Psychology

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Understanding Pediatric Youth: Chronicity

Overcoming Diabetes in Youth

Understanding Family Dynamics and Systems

15 Coping Skills to Teach Kids

When You're A Good Friend To Others But A Terrible One To Yourself

It's time to start taking your own advice.<p>The best kind of friends give compassionate, generous advice in times of need. They bring over a bottle of wine and reassure you that your ex or that temp job wasn’t so great anyway ― or they simply remind you that things <i>will</i> get better eventually.<p>The …

Mental Health Myths

Over the years, I've had to deal with a worrying amount of misconceptions and misunderstanding regarding my mental health; it seems people have a …

The GOP health plan may disrupt mental health care for those who need it the most

States would decide whether to cover mental health for Medicaid recipients.<p>The American Health Care Act — the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare — is projected to lead to 24 million fewer Americans without coverage by 2026.<p>But the bill will not just leave Americans with physical …

Health Care

What Your Therapist Doesn’t Know

Big Data has transformed everything from sports to politics to education. It could transform mental-health treatment, too—if only psychologists would stop ignoring it.<p>Grace was a heroin addict who had been clean for about six months; I was a 34-year-old therapist in training. When we started …

Mental Health

For years, this popular test measured anyone’s racial bias. But it might not work after all.

People took the implicit association test to gauge their subconscious racism. Now the researchers behind the test admit it can’t always do that.<p>When I first took the implicit association test a few years ago, I was happy with my results: The test found that I had no automatic preference against …

Psychology

7 Tips to Improve Your Child's Sleep

How to Find a Therapist

How to Cultivate More Self-Compassion

Self-compassion or self-love may be a foreign concept for some people. This is especially true for those who were raised in abusive or unloving …

How to Understand Others

What to Expect if You Start Therapy

Three Ways to Raise Your Confidence

Confidence seems like an elusive quality that some people just have and others don’t. The truth is, anyone can work on and boost their confidence, …

Self-improvement

This Is Your Brain on Poverty

Recently I listened to an excellent podcast series on poverty in the U.S. by WNYC called “Busted: America’s Poverty Myths.” One message that stuck …

The Real Reasons Autism Rates Are Up in the U.S.

The prevalence of autism in the United States has risen steadily since researchers first began tracking it in 2000. The rise in the rate has sparked …

‘How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen’: Advice from the author

Joanna Faber didn’t set out to write a sequel to the best-selling “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk,” co-written by her mother, Adele Faber, and Elaine Mazlish in 1980. In fact, she resisted it.<p>“Those are big shoes to fill,” said Faber, herself a parenting expert and …

How Community Mental Health Care Can Make a Major Difference

In the 20th century, the deinstitutionalization of mental health care took patients out of long-term psychiatric facilities with the aim that they …

Why therapists are having such a hard time talking about Trump

In her 35 years as a therapist, Arlene Drake has never heard so many clients talking about the same issue. Week after week, they complain of panic attacks and insomnia because of President Trump. They're too anxious to concentrate at work. One woman's fear turned into intense, physical pain.<p>"It's …

Mental Health

Can You Really Solve Your Mental Health Problems With an App?

If you’re struggling with a problem like anxiety or depression, making an appointment with a professional may be the last thing you feel up to doing. …

The best medicine for ADHD might not be medicine, at least at first

Steve and Michelle were desperate. Their 6-year-old son, Sam, was diagnosed with ADHD soon after entering first grade. Sam’s behavior seemed outright defiant: He ignored adults when his name was called and was in constant motion. Sam let out bloodcurdling screams when forced to stop playing a game …

Is a Teen Depressed, or Just Moody?

The hardest questions pediatricians must routinely ask teenagers at checkups are those about depression and suicide. But they aren’t optional; we have to ask them, every time.<p>From 2005 to 2014, the prevalence of depression — that is, the chance of having a major depressive episode over the course …

Depression Strikes Today's Teen Girls Especially Hard

It's tough to be a teenager. Hormones kick in, peer pressures escalate and academic expectations loom large. Kids become more aware of their environment in the teen years — down the block and online. The whole mix of changes can increase stress, anxiety and the risk of depression among all teens, …

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3 Essential Exercises to Calm Anxiety

Whether you have occasional worries or full-blown anxiety attacks, deep-breathing is a must for maintaining optimal physical health and emotional …

Emotionally responsive games where the calmest contestant wins are being developed for young people with their mental health in mind<p>On the unassuming second-floor office of a tech startup in Clerkenwell, London, Simon Fox is teaching me how to breathe. “You’re not trying to shove your stomach out …

Mental Health

5 Tips to Get Rid of Mental Clutter and Negative Self Talk

Eighty-five percent of our worries never come true.<p>I'm a worrier.<p>It's inherited. Or more likely, it's ingrained.<p>My grandfather worried. My mother worried. I worry.<p>About really dumb things. I'm talking about things that no one else worries about.<p>For example, growing up there was a rule in the house: …

Bad Habits We Can Break That Are Linked To Depression And Anxiety

We often wonder if there are things that we are doing in our daily routine that actually increase our feelings of depression and anxiety. We also wonder if there are simple changes that we can make in our lives to decrease these feelings and provide us some relief. There are indeed things that we …

Is the Most Common Therapy for Autism Cruel?

“Applied behavioral analysis” teaches social skills through unrelenting drills—which some say forces people on the spectrum to hide who they are.<p>When Lisa Quinones-Fontanez’s son Norrin was diagnosed with autism at age 2, she and her husband did what most parents in their position do—they scrambled …

Autism