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How Embracing Vulnerability Strengthens Our Relationships

Science has revealed a long list of complex reasons why social connections benefit our mental and physical health. Having relationships and support can lead to longer lives, healthier habits, reduced symptoms of stress, and a sense of meaning. Most of us have...

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What Do the Symptoms of Trauma Really Look Like?

Being a psychotherapist that specializes in trauma, I have a unique opportunity to study the effects of trauma on the brain, on the body, and on the client’s subjective experience of the world. I think it is very important for the world of medicine and psychology to...

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How Are You? Really, How Are You?

What does it mean when you first see someone you know and say, “How are you?” Is it a greeting, like “hello"? Or are you actually interested in that person’s health? That depends on a number of factors: How well do you know this person? Are you just passing each other...

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Mental Illness Splits Families

A diagnosis of mental illness like anxiety or a mood disorder in one family member affects the whole family.  It might bring a strain on relationships and can be wearing on the entire family in addition to the effects it has on the individual.  These responses are not...

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Six Important Truths about Depression

In any given year, 6.7 percent of the adult population in the United States will experience a major depressive episode, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. For those who are not part of the 6.7 percent, it may be impossible to understand what someone...

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Two Words That Make Asking for Help a Lot Easier

It's likely that all of us have hesitated to ask a question at one time or another for fear that we'll look stupid. It's also likely that we've refused to ask for help when we could have really used it because we didn't want to appear weak. But asking for help—whether...

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Restorative Sleep is Vital to Brain Health

Sleep disorders can be caused by a brain injury, such as a concussion (a mild traumatic brain injury). Many of my clients and patients with brain injuries report that they have issues sleeping. Some have trouble falling asleep. Some have trouble staying asleep. Some...

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Neurofeedback and Anxiety

Anxiety is usually a person’s response to stress, which can come from psychological, physical, dietary, or environmental sources, like loud noises. Once a person’s brain gets locked into a pattern of anxiety, it can be difficult to break. For anxiety sufferers,...

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