Tag Archives: mental health

The Shrink’s Links: Advance Psychiatric Directives

Bringing you the best of mental health every week. You know what an advance directive is, right? Advance Directives are the legal documents that enable you to state your preferences regarding medical care beforehand and empower someone to make decisions … Continue reading

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The Shrink’s Links: The Advent Conspiracy

Bringing you the best of mental health every week. There are only twenty-four more shopping days until Christmas. What’s the matter? Not feeling very merry? Maybe it’s time to change the way you celebrate Christmas. Click here to join a … Continue reading

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The Shrink’s Links: Journal Therapy

Bringing you the best of mental health every week. Has there ever been a shrink that does not suggest that her clients keep a journal? None that I ever knew of. Journaling can help you clarify your thoughts and feelings, … Continue reading

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Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part 12: It works best to change many things at once, rather than one thing at a time

It works best to change many things at once, rather than one thing at a time Anyone attempting to break a habit can learn a lot from marketers. They’re the experts at getting you to change. They love it when … Continue reading

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Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part 11: Often Drugs Work Too Well

Often Drugs Work Too Well You’ve told your doctor you are anxious or in pain. You got a prescription for Atavan, Klonopin, Valium, or Xanax, if it was anxiety; if it was pain, you might’ve gotten a script for a … Continue reading

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The Shrink’s Links: The New Existentialists

Bringing you the best of mental health every week. If you were intrigued by my recent post about Martin Buber and the application of existentialism to psychology, then you might be interested in The New Existentialists blog. They seem to … Continue reading

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Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part 10: Staying clean is not enough. We must also develop a personally meaningful life

Staying clean is not enough. We must also develop a personally meaningful life When you are thoroughly caught up in addiction, your priorities are clear; the drug comes first. Everything is done or not done in service of the drug. … Continue reading

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The Shrink’s Links: I and Thou

Bringing you the best of mental health every week. To understand relationships, it is essential to understand what the Jewish philosopher Martin Buber meant by I and Thou. Buber was an existentialist, but unlike most existentialists, who smoke too many … Continue reading

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Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part 9: It’s all like a walk in the woods

It’s all like a walk in the woods To understand the brain and how it works in addiction and recovery, remember the last time you took a walk in the woods. You probably walked on a path. It’s easier that … Continue reading

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Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part 8: Positive reinforcement is not enough to motivate a person to stop using

Positive reinforcement is not enough to motivate a person to stop using drugs You’re a good parent, a loving spouse, a decent boss, a fair judge, a caring therapist. You took psychology in college. You learned that positive reinforcement is … Continue reading

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The Shrink’s Links: Review of “Life Against Death”

Bringing you the best of mental health every week. I recently finished reading Life Against Death: The Psychoanalytic Meaning of History by Norman O. Brown. Since it’s a book that only the most psychoanalytically-minded shrink will enjoy, I’ll summarize it … Continue reading

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Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part 7: In the beginning of recovery, it doesn’t matter if you are self motivated. It just matters that you have motivation

In the beginning of recovery, it doesn’t matter if you are self motivated. It just matters that you have motivation Most people believe that internal or self motivation is the best kind of motivation and that people who are motivated … Continue reading

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