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Maybe it’s your best friend. Or your sister, or a favorite colleague at work. It happens slowly. What were they like before? Upbeat, always laughing? Devoted and kind? Now the friend or family member you once knew has been replaced by someone with a substance use disorder. It’s a transformation, and not a good one. […]
We hear the duo argument all the time: “It takes two to tango,” “two heads are better than one,” “there’s no I in team.” But what do you do if your relationship is in trouble and your partner isn’t ready to work on the problem? Of course it’s better to tango with two, but if you’re […]
When this happens, when the past is so painful it’s intolerable and the future is so scary you’re not ready to go there, focus on the NOW.
Life isn’t easy for anyone, but if you’re struggling with attention, restlessness, forgetfulness, and impulsivity, it can seem downright impossible at times. Take a deep breath. If you have ADHD, you’ve come to the right place. Apart from working with your doctor to get your meds right, there are other things you can do. Consider […]
Despite the fact that 1.5% of the world’s population has this illness, it’s still little understood by the general public. Contrary to popular belief, Schizophrenia isn’t the same thing as multiple personality disorder. But if it isn’t multiple personality disorder, then what is it? Schizophrenia in a nutshell If you have Schizophrenia or know somebody […]
An article by Kim Rosenthal, MD. So you’re sitting in a meeting, distracted by the sound of your colleague’s shoe tap-tapping at the ground. It’s too much. Sensory overload. You’re ready to jump up and go for a run, or a fast walk at least, anything to get out of this room and away from […]
In the language of Freud, defense mechanisms are the unconscious things we do to deal with difficult emotion or stress. They are kind of like absent-minded coping skills, and we all use them. They’re natural and normal. They help us deal with life struggles. But, just like coping skills, defense mechanisms come in different flavors. […]
Want to get some shut-eye at night, wake up refreshed in the mornings, and feel awake during the day? Good sleep habits to the rescue! Sleep habits, or as doctors call them, “sleep hygiene tips,” can help you rest at night so you feel awake during the day. Sleep hygiene is a non-medication how-to […]