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The Problem of School Refusal

Most children look forward to the new school year with joy and enthusiasm. But for kids with school refusal, it is a nightmare for them and their parents.

Young Yogis Rock

By Gail F. Melson Ph.D. on September 13, 2017 in Why the Wild Things Are
Contemplative practices, like yoga, mindfulness meditation, guided imagery and relaxation breathing can help children deal with stress, reduce anxiety and improve well-being.

The Importance of Cuddling

By Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D. on September 11, 2017 in The Baby Scientist
Doctors are starting to tout the importance of skin-to-skin contact for newborns. Here's what science says about why touch is so important for babies, and for you.

Take the Terror Out of Cold Calling

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on September 09, 2017 in Adaptation
With 3 simple tips, you'll be surprised at how successful you can be.

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Attachment Styles

Attachment styles can affect our partner selection, the way in which we relate to our significant other, and the behaviors we display during the course of our relationship.
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Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

By Robert Puff Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in Meditation for Modern Life
We have to do specific things to improve our level of happiness.

6 Best Ways to Beat Procrastination and Get There on Time

Getting to places on time, whether work or social occasions, can be a hassle. New research based on travel habits of commuters shows how to be less stressed and more punctual.
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10 Faulty Thoughts That Occur in Body Dysmorphic Disorder

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on September 18, 2017 in Science of Choice
Faulty thinking sheds light on the development and maintenance of BDD.

Rewire Your Burned-Out Brain

By Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed. on September 18, 2017 in Radical Teaching
You can rewire your brain to reverse burnout symptoms and boost your optimism, pleasure, and positive expectations.
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Mundus Novus (The New World)

By Chris Kutarna Ph.D. on September 18, 2017 in Age of Discovery
Overwhelmed by the pace of change? Some conscious map-making helps us navigate a new world.
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Early Adolescence and the Fear of Change

Although parents sometimes feel critical of adolescent changes, they should also be admiring: Separating from childhood and starting to grow takes a lot of courage.
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When Trust Is Gone, What Can You Do?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on September 17, 2017 in Off the Couch
We live in a time when everyone is talking about trust and no one seems to be feeling much of it. Here's what you can do when you no longer trust.
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Self-Critical? Time to Lighten Up on Yourself

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on September 16, 2017 in Fixing Families
Self-criticism can erode your self-esteem, keep you constantly anxious, sap you of any of life's rewards. Time to calm those scolding voices.
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How Melatonin Helps You Sleep

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on September 15, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
Learn all about how melatonin can help sleep and bio time.

What Are You Waiting For?

By Atalanta Beaumont on September 15, 2017 in Handy Hints for Humans
Carpe Diem: You'll never get today back.

Bedside Manners and Coping with Fear and Anxiety

The power of knowledge can not only improve our emotional symptoms, but our physical ones as well.

How Avoiding Conflict Escalates Conflict In Relationships

Conflict-resilient people have healthier and more intimate relationships.
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Operating From Fear

By Matt James Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in Focus on Forgiveness
Is fear holding you back? Try one of these techniques whenever you feel an old fear keeping you from what you really want in life.
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Emotional Contagions

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
A science journalist finds himself personally impacted by his comprehensive exploration of social contagions.

Healthy and Unhealthy Risk

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on September 13, 2017 in Life After 50
Are you stilted in your career because of fear of failure? Or are you a self-destructive risk-taker? Either way, your reality testing is distorted.

"Too Important" or "Too Needy" to Unplug from Technology?

Is it narcissim or a fear of personal irrelevance that leads us to panic when we have to ignore texts or other instant messaging due to where we're at or what we're doing?

Why Millennials Need Quarter-Life Crises

By Caroline Beaton on September 12, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
Our career is chugging along per usual when a simple question falls from the sky and shatters our okay routine: “Is this it?”
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A Brand New Way to Understand Social Anxiety

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on September 12, 2017 in What Matters Most?
Think you know what social anxiety is? This post proves you do not. You'll see social anxiety in an new, helpful way...actually in 6 new and helpful ways.

Lessons From Hurricane Irma

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on September 12, 2017 in Social Lights
A list and a meditation.
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Copper Toxicity: A Common Cause of Psychiatric Symptoms

By Judy Tsafrir M.D. on September 11, 2017 in Holistic Psychiatry
Could copper overload be the cause of your depression, anxiety, ADHD, and poor immune function? Copper toxicity is a treatable condition, but you must identify it first.

Understanding School Refusal

With the school year officially upon us, many families may be facing heightened anxiety of their children related to school. There are ways that parents can help.
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16 Tons

By Elizabeth Young on September 11, 2017 in Adaptations
I see in Annie's eyes the fear of a personal apocalypse.

Karate Kata and Cognition

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on September 11, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
Thoughts from a woman who started training at age 80: "when I started to train in karate, my grandchildren said 'Grandma--you are crazy!' but now they are so proud of me."

The Two Words Which Make or Break A Relationship

By Linda Esposito LCSW on September 11, 2017 in From Anxiety to Zen
Are you and your partner repeating the same arguments while expecting a different result? Two words hold the keys to healing.
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Some Stress Can Be Good for You

Put your stress to work for you.

Tips for Sub-Clinical Sadness, Worry, Anger, and ADD

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 08, 2017 in How To Do Life
Sometimes, self-help can be enough.

College, 2017 to 2018

The arrival of the smartphone has changed every aspect of teenage life, from social interactions to mental health. It's time for colleges to change their approach as well.

3 Times a Mental Health Day Could Do More Harm Than Good

A day off from work won't automatically improve your mental health. It's what you do with that time that matters.
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The Contamination of Motherhood?

Depending on one’s frame of reference, mothers could, conceivably, be taking on way too much responsibility for things that may be largely out of their control.