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Hoarding: Symptoms and Treatment Options

Hoarding is not simply a behavior. It is a mental health condition. In fact, there are different types of hoarding disorders. Oftentimes, hoarding is a subset of OCD, which itself […]

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Exposure and Response Prevention

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is one very specific type of therapy. It’s designed to help people overcome specific anxiety disorders including phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorder. People with these conditions […]

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Agoraphobia Is a Type of Anxiety Disorder

Many people believe that agoraphobia is a fear of crowded places. That’s one type of agoraphobia. However, there are other types as well. Becoming aware of the symptoms and treatments […]

Tourette Syndrome Explained

Tourette Syndrome Explained

If you’ve heard of Tourette Syndrome (TS) but never met someone with the condition, then you might have a very specific picture in your mind. You might envision someone who […]

Harm Reduction for Substance Use

Harm Reduction for Substance Use

Have you seen those recent commercials about quitting smoking that suggest that if “cold turkey” is too hard then you might instead try “slow turkey?” That’s the basic idea behind […]

Types of Family Therapy

Types of Family Therapy

Every family faces challenges. Even during the best of times, families can have conflicts due to differences in personality, communication styles, wants, and needs. When life adds additional stressors, such […]

Depression Spectrum (Unipolar/Bipolar)

Depression Spectrum (Unipolar/Bipolar)

Everyone who goes through a battle with depression has their own unique experience. No two experiences are ever quite the same. However, we are able to see enough similarities that […]

Approaches to Couples Therapy

Approaches to Couples Therapy

Relationships are challenging. You have two individual people with different wants, needs, patterns of behavior, styles of communicating, and approaches to conflict. Although you may love one another, you inevitably […]

What Is Rejection Sensitivity?

What Is Rejection Sensitivity?

While no one likes rejection, some people are especially aversive to it. While no one enjoys being rejected, some people are more sensitive to social rejection than others. Individuals who […]

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Rejection kills

The brain makes no distinction between a broken bone and an aching heart. That’s why social exclusion needs a health warning. The psychologist Naomi Eisenberger describes herself as a mutt […]

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Common Misconceptions About Psychotherapy

What you can and cannot expect from psychotherapy In my experience consulting with patients who are considering whether or not to pursue psychotherapy to improve their mental health, the path […]

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Hypochondria Explained

“Oh, don’t be a hypochondriac.” Chances are that you’ve heard something like that before, so you have a general sense of what hypochondria is. However, it’s a serious medical condition, […]

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Agoraphobia is an Anxiety Disorder

The stereotypical agoraphobic is someone who never leaves their house because they are afraid of crowds. While that is one type of agoraphobia, there is a lot more to the […]

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How the Body and Mind Talk To One Another

Have you ever been startled by someone suddenly talking to you when you thought you were alone? Even when they apologise for surprising you, your heart goes on pounding in […]

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What Is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis Applications, Effects, and Myths What exactly is hypnosis? While definitions can vary, the American Psychological Association describes hypnosis as a cooperative interaction in which the participant responds to the […]

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How Individual Therapy Works

Individual therapy is a form of therapy in which the client is treated on a one-on-one basis with a therapist. The most popular form of therapy, individual therapy may encompass […]

What Is the Dunning-Kruger Effect?

What Is the Dunning-Kruger Effect?

The Dunning-Kruger effect is a type of cognitive bias in which people believe that they are smarter and more capable than they really are. Essentially, low ability people do not […]