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The Problem With Being Perfect

Striving for perfection is often portrayed as a positive trait; however, extreme perfectionism can lead to depression, anxiety, and even suicidal ideation.

Therapists say there are many different ways that perfectionism can manifest – and some include procrastination and self-sabotage.

Psychedelics Resurface as a Therapeutic Tool

Research into the use of psychedelics is yielding exciting results.

Clinical trials at N.Y.U.—a second one, using psilocybin to treat alcohol addiction, is now getting under way—are part of a renaissance of psychedelic research taking place at several universities in the United States, including Johns Hopkins, the Harbor-U.C.L.A. Medical Center, and the University of New Mexico, as well as at Imperial College, in London, and the University of Zurich.

How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain

Might being in nature actually change our brains in some way that affects our emotional health?

Lawsuit Over a Suicide Points to a Risk of Antidepressants

“Concerns about safety have long dogged antidepressants. In 2006, the makers of Paxil upgraded their warning label to caution that among adults of all ages with major depressive disorder, the frequency of suicidal behavior was higher in patients treated with paroxetine (Paxil) compared with placebo — 6.7 times higher.”

How Mindfulness May Change the Brain in Depressed Patients

“Harvard researchers use brain scans to explore how 8-weeks of training in present-moment awareness might break the cycle of self-rumination.”

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    Collision with Reality: What Depth Psychology Can Tell us About Victimhood Culture

Collision with Reality: What Depth Psychology Can Tell us About Victimhood Culture

“A diagnosis carries with it a sense of absolution. It isn’t our fault that we have anxiety or depression. Forces beyond our control have conspired against us… when our diagnosis becomes an important part of who we are, we are encouraged to abdicate responsibility for our plight. We are adrift on life’s turbulent currents, without blame, but also without agency. This fosters a sense of helplessness, which in turn can lead to increased anxiety.”

When Anxiety or Depression Masks a Medical Problem

“A good reminder that mind and body are connected: symptoms of anxiety or depression can belie an as-yet undiagnosed physical disorder, and physical symptoms can stem from a psychological problem.”

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    ‘13 Reasons Why’ Through the Lens of A Clinical Psychologist

‘13 Reasons Why’ Through the Lens of A Clinical Psychologist

By Amy E. Ellis of Thrive Global
“13 Reasons Why”, a Netflix-original drama that boasts Selena Gomez as one of the executive producers, is a series that focuses on Hannah, a young high school girl who has recently committed suicide. She leaves behind carefully orchestrated narratives on cassette tapes in which she names individuals whom she alleges all had a role in her death. The show, and the book on which it is based, is a stunning demonstration of the raw emotion that ensues from bullying and rumors, rejection and isolation, and the everyday stressors and tribulations of adolescence.

Dreams and Dream Work in the Therapeutic Process

By Ursula Carsen, RP, CTP Dipl

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When you are dealing with nightmares, recurring and puzzling dreams, or metaphors that are difficult to decipher, dream work as part of your therapeutic process can be particularly valuable. Dream work is like an expedition in uncharted territory: it helps you create a map of your inner landscape, and uncover treasures from the depths of your psyche’s mysteries. Shedding light on your dreams can be instrumental in the recovery from emotional problems and distress.

Choosing the Right Relationship

“The more important domains to consider are personality and values, and when it comes to personality, the key question is how does your potential partner handle stress.”