goals?

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Happy Acts by Gina
March 4, 2017

The Happy Acts Challenge Did you know that giving can activate the reward centers of the brain? We think regularly about…

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Interpersonal Effectiveness and DEAR MAN
January 28, 2017

For many people with depression, it can be hard to find an assertive, but not hostile, way of dealing with conflict….

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Hamster Brain
November 20, 2016

A young woman who has been making good progress tackling the problem of severe depressive episodes suddenly is having trouble managing…

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Coping with Political Uncertainty
November 15, 2016

Many of the people that I work with on a regular basis have been experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety related…

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Friends and Purpose
October 24, 2016

Maff Potts spent his professional life working with charities for the homeless in England. But he was frustrated that all of his…

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Blessings of a Bipolar Crisis
October 19, 2016

A mental health crisis, once it resolves, can leave people with a sense of overwhelming anxiety that co-workers, distant friends, family,…

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Living Alone and Depression
September 24, 2016

“I just really want to live in my own home with my own garden and without having to deal with all…

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It Takes Two to Fight
September 21, 2016

“I just can’t believe what my mother told me on the phone, she said I was a bad mother, can you…

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Mindfulness for Depression -Research Update
July 2, 2016

Mindfulness has received a lot of attention recently as an approach to improving mental health in a number of conditions. But…

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Mindfulness Warnings
May 22, 2016

A recent visitor to this site sent us this link and some thoughts about mindfulness… This article about the dangers of…

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Atlas of Emotions
May 13, 2016

Psychologist Dan Kalb recently posted a link to a wonderful resource for people who are interested in understanding and exploring emotions….

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Accepting the Loss
April 29, 2016

One of my patients wrote to me this morning asking if she could get a medication to help with her anxiety….

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Staying Up Late
April 26, 2016

Andy and the Nighttime Child – Staying Up Late In our practice we work with a lot of bright young people…

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Secrets are Dangerous
April 5, 2016

A young, attractive, and very successful man who recently got married came in to see me the other day and told…

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