In: psychology

Why Do We Procrastinate?
April 30, 2014

Procrastination may be related to impulsive decision making. This somewhat surprising finding is based on a large study of twins. Most modern explanations of…

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Managing Tasks without Pain
April 20, 2014

A young woman who is attending architecture school mentioned a sudden dip in mood that happened the previous evening.   She told…

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Evolutionary Psychology and Understanding Depression
March 27, 2014

We are glad to finally have a summary of a fascinating conversation with Dr. Julio Ozores up on this site in…

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Social Media Makes Moods Go Viral
March 27, 2014

Previously we reviewed evidence that the people we live with (family, neighbors, even the larger community of people in a metropolitan…

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When the Grown-ups Disappear: On Self-Destructive Behavior
March 6, 2014

A brilliant young man I know has been stuck in a pattern of self-destructive behavior and constant and terrifying self-criticism. Nothing…

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My Motivation Is Gone
February 12, 2014

Several of the people that I saw this week have been struggling with a loss of motivation. A lack of motivation…

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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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Reinvigorate Your New Year’s Resolutions: Connect Change with Your Values
January 9, 2014

The celebration of a new year is frequently accompanied by hopes, wishes, and goals for the coming year, which take shape…

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The Trap of Stress Disability
December 31, 2013

The other day I was asked to evaluate a fellow physician by his disability insurance company.  When I do disability assessments…

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Evaluating Emotions and Experiences: Could I Be Bipolar?
December 31, 2013

People often wonder whether the notion of bipolar moods really applies to their experiences. They compare what they have heard about…

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Distress Tolerance
December 14, 2013

I have been doing some blog – surfing and happened upon a wonderful series, on the “disorderly chickadee” site that I…

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The Irony of Suicide: Book and Other Resources
December 8, 2013

One of our favorite readers sent us a link to an article entitled “The Irony of Suicide” that recently appeared in…

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Endurance of Pain and Suffering
November 27, 2013

He knew how to handle pain. You had to lie down with pain, not draw back away from it. You let…

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I’m In An Abusive Relationship… with Myself
November 14, 2013

Many people I see with chronic depression carry around with them a tormentor who says the most terrible things imaginable about…

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Learn How to Hardwire Happiness
November 11, 2013

As many of you know, I am a big fan of the new book, Hardwiring Happiness. One of the blog’s readers…

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Bipolar Treatment: The “Quick Fix”
November 8, 2013

A young woman came in to see me today. She was in a hurry. She wanted to make a change in…

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Winter Leads to Spring
November 3, 2013

Someone shared with us a wonderful video about John O’Donohue, a Celtic poet, philosopher and writer. In it we found this…

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Mania and Depression Aren’t Opposites
November 3, 2013

Recently I found myself thinking about the similarities between two mood states that appear to be extremely different:  mania and depression. I was…

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Hardwiring Happiness
October 23, 2013

Sometimes it is simple ideas that resonate the most powerfully with our psyches.  This week I have found myself, again and…

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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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