It matters that people have a way to use the latest findings in psychology beyond buying a pill for depression. It matters that people have a way of looking at their lives that lets them ask the big questions and determine how they want to live – and that this is supported by therapists and mental health professionals.

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For many, it’s a shame filled secret—for society, an emotionally deadly epidemic. It’s happening at record numbers—and its effects are nothing short of catastrophic. Affecting millions each year, intimate partner violence, commonly referred to as domestic violence, is the invisible wound of so many—and the toxic...
“Thought is the blossom, language the bud, action the fruit behind it,” said Ralph Waldo Emerson.  More than a century later, psychological research continues to echo these very same sentiments: language has a profound impact in developing a facilitative therapeutic relationship. No one knows this better than humanistic...
It’s as vital as a morning cup of coffee….It’s the lifeblood of relationships. And, studies say, it’s quickly becoming extinct where we need it most. Empathy and philanthropy are becoming a thing of the past concludes a new study in the journal Current Directions in Psychological Science. The culprit? Class distinctions...
Brain scans aren't as useful as therapy for most patients
This has been a bad week for mental illness. According to the New York Times, five of the current ten “personality disorders” will not be included in the next publication of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.  The most controversial to be cut is “Narcissistic Personality Disorder” – the...
"Fear" by Yakunchikova
Epidemiologists suggest that some eighteen percent of the American population struggles with anxiety each year. Does that make you nervous?  What makes me nervous is that that BigPharma is handing out little white pills to deal with this problem ... and instead of helping anxiety, these pills are funding the vacation homes of corporate...
Thomas Henry Huxley by Marian Collier (née Huxley)
According to epidemiologists 30% of Americans will be diagnosed with a mental illness in 2011. That’s disturbing enough, but this is also the year when the definition of what a so-called “mental illness” is could change.  You could be mentally ill right now - and if the pharmaceutical companies get their way, you certainly...
Cho Seung Hui, photo courtesy of NBC News
Do you know that the perpetrators of some of the most notorious school shootings in the world were on antidepressants? No?  I din’t think so.  Most people don’t.  It doesn’t get talked about very often.  But in fact Cho Seung Hui, the shooter in the Virginia Tech massacre in Blacksburg, Virginia was on...
This is your brain, not your mind
Where is your brain? Well, of course it’s in your head. Your mind is in the same place, right? Well, not so fast… As a recent article in the New York Times asks, “Is it possible that, sometimes at least, some of the activity that enables us to be the thinking, knowing, agents that we are occurs outside the brain?” The...
Have you been a responsible citizen of the internet and used Facebook’s highest privacy settings?   Too bad, because Facebook has recently admitted privacy leaks in many of their applications – including their top 10 most popular. All told, some 70 percent of Facebook users are at risk for identity theft.  The risk for...
Something is rotten in the DSM
Something is wrong in the world of psychiatry. It’s not just that the new edition of the medical profession’s Bible, the DSM 5, was originally due to be released in 2012, but has now been delayed to 2013. It’s that the whole reason a new DSM is deemed necessary is that we’ve made recent advances in neuroscience, molecular...