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How Negative Self-Beliefs Can Impact Your Life

How we see ourselves and how we engage with the world doesn’t happen by chance. Unconscious beliefs are learned in childhood as a function of conditioning. How a child learns to think of themselves is often a product of modeling and imitation—their parents and caregivers model their own self-beliefs and the child learns and adapts accordingly.


Common Cognitive Distortions & How to Combat Them

Cognitive distortions are irrational ways of thinking that aren’t helpful. Everyone has them from time to time, but when they become excessive, they can cause distress or negatively impact your quality of life. They can also lead to maladaptive behaviors and increase your risk for mental health disorders like depression.1


Why It’s So Easy to Get Addicted, and How Best to Treat It

It’s frequently noted that we’re not addicted to a substance, activity, or relationship as such but to how they make us feel.

We may not even like the taste of 100-proof vodka, but if it gets us high, takes us to a more comfortable place, a less agitated state of consciousness, it could end up being our go-to drink. As long as it reliably helps us feel better, or at least less bad, we’re liable to get hooked on it. And indefinitely so.


Breaking Down the New Anxiety Screening Guidelines for Kids

You may not think your child has anxiety, but new guidelines suggest it doesn’t hurt to get a professional opinion.

Children should get screened regardless of whether they have a diagnosed anxiety disorder, according to a new recommendation issued by a national task force that oversees mental health.


How Do Child Abuse and Neglect Affect Social Relationships?

Why do some people have more trouble starting and maintaining positive, healthy relationships than others? One possible reason is experiencing trauma during childhood.

Research tells us that a child who has experienced maltreatment (abuse or neglect) is more likely to have problems creating and maintaining positive relationships than a child who has not. Having fewer and poorer quality relationships may be one reason individuals who experience maltreatment in childhood are more likely to struggle with mental and physical health problems during their lifetime.


How to Encourage Teens to Open Up About Mental Health

Today, I’ve asked Ken Duckworth to share his Tip of the Week.

“You’re depressed and need help.”

“Not going to happen.”

So begins and ends countless discussions when we ask teens to open up about mental health. I have seen so many loving parents fall into this pattern—urging action but getting resistance in return. Sometimes this direct strategy works, but often it does not.


How to Make Sense of Addiction

Many people who come to me wanting to change their substance use behaviors carry a lot of shame and self-blame. They are told that there is something inherently wrong with them for developing a substance use problem.


You Don’t Need a “Big” Reason to Start Therapy — Here’s Why

I’ve gone to therapy at several points in my life. The first time was after a breakup. This is actually a pretty common time to seek help — lots of people go to therapy after a big life event.

But the second time I went, I didn’t have a “big” reason.

In fact, on paper, my life was going pretty well. I’d just moved to New York — a city I’d always dreamed of living in — and I had just started a master’s program in playwriting, a subject I loved. My classes were going well and I’d just started dating the man who’d later become my husband.


Body-Based Conceptualization of Eating Disorders

Our autonomic nervous system (ANS) is best described as our “personal surveillance system.” It’s always determining and responding to the question, Am I safe?

The polyvagal theory, coined the “science of feeling safe,” was developed by Stephen Porges, a renowned trauma researcher and neuroscientist. The vagus nerve is an information superhighway in our body, connecting our face, heart, and breathing to our gut. It informs our ANS when there is a danger to mobilize protective measures and puts on the brakes when we are safe, and all systems are “clear to go.”


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