Combing Through Someone’s Phone Could Lead to End of Relationship

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For some people, the thought of their partner, friend or colleague snooping through their phone, reading their texts and emails, is an automatic deal breaker. However, some relationships can survive the snooping, a new study examining the motivations behind phone snooping has found. Researchers from UBC and the University of Lisbon recruited 102 individuals and asked them to recall a …

The Perfect Marriage: Solution-Focused Therapy

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Abstract Medical family therapy has many potential uses in behavioral medicine and primary care. Current research was reviewed to determine the most advantageous way to apply solution-focused therapy and motivational interviewing as a perfect marriage in medical family therapy. An extensive literature review was done in the following databases for medical family therapy: Proquest, EBSCO, Medline, and PsychInfo. The search …

A moody gut often accompanies depression: New study helps explain why

A moody gut often accompanies depression: New study helps explain why

For people with depression, gastrointestinal distress is a common additional burden, and a new study suggests that for some, the two conditions arise from the same glitch in neuron chemistry — low serotonin. The study, conducted in mice, shows that a shortage of serotonin in the neurons of the gut can cause constipation, just as a serotonin shortage in the …

Thoughts on Short-term Psychodynamic Therapies

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Psychodynamic therapy focuses on unconscious processes as they are manifested in the client’s present behavior. The goals of psychodynamic therapy are client self-awareness and understanding of the influence of the past on present behavior. In its brief form, a psychodynamic approach enables the client to examine unresolved conflicts and symptoms that arise from past dysfunctional relationships and manifest themselves in …

Depression: Ketamine prevents loss of pleasure in primates

Depression: Ketamine prevents loss of pleasure in primates

New research, which features in the journal Neuron, shows that primates lose excitement in anticipation of a reward when a specific area of their brain becomes overactive. The study also shows that ketamine affects this brain region and prevents the loss of pleasure. Depression is “the leading cause of disability worldwide” and one of the most common mental health problems …

How Do You Know When It’s Time To Break Up?

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Many of us don’t break up with a significant other when we should, for many different reasons. Some of us are afraid to be alone; others give in to what is called the sunk cost fallacy (“I’ve already invested so much time and effort in this relationship, I can’t give up now”). But most of us just ignore the signs …

Coping With Re-Experiencing Symptoms in PTSD

Coping With Re-Experiencing Symptoms in PTSD

Re-experiencing—having sudden and unwanted traumatic memories that intrude into or even seem to replace what’s happening now—is a core symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If you have PTSD, chances are you’ve had symptoms of re-experiencing. Symptoms The particular content which is re-experienced varies from person to person based on their history of trauma, but the way this trauma is …

Medical Marijuana Works on Endocannabinoids to Improve Depression

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Some of the best treatments for depression are those that interact with the body’s own chemistry. For example, you may already know that the most common form of treatment for depression is SSRIs. These work with the body’s levels of serotonin. Serotonin already exists in the body, but when levels aren’t correct it can lead to depression. There are also …

On Being Interesting

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Most of us know and value pleasant experiences. We savour the taste of a freshly picked strawberry. We laugh more than an event warrants, just because laughing feels good. We might argue about the degree to which such pleasant experiences are valuable, and the extent to which they ought to shape our lives, but we can’t deny their value. So …

A Toxic Brew

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Adult children of alcoholics face down denial, but it’s a trauma they carry throughout their lives. If alcoholism seems like a lot to handle, imagine growing up with addicted parents. The alcoholic family is one of chaos, inconsistency, unclear roles, and illogical thinking. Arguments are pervasive, and violence or even incest may play a role. Children in alcoholic families suffer …

Atypical Depression

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An Overview of Depression with Atypical Features What is it? Common depression leads individuals to feel sad and not enjoy everyday life. Depression with atypical features1 or more commonly, atypical depression, refers to a depressive state where individuals experience improved mood when encountering pleasurable events. This type of major depression, or dysthymia1, is atypical of melancholic depression, where mood improvements …

Nightmares and Imagery Rehearsal Therapy

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Problems with nightmares are reported by a sizable proportion of individuals with a history of trauma and by approximately 5% to 8% of the general population. Chronic nightmares may represent a primary sleep disorder rather than a symptom of a psychiatric disorder, and direct targeting of nightmares is a feasible clinical approach to the problem. Of the treatments proposed, imagery …

Sleeping Pills That Don’’t Let You Sleep

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The Health Journal column in Monday’s Wall Street Journal discusses the dangers of taking sleeping pills and the rise in somnambulism that is more likely to occur taking nonbenzodiazepines (NBZs). Ambien is the leading brand-name NBZ; others are Lunesta and Sonata. Last year the FDA required that “sedative-hypnotic” drugs carry strong warnings, following reported cases of people sleep walking, eating, …

Are You in a Co-Dependent Relationship?

Are You in a Co-Dependent Relationship?

Co-dependency is not a standalone mental health problem but a learned behavior. The term “co-dependent” was originally coined to indicate adults living with someone (usually another adult) who is an addict. The addiction can be to alcohol – and that was how the term was intended – or to drugs, gambling, sex, relationships, work, food, shopping, or any behavior that …

Divorce: Statistics and how to not become one

In America, a divorce occurs every 36 seconds. That’s over 2,400 divorces each day. A common statistic that you hear is that 50% of marriages end in divorce. Luckily, this information slightly off: the divorce rate peaked in the 1980s at 40% and has been decreasing slowly for most age groups ever since. This number is definitely little better, but …

How to Cope With Shame

Strategies for coping with shame that can help you get out of the shame cycle. Shame can be a devastating feeling that never seems to go away. It’s that pestering embarrassment and sadness that never lets you feel validated. It’s a feeling that’s corrosive, shameful, and difficult to overcome. It often starts in childhood, continues to adolescents and keeps rearing …

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

As one of the most innovative and modern types of cognitive – behavioral psychotherapy, the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has revolutionized the way an approach to treatment of a borderline personality disorder was taken up to the late 1980s, when DBT was introduced by Marsha M. Linehan. The initial approaches to treatment provided highly efficient results, proving that DBT is …

5 critical communication skills that everyone needs to know

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5 critical communication skills that everyone needs to know. One of the primary reasons that couples enter counselling or therapy is because they don’t properly communicate with each other. Strong communication is the cornerstone of any relationship and can have wonderfully positive effects on all parts of your professional and personal life. If you don’t have excellent communication skills, your relationships can …

Should We Break Up Or Stay Together?

Relationships go through phases. At one point in time, for example, both life partners can literally do no wrong. Toilet paper backward on the roll, coffee too weak or too strong, calling a former love interest more than once, refusing to have dinner with the in-laws. It’s all good. Then come those times when nothing is right. She has PMS, …

Tips for Surviving Infertility in a Marriage

Infertility can be one of the most difficult experiences a couple can go through, both individually, and together. The feelings of loss, confusion, and stress are enough to put a strain on any relationship. If you’ve decided to seek out fertility treatments of any kind, that add even more stress because most of your focus will be on those strategies. …

Couples Therapy: Myths and Reality by Ruth Jampol

Couples Therapy: Myths and Reality by Ruth Jampol

Maintaining a positive, supportive relationship with one’s partner in the face of expected and unusual life stress is one of the biggest challenges many couples face.  Not uncommonly, instead of pulling together to face life’s difficulties, partners become disengaged or even hostile. The person you expect to always have your back begins to feel like the enemy. And sometimes it …

What’s the Problem with Conscious Uncoupling?

What’s the Problem with Conscious Uncoupling?

It is far easier to meet a series of strangers and think we have relationships than build and grow a relationship with one individual or a family of individuals over time. So you meet someone for the first time in a place you like to go, a place of habit you frequently find yourself visiting, or a place that has …

The Benefits of Forgiveness in Couple’s Therapy

“You have wronged me” she said. “You have been unfaithful, deceitful and uncaring.” His expression is one of remorse. “I’m so sorry” he replied. “How can I make it up to you?” The therapist observes. She believes there is hope for this couple. It’s her turn now. She has been trained in various healing approaches but which one will she …