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GENDER-SPECIFIC APPROACH TO THERAPY

As one might imagine, a recent study of how men and women approach therapy reveals that women like psychotherapy more than men do. Researchers also noted that men were more apt to join support groups than women were. Perhaps this is due to the notion that women place high emphasis on sharing emotion, while men […]

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ADOLESCENCE AND FRIENDSHIP

Adults often say that they forged their most important and long-lasting friendships during childhood. These early relationships are important because research shows that teenagers with close friends tend to adapt better to stress, feel happier due to an increased feeling of uniqueness, are likely to do better academically, tend to have higher self-esteem, and are […]

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DECLUTTERING MAY CLEAR THE MIND

While we all tend to hold on to old items of clothing, papers, and other things, some people take their collections of possessions to the extreme. Not only is “hoarding” a psychiatric disorder, but it is also linked with problems in relationships and/or the ability to function at work. Excessive acquisition of items and the […]

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SUPPORTING CANCER SURVIVORS

Lending support to cancer patients increases their chances of survival. That is the important message for cancer patients, their families, and friends that has emerged from a study involving 4,691 cancer patients who underwent chemotherapy. Among those cancer patients who survived cancer for at least 5 years after completing the treatment, engaging in regular social […]

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A WEIGHTY MATTER

Stress is unhealthy for mind and body. When we experience stress or trauma, our bodies release a hormone called “cortisol.” Normally, levels of this “stress hormone” are highest in the morning and decrease as the day goes on. However, those who experience chronic stress and/or have a history of trauma have smaller declines in their […]

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PREVENTING DEPRESSION RELAPSE

As effective as antidepressant medications and talk therapy may be, an estimated 50 to 80 percent of people suffering from depression experience repeated bouts of depression without ongoing treatment. However, new research suggests that a hybrid form of psychotherapy, known as “mindfulness-based cognitive therapy” (MBCT), can be used to effectively lower the risk of depression […]

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SENIORS AND ANXIETY

The National Council on Aging reports that chronic anxiety affects up to 14% of seniors and that a larger percentage of older adults have an diagnosed anxiety disorder. While it’s normal for seniors to worry about their health and finances, their lives should not be disrupted by these (and other) concerns. Otherwise, excessive worry can […]

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DRAMA THERAPY

During the 1920s, a Romanian psychologist named Jacob Moreno took notice of the fact that role play and experimental theater freed people to reveal their thoughts and feelings. As a result, he began to incorporate drama into psychotherapy, thereby creating “drama therapy.” Today, “psychodrama,” as it is also known, is used to help individuals resolve […]

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CAREGIVING SITUATION

When providing care for loved ones with progressive diseases such as Alzheimer’s, caregivers are faced with important decisions that can lead to feelings of frustration, helplessness, depression, and anxiety. While it is normal to experience occasional stress associated with supervising a loved one, stress can become so overwhelming that the health of the caregiver becomes […]

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UNSHACKLING THE HANDS OF TIME

While nearly everyone looks forward to retirement, many older men, in particular, find the transition anxiety-provoking. As these seniors shift from heavy work timetables to free schedules, some find they simply have too much time on their hands. This dramatic shift may trigger anxiety as they feel they have lost their purpose and focus. Instead […]

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