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It’s Not Me, It’s You: How to End a Friendship

It’s Not Me, It’s You: How to End a Friendship | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy |
Thanks to Facebook, the concept of “defriending” has become part of the online culture. But in the real world, breaking up is a lot more difficult.
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Study Finds Genetic Risk Factors Shared by 5 Psychiatric Disorders

Study Finds Genetic Risk Factors Shared by 5 Psychiatric Disorders | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy |
A large genetic study has identified common glitches involved in schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, major depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
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How to Recover From Empty Nest Syndrome

How to Recover From Empty Nest Syndrome | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy |
The nest of family love is like a nest of birds. When it is the right time to fly, the young will fly away, as is the way of life. Parents must deal with the absence of family, friends, and love when children have flown from the nest of...
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Be sensitive to the fact that your son or daughter is taking a big, significant step in life and it doesn't really have much to do with you. Having said that, it's natural for parents to feel some sadness when their child leaves home.

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Brene Brown: The power of vulnerability Brene Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a dee...
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 In order for connection to happen we have to allow ourselves to be seen.

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Video about the 4 stages of Culture shock

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64 Warning Signs of Depression You Need to Be Aware of

64 Warning Signs of Depression You Need to Be Aware of | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy |
If left untreated, depression can lead to the gradual destruction of life. The ability to recognize the signs of depression is the first step.


Who hasn’t felt a lonely or sad at times? We all have days when we feel down, blah, or overwhelmed with life, and we may even go through periods when we have a really tough case of the blues. If we take a closer look, however, there’s often an identifiable cause behind those feelings; a loss, an emotional or physical blow of some kind.


Grief over the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, the loss of a job, a financial setback, or some other type of extreme hardship may cause us to feel a bit hopeless and miserable temporarily. Having those feelings doesn’t necessarily mean we’re depressed—it might just be our normal and understandable reaction to life’s hardships.

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WHO | Preventing Suicide: a resource series

WHO | Preventing Suicide: a resource series | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy |

Interesting content..

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Kevin Friery's curator insight, March 13, 2013 4:10 PM

A variety of resources, in various languages, that provides a wealth of advice about suicide prevention.  Everyone should find something relevant in it..

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, March 14, 2013 4:26 AM

Very serious and comprehensive project...

Miklos Szilagyi's comment, March 16, 2013 12:35 PM
Yeah, it's amazing the deepness and the meticuluos break-down acc. to languages and stakeholder groups...
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Chewing and spitting: an eating disorder of its own

Chewing and spitting: an eating disorder of its own | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy |
"I''m still battling it. It's a lot more under control than it was, but I think it's really messed up my insulin levels, general body rhythms, etc.,” says Regin
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I had a black dog, his name was depression

At its worst, depression can be a frightening, debilitating condition. Millions of people around the world live with depression. Many of these individuals an...

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Suelynne Brown's curator insight, March 22, 2013 5:28 PM

I used to say,"the black dogs are chasing me today". This is a great video, depicting depression. It was frightening at first to be depressed and then it turned into a cloak I wore daily. It started to feel comfortable.... That's what scared me!!! I get shivers thinking about it!

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Getting men into the counseling room

Talking point: Why men don't talkby
Colin Penning 

The British Library, in partnership with the BBC, is engaged in an ambitious long-term project to record ordinary people in intimate conversations. The Listening Project invites two people to talk about meaningful personal matters they may never have properly discussed before. Excerpts from the conversations are broadcast regularly on BBC radio. 

In October 2012 a 15-minute compilation was given over entirely to conversations between pairs of men. It was introduced by the presenter with the words: ‘I don’t think you can hear any reticence, emotional handicaps or crippling inability to communicate caused solely by chromosome formation.’

The message was clear: the listener could expect to hear emotional openness and honesty. The underlying implication was equally clear: this will be unusual.

Of course, this remark was made light-heartedly. But the fact that it was made at all tells us plainly what many people think about men’s emotional literacy and ability to articulate their feelings. The question then is, do these assumptions about men reflect a stereotype or a reality? This was the question that Relate and the Men’s Health Forum set out to explore in their new report Try to See it My Way. 

We know that men are more reluctant than women to seek support and advice when relationships run into difficulties. Far fewer men use telephone advice and helpline services. We also know that men are less likely to access counselling services generally. Men make up just 36 per cent of referrals to the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme. They are also under-represented in relationship support services: just 44 per cent of Relate’s clients are men. 

So why can’t (or won’t) men seek help for emotional problems? The first and most obvious answer is that men are socialised not to admit to vulnerability, which is a prerequisite of securing help. The second is that maybe we aren’t offering the kind of support that men can relate to and that they find helpful. 

The report suggests work is a key factor. Men’s tendency to work longer hours can cause relationship problems and conflicts around the life–work balance; financial difficulties can increase pressure on the man, who is often still the primary breadwinner in the family.

One of the key findings of the report is that men and women have very different approaches to communication. Insights generated by two focus groups of Relate counsellors found that men have a tendency to want to ‘solve problems’ while women want to discuss change and understand why things have happened. So men are coming to counselling with unrealistic expectations. 

But the Relate counsellors told us that men may have become more open to the idea of relationship counselling in recent years. And they told us there may be things we can do to reach out to and engage men in taking better care of their own emotional health. 

Our report makes a series of recommendations. Some are to national Government around raising men’s awareness of the importance of emotional health and making personal, social and health education a statutory requirement in schools. 

But the Department of Health and counselling providers need to be thinking of ways to encourage men to seek help for emotional and relationship issues, whether through the IAPT programme or from voluntary sector or independent providers. 

Counselling providers need to explore less formal, more practical and solution-focused approaches to relationship support that may be more acceptable to men, such as relationship coaching. They could take services out of traditional counselling settings and deliver them online and in community settings and workplaces, at times that fit men’s schedules.

They could market their services better, in more male-friendly ways. And they need to recognise the importance of partners, relatives, friends and employers in encouraging men to access relationship support.

And, as data is always important, they should ensure the information they record on uptake, exit and outcomes is broken down by gender. How else can we be sure that what we are offering is reaching men and delivering positive outcomes? 

Our report doesn’t provide all the answers because we haven’t got them. It asks a lot of questions and we hope researchers and counsellors will engage with these questions. Enabling men to talk will be a core message in our mental health themed Men’s Health Week in June (you can find out more at


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Getting men into the counsling room requires offering †hem practical solution-focused approaches.

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More Diagnoses of A.D.H.D. Causing Concern

More Diagnoses of A.D.H.D. Causing Concern | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy |
A marked increase over the last decade in diagnoses of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder could fuel growing concern that the diagnosis and its medication are overused in American children.
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There's no way that one in five high-school boys has A.D.H.D

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TEDxTerryTalks - Laura Bain - Living with Bipolar Type II

Laura Bain speaks about living with Bipolar Type II Disorder, the trials and tribulations, but also how it informs her vibrant character and wonderful sense ...
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Bipolar Type II Disorder is a subtle disease not so easily recognized and quite difficult to diagnose.  It is characterised by hypomania, which is a milder form of mania. Hypomanic people appear dramatic and lively in temperament. When they are not in a depressed phase they seem very happy, with lots of energy, need very little sleep and are generally much fun to be with. Thus, the hypomania can easily be overlooked and attributed to a cheerful disposition. Moreover, no one runs to the doctor because of too much happiness. So what is the downside to hypomania? Well, it can seriously impair a person's judgement because their exuberance and over-confidence can lead to decisions which are potentially catastrophic, like extravagant spending due to an inflated sense of power and ability.

Furthermore, hypomania is often an unstable state that cycles into periods of depression. And these periods of depression can be potentially fatal because 10 to 20 percent of patients commit suicide.

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Easing Brain Fatigue With a Walk in the Park

Easing Brain Fatigue With a Walk in the Park | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy |
Calm and focus can be restored by spending even a little time in green spaces, away from the jangle of city living, a new study employing portable brain wave measuring technology suggests.
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When Bipolar Masquerades as a Happy Face

When Bipolar Masquerades as a Happy Face | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy |
The mystery of bipolar disorder, in a patient whose euphoric moods and vivacious character masked his illness.
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ADAM - Bruno Bozzetto (Official)

ADAM Loneliness is awful, but sometimes you may miss it. La solitudine è una brutta cosa. Ma a volte capita anche di rimpiangerla. --------------------------...
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Family problems...?

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Solving Common Family Problems

Solving Common Family Problems | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy |

No matter how positive and empathic we are as parents, kids will occasionally still argue and misbehave, and there will be family problems. 


Kenneth Barish, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology at Cornell University's Weill Medical College, offers five concrete steps that will help parents solve most of the common issues they will encounter.

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Origins of human teamwork found in chimpanzees

Origins of human teamwork found in chimpanzees | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy |
Teamwork has been fundamental in humanity's greatest achievements but scientists have found that working together has its evolutionary roots in our nearest primate relatives – chimpanzees.

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David McGavock's curator insight, December 22, 2013 4:32 PM

Perhaps we should send some Chimps to congress - “This study provides the first evidence that one of our closest primate relatives, the chimpanzees, not only intentionally coordinate actions with each other but that they even understand the necessity to help a partner performing her role in order to achieve the common goal."

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Alterations in brain activity in children at risk of schizophrenia predate onset of symptoms

Alterations in brain activity in children at risk of schizophrenia predate onset of symptoms | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy |
Research has shown that children at risk of developing schizophrenia have brains that function differently than those not at risk.

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Depression Can Be A Mental Workout

Depression Can Be A Mental Workout | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy |
Lying in bed, covers pulled up. Look at the clock and know you are late. You need to go. You need to move. You need to get up. You know this. And yet your body
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