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Mission to Mars: What psychosocial challenges would astronauts face on an epic journey to the red planet?

By Kirsten Weir June 2018, Vol 49, No. 6 Posted from here (APA) Even at their closest, when Earth and Mars are approaching one another in their oblong orbits, there are 35 million miles between our blue orb and the red planet. But that distance hasn’t stopped NASA and other space agencies from setting their […]

No Trying too hard

The Art of Not Trying Too Hard

Steven Shapiro • 5/4/2018 Q: I’m sometimes unable to form an alliance with “difficult” clients, and therapy fizzles out before it’s gotten started. How can I reach these hard sells? A: As you’ve undoubtedly discovered, when we genuinely connect with clients, therapy usually goes smoothly and effectively, and the work is rewarding. We tend to […]

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The Best Kept Psychotherapy Secrets

How to get help with today’s “problems of living.” Posted Apr 23, 2018 Psychology Today Keeping secrets is a central tenet in my line of work as a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst.   I am intimately involved with the most private experiences, behaviors, fantasies, thoughts, and desires of my patients. Keeping secrets is vital in developing […]

Being Mom To A Middle Schooler Can Be The Toughest Gig Of All

April 5, 2018 Although her oldest child, Ben, is 10 years old, Andrea Scher, 44, feels like a new mom again. Scher suffered from maternal depression after Ben was born, eventually recovering with the help of antidepressants and psychotherapy. She was understandably relieved that her depression didn’t return after the birth of her second son. […]

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This Psychotherapist Has Patients Lace up to Help Them Get Back on Their Feet

March 29, 2018, from Runner’s World, By Jenny McCoy Friday, January 12, 2018, 8:56 am By moving from the couch to the roads, she’s able to reach her patients in a new way. Nine years ago, Sepideh Saremi barely recognized herself. As the primary caregiver for a family member battling cancer, she was dealing with […]

Stroke and Depression

After a stroke, her decades of severe depression vanished

March 11,2018 — My mother suffered from severe recurring depression for 30 years, episodes that floored her to the point of near-catatonic inertia. She was lost to us in a mire of desolation. This happened often — once a year, sometimes more. The worst episodes hung around for months and months. She endured hospital stays, […]

A Tweet In Time

Psychology Finally Has an Explanation for Why False Stories Spread Like Fire on Twitter

Published on: Mar 9, 2018 If the past year or two has reaffirmed anything for us, it’s that you can’t believe everything you read, particularly on social media. Now experts say they’ve pinned down just how bad false stories are on Twitter, digging deep into the psychological elements fueling their rapid spread. Research led by […]

How to (Finally) Stop Taking Things So Personally, According to a Psychotherapist

“It’s not personal. It’s just business.” How many times have you heard those words when you were smarting over a job you didn’t get or a pitch that got rejected, or a professional setback or slight? And how often have you found them unhelpful? Maybe it wasn’t meant personally but it feels very personal to […]

how can psychoanalysts contribute to the national discourse in ways that are both ethical and effective

The public role of psychoanalysts in the Trump era: ‘We live in ominous times’

In our highly politicized times, how can psychoanalysts contribute to the national discourse in ways that are both ethical and effective? Prominent practitioners recently addressed this question and the implications of commenting on public figures — most notably President Trump — at the American Psychoanalytic Association’s (APsaA) 2018 national meeting. Their open-ended discussion last week […]