In: anxiety

Quitting Smoking Improves Mood
April 2, 2014

A study published in the British Medical Journal reports that quitting smoking had a simillar positive effect on mood as an…

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Medications for Anxiety
February 24, 2014

A writer we have been seeing for about a year for depression and bipolar sent me an email yesterday – “I…

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Media Makes PTSD Much Worse
February 3, 2014

It was a sunny October day in 1989. Game 3 of the Battle of the Bay baseball World Series between…

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Reduce Your Social Stress
January 26, 2014

Regular readers of this blog know that I really like the writings of Rick Hanson (he has a wonderful email list…

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Therapy for Anxiety in Bipolar
October 8, 2013

Anxiety is very common in people with bipolar moods. In fact, anxiety is typically the first sign of mental health problems…

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A Deep Shadowy Fear
October 4, 2013

Most of us have had the feeling that, deep in the recesses of our brain, there lurks some terrible secret or…

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Experience a Sense of Plenty
October 4, 2013

Nothing can seem more urgent, important, and real than the sense that there is not enough for us. Not enough love….

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Cluelessness: Getting Stupid
August 23, 2013

Late on a Friday afternoon,  I found myself with two patients (back to back) who were yawning and seemingly drifting off…

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Memory, Stress and Aging
August 20, 2013

Many older people are concerned about impaired memory, and the relationship between memory, stress, and aging can be difficult to untangle….

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Anxiety and Substance Abuse
July 26, 2013

Matt Kushner, PhD discusses the issue of substance abuse in individuals with anxiety disorders. Because substance abuse is more common in…

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Odd Couple’s Therapy
June 21, 2013

I met today with two interesting people: they’re both attorneys. They have a remarkably different style and presentation. One of them…

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A Spoonful of Courage
June 20, 2013

In a previous post, I shared Linda Graham’s views on resilience from an excerpt from her article Bouncing Back :Rewiring the…

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Sleep Strategies
June 14, 2013

One of the most frequent causes of insomnia is anxiety. Insomnia of this kind is caused by increased activation of the…

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Coming Home
May 26, 2013

Where does the mind go when it is not occupied by the worries, frustration, and anxiety? Does it go to a…

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Stress and Your Brain
April 21, 2013

Stress has a major affect on our bodies and our brain. The release of catecholamines (adrenaline and related chemicals) and cortisol…

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Needing to be Perfect
February 26, 2013

The need to be perfect is one of the “dangerous ideas” that can destroy a life. It often comes from the…

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Mistrust in Action
February 24, 2013

I was talking to one of my clients, a very bright and wonderful woman, mother of a delightful young girl, and…

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10% of Americans Suffered Childhood Sexual Abuse
February 5, 2013

Approximately 10 percent of American adults were sexually abused as children, according to a study reported in Comprehensive Psychiatry. They are more at…

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Feeling Already Full
February 2, 2013

A wonderful friend sent us a note that this post had been very helpful to him. It is, once again, from…

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Take a Chance
January 26, 2013

If you are feeling depressed or anxious, today’s post from Rick Hanson (part of his Just One Thing blog) may be…

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