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Make a Resolution Early… Work on Your Marriage

Now is the time to honor your relationship by investing your time and energy into enhancing it. Research shows that if couples do not continue to put energy into a relationship, it deteriorates. In truth, you have to put energy into a relationship to just keep it where it is. For it to improve, you have to put more energy into it.   What Predicts Divorce or Continued Relationship Misery? 1....

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How to Turn Confusion Into Certainty When it Comes to Career Choices

If we roughly calculate that hours that we as Americans spend at work throughout our lives, they add up to a significant chunk of our time on Earth. Of all the waking hours across the average American’s lifespan, 35% of them are spent at work. If you think about your work-life in that way, it’s glaringly clear that having a job that fits your natural skills and leaves you feeling...

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Trichotillomania

Trichotillomania is a lesser known, but not uncommon disorder affecting both males and females of all ages. It is characterized by repetitive pulling out of one’s hair. Trichotillomania is classified as a body-focused repetitive behavior. Research indicates that 2-4% of individuals experience “trich” in their lifetime. Onset is typically in early puberty. By adulthood, trich is...

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What it’s Like to Be a Therapist

Becoming a therapist has definitely been an amazing journey for me. It has given me purpose and it has also helped my personal growth- not only mentally and emotionally, but also spiritually! My biggest goal now as a therapist is to be able to show people what a great therapist should be like and the positive differences a good therapist can make in someone’s life. I want to be a therapist...

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) & its Treatment

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a mood disorder caused by chemical imbalances in the brain due to lowered exposure to sunlight in the winter. It can occur any time between September-April, but is most common in December, January, and February. Changes in the amount of sunlight can cause changes in our internal clock causing some people to feel out of sync.   Melatonin, a sleep related...

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“Whole Brain” Parenting

Parents today are juggling demanding jobs and household responsibilities while trying to work on challenging child behaviors in the bargain. A few simple parenting techniques are suggested by Daniel J. Siegel, M. D., in his book “The Whole Brain Child.” These simple techniques are discovered after weeding through some very complicated neurobiology, which you can also read if you like...

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