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Five Secrets to a Stress-Proof Brain

This post originally featured on Psychology Today. When you’re stressed out, you feel thrown off balance. Your thoughts race as you imagine negative outcomes. Your heart pounds, and breathing gets shallow. Your muscles tighten. You feel as if you can’t sit still or think straight. Or you zone out with food,

Self-Soothing During Difficult Times

This post originally featured on PsychCentral. The ups and downs of bipolar disorder provide ripe ingredients for a crisis. During mania we may feel phenomenal and deny that a serious situation is occurring, but our behavior speaks differently. In depression or anxiety, we may feel a crisis acutely. It may come in

Vagus Nerve Stimulation Holds Promise for Treating Addiction

This post originally featured on Psychology Today. Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) therapy may help addicts overcome substance abuse via the extinction of conditioned drug-seeking behaviors, according to a groundbreaking preclinical study. The new report, “Vagus Nerve Stimulation Reduces Cocaine Seeking and Alters Plasticity in the Extinction Network,” was published in the January issue

Why Art Therapy?

This post originally featured on Psych Central. There are a number of different forms of therapy and choosing which one is the best choice may prove to be a daunting task, especially when faced with low motivation and affect as a symptom of your mental illness. Typical therapies* include those where

CBT Shown to Ease Psychotic Symptoms Over Years

This post originally featured on Psychcentral. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown to strengthen specific brain connections in people with psychosis. Now, researchers at King’s College London have found that these stronger connections are associated with a long-term reduction in symptoms and recovery even eight years later. CBT involves helping people change

What Is It Like to Date When You Have Borderline Personality Disorder?

This post originally featured on Vice. For those dealing with BPD, the trust and patience required by relationships can be a complicated issue. Most people first encounter borderline personality disorder (BPD) on screen: It's the condition behind Glenn Close's character in Fatal Attraction. It's what Winona Ryder's character was diagnosed with in

Art Therapy as an Intervention for Psychosis

This post originally featured on the Psychiatry Advisor Expressive therapies are "complex interventions that combine psychotherapeutic techniques with activities aimed at promoting creative expression."1 The 2014 guidelines of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) on the Treatment of Psychosis and Schizophrenia in Adults recommend these modalities — including art

Getting Therapy by Video Chat Is About to Go Mainstream

Big changes ahead for the therapy couch. When you need help with depression, anxiety, or any other mental health condition, finding affordable care can be a challenge. A shortage of qualified doctors and therapists means just getting an appointment can be tough. Plus, since finding in-network care can be harder than

FDA Removing Black Box Warnings on Smoking Cessation Drugs

December 19, 2016 Share this content: Varenicline and bupropion pose a lower risk of serious mental health side effects than was previously thought. Following a required clinical trial review1, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that 2 smoking cessation drugs, varenicline(Chantix®, Pfizer)  and bupropion (Zyban®, GlaxoSmithKline), are associated with a

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