"Our culture is obsessed with sex. Everywhere you look is another article on how to have hot sex, harder erections, mind-bending orgasms and ejaculations that go on for days. What people seldom realize, though—and which the latest science backs up—is that this is exactly the problem."Read More
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Move over sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. For today’s teenager, it’s all about the “likes.”Read More
Self-sabotaging often has a deep hold via our own inner-critic. What is important to know is that many people self-sabotage, meaning you are not alone.Read More
The title says is all. Excellent article for those who have been through substance abuse.
"Didn’t he realize that nobody would ever love him the way I did? Was it because I was an addict? Didn’t he realize that it’s because I’m an addict that I love so hard?"Read More
"Write what you know" is a very important expression for writers. Stacey Freedman has informed her knowledge to help others via her firsthand experiences with suicidal thoughts and suicide itself.Read More
Love—kindness, affection, sensitive attunement, respect, companionship—is not only difficult to find, but is even more challenging for many people to accept and tolerate. In my work with individuals and couples, I have observed countless examples of people reacting angrily when loving responses were directed toward them.
Short but succinct piece about our perceptions. When our perceptions are unhealthy, or self-punishing, these thoughts cross over to--in CBT terms--"distortions of reality."Read More
Excellent piece that speaks to some of the applications of CBT as well as Mindfulness training. Suggestive of cognitive tools to be used to take yourself out of stressful and/or depressive thoughts and moments. Remember, "these too, shall pass."Read More
A good overview of the medications prescribed for Anxiety and Depression and their side-effects.
"The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) states that an estimated 40 million adults suffer from one of the eight disorders within the anxiety spectrum. In addition, depression impacts approximately 16 million, about 6.7% of the U.S. adult population."Read More
Some helpful tools/reminders toward the end of this piece, which you can put into practice.
“The results suggest that taking time to learn the skills to self-generate positive emotions can help us become healthier, more social, more resilient versions of ourselves,” Dr. Fredrickson reported in the National Institutes of Health monthly newsletter in 2015.
In other words, Dr. Davidson said, “well-being can be considered a life skill. If you practice, you can actually get better at it.”
What I take from this interview is that focusing on your breath, is helpful for so much of what ails us, including, but not limited to, addictions.
"I got wind of an ex-addict doing breathwork with people at various rehabs with supposedly rave results. His name is Nathaniel V. Dust and he is not your typical hippie weirdo. Far from it. When I showed up at his house to sit down with him, he was wearing a pink tie, pink socks with the words “sock whore” and cats on them and a plaid suit jacket with a pink handkerchief peeking out of the pocket. Oh, and he has a mohawk."Read More
The latest neuroscientific research on rumination and repetitive thinking helps us understand the brain mechanics of dwelling on negative thoughts.
"Do you ever find yourself stuck in a rut of repetitive thinking or an infinite loop of obsessive rumination in which you replay the same thought again, and again, and again? On the flip side, do you find that spurts of repetitive thinking are an important part of your creative process and that being "obsessed" with solving a riddle is essential to having "Eureka!" moments? I would answer "yes" to both questions."Read More
Meditating before running could change the brain in ways that are more beneficial for mental health than practicing either of those activities alone, according to an interesting study of a new treatment program for people with depression.Read More
Everything happens for a reason. That this was something that had to happen in order for her to grow.
That's the kind of bullshit that destroys lives. And it is categorically untrue.Read More
Mardy Fish was a top 10 professional tennis player. That is saying something. His career would be judged exceptional, accomplished, and successful by any reasonable standard. What he didn't have, or lost, during his "drive" to be his best, was perspective. This is a courageous "sharing" by Mardy about his being overwhelmed by anxiety at seemingly the least probable time. Mardy's is a classic case of putting blinders on and focusing intently on a goal (to be the best tennis player he could possibly be). In his moments of accruing success, higher standards (and deeper demons) manifested. Finding, or maintaining perspective was not a priority. Kudo's to Mr. Fish for having shared his experience.Read More