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When Your Client Dissociates

She wasn’t responsive to my voice or my soft touch. Her face was pale, her body was limp, her breathing was rhythmic and shallow. Should I call the medics, I wondered, or have her mother carry her out of my office? Luckily, she was my last client for the day, so I had time to... Read More

Startups are using AI and virtual reality to fight mental illness

Mental health professionals and entrepreneurs have a message for those suffering from anxiety and depression: You are not alone. That message seems especially relevant in 2018. The sudden deaths of Kate Spade, the fashion designer and entrepreneurial icon, and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain this week shine a light on a systemic problem: Mental illness. Both Spade and... Read More

A user’s guide to therapy on your smartphone

More than 75 percent of Americans now own a smartphone, up from just 35 percent in 2011, according to Pew Research Center studies published in 2017. When on our smartphones, time is increasingly spent on applications, or apps, with U.S. smartphone users averaging 3 hours, 23 minutes a day using apps compared to averaging 50 minutes... Read More

Why 2017 was finally the year artists spoke up about mental health

Taking care of yourself doesn’t typically go hand in hand with the rock star fantasy of nonstop partying, but in 2017, that changed. In July, Justin Bieber canceled the remaining dates of his Purpose Tour in a move toward stability, taking to Instagram to explain his decision: “I want my mind, heart and soul to be sustainable… Me taking... Read More

Rigorous Study Finds Antidepressants Worsen Long-Term Outcomes

A new study conducted by Jeffrey Vittengl at Truman University has found that taking antidepressant medications resulted in more severe depression symptoms after nine years. The study, published in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, examined outcomes over a nine-year period and included initial depression severity as well as other factors. Vittengl divided treatment into categories and compared... Read More

Gambling related community harm exceeds that of drug use

Study finds gambling related community harm exceeds that of drug use disorders and common physical health problems New research conducted for the New Zealand Ministry of Health by Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and Central Queensland University (CQU) found harm associated with gambling is almost double that of drug use disorders, bipolar affective disorder, eating... Read More

The high cost of childhood disruptive behavior disorders

Children. The word evokes images of happy, playful, carefree youth. But the reality is that millions of American children suffer from mental health problems, and many don’t get the care they need. This not only creates challenges in childhood, but can have dire consequences later in life for these children and for the country as... Read More

Are therapists just rent-a friends?

It’s virtually a right of passage. At some point in every psychologist’s career, he or she must confront a psychotherapy skeptic. My first opportunity came many years ago when I was seated on an airplane next to a middle-aged gentleman decked out in standard business-traveler attire: a charcoal gray suit, white shirt, and maroon tie. I’m not... Read More