The Trouble With Being Happy

Lots of animals have thoughts, but humans are unique because we can have thoughts about our thoughts. We can feel content about feeling happy. Or we can also feel disappointed about being depressed. We developed this skill because most of our problem solving starts with thinking. We strategize, we evaluate, and we ruminate. So it’s only natural to assume that any bad mood can be solved with some good mental strategy, right? As it turns out . . .not so much. Humans are programmed to be great thinkers, but we didn’t evolve to be happy every second of every day. …

Concentrations of Cannabinoids Impact Anxiety, Stress, and Depression

A new study sheds light on how different quantities of tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol — the psychoactive compounds in cannabis — affect levels of stress, anxiety, and depression. Researchers from Washington State University (WSU) found that adults reported a reduction in depressive symptoms with just a single puff of medical marijuana that was high in cannabidiol (CBD) and low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The team also found that at least 10 puffs of marijuana high in both CBD and THC led to significant reductions in self-reported stress, while two puffs of cannabis with any level of CBD or THC led to a …

Ketamine Used By Researchers At The National Institutes of Health

It was November 2012 when Dennis Hartman, a Seattle business executive, managed to pull himself out of bed, force himself to shower for the first time in days and board a plane that would carry him across the country to a clinical trial at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in Bethesda. After a lifetime of profound depression, 25 years of therapy and cycling through 18 antidepressants and mood stabilizers, Hartman, then 46, had settled on a date and a plan to end it all. The clinical trial would be his last attempt at salvation. For 40 minutes, he …

The Heartbreak of Infidelity

Infidelity is the ultimate betrayal. Weather physical cheating, emotional cheating or a combination of both, the pain of finding out that your partner has cheated on you is second to none. Despite the sadness, there is hope. People can change, and relationships can get stronger. If you choose to continue your relationship after cheating has occurred, it is possible to move on and have a robust and secure relationship with your partner. However, before you move on, you have to begin to cope. Here are a few ways to start your journey to wellness and happiness after you’ve faced the …

Are there ways of spending money that will make you happier?

Being rich or richer may not guarantee happiness, as shown by ample evidence from the social sciences, but there are ways of spending money that will make you happier than others. Recent research has uncovered the “experiential advantage”: greater happiness from spending money on experiences (holidays, meals, theatre tickets) instead of material things (gadgets, clothes, jewellery). This could be for a number of reasons, such as experiences being more closely aligned with our values and being less likely to produce rumination and regret. There are exceptions to this rule, of course. Studies have found that personality traits can influence whether …

A Landmark Study on the Origins of Alcoholism

By studying rats in a smarter way, scientists are finally learning something useful about why some drinkers become addicted and others don’t. For Markus Heilig, the years of dead ends were starting to grate. A seasoned psychiatrist, Heilig joined the National Institutes of Health in 2004 with grand ambitions of finding new ways to treat addiction and alcoholism. “It was the age of the neuroscience revolution, and all this new tech gave us many ways of manipulating animal brains,” he recalls. By studying addictive behavior in laboratory rats and mice, he would pinpoint crucial genes, molecules, and brain regions that …

People With Strong Self Control Are Less Hungry & Tired?!

You may think of people with high self-control as having enviable reserves of willpower, but recent findings suggest this isn’t the case. Instead it seems the strong-willed are canny folk, adept at avoiding temptation in the first place. A new study in the journal Self and Identity builds on this picture, showing that people high in self-control tend to experience less intense visceral states, like fatigue, hunger and stress (states that are known to encourage impulsive behaviour). The new findings make sense: after all, it is much easier to be in control of your decisions if you are organised enough …

A Dark Sense of Humor Linked to High Intelligence

People who appreciate taboo jokes and other forms of black humor show higher levels of intelligence, according to a recent study. Do you find yourself holding back your laughter at tasteless or morbid jokes? An appreciation of black humor could be an indicator of intelligence levels, according to the findings of a new Austrian study published in the journal Cognitive Processing. Researchers at the Medical University of Vienna have found that the enjoyment of so-called ‘gallows humor’ is linked to high levels of both verbal and nonverbal intelligence. In an experiment led by psychologist Ulrike Willinger, they also found that …

Does Being Spiritual Make You Healthier?

Examining the spirituality-health connection Ever since the late 1990s, there’s been an explosion in the number of studies devoted to examining the role that spirituality and religion have on health. Between 2001 and 2010, the number of research studies examining the spirituality-health connection more than doubled, from 1200 to 3000. Improvements in pharmacology are one big reason for the shift. Because we already have so many medical treatments at our disposal, there is more interest in examining the role of religion and spirituality in health. Despite the increase in interest, however, the relationship between religion/spirituality and health remains nebulous and …

Nutrition Coaching, psychology and weight loss

How the three interact to produce remarkable results. A healthier mind can lead to a healthier body and a better relationship with food. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 33 percent of adults living in the United States are overweight, and an additional 36 percent are obese. Meaning that almost 70% of Americans weigh more than what is considered healthy. In addition, approximately one in six children in the U.S. are obese. Whether the weight gain is from poor diet, age, healing from surgery or a lack of exercise, it’s a problem that needs to be addressed …

Suicide and Suicide Prevention

Understanding the risk factors, prevention, and what we can do to help Background Suicide is defined as intentionally taking one’s own life and comes from the Latin suicidium, which literally means “to kill oneself.” It tends to carry different traits depending on culture. Historically, and still today in some locations, suicide is considered a criminal offense, a religious taboo, and, in some cases, an act of honor (e.g., kamikaze and suicide bombings). Literally speaking, suicide, or completed suicide is the successful act of intentionally causing one’s own death. Attempted suicide is an attempt to take one’s life that does not …

Hypnotherapy – How it works, and could it work for me?

Do you have issues with addiction, substance abuse, anxiety, bad habits, stress or phobias? Do you think the cure is inside you and all you need is the correct mindset to overcome your issues? Are you ready to make a change? Maybe the practice of hypnotherapy is for you. Curious? Learn more about how hypnotherapy works and how it may be the key to a beautiful change in your life. What is hypnotherapy? Hypnotherapy is an alternative or complementary medicine that uses the power of a patient’s mind to treat a variety of ailments. A clinical hypnotherapist helps you get …

Nine Ways Successful People Defeat Stress

Feeling stressed? Of course you are. You have too much on your plate, deadlines are looming, people are counting on you, and to top it all off, you still have holiday shopping to do. You are under a lot of pressure — so much that at times, you suspect the quality of your work suffers for it. This is life in the modern workplace. It is more or less impossible to be any kind of professional these days and not experience frequent bouts of intense stress. The difference between those who are successful and those who aren’t is not whether …

The Trouble with Mindfulness Apps

When your favorite mindfulness app says it’s based in science, check twice. Few actually are. Be prepared to be bored. This is the gist of one of the notifications you receive before you try the body scan meditation from Mindful Mood Balance, a web-based program currently being piloted in a version for therapists. The app allows users to take Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) at a distance using their phone, tablet, or computer. Once you complete the 30-minute exercise, you navigate to a video featuring a group of people who’ve also just tried it. A few admit the experience was not …

Counseling in Tribeca New York City

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Loneliness. Anyone can feel lonely. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a relationship or not, a social butterfly or someone who isn’t into crowds. To understand what’s making you feel alone, we’ll focus on your inner and outer experiences and work together to find useful things you can do to feel more connected to the world. Depression. It affects the way you think and feel, it can even affect you physically. It can alter the way you think about yourself, your relationships and the people around you and the events you experience every day. We’ll work together to understand what’s …

Short term therapy with long-term results

What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy? Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychological treatment that has been demonstrated to be effective for a range of problems including depression, anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug use problems, marital problems, eating disorders and severe mental illness. Numerous research studies suggest that CBT leads to significant improvement in functioning and quality of life. In many studies, CBT has been demonstrated to be as effective as, or more effective than, other forms of psychological therapy or psychiatric medications. It is important to emphasize that advances in CBT have been made on the basis of …

When is it really time for couples therapy?

Couples should seek therapy long before they think they “need” to. Most experts believe that therapy can be an important part of your relationship. Most issues within a couple start small and then grow in size when they don’t get resolved. This is where therapy can help, by giving tools and techniques to improve conflict resolution. The majority of couples say that they should have started therapy years earlier. An objective third party can be just the ticket when couples feel they can no longer communicate effectively. Rather than viewing therapy as the solution to a crisis, look at it …

Ketamine Infusion Therapy, How it Works and What to Expect

Can this long-used anesthetic be used to help those for which traditional antidepressants don’t work? Did you know that out of the millions of people treated for depression every year, around 30% won’t have success with traditional anti-depression medications?. Simply put, these medications are not always compatible with everyone’s needs. The drugs don’t affect a patient’s mood, side effects of these drugs are too much to bear, or the repetition of taking medication on a daily basis is challenging. When a person can’t get their depression in check, they are at a higher risk of alcohol and drug abuse, hospitalization …

A Book Review on Joyful Work

At the beginning of his book on natural and sustainable entrepreneurship, Dave Pollard offers an open letter to readers. In it he points this out about the approved system we are taught from a young age about making a living: That system has let us down badly. It is in the interest of those who control the current economic system, those with the established wealth and power, that we not know that there is a better way to make a living than working for them, doing meaningless work as wage slaves, just to buy ourselves some leisure time to do …

How To Reframe Or Rationalize Failure

Everyone has experienced failure at one point in their lives. A relationship going wrong, a poor financial decision, or a misstep in your career. Despite the terrible way that failure feels, there are ways to reframe of rationalizing it in order to make it a more positive experience. The act of reframing this emotion is a healthy way to deal with it and move on. The next time you feel like you’ve failed, consider thinking about it differently. A learning experience: Sure, you failed, but did you learn from that failure? Did you gain a new outlook on life, obtain …

Couples, Your Phone May be Harming Your Parenting

It’s not abnormal to need a break from ‘mom or dad’ duty now and then, parents and couples often turn to their phones for a quick moment of respite. It’s a way to feel connected to the rest of the world again, and to feel like individual adults with individual personalities again, as much as possible throughout the day. Technology, like smart phone use, can also be a great resource tool in the world of parenting. But, there is a fine line between using your phone for good (or even as a bit of an escape), and using it as …

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for Anxiety

With the rapid manner in which life whizzes past us on a daily basis, it’s no surprise that an increasing number of adults in the United States experience anxiety at some point in their life. Anxiety is defined by a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. Anything from work stress, concerns over money, problems at home, or disagreements with friends can trigger anxious feelings. While these episodic instances of anxiety happen to everyone, the big problem arises when anxiety is chronic. When these anxious feelings continue without resolution, there’s …

Adjustment Disorders

Adjustment Disorders are stress-related conditions that fairly common in the United States. Adjustment disorders present as a group of symptoms that make you feel stressed, hopeless or sad that often occur after you go through a stressful life event. Something as simple as a job change may cause these symptoms to occur. They’re also common after more significant life changes such as divorce or the death of a loved one. Symptoms can either be acute; lasting less than six months and usually subsiding once the stressor is removed or persistent, lasting long after a stressor is removed and causing chronic …

Imagery Rehearsal Therapy (IRT)

We’ve all been there. Stress, restless nights, and the dread, terror, and panic associated with nightmares. Uncomfortable dreams are emotionally taxing have the ability to affect a person’s well-being long after they wake up. Often, when bad dreams become incredibly intense or frequently occur over a period of weeks or months, a sufferer can experience insomnia, anxiety, mood changes and a decreased quality of life. Particularly, for those dealing with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) emotional nightmares and the accompanying symptoms are all too common. However, using an emerging therapy can drastically reduce the frequency and intensity of bad dreams …

ADHD Explained – What it Really Feels Like Every Day

Whether you have to explain the disorder to a child, a skeptic, or an adult, there are common misconceptions about ADHD that everyone should be aware of. Most people think they know the ins and outs of what ADHD really is. However, there are so many negative stigmas and stereotypes that go along with it, the definition has become widely distorted over the years. One of the best ways to explain ADHD is to break it down simply. If you really want to get a better insight into the disorder, ask someone who has it what their day-to-day life really …

How to Argue Effectively

Most people having an argument start with the problem at hand and then progress to arguing about many other things. All the old hurts and slights bubble to the surface, leaving one or both parties with bruised egos and even more hostility. State the Problem Arguments that degenerate into shouting, tears and name-calling are not only immature, they are counterproductive. Where arguments are unavoidable, stating one’s point of view in a logical (and credible) fashion can sometimes end the argument before it begins, because one or both combatants suddenly realize that they are talking about the same thing, but using …

How to Have Compassion in Your Relationship

Compassion can often take a supporting role in our relationships, especially if we start to feel comfortable and complacent. Unfortunately, that can lead to escalated arguments and the inability to see your partner’s point of view when you’re in the heat of a disagreement. We tend to think that instead of being on the same side, we’re on two totally different teams. However, having a little compassion, especially during disagreements, can go a long way in a healthy relationship. If you feel as though the compassion is lacking between you and your partner, try some of the following tips to …

Depression in Teenagers

Hormones rage, the physical body grows at a rapid rate, peer pressure weighs heavy and moodiness is common. Teens crave autonomy but are not ready for self sufficiency. They are tempted to experiment with drugs and alcohol. Many do. Many feel unrealistic expectations to excel in academics or sports. They are at a life juncture requiring choices that will affect the remainder of their life. Ask a teen and they will most likely tell you that their behavioral abnormalities are not really abnormal. They are simply coping. But when does confusion and sadness turn from normal teen coping to dysfunction? …

What is Social Anxiety, and How Can it Be Managed?

It’s not uncommon to feel uncomfortable in certain social situations. Perhaps you’re at a party where you don’t know anyone. Or, maybe you’re at a business event where you have to speak publicly. Feeling a bit anxious about these situations is perfectly normal. But, if the thought of either of them cripples you with fear, there may be something deeper going on. It may be linked to social anxiety. Social anxiety is known as a disorder because it can completely take control of your life. You may be unable to interact in normal social situations. Even things as small as …

Work Life Balance – A Feminine Perspective

According to the U.S. Department of Labor there are 123 million women age 16 and over participating in the U.S. workforce. These women who are either looking for work or working comprise 47% of the total U.S. labor force. By 2018 this percentage is expected to grow to 51%. More women are graduating from high school and attending college (including post graduate work) than men. As a matter of fact, in 2012 71% of female high school graduates enrolled in college compared to their male counterparts of 61%. More than 40% of mothers are now the primary source of income …

Early Child Care and Youth Development

Have you ever attended a high school graduation ceremony and watched students receive their diplomas? If so, did you observe the honor students, the valedictorian or salutatorian and wonder about their story? Were they simply gifted students or did their upbringing have anything to do with their academic success? What about their early child care? Early non-maternal child care has become a reality, if not a necessity, in our modern culture. A family structure with two working parents is now the norm; not the exception. Since most parents want optimum development for their child, an important question is, does early …

Medical Cannabis Software

Medical Cannabis Software is for Physicians who issue Marijuana Certification. If you are a Physician or a group practice that needs Medical Marijuana Software and Document Storage to issue medical marijuana certificates to patients via video or phone telehealth Medical Cannabis Software is for you. Storage of patient questionnaire information, patient identification supplied, physician attachments, & notes that’s HIPAA compliant. Medical Cannabis Software. According to norml.org Marijuana, or cannabis, as it is more appropriately called, has been part of humanity’s medicine chest for almost as long as history has been recorded. Of all the negative consequences of marijuana prohibition, none …

Transference, Explained

Transference can be a lesser-known ‘phenomenon’ to many people, but is actually a very interesting, serious, and sometimes harmful disorder. By definition, transference is an unconscious action of assigning feelings toward a person in present-day life that are significant in one’s earlier life. It may seem confusing, and that’s because it can be. The feelings transferred can either be positive or negative, and usually stem from the person’s childhood. They can actually be used by a therapist or coach to help understand the effects of that person’s childhood, and to help them get to the bottom of those very feelings. …

Repairing A Marriage After Infidelity

Infidelity in a marriage can really feel like the ultimate betrayal, and it is a leading cause of divorce. Even couples who stay together after an infidelity continue to have struggles, simply because that line of trust is broken, and extremely difficult to repair when it comes to something so personal and sacred. It doesn’t matter if the infidelity was a one-time event, or a longstanding affair, it can affect a marriage just as much, and can be just as hard to get through. However, it’s not impossible to repair a marriage after infidelity, if both parties are willing to …

What Is A Midlife Crisis, Really?

When we think of a stereotypical midlife crisis, the first thing that might pop into our heads include things like expensive purchases, extreme life changes, or impulsive decisions. Unfortunately, this experience that many people go through has gotten a reputation of being portrayed as somewhat comical, or even ‘crazy’ in some aspects. The fact is, though, that experiencing a midlife crisis isn’t very funny at all, and can be far more serious than we make it out to be. Many people have an unclear picture of what it really is, which can cause problems from the start. Let’s take a …

The Definition of A Pathological Liar – What Are The Signs?

If we’re being true to ourselves, most of us can admit that we’ve told a few little white lies here and there throughout our lives. Sometimes, we try to justify them, using them in order to avoid hurting someone’s feelings, etc. But what happens when lying itself becomes a problem that someone can’t control? That person may be a pathological liar. That label has many negative connotations attached to it, as many people think someone who might be a pathological liar just has the ability to stop lying. Unfortunately, if someone is truly a pathological liar, it’s usually not something …

Sex Addiction – Are You In A Relationship With A Sex Addict?

Sexual addiction, like any other addiction, is a sickness, and should be treated as such. It can appear in many different ways, and certainly doesn’t have to just be an obsession with the act of intercourse itself. If you find yourself in a relationship with someone who shows any of the following signs/symptoms, there’s a chance they could have some kind of sexual addiction: Constantly ‘sneaking’ around, lying about their activities Excessive use of pornography Pressuring you into sexual situations, even if you’re not comfortable Is prone to sexual affairs and infidelity Granted, being a sex addict doesn’t excuse any …

Dr. Courtney Rennicke

Dr. Courtney Rennicke is a Columbia University trained clinical psychologist working in the vibrant Soho neighborhood of downtown Manhattan. She is a child psychologist NYC.

Dr. Jeffrey Ditzell Psychiatry

Dr. Jeffrey Ditzell opened his private practice with the goal of providing his patients an extra level of care and compassion. He is aware that every patient is different and manages treatment with that in mind; he works to get to know his patients and find the best treatment approach for each specific condition and situation. Dr. Ditzell’s goal is to help get you better – to help get you through whatever turmoil you’re facing, to help you lead a life of fulfillment and happiness. People suffering with mental illnesses, addictions, and emotional distress need a doctor who is capable …

Local Therapy Marketing & SEO

We are a premier Therapist Marketing Agency located in New York City, delivering the best digital marketing solutions and catering specifically to therapy professionals. Our Purpose We don’t view anyone we work with as just a ‘client.’ Rather, we’ll immediately see you as a partner, and work directly with you to strategize and come up with an individualized plan that will increase your online presence, overall web traffic, and of course, sales. Our Commitment Our SEO techniques are cutting edge, yet ethical, and we pride ourselves on producing long-term success for your business. We won’t simply create and leave, we’ll …

Directory of therapist website design

MiniSiteSEO™, Local SEO increases online visibility in your area by targeting keywords based on a location or specific city. Therapists that get their clients locally should consider local SEO. If you have a physical address in a city and expect people to go there, you should be doing local SEO for that location, introducing Local Therapy Listing™. The fast, affordable, and effortless way to increase your local listing visibility using therapist website design services.

Psychology Articles, Therapy News, and Mental Health Topics

Betrayal & Divorce Betrayal is often one of the deepest reasons we find ourselves in the midst of divorce. It can break trust indefinitely, while stirring up deep, raw emotions we didn’t even realize we could have. Whether the betrayal arises because of infidelity, lies, or something completely unique and personal, it is a hard concept to accept, and even harder to simply ‘move on’ from, especially when you’re going through a divorce, and it’s easier to think about the pain. There are a few simple tools you can use in order to help yourself through the feelings that come …

Kristy Hellum is a Marriage and Family therapist in Santa Rosa, California.

Kristy Hellum is a Marriage and Family therapist in Santa Rosa, California. She provides individual therapy, couples therapy, and therapy for teens. Her office is near downtown Santa Rosa. Clients and colleagues describe me as a warm, compassionate and wise psychotherapist. I am committed to providing the highest level of counseling to the North Bay area. I am often a good fit for clients who want to integrate a spiritual perspective into working on the issues they bring to counseling. By “spiritual” I mean striving towards  “being” your whole and complete authentic self, to live connected to that self, committed to growing, evolving and …

Couples therapy Pasadena, Donna Shanahan, LMFT

For couples therapy Pasadena, Donna Shanahan is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I work with individuals, couples and families in short and long-term psychotherapy. I was fortunate in my early training to be introduced to psychoanalytic psychotherapy which inspired me to further my understanding of the powerful effects of the unconscious and how it effects both the body and mind. In addition to my formal education, I have certificates in psychoanalytic psychotherapy from the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute and the Psychoanalytic Center of California. My work focuses on exploring thoughts, feelings and memories from early childhood experiences and how …

Palo Alto Therapy & Counseling, Dr. Lynn Alexander

I care deeply and passionately about helping people live richer, more satisfying lives. As part of my commitment to this I have been teaching and supervising other therapists for the past 20 years at a variety of locations both locally and nationally, so I have experience you can trust. My particular focus is helping other therapists deepen their empathy and understanding to the point where they really can see the world their clients are showing them, as if they are standing in that person’s shoes, looking out through their eyes. This empathy and understanding will help you to feel safer, …

Therapist Website Design & Marketing

Therapist website design, founded in 2010 in New York City, is a team of technologists and designers creating simple and effective software, websites and mobile applications for therapy professionals. They believe in removing the barriers that prevent therapists from strengthening their presence, while offering an all-in-one holistic approach to running a practice with state of the art software, superior design and ease of use.