9 Ways to Let Go of Stuck Thoughts


Stuck thoughts … the brick walls that form a prison around your mind. The harder you try to get rid of them, the more powerful they become. I’ve been wrestling with stuck thoughts ever since I was in fourth grade. The content or nature of the obsessions have morphed into many different animals over the […]

Do Supplements Work?


Some 38 million American adults self-treat with supplements for a variety of conditions. Although some supplements are made of natural elements and are very effective, they can be potentially more hazardous, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) holds them to a far lower standard than prescription drugs. Everyday Health’s Chris Iliades highlighted a […]

Debt Linked to Mental Health Problems


People in debt are three times more likely to have a mental health problem than those not in debt, according to new research led by the University of Southamptom. With levels of debt increasing in the recent years, in light of the economic recession and fiscal instability. Researchers from the University of Southampton, along with […]

Treating Insomnia: 4 Myths About Sleep


Insomnia is aggravated and perpetuated by a set of false beliefs. Sometimes we don’t even realize what we believe about sleep–and how those beliefs trigger anxiety and compromise a good night’s sleep—until they are laid out before us. In their book, “Quiet Your Mind & Get to Sleep,” authors Colleen Carney, Ph.D. and Rachel Manber, […]

When You Relapse

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There is no word in the English language I despise more than “relapse,” because by the time I use it, I have suffered months of agonizing depression that involves the typical of symptoms you check off at a psychiatrist’s office: overwhelming guilt, fantasizing about death, no energy, lots of tears, trouble sleeping, eating too much […]

Beating Addiction, Stress, and Anxiety During the Holidays: An Interview with Howard Samuels, Psy.D.


Today I have the opportunity to interview Howard Samuels, Psy.D., author of “Alive Again: Recovering from Alcoholism and Drug Addiction” on the topic of managing addiction, stress, and anxiety during the holidays. Dr. Samuels is the founder and president of the prestigious The Hills Treatment Center in Los Angeles. He is an internationally renowned recovery expert […]

7 Ways to Survive the Holidays


By the time Christmas carols play on three radio stations and the windows of department stores are dressed with red and green glitter, a majority of the human race will have elevated Cortisol levels, the stress hormone that does a good job of preserving us from life-threatening events, but can disrupt almost all of the […]

Words Can Change Your Brain


Sticks and stone may break your bones, but words can change your brain. That’s right. According to Andrew Newberg, M.D. and Mark Robert Waldman, words can literally change your brain. In their book, “Words Can Change Your Brain,” they write: “a single word has the power to influence the expression of genes that regulate physical […]

7 Ways to Stop Obsessing


Mason Cooley once wrote: “The cure for an obsession: get another one.” That’s about as good advice as any that I’ve heard on how to quiet the annoying voices inside your head. They nag, persist, harass, and endure longer than your patience or composure. I haven’t been very successful at managing mine, as I’m usually […]

Are We Medicating Normalcy?

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You’ve heard it all at dinner parties, graduations, school fundraisers, and family cookouts … At least, I have: Psychiatry is a business that is medicating every normal syndrome out there: Too shy to ask a girl to prom? Take Zoloft for Social Anxiety Disorder…. Grieving the loss of a spouse a year after he passed […]