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Childhood ADHD and Poor Self-Esteem

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) isn’t just about symptoms you can see. Sure, a child with ADHD can be fidgety, or overly talkative, or unable to focus. Hiding underneath that, though, may be intense anxiety, too. Maybe their lack of impulse control goes so deep they can’t even control their own thoughts. Then, after years of being punished more often than their siblings, or removed from classrooms day after day, they become…
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Depression in Men

As men, we like to think of ourselves as strong and in control of our emotions. When we feel hopeless or overwhelmed by despair we often deny it or try to cover it up. But depression is a common problem that affects many of us at some point in our lives. While depression can take a heavy toll on your home and work life, you don’t have to tough it…
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How to be More Spontaneous

Some folks are too spontaneous perhaps: the tattoo at 3 a.m., the $500 pair of shoes, the blurting out the first thing that comes to their minds. But for a lot of the rest of us the dial might be a bit too far in the other direction: even small decisions are as weighty as those of the Supreme Court; everyday life is heavily routinized and breaking out in even…
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How Workplace Bullying is Impacting LGBT

Harassment in any form can be debilitating. In the recent news we have read about more and more women (link is external) coming forward sharing their experiences of sexual harassment, whether it was in the workplace or otherwise—these women felt powerless to men at the time. New research indicates that LGBT workers are facing bullying in an area that should be a safe place—their office or place of employment. Two…
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Sexual Orientation and Homosexuality

Since 1975, the American Psychological Association has called on psychologists to take the lead in removing the stigma of mental illness that has long been associated with lesbian, gay and bisexual orientations. The discipline of psychology is concerned with the well-being of people and groups and therefore with threats to that well-being. The prejudice and discrimination that people who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual regularly experience have been shown…
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Stress, Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety is a normal part of human experience, and is usually a response to a stressful situation. However sometimes anxiety can go beyond the ‘normal’ and can be experienced greater than can reasonably be expected given the situation In worse cases, anxiety can lead to a panic attack. When this occurs, or when anxiety is getting in the way of your personal goals, then it might be a sign that…
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The Structure of Fear

I’m currently teaching a course called The Psychology of Fear and Terror. I decided to open it with instructions on the qualitative analysis of frightening experiences. Each student described his or her own experience (a protocol statement) and then collected statements from acquaintances. The goals were to learn this method and to better understand the complexities of individual experiences. Students learned that fear overlaps other emotions, some obvious but others…
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When to Love or Hate an Addict

I’m optimistic about the future of addiction recovery. Ongoing research into the brain has led to new understandings in prevention, identification, treatment, and relapse reduction. At 85 years old I am just grateful that I’ve lived long enough to feel a part of the fighting chance that now exists. In the spirit of this perseverance, I want to share a letter that I received from a colleague who experienced a…
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When Trust Hits Rough Waters

If you’ve lived long enough, you’ve most likely experienced a close relationship where trust had been broken. Perhaps a friend turned his or her back on you during a time of need. Maybe your partner cheated on you. Or perhaps your son or daughter lied to you. In this post, we’ll explore how meditation helps us during times when our trust has been betrayed. The Aftermath of Broken Trust When…
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