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Why Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Work?

CBT is a type of talking treatment that focuses on how your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes affect your feelings and behavior, and teaches you coping skills for dealing with different problems. It combines cognitive therapy (examining the things you think) and behavior therapy (examining the things you do).

 
 
 
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Children and Trauma

"Youths who have been exposed to multiple traumas, have a past history of anxiety problems, or have experienced family adversity are likely to be at higher risk of showing symptoms of post-traumatic stress."

 
 
 
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Seven Ways to Help Your Loved One Adjust to Life After Prison.

"Today's the day—your loved one is coming home! Now everything can go back to normal, right? The truth is, your loved one is going to have to adjust to life on the outside. They will most likely have to deal with culture shock, depression, and anger. In addition, they will also have challenges with the social stigma and the collateral consequences that come with a criminal record. How can you help your loved one adjust to life after prison?"

 
 
 
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How to Meditate: for Beginners.

"Have you been wanting to learn how to meditate but don't know where to start? Let this comprehensive guide for beginners show you the way.

Meditation is a simple but life-transforming skill that can help you to relax, enhance understanding about yourself and develop your inherent potential."

 
 
 
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The Psychology & Politics of Black Hair

"For young black girls, hair is not just something to play with, it is something that is laden with messages, and it has the power to dictate how others treat you, and in turn, how you feel about yourself. As Rooks (1996) affirms, “Hair in 1976 spoke to racial identity politics as well as bonding between African American women. Its style could lead to acceptance or rejection from certain groups and social classes, and its styling could provide the possibility of a career” (p. 5-6). 

 
 
 
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Maintaining a Healthy Relationship When Your Spouse has a Mental Illness.

“The mental illness has a way of wanting to direct the movement of the relationship, rather than the individual partners,” said Jeffrey Sumber, MA, LCPC, Chicago psychotherapist and relationship coach. But remember that couples have the ultimate control. For instance, if your spouse struggles with bipolar disorder and tends to act out, try to “communicate your concerns, feelings or anxieties in a non-blaming way so that communication is the process that keeps the relationship flowing.”

 
 
 

Coping Tips for Parents of Teenagers

"Despite some adults' negative perceptions about teens, they are often energetic, thoughtful, and idealistic, with a deep interest in what's fair and right. So, although it can be a period of conflict between parent and child, the teen years are also a time to help kids grow into the distinct individuals they will become."

 
 
 

6 Breathing Exercises to Relax in 10 Minutes or Less

"Over-worked, under-slept, and feeling pressure like whoa? There are plenty of ways to find calm—without investing in a 90-minute massage. Turns out all you need is a pair of healthy lungs, your breath, and 10 minutes or less. Here are six expert-approved ways to relax using breathing techniques borrowed from yoga, meditation, and even the therapist’s chair."

 
 
 
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Self Care Tips: Staying Healthy When Your Loved One has an Unhealthy Addiction

"When someone you love is abusing substances like alcohol and/or other drugs, you are likely to focus solely on the damage the addiction is doing to that person. For example, your loved one may be experiencing decreased physical health and worsening mental health symptoms, employment issues, strained relationships, and finance troubles. However, at the same time, you may be neglecting the stress that your loved one's addiction has on you."

 
 
 
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Why You Feel Busy All the Time (When You're Actually Not)

"Overwhelmed? It can seem like we’re busier than ever, but that’s not quite true, says Oliver Burkeman, who has been exploring the topic in a new series for BBC Radio 4. You might assume the explanation was straightforward: we feel so much busier these days because we’ve got so much more to do. But you’d be wrong. The total time people are working – whether paid or otherwise – has not increased in Europe or North America in recent decades."