Stephen Joseph

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What To Do When You’re Feeling Very Low

Feeling very depressed and anxious can render you numb and practically unable to move. It’s a terrible feeling. Many are even unable to get out of …

Does Meditation Work? Part I: Defining the Practice

Satan, in Milton's <i>Paradise Lost,</i> declares that the mind "can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven." Meditation confronts the hell of worry, anxiety, anger, boredom, jealousy, depression and the general unsettledness that is such a large part of being human. Tortured by our own minds like no …

Meditation

Mouse Study Suggests More Complex Role of Serotonin for Mood

New research suggests the role of serotonin is more complex than typically assumed, a finding that may allow for the development of better drugs for …

A Horrifying Week with My Borderline Personality Disorder

I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder last December, but that was only the beginning of my troubles. This is my diary of what came after.<p>Monday<p>Monday is relatively chill. I manage to make it to work for 10 AM, only 30 minutes late. I'm 100 percent sure my boss thinks I'm a dick. He …

How to Treat Borderline Personality Disorder (Part 2)

Professionals often view patients with borderline personality as manipulative, selfish people. This negative view is destructive to treatment. As …

The Latest Research on Borderline Personality Disorder

Individuals with borderline personality disorder, a mental health condition marked by unstable moods and reckless or impulsive behavior, often have …

Emotionally raw: understanding the torment of Borderline Personality Disorder - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

For most of her 30 years, Beth McMullen has lived amidst a hectic swirl of emotional turmoil.<p>As a woman living with Borderline Personality Disorder …

8 Things to Consider When Your Depression Is Not Getting Better

I keep getting the same email over and over again, and my heart aches each time I read it: “I have tried <b>everything</b> to overcome my depression, but …

6 Steps To Help You Genuinely Forgive

The boss makes a condescending comment. A jerk in a big SUV cuts you off. A best friend steals your girlfriend. A waitress ignores you. A coworker takes credit for your work.<p>Your pulse picks up. Your mind races with progressively more unkind thoughts. You have been mistreated. You relive the …

Why Positive Thinking Doesn't (Always) Work

The year is 2011. I’m living out of a duffel bag, sleeping on my friends’ couch at night, dishwashing part-time at a pizza parlor because it’s the …

Human Rights, Disclosing the Truth, and Psychiatric Diagnosis

There is far too much covering-up of human suffering and of what the so-called helping professions do and do not have to offer.<p>When I turned on NPR …

This Video Clears Up 10 Popular Misconceptions About Psychology

The world of psychology can be pretty extensive, and because of that, a lot of things can be unclear. This video will help clear your mind of all the …

Serotonin Map Of The Brain Could Help Scientists Create Better Antidepressants

An estimated 350 million people around the world, and 3.3 million American adults, suffer from depression.<p>In the U.S., 10 percent of adults (and as many as 25 percent of women in their 40s and 50s), are taking antidepressants, most of which operate by targeting serotonin receptors in the brain. …

Depression

Essential Secrets of Psychotherapy : Change or Acceptance?

Let's start with a simple word association experiment: When you think about <i>psychotherapy</i>, what is the <i>first word</i> that comes to mind to describe what …

Psychology

Probiotics and Prebiotics May Ease Anxiety and Depression

The ingestion of prebiotics that feed good bacteria in the human gut shows promise as a way to help alleviate anxiety and depression, according to a …

Twelve Minutes of Mindfulness Can Help You Avoid Bad Decisions

Bad decisions—we've all made them, but we'd prefer not to repeat them. It can be anything from eating a piece of cake to choosing a bad partner …

Mindfulness

How Emotionally Intelligent Are You? Here's How To Tell

What makes some people more successful in work and life than others? IQ and work ethic are important, but they don't tell the whole story. Our <i>emotional</i> intelligence -- the way we manage emotions, both our own and those of others -- can play a critical role in determining our happiness and …

Top 10 Psychology & Mental Health Topics of 2014

Another year has passed and with it, we’ve all grown a little older. And perhaps a little wiser as well.<p>But we’ve also experienced deep loss this …

Difference Between Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder

Recently on our Facebook Page, Vicky posted the following:<p>I was diagnosed bipolar II at the age of 20 but because bipolar type II is so similar to …

The Best Home Remedies for Any Ailment, Backed By Research

Home remedies are awesome ways to fix common little problems like hangovers, headaches, acne, and just about everything else. But how much research …

5 Steps to Making Difficult Decisions

We face dozens of decisions each day. "Should I have the bagel or the fruit bowl, do I stay at this job for a year or take a risk and leave now, should I move to a foreign country to find true love?" (Yes, I've wondered this.)<p>With bigger life decisions it's easy for fear, doubt and insecurity to …

Self-improvement

How To End An Anxiety Attack

<i>By Madeline Vann, MPH Reviewed by Farrokh Sohrabi, M.D.</i><p>When you're having a panic attack or anxiety attack, the symptoms -- chest pain, flushing skin, a racing heart and difficulty breathing -- can make you feel like you're going to faint, lose your mind or die. But the reality is, you won't. The …

Learn How To Meditate In 8 Easy Steps

Brandon West, <i>Contributor</i> <b><br>Waking Times</b><p>Learning how to meditate is the most important thing that we can do while we are alive. It is our greatest asset …

23 Signs You're Secretly An Introvert

You might be a "quiet type" after all.<p>Think you can spot an introvert in a crowd? Think again. Although the stereotypical introvert may be the one at the party who’s hanging out alone by the food table fiddling with an iPhone, the “social butterfly” can just as easily have an introverted …

9 Natural Treatments You Didn't Know Actually Work on Depression

Depression is a tricky disease to treat, in part because it manifests so differently in those it afflicts. But promising new research shows there may …

Serotonin deficiency as cause of depression - is it a myth?

A new study in mice suggests that serotonin deficiency may not play as influential a role in depression as has previously been thought.<p>Since the late …

Is It Guilt or Shame?

I started this column about guilt — why it stalks me. Why, no matter how hard I try to be a good girl, I can’t get rid of the knot in my stomach that …

12 Elements of Emotional Intelligence

August 18, 2010<p><i>How is your emotional intelligence?</i><p>The Elements of Emotional Intelligence<p>Intellect and emotional intelligence are very different …

Jon Kabat-Zinn Mindfulness 9 attitudes - letting go.

What Neuroscience Can Teach Us About Compassion

Mounting evidence of the impact of contemplative practices like meditation (which we now know can, quite literally, rewire the brain) are finally bringing modern science up to speed with ancient wisdom.<p>Mindfulness and compassion -- the practices of cultivating a focused awareness on the present …