In: friendships

Unpaid Emotional Labor
October 23, 2017

A new phrase captures neatly a dilemma that many good friends face: when are they being taken advantage of, being asked…

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Support a Loved One with Bipolar – Gina
April 7, 2017

Many family members I speak with struggle with the question of how to best support a loved one with bipolar. As a…

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Facebook Friends May Save Your Life
January 21, 2017

Facebook friends may help you live longer. This is the surprising result of a recent study that received a lot of…

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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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Friends and Family Don’t Understand – Bipolar Communication Problems
July 23, 2014

Sometimes those without the challenges of bipolar neurochemistry simply “don’t get it” – how moods can shift abruptly and dramatically, and often without…

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Seeing the Other – Kelsey
June 11, 2014

“I see you.” That is one of the many profound concepts in one of my favorite movies, Avatar. “I see you.”…

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Friends: Who to Tell and Who to Keep – Lyndsey
May 21, 2014

If you are like me, the life you created for yourself pre-diagnosis is probably not going to be the healthiest influence…

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Befriending Stress
February 10, 2014

A colleague recommended this fantastic TED talk by Kelly McGonigal on the cardiovascular and social benefits of befriending stress (and potentially…

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I Need New Friends
September 6, 2013

“I thought I needed to replace my friends.” This is how one of our patients described her experience of a several…

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Just Be Quiet
August 7, 2013

I just met with a smart, funny, attractive graduate student who had a severely traumatic childhood. She came in looking obviously…

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Parallel Universes: The Duality of Hopelessness and Optimism
May 16, 2013

It’s hard to explain how it is possible to go from a state of complete hopelessness and a sense that 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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Coming Out Bipolar
January 19, 2013

When and whether to tell people about a mood disorder is a topic of great interest to readers of this blog….

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Giving Thanks
November 22, 2012

A friend asked “What is Thanksgiving all about?” There is the traditional answer about the Pilgrims and the Indians, but Thanksgiving…

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Disaster’s Aftermath
November 6, 2012

The recent hurricane that hit New Jersey and New York reminded us of the research on the aftermath of disaster conducted…

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October 5, 2012

This past week we had a chance to meet with a number of people who were very distressed when they first…

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Codependent no more
September 18, 2012

We have never been big fans of the way the term “codependent” evolved in the non-professional world into a way of…

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Men are from Mars: How Gender Affects Communication
August 21, 2012

Men and women sometimes don’t seem to be speaking the same language, and this is certainly true when it comes to…

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Loving Kindness or Metta
August 18, 2012

Love is something that if you give it away, give it away, you’ll end up having more… Last Sunday at church…

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August 5, 2012

Recent research points to vulnerability as an important component of deep, meaningful connection to others and to life. But, for some, just hearing…

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