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God Knows Where I Am

This documentary takes us into the life of Linda Bishop, and her family and caregivers. She was found dead in a New Hampshire home several months after her hospital discharge.

Could a Blood Test for Cancer Be Dangerous?

Early cancer detection seems right. But it can, in reality, be wrong.

Let’s Face It: Medicaid Is the Healthcare We All Want

By David J Ley Ph.D. on March 28, 2017 in Women Who Stray
Believe it or not, if you have commercial health insurance, you're the unlucky one. Medicaid provides people in poverty healthcare that you only wish you could afford.

The Unexpected Loneliness of New Mothers

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on March 28, 2017 in The Squeaky Wheel
Loneliness might be the last thing new mothers expect to feel, but it is far more common than we realize.

More Posts on Health

The Trump Effect Part 1

Since the 2016 presidential campaign, increased bullying incidences in our schools have spread to include violent acts across our nation spurred by the rhetoric of one man.

Drawing a Picture of Health: An Art Therapy Guide

If you are currently being treated for cancer or are a survivor, try "drawing a picture of health" as part of your wellness plan. It's integrative medicine for mind and body.

How Strength Training Helps Keep Anxiety at Bay

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on March 29, 2017 in Minding the Body
Resistance training may help you resist excessive worry and anxiety. Here's what the latest research shows.

Sex Education: Teens Teaching Teens

There is clear evidence that risky sexual behavior harms young people. Does peer-led sex education help them avoid risky behaviors?

The Mental Wellness Routine That Will Change Your Life

By Jennice Vilhauer Ph.D. on March 28, 2017 in Living Forward
Do you know what you need to do in order to be happy? Here are 5 essential activities that if done regularly will bring about positive emotional well-being.

NatCon17 Is Coming and I’m Going on an Airplane!

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on March 27, 2017 in All About Addiction
It's hard to stay inspired in the field of behavioral health without exposure to new ideas and ways of thinking. National conferences like NatCon17 help remedy that.

Lighthearted. Light, As In The Light That Lights The Heart

By Bernard L. De Koven on March 27, 2017 in On Having Fun
This is the way it is when you come together to for fun. You let loose. You let the light of being together into your very heart. You let the fun in. You let each other in.
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Endless Jet Lag

Time rules life - including what you crave.

How Mothers Saved Obamacare

By Claudia M Gold M.D. on March 26, 2017 in Child in Mind
With a large percentage of the US population feeling unrecognized and unheard, maternal and mental health care is exactly what we need most.

Betrayed by a Workplace Friend

A woman wonders whether she can remain friends with a co-worker who complained about her to their boss.

Is Global Warming Making You Fat?

Brown fat can help control your weight but only when you're cold.

Trigger Warnings and Mental Health: Where Is the Evidence?

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. on March 23, 2017 in Talking About Men
Recently, there has been a growing push for the use of "trigger warnings" on college campuses. But are they beneficial for mental health? And can they have unintended consequences?

Growing Old in Ancient Cultures

What can Ancient Egypt, India and China teach us about aging well?

Hell Yes: The 7 Best Reasons for Masturbating

By Neel Burton M.D. on March 22, 2017 in Hide and Seek
The stigma surrounding masturbation has to stop.

Lena Dunham's Representations of Mental Illness

More recently viewers have seen a notable shift towards more accurate representations of mental illness. The controversial television series Girls on HBO leads the way.

Organizations Must Do More to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

How can organizations that serve children prevent child sexual abuse? Researchers at the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse have plenty of suggestions.

Too Much to Do, Too Little Time

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on March 22, 2017 in Media Spotlight
While men may find themselves taking on more responsibilities at work and home, women still find themselves doing a disproportionate amount of the domestic chores.

Springing From One Mood into Another: Is the Sun at Fault?

Most revel in the warmth and new growth of Springtime. Some suffer.

What Helps Our Plastic Brain Turn Into a Blastic Brain?

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on March 22, 2017 in Brain Waves
Learn what steps need to be taken to have a blastic brain!

Relatedness and Autonomy, A Delicate Balance

"Successful mountain climbers know that they must spend at least as much time if not more, in tending their base camp as they actually do climbing mountains..." - M Scott Peck

Get Outside in a Park With Your People

By Temma Ehrenfeld on March 21, 2017 in Open Gently
Get outside in greenery to have difficult conversations or to bond.

Top "Turning Straw Into Gold" Pieces from the Past 6 Years

I always celebrate my anniversary of writing for Psychology Today with a post that offers some of my past pieces for reading.

Impact of Traumatic Stress on Brain Development

New research points to neurobiological sex differences in youth with PTSD.

How to Have a Happy Day

How- and why- to be happier. 3 tips to greater happiness in your life.

The New Prohibition: The Hip Culture Wants You to Abstain

By Stanton Peele on March 19, 2017 in Addiction in Society
People encouraging others to quit drinking in the active neoTemperance movement have a heavy lift. Oh, and nondrinkers don't live as long and have less fun. So why do they do it?
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When Is Reimagining the Past a Sign of Emotional Health?

By Barb Cohen on March 17, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
For counterfactual thinking to be functionally beneficial, we need a coherent story of cause and effect that makes us an essential actor in the story.

A Blended Approach to Health

The Resilience Regiment speaks to Sierra Tucson

Do Low Cost Drugs Really Work in Treating Cancer?

By Lucy O'Donnell on March 17, 2017 in Cancer Is a Teacher
Why do we not know about the use of everyday low-cost drugs for the treatment of cancer? And what are these drugs? And how do you get them?

Hypochondria

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on March 17, 2017 in Life After 50
Are hypochondriacs faking? Many doctors get angry at patients with imaginary symptoms because they can be insistent and stubborn in their demand for a cure to their ailment.