Monthly Archives: January 2014

Exercise & Your Brain– And Your Thoughts, Too

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/11/11/244503589/sweat-your-way-to-a-healthier-brain People who follow this blog have already figured out that I’m a regular listener to NPR. In this case, I missed the story and a friend sent it, then it sat languishing in my unread e-mail for a while. … Continue reading

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Modern Life Is Insane

http://www.salon.com/2013/07/31/living_in_america_will_drive_you_insane_literally_partner/?source=newsletter I’ve been meaning to discuss this for a while, and only now am getting around to it. Here’s an excerpt from the article: Underlying many of psychiatry’s nearly 400 diagnoses is the experience of helplessness, hopelessness, passivity, boredom, fear, … Continue reading

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Your Beautiful, Creative Mind

In the world of cognitive therapy, people are taught to identify and eliminate “cognitive distortions.” In the therapy approach of Albert Ellis, similar processes were used on “irrational beliefs.” Eewwh. Cognitive distortions. Irrational beliefs.  I must be pretty messed up. … Continue reading

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Pretend You’re a Doctor

There’s been a recent spate of reports about the fact that 80% of doctors never talk to their patients about alcohol consumption. Only 13% of binge drinkers reported a health professional said anything to them in the last year. http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/01/07/260448070/drinking-too-much-dont-count-on-your-doctor-to-askContinue reading

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Should I keep my therapist?

How can you tell a good therapist from a bad one? Should you keep your therapist or look for someone different? Here are some guidelines, taken as excerpts from the book Seeking Safety, a Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance … Continue reading

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