Coping Skills

Your Reaction to Criticism Unveils Your Psyche

There are split second moments in everyone’s life that reveals the inner workings of a person. A micro gesture of an upward turned part of the mouth in combination with a slightly closed eye might signal contempt for another person. However, this quick moment is easily missed by an untrained eye. But you don’t have to...

Autism

Supporting Families of Mentally Ill Children and Teens, Part 1

Parent-reported information from the 2011-12 National Survey of Children’s Health showed that one out of seven children aged two to eight years had a diagnosed mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder (MBDD).Approximately one in five youth aged 13–18 () experiences a severe mental disorder at some point...

Abuse

4 Issues That Commonly Co-Occur with Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders are so prevalent in the United States that words like “anxious” and “anxiety” have become part of the public lexicon. Even among those without diagnosable conditions, it’s common to hear these words used to describe normal, everyday mood states and experiences.

Carlat Psychiatry Report

Research Updates in Psychiatry: Depression

Switching Antidepressants May Be No Better Than Staying the CourseREVIEW OF: Bschor T, Kern H, Henssler J, Baethge C. Switching the antidepressant after nonresponse in adults with major depression: A systemic literature search and metaanalysis. J Clin Psychiatry 2016. [Epub ahead of print]STUDY TYPE: Meta-analysisClinical trials have shown that the response rate...

Coping Skills

How to Successfully Transition Major Life Events

Since the time you progressed from crawling to walking as an infant, life has been a series of major and minor transitions. There was growth from one school year to the next. There were interests, traumas, and accomplishments that impacted future decisions about career, hobbies, and adventure. And there were changes in relationship status from single,...

Children & Teens

What is Co-Parenting?

After two years of hearings, depositions, meditations, and negotiations, Megan and Nate finally had a settlement agreement on their divorce. The process was grueling and their three kids were tired of the fighting. But now it is over and everything can return to some sort of new normal. Or can it?As if things weren’t bad enough...

Cultural Psychiatry

Should States Bring Back Asylums?

President Donald Trump has acknowledged what once might have been done about the volatile behavior of the 19-year-old suspect before the Feb. 14 mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school that left 17 people dead:“In the old days,” Trump told state governors attending a meeting on gun safety at the White House on Feb. 26,...

Children & Teens

10 Ways to Improve Connection

Ralph was puzzled. While he struggled with social connection his whole life, he was making a conscious effort to be different now. Yet, the harder he tried to connect with his wife, kids, co-workers, and friends, the worse things got. The more he tried to “be real” by openly sharing his thoughts and feelings the more...

Coping Skills

The 5 Powerful Painful Events that Transform Lives

Marie and her twin sister Rose had the same childhood experiences. They went to the same schools, had the same teachers, liked the same activities and enjoyed the same friends. Yet as they got older, Marie excelled in her job, had a sable marriage, and was satisfied with her achievements. Meanwhile, Rose became an alcoholic, had...

Abuse

The Rise of Gabapentin Amidst Today’s Drug Epidemic

As the continues to grapple with its worsening drug epidemic, attention has focused on curbing the abuse of opioids. However, under the radar, another drug has now become an ever-growing target for misuse; this time, it’s a non-opioid: Gabapentin.Gabapentin, also sold under the brand name Neurontin, is...

Business Practices

Three Ways We Subtly Disengage From Our Patients

Being consistently present with other people’s suffering is one of the hardest parts of clinical work. Being present is a prerequisite to engaging with patients, validating them, and helping them heal interpersonal traumas that may make the act of connecting with other people difficult or scary.Needless to say, our ability to engage and stay present is...

Attachment

How Can We Assess the Value of a Mother?

On Sunday, May 13, 2018, many people will pay homage to their mothers. No matter the distance, flowers will be sent and phones will be ringing as sons and daughters take a few moments to honor the woman who nurtured and cared for them, who was the source and sustenance of life, and to acknowledge her...

General

Are You a Narcissist?

Brenda stumbled upon the definition of narcissism while googling difficult bosses. Curious, she began reading several articles on the subject. At first, she only saw her boss as narcissistic but as she explored further, she began to wonder if she was a narcissist. Several of the characteristics ran true over the course of her life while...

Anxiety

Help Your Patients De-stress Their Workspace

The clinician with little or no exposure to military culture may conjure up images of service members jumping from airplanes, kicking in doors to find bad guys, and flying jets at Mach speed when thinking of military life. The truth is that these activities make up only a small portion of day-to-day activities for the typical...

Children & Teens

15 Tips on Parenting Budding Borderline Behavior

After several counselors, problems at school, relational difficulties, rages over nothing, irrational behavior, and now even a suicide attempt, Megan realized that something was terribly wrong with her 15 year old daughter. Finally, a therapist who specializes in personality disorders suggested that this behavior was an early indicator of Borderline Personality Disorder.Because the official diagnosis cannot...

Anxiety

Overcoming Loss Requires the Ability and Time to Grieve

Battling loss and grief are normal after suffering a difficult life event. Whether you have a veteran patient who has lost a loved one to illness or an accident, had his or her sense of safety and security stolen from them after being nearly killed in combat, involuntarily separated from service, or were left feeling...

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