"You Want Me to Lick What?!"
OCD therapists have been accused of being extreme. When are extreme measures called for? Where should we draw the line? And does exposure therapy really involve licking toilet seats?read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 23, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Seth J. Gillihan, Ph.D. Tags: Anxiety Psychiatry Therapy ERP exposure and response prevention exposure therapy mental health obsessive-compulsive disorder ocd treatment Source Type: news

Are You a Debbie Downer?
Some people see the glass as totally empty, most of the time. What makes a Debbie Downer so negative, and what can you do if suspect you are one?read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 23, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tina Gilbertson, LPC Tags: Anxiety Depression Personality Self-Help Debbie Downer negativity Source Type: news

Day 20: Reducing Your Distress Without Knowing Its Cause
We may not know what is causing our distress but we can still take action to reduce it.read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 22, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Eric R. Maisel, Ph.D. Tags: Addiction Anxiety Depression Self-Help mental health Source Type: news

The "What's It For?" of Irrelationship
Those in irrelationship tend to have complimentary histories that prep them for the roles they act out for one another. The Performer ceaselessly performs “routines” designed to make the Audience feel better. But the Audience’s apparently passive role is just as much a performance: The Audience’s part is to make the Performer believe that the “feel better” routines work.read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 22, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Mark B. Borg, Jr., Ph.D, Grant H. Brenner, MD, and Daniel Berry, RN, MHA Tags: Anxiety Relationships Self-Help Social Life abusive relationships addiction anger apathy co-dependence co-dependency counseling relationships culture dealing with disappointment development divorce emotional investment empa Source Type: news

Day 19: Making the Life-Changing Decision to Matter
Making the conscious decision to matter is a key to better mental health.read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 21, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Eric R. Maisel, Ph.D. Tags: Addiction Anxiety Depression Self-Help existentialism life purpose meaning mental health Source Type: news

How About Informed Consent for All Medication?
Why not require doctors to get written informed consent from their patients for all use of medication. This would make for much better informed consumers and reduce careless over prescription of medication.read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 20, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Allen J. Frances, M.D. Tags: Anxiety Depression Psychiatry FDA fda approved drugs informed consent informed consumer off-label drug marketing off-label prescribing Source Type: news

Is Your Planning Really Procrastination?
Planning is a necessary and positive thing and can dramatically boost the chances of a successful endeavor. But at some point, unless we are content to end our lives with nothing more than good intentions, we have to stop planning and start doing.read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 20, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: David Sack, M.D. Tags: Anxiety Procrastination Resilience Self-Help Negative Thoughts positive psychology positive thinking procrastination; planning Source Type: news

Overcoming Emetophobia, a.k.a. The Fear of Throwing Up
Worry thoughts about throwing up are like “the boot in the fridge.” Imagine if you were to open up your fridge and see a boot in there, you wouldn’t say, “Hmmm, I guess I have to have sautéed boot for dinner,” you’d say—“What is that doing in there?! It doesn’t belong there!!” read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 20, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tamar Chansky, Ph.D Tags: Anxiety Parenting Self-Help Stress cognitive behavior therapy for phobias emetophobia exposure therapy george clooney resilience Scott Stossel specific phobias stomach aches vomit vomit phobia Source Type: news

Kids and Bullying: 5 Things to Talk About
Five tips to help manage bullyingread more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 20, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Joseph A. Shrand, M.D. Tags: Anxiety Child Development Parenting Stress Source Type: news

5 things to talk with your kids about bullying
Five tips to help manage bullyingread more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 20, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Joseph A. Shrand, M.D. Tags: Anxiety Child Development Parenting Stress Source Type: news

Four Steps to a Calmer, Confident, Creative, Capable You
Try a new way to feel serene, procrastinate less, and enjoy life more.read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 20, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Bill Knaus, Ed.D. Tags: Anxiety Procrastination Self-Help Stress calm calm body calm mind complexity confidence creative accomplishment creativity deep breathing discomfort dodging emotionally drained four steps to serenity imagination landscape p Source Type: news

When You're Afflicted With the Disease to Please
How to stop valuing others' comfort over your own, once and for all...read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 19, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Colleen Long, Psy.D. Tags: Anxiety Depression Happiness Relationships Self-Help Social Life Stress Therapy colleen long couples Los Angeles manhattan beach people pleasing therapist Source Type: news

Rumination: Frequently Asked Questions
Understand rumination and what to do about it. read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 19, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Alice Boyes, Ph.D. Tags: Anxiety Source Type: news

Tips and Tricks to Help Your Kids Swallow Pills
Does your child struggle to swallow pills? Are you tired of battling just to give your child his or medication? Learn tips and techniques for making pill-swallowing easier and less frustrating for you and your child. read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 19, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D. Tags: Anxiety Health Parenting Stress children children taking medicine kids kids taking medicine medication pills tablets Source Type: news

Day 17: Dramatically Reducing Your Defensiveness
Learn why reducing your defensiveness dramatically increases your mental health.read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 19, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Eric R. Maisel, Ph.D. Tags: Addiction Anxiety Depression Self-Help defenses defensiveness Freud mental health Source Type: news

iPhone Separation Anxiety
Are you suffering from iPhone Separation Anxiety?read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 18, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Larry Rosen, Ph.D. Tags: Addiction Anxiety Media Neuroscience compulsion iPhone obsession separation anxiety Source Type: news

Day 16: Reckoning With The Distress of Meaningless Work
In order to improve our mental health, we need to factor in the toll that meaningless work takesread more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 18, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Eric R. Maisel, Ph.D. Tags: Addiction Anxiety Depression Self-Help mental health workplace Source Type: news

Putting Feelings Into Words: 3 Ways to Explain What You Feel
Have you ever had troubles finding the words for what you’re feeling or thinking? Most of us have encountered this difficulty at some time or another. It often happens just when we most need to be able to explain ourselves – when we’re feeling something particularly strongly or in a crisis or just want to communicate a strong feeling. read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 17, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: F. Diane Barth, L.C.S.W. Tags: Anxiety Depression Eating Disorders Self-Help alexithymia feelings mental representation mindfulness self-expression thoughts words Source Type: news

Seven Ways Therapists Can Mess Up the Best OCD Treatment
Exposure and response prevention (ERP) is the treatment of choice for OCD. Learn about the common mistakes in ERP that can make it less effective, and how to avoid them. This entry is the first in a series.read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 17, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Seth J. Gillihan, Ph.D. Tags: Anxiety Psychiatry Therapy CBT cognitive-behavioral therapy ERP exposure and response prevention exposure therapy obsessive-compulsive disorder ocd Source Type: news

Anger and Vulnerability
In the heat of ego defense, truth is the first casualty.read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 17, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Steven Stosny, Ph.D. Tags: Anxiety Happiness Health Resilience Self-Help anger management failures anger; rage; catharsis; ventilation; abreaction; Freud; Breuer; psychoanalysis; Rollo May; Jonah; Art Markman; Steven Stosny; anger management; metaphor; Source Type: news

The Timing of All Things
Our greatest failures lie not in our lack of fulfilling that which we think we should, but in our not accepting that which is.read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 16, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Christine Louise Hohlbaum Tags: Anxiety Creativity Education Happiness christine louise hohlbaum divine timing elizabeth gilbert India meditation power of slow time management Source Type: news

Day 14: Only Thinking Thoughts That Serve You
True thoughts aren't necessarily useful thoughts. Learn how to think thoughts that serve you!read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 16, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Eric R. Maisel, Ph.D. Tags: Anxiety Cognition Depression Self-Help addiction cognitive therapy emotional health mental health self-defeating thoughts Source Type: news

Do We Cause Our Own Emotional Suffering?
Are you constantly worrying about what your boss or friend thinks about you or how you will become successful in your line of work? How can we loosen our grasp on whatever is the root of our stress or worry? Maybe there is way!read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 15, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Allison Carmen Tags: Anxiety Happiness Self-Help Spirituality Source Type: news

Day 13: Feeling Better Sooner Rather Than Later
What helps us make a needed change more easily? This one simple tactic!read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 15, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Eric R. Maisel, Ph.D. Tags: Addiction Anxiety Depression Self-Help emotional health mental health Source Type: news

Why Does My Child Worry So Much?
Comprehensive evaluations can help find the reasons a child is experiencing anxiety. This case study provides an inside look at the process. read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 15, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Dan Peters, Ph.D. Tags: Anxiety Source Type: news

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
A new blog on PsychologyToday.com will present the latest findings on cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based therapy.read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 14, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Seth J. Gillihan, Ph.D. Tags: Anxiety Depression Therapy CBT cognitive-behavioral cognitive-behavioral therapy empirical support Source Type: news

Why Your Partner’s Phone Habits Can Make You Depressed
Do you feel neglected when your partner is on their phone? Does your time together get disrupted by texts, emails, or games? Has technology intruded on your romantic relationship? If so you are hardly alone. A new study from Brigham Young University examined how technology interferes with relationships. read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 13, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Guy Winch, Ph.D. Tags: Anxiety Depression Media Relationships argument cellphones communication conflict Emotional First Aid emotional hygiene failure guilt ignoring low self-esteem negotiation rejection rumination shunning smartphones tech Source Type: news

Day 11: Turning Your Meaning Needs Into Action Steps
What should you do when a meaning crisis strikes? Create a plan of action!read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 13, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Eric R. Maisel, Ph.D. Tags: Addiction Anxiety Depression Self-Help emotional health existential meaning mental health Source Type: news

Irrelationship's Patient Zero Couple
Irrelationship is what happens when two people co-create/maintain a way of relating that protects them from love's dangers—from the anxiety and insecurities that go along with being vulnerable to the risks of being in love. We are going to follow a couple as they explore the ways that irrelationship protects them from empathy, intimacy emotional risk and investment.read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 13, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Mark B. Borg, Jr., Ph.D, Grant H. Brenner, MD, and Daniel Berry, RN, MHA Tags: Anxiety Relationships Self-Help Social Life abusive relationships addiction anger apathy co-dependence co-dependency counseling relationships culture dealing with disappointment development divorce emotional investment empa Source Type: news

Divide and Conquer Anxiety, Stress, and Procrastination
Break the link between worry, anxiety, stress, and procrastination. Set yourself free from this vicious cycle.read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 13, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Bill Knaus, Ed.D. Tags: Anxiety Procrastination Self-Help Stress acceptance anxiety defined blame depleted emotional reserves dire possibilities distraction double bind dreaded events layering a problem onto a problem loud music mental nightmare opp Source Type: news

Attached at the Hip: iPhone Separation Affects Us, And How!
An elegant study at the University of Missouri just confirmed what many of us can attest to anecdotally: smartphones may effectively be an extension of ourselves, causing us anxiety and possibly making us dumber when we hear them but are unable to answer. Clearly, we have welcomed technology into the boundaries of our selves. What do we do now?read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 12, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Ravi Chandra, M.D. Tags: Anxiety amygdala iPhone Source Type: news

A State of Psychiatric Emergency
Psychiatry is fast approaching a death spiral which we as a society may not be able to recover from. In many residencies, psychotherapy is not even being taught. Many psychotherapists of all professions have been intimidated by specious neuro-biochemical theories, while others have simply given up. And now, there aren’t many remaining good therapists in practice anymore.read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 12, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Robert Berezin, M.D. Tags: Anxiety Ethics and Morality Neuroscience Personality Psychiatry Therapy Source Type: news

Fuggedaboutit
Why You Need to Control Your Memory and Not Let It Control Youread more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 12, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Srini Pillay, M.D. Tags: Anxiety Cognition Creativity Memory creativity. Srini Pillay nostalgia pain PTSD remembering srinivasan pillay total brain makeover trauma Source Type: news

Beware the Dangers of FOMO
FOMO frequently provokes feelings of anxiety and restlessness, often generated by competitive thoughts that others are experiencing more pleasure, success, or fulfillment in their lives than they are. It can also be a response to a conscious or unconscious fear of aging and/or dying. read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 10, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Linda and Charlie Bloom, Tags: Anxiety Depression Happiness Relationships All That You Can ' t Leave Behind commitment competitive David electronic devices fear fomo missing out obsessive preoccupation priorities supervisor tet messages twenty years Source Type: news

The ABCs of Freedom from Anxiety
Get to the core of your bedeviling anxieties. Change the core. Set yourself free.read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 10, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Bill Knaus, Ed.D. Tags: Anxiety Resilience Self-Help Stress ABC technique acceptance of anxious feelings anxiety about anxiety anxiety habit anxiety thinking behavioral actions against anxiety confrontation anxiety coping. Albert Ellis core problems Dec Source Type: news

Sensitivity Can Have Its Drawbacks
Rather than serving as the framework for virtue, sensitivity may produce the opposite of the virtue of compassion, namely the vice of indifferenceread more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 10, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Arthur Dobrin, D.S.W. Tags: Anxiety Ethics and Morality C. Daniel Batson empathy pro-social behavior sensitivity Source Type: news

The Cognitive Traps that Can Harm Intergroup Relations
Cognitive "traps" such as racial anxiety and the stereotype threat can diminish the quality of intergroup interactions in ways that reinforce racial inequalities.read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 9, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Tags: Anxiety Ethics and Morality Race and Ethnicity Source Type: news

Day 8. Offering One Small Gift With Love
our mental health hinges on many large matters -- but also on the smallest gestures read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 9, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Eric R. Maisel, Ph.D. Tags: Addiction Anxiety Depression Self-Help creativity emotional health love mental health Source Type: news

The Four Gifts of Anxiety
You can choose to see anxiety as a problem and its symptoms negatively, as burdens, says personal coach Sherianna Boyle. Or you can choose to use anxiety as a lever to unearth positive attributes within yourself.read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 8, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: The Book Brigade Tags: Anxiety Happiness Self-Help Stress awareness inner strength mindfulness spirituality Source Type: news

There Is Nothing Either Good or Bad But Thinking Makes It So
Lack of empathy is the black hole in our social relations.read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 8, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: William L. Mace Tags: Anxiety Ethics and Morality Race and Ethnicity Therapy Source Type: news

Day 7: Having Hope When Hope Makes Little Sense
Hope is an essential ingredient to mental health. What should you do if you can't find reasons to keep hoping?read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 8, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Eric R. Maisel, Ph.D. Tags: Addiction Anxiety Depression Self-Help emotional health existentialism mental health Source Type: news

Sublime Terror
The same people who are afraid of stinging insects and disgusted by rotting meat, are tempted to approach a swarm of bees and poke at maggot-riddled road kill. What’s going on with this paradoxical repulsion and attraction? The psychological phenomenon of the sublime has been explored for centuries, and it’s still something of a mystery.read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 7, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Jeffrey Lockwood, Ph.D. Tags: Anxiety Environment Evolutionary Psychology Philosophy attraction disgust entomophobia fear repulsion sublime Source Type: news

Managing Your Emotions
There are times when we are in difficult encounters with others and we cannot physically leave the situation. We need to manage our emotions and remain centered in order to be our best selves. Having a regular practice we can call on in these times of need can serve us well, but we need to develop the practice so it. read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 7, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Beth Fisher-Yoshida, Ph.D., CCS Tags: Anxiety Ethics and Morality Happiness Relationships communication emotional intelligence Nonverbal communications Source Type: news

Becoming a minority fuels conservatism
Psychologists are presently very interested in understanding factors that predict political ideology. A recent series of studies asks whether White Americans, when facing the future as a minority group, shift politically to the right.read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 6, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Gordon Hodson, Ph.D. Tags: Anxiety Politics Race and Ethnicity Source Type: news

Freedom from Emotional Storms
If you have more than your share of emotional crises, let’s look at how to avoid them.read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 6, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Bill Knaus, Ed.D. Tags: Anxiety Procrastination Self-Help Stress Source Type: news

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Failure
You cannot always control whether you fail in life but you can and need to control how you respond once you do.read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 6, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Guy Winch, Ph.D. Tags: Anxiety Cognition Depression Happiness addiction attention choking cognitive distortions concentration dieting Emotional First Aid emotional hygiene execuive functioning failing goals guilt habits helplessness hopelessn Source Type: news

How Stress Changes Your Genes
Anxiety negatively affects your genes—so here's how to keep it up under control.read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 6, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Mitchell L. Gaynor, M.D. Tags: Anxiety Evolutionary Psychology Health Stress Source Type: news

Day 5: Changing Your Mood With One Simple Sentence
Learn how to instantly change your mood using one simple sentenceread more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 6, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Eric R. Maisel, Ph.D. Tags: Addiction Anxiety Depression Self-Help emotional health life purpose meaning mental health sadness Source Type: news

Hell Is No Place to Hang Out
If you are in emotional anguish, it is difficult to make it through each moment, never mind putting in the extra effort to drag yourself out of it. Yet, there are ways for you to find hope for a better future and to heal yourself.read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 6, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Leslie Becker-Phelps, Ph.D. Tags: Anxiety Depression Self-Help Therapy affect tolerance anguish distress meditation Source Type: news

Dealing with Subway Anxiety, Part One
How can city commuters deal with anxiety on the subway? Part One takes a look at actual and perceived risks of daily commuting and how to begin to address potential anxiety associated with riding subways.read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)
Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center - January 5, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Marlynn Wei, M.D., J.D. Tags: Anxiety Environment Self-Help Stress anxiety disorder cities city commuters commuting New York panic attacks panic disorder subway subways traveling Source Type: news