Learning from Stories of Recovery

People considering therapy and other treatments for mental health problems are sometimes concerned that ultimately nothing will help or resolve the condition. Peter Kramer, a psychiatrist and clinical professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University, admits that disorders of the mind and brain can be powerful. But In his introduction to the book […]

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Manage Bipolar Disorder Through Mindfulness

Dramatic shifts in mood and energy can create havoc in the lives of those with bipolar disorder. It can be tough to hold down a job, manage everyday responsibilities, manage symptoms and maintain relationships, even if you’re taking medications or involved in therapy. That’s what prompted William Marchand, MD, to explore the value of mindfulness […]

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From Mortifying Meltdown to Finding Inner Peace – 10 Steps to “10% Happier”

Imagine having a panic attack in front of five million people on national television. That’s what happened to Dan Harris on Good Morning America in 2004. He was filling in for a colleague as the news anchor at the top of the hour. “It started out fine…But then, right in the middle of the second […]

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Therapist Finder

Looking for a Therapist Finder? works with a network of qualified therapists who provide expert counseling on all types of mental health issues for individuals, families, and organizations. In addition, some therapists provide counseling by phone or online if meeting face-to-face isn’t an option for you. As you’re evaluating potential therapists, you may want […]

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What is Suboxone?

What is Suboxone® and what is it used for? Taken as a film placed under the tongue (“sublingual”), Suboxone® is the brand name for buprenorphine and naloxone, used to treat modern to severe chronic pain.  Since its FDA approval in 2002, Suboxone® has also been prescribed for treatment of opoid addiction. It acts by suppressing […]

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What is a Psychologist?

What is a psychologist, and how does a psychologist differ from a psychiatrist? According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), psychologists have “a doctoral degree (Ph.D., Psy.D. or Ed.D.) in clinical, educational, counseling or research psychology,” and are licensed by individual states to practice psychology. Psychologists may offer psychological evaluations,  treat emotional/behavioral problems […]

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Invega, the trade name for paliperidone, is a prescription drug used to treat schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder in adults and adolescents. Taken as an extended-release tablet, the drug may be prescribed separately or in conjunction with other mood-stabilizing drugs and therapy or counseling.  Like all drugs, Invega should be discussed with your therapist or prescribing […]

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Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, “helps people gain greater self-awareness and understanding about their own actions,” as well as helping them “identify and explore how their nonconscious emotions and motivations can influence their behavior.” Although psychodynamic therapy was originally based on early psychoanalytical approaches pioneered by such individuals as Sigmund […]

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How to Deal With Anger

Managing anger effectively is an important life skill, whether you’re in a relationship, dealing with coworkers, parenting children, or just navigating the day-to-day frustrations we all face. If anger management is an area you feel you need to work on, the good news is that there are some excellent techniques you can learn to practice […]

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What is MFT?

MFT, or marriage and family therapy, is a type of counseling that focuses on the dynamics among the various family members, including children, parents, and sometimes extended family members or closely involved family friends, if appropriate. MFT is based on the concept that a family is made up of individuals who, through their interactions and […]

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What is Consciousness?

What is consciousness? This question has challenged philosophers, scholars, and psychologists for centuries, and may never be resolved from a philosophical or metaphysical level. A simple definition of consciousness is to be awake and aware of your surroundings; another definition is your awareness or perception of something (from the beauty of a sunset to the […]

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Countertransference is related to the original term “transference,” through which (according to Austrian psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud) patients transferred their feelings from key individuals in their early lives onto their therapist. Countertransference is a similar concept, but involves the therapist transferring emotional reactions (positive or negative) onto the patient. Although countertransference will not necessarily damage the […]

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