November 21, 2017

Category Archives: Mental health

Therapists Spill: How Therapy is Different from Talking to a Friend

Therapists Spill: How Therapy is Different from Talking to a Friend

A common reason people give for not seeking therapy is that, well, it’s basically like talking to a friend – except you don’t have to pay your friend to listen to you. However, seeing a therapist is very different from having a heart-to-heart with a loved one. “I love the cathartic feeling of having a deep conversation with a good friend, and certainly therapy can have that same cathartic feeling. But working with a therapist is so much more,” said clinical psychologist Christina Hibbert, PsyD. It’s like comparing apples to oranges, said Deborah Serani, PsyD, a clinical psychologist. Here’s why. Therapists are trained professionals. Therapists have years of schooling and advanced degrees in…Continue Reading

5 Tips on How to Keep New Year’s Resolutions

5 Tips on How to Keep New Year’s Resolutions

Why bother to make resolutions and then feel disappointed or guilty for breaking them? Do you get excited and resolve to change, but within days or weeks lose interest and can’t motivate yourself? Wonder why you get sidetracked by distractions or become easily discouraged when quick results aren’t forthcoming? The problem is threefold: Terminology. When you think about goal setting, you realize that it’s a process. That requires effort to reach your target; a resolution is a decision or intention. It has to be more than a wish, but it’s only the first step in reaching a goal. There’s no implication that planning or effort is …Continue Reading

2013’s Best Expert Addiction and Mental Health Answers!

2013’s Best Expert Addiction and Mental Health Answers!

The best of the best – an incredible collection of 12 comprehensive expert answers on subjects as diverse as the ethics of passing bipolar on to biological children, organ donation for alcoholics, talking to small children about addiction and staying sober at college as a freshman alcoholic. Just under 700 people wrote in this year with specific mental health and addiction questions and our crew of experts responded with generosity to provide a ton of wisdom and concern and all-around excellent professional advice. The collective expertise they bring to ChooseHelp and to our 1.5 million+ past year readers is just astounding, so in recognition of their hard work…Continue Reading

Should I Divorce Because I’m Not Attracted to my Wife?

Should I Divorce Because I’m Not Attracted to my Wife?

Q: My wife and I are in our 30s, originally from India, but living in the US. When we met we both had our doubts about marriage, but our respective families pushed us into it. We have been married for almost three years now. When I met her initially, I was already late for marriage, […]Tags: divorce, relationships, sexualityContinue Reading

When You Want to Change a Loved One

When You Want to Change a Loved One

We know that we can’t change others. But many of us still try. “More people suffer from trying to change others than from any other sickness,” according to psychologists Henry Cloud, Ph.D, and John Townsend, Ph.D, in their bestselling book Boundaries: When To Say Yes, How to Say No To Take Control of Your Life Many of us try nagging, begging, yelling, guilt trips, even throwing temper tantrums and other ploys to get through to a loved one. Or we realize that controlling someone else is simply impossible. And there’s absolutely nothing we can do – even when that person’s behavior affects us for the worse. Or is there? In Boundaries Cloud and Townsend…Continue Reading

4 Types of Friends: Must Friends, Trust Friends, Rust Friends & Just Friends

4 Types of Friends: Must Friends, Trust Friends, Rust Friends & Just Friends

Ancient philosophers and contemporary scientists agree that one of the keys to happiness is strong relationships with other people. We need to have intimate, enduring bonds; we need to be able to confide; we need to feel that we belong; we need to be able to get support, and just as important for happiness, to give support. We need many kinds of relationships; for one thing, we need friends. Now, the term “friend” is a little loose. People mock the “friending” on social media, and say, “Gosh, no one could have 300 friends!” Well, there are all kinds of friends. Those kinds of…Continue Reading

Motor Excitability Predicts Working Memory

Motor Excitability Predicts Working Memory

People with a high motor excitability have a better working memory than those with a low excitability, according to a new study. Working memory allows the temporary storage of information, such as memorizing a phone number for a short period of time. Studies in animals have shown that working memory processes depend on the excitability of neurons in the prefrontal cortex, according to the researchers. There is also evidence that motor neuronal excitability might be related to the neuronal excitability of other cortical regions. When researchers at the University of Basel studied if the excitability of the motor cortex correlates with working memory performance, results were positive. “The motor cortical excitability can be easily studied with transcranial magnetic stimulation,” said Nathalie Schicktanz, a doctoral …Continue Reading

Vitamin E Effective in Slowing Alzheimer’s Decline

Vitamin E Effective in Slowing Alzheimer’s Decline

A new study shows that a daily dose of Vitamin E is effective in slowing functional decline in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s. The daily dosage of 2,000 IUs also proved effective in reducing caregiver time in assisting patients, according to the study, which appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Alpha tocopherol, a fat-soluble vitamin (E) and antioxidant, has been studied in patients with moderately severe Alzheimer disease (AD) and in patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). But it has yet to be studied in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s, the researchers note.  In patients with moderately severe AD, Vitamin E …Continue Reading

The Sidney Awards, Part 2

The Sidney Awards, Part 2

Before 2013 is gone for good, here is another batch of notable essays to savor. Happy New Year!Continue Reading

E.R. Costs for Mentally Ill Soar, and Hospitals Seek Better Way

E.R. Costs for Mentally Ill Soar, and Hospitals Seek Better Way

The cost of emergency room care for the mentally ill shows no sign of ebbing, but a North Carolina hospital is experimenting to save money and better help patients.Continue Reading

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