Addiction, Willpower, & Tools

                  A recent book I came across: “The Addictive Personality: Why Recovery is a Lifetime Thing” By Craig Nakken.  For a handy review, go to:   http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2012/02/26/the-addictive-personality-why-recovery-is-a-lifetime-thing/ This book outlines an assumption that addiction is by nature our attempt to deal with negative emotions by chasing illusions of power and of contentment.  […]

What You Need to Know About Willpower: The Science of Self-Control

When patients come to me asking for help with changing a habit, I tell them during the first appointment that if they truly want help, we have to agree that there will be no ‘laughing-off’ of things that they claim that they are powerless over.  In that vein, this is an in-depth article about how […]

Why Willpower Matters, and How to Get It

Life & style Health & wellbeing Willpower is a mental muscle that you can train. Those who do so are more likely to lead happy and successful lives. Jon Henley guardian.co.uk,             Tuesday 7 February 2012 15.30 EST   Roy Baumeister … One cake now, or two if you wait? Photograph: David Levene for the […]

The Science Behind the Serenity Prayer

When addicts reject the first step in a 12-step program, it is usually a cop-out.  The addict wants a way around that terrifying prospect of giving up the very substance that has caused them misery.  Finding the courage to face up to the reality that we cannot have the reality we would prefer is really […]

9 Tips for Building Loving Relationships

9 Tips For Building a Loving Relationship By YourTango Experts This guest article from YourTango was written by Dr. Lynda Klau. How many of us have learned how to build loving relationships? Where did we learn? At home? At school? There is an art and science to building strong relationships. These indispensable tips were written […]

Panic Attacks: Symptoms and Therapy

If you get panic attacks, you’re not alone. Research has found that more than three million Americans will experience panic disorder during their lifetime. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, panic disorder can begin during childhood or before age 25. And  research suggests that panic disorder is more prevalent in women […]

What You Need to Know About Treatment-Resistant Depression

This article deals mainly with use of medication and other physcian-administered treatments for Depression.  I am concerned with the number of patients I see for intakes/evaluations who have never been referred for psychotherapy/counseling.  ‘Talk therapy’ has been shown to be quite beneficial for many patients with depression.  The key is finding the right combination of […]

How to Be Alone

Achieving the goal of learning to be OK with oneself leads to greater richness in our relationships with others – including the ability to leave behind ‘toxic’ people in our lives, and the ability to seek out truly satisfying inter-connectedness.  Molly Allen, PsyD     How To Be Alone By Gerti Schoen, MA, LP Many […]

The Six Best Ways to Decrease Your Anxiety

Pathological levels of anxiety and nervousness are not the same thing.  Chronic anxiety can be nearly debilitating, and costs many persons time, lost productivity, and missed opportunities.  If a patient can learn to manage mild nervousness, and if he or she can accept and work towards healing from anxiety, there is hope for a much […]