Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Psych Central
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33 Lessons on Body Image, Well-Being & Life
(Weightless) - What things do you know to be true about body image or life? What lessons have you learned? What did you think was true years ago but turned out to be false? Cassia Beck marks her 31st birthday with 33 lessons learned on body image, well-being and life.

6 Exercises to Alleviate Depression
(Cultivating Contentment & Happiness) - According to researchers at the Positive Psychotherapy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, people who suffered from severe depression benefited the most from these six Web-based exercises.

A Secret Only You Can Know
(360 Degrees of Mindful Living) - Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D. says self is a secret only you can know. See how so few words can have such deep meaning.

Should Sex Addicts Ever Hold Office?
(The Impact of Sex Addiction) - Everyone seems to have some kind of impression about Anthony Weiner’s or Bob Filner’s sexual behavior and what it means. But what do people really know?

The Problem With Heroes and Villains
(Bonding Time) - When we’re going too quickly to a place of judgment, it’s good to step back and think that there’s no one who’s a hero in every situation, and no one who’s a villain in every situation.

News & Views

Identifying Teens at Risk for PTSD
Many teens are exposed to emotionally traumatic events, putting them at risk for developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A new study found online in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry helps clinicians target those who are most vulnerable.

Intentionally Harmful Act Differs From A Harmful Act?
New research suggests that quantifying the damage or harm of an action depends on whether we perceive the act to be intentional.

Job Training Helps Autistic Youth Find Employment
Intensive job training has been found to benefit youths with autism spectrum disorders that typically include autism, Asperger syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified.

Why Do We Share Too Much Online?
Digital communication appears to relax our inhibitions as we share, or perhaps overshare, personal information. Just ask former N.Y. Congressman Anthony D. Weiner.

Some Blood Pressure Drugs May Slow Dementia
ACE inhibitors, which are used to lower blood pressure, can slow the rate of cognitive decline typical of dementia. Furthermore, the drugs may even boost brain power.

World of Psychology

Life As A Mentally Ill Professional
Hilary Chaney is a Social Security disability attorney. She is also bipolar. Hilary says she's proof that, with proper treatment and accommodation from an employer, an attorney with mental illness can shine brightly. So too can other professionals. "I feel proud of my profession and lucky that I have found somewhere to do good while living with a mental illness," she writes.

7 Small and Simple Habits For A Happy Marriage
Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW, a psychotherapist who specializes in couples therapy, believes that relationships don’t require hard work. They do require “attention and intention.”

Is Coffee The New Cure-All
For Depression and Suicide?

Researchers found a correlation between people who drank more coffee and a 50% decrease in their risk of death by suicide. But, like with most studies of this nature that simply follow a cohort of individuals over time, researchers can’t really tell you which way this correlation goes.

Unattractive Workers More Likely to Be Bullied
It appears to be an ugly truth: Individuals who are bullied at work tend to be considered unattractive by their colleagues.

Are You Codependent Or Compassionate?
If a woman doesn’t want to have sex with her husband -- but she does it anyway to please him -- is she codependent or compassionate?

Best of our Blogs

Why Pain is So Lonely
(Living With Chronic Pain) — Although our family, friends, and doctors try to empathize, pain often is an isolating condition. Tracy Rydzy, MSW, LSW explains why pain makes us feel lonely, shares how she tries to fight the loneliness, and asks other chronic pain sufferers to share their own experiences in combating the seclusion pain sometimes brings.

3 Steps for Befriending Emotional Triggers
(Parenting Tips) — Generally, triggers aren’t things we think about befriending; instead, we try to avoid them. Triggers bring flashbacks of the pain and fear we felt during the original trauma. Completely avoiding triggers is impossible and we might do better to learn how to respond — rather than react — to them.

Revenge Makes It Fair
(Anger Management) - There is a natural desire for revenge. However, when seeking revenge, our perception of fairness takes on a bizarre and twisted form.

How Chronic 'People Pleasing' Ruins Your Health
(Channel N) - Most people don’t associate people pleasing with a higher risk of physical disease, but Mike Bundrant says it is true.

Amanda Bynes, Young Women and Mental Illness
(Her Bipolar Life) - The media has made a circus out of actress Amanda Bynes' psychiatric issues; people condemn and berate her instead of feeling compassion for a person that is truly lost.

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