The Best Way to Support a Friend Who Is Having a Hard Time

What is the best way to support a friend in need? According to research, this may be the wrong question. Simply showing up and...

Age and Attitude: How You Think About Aging Impacts How You Age

Surely you have seen the meme with smoking hot Jennifer Lopez next to matronly Golden Girl, Rue McClanahan, with the caption: Jennifer Lopez is...

How To Help Teens Navigate Stress and Boost Resilience

Being a teenager has never been easy but these days seems harder than ever. In addition to the ordinary stresses of coming of age...

How To Bolster and Boost Mental Health During a Transition

Transitions can be exciting but also stressful. In my experience, people tend to respond to major life changes in one of two ways: Denial...

The Experiences That Make People Happiest

We may be creatures of habit but research suggests that the best way to boost our everyday happiness is to shake up our routine....

The Mind Shifts in Mysterious Ways After Midnight

When I was a teenager my parents' favorite response to my requests to stay out late was always the same: "Nothing good ever happens...

Spot a Narcissist (Before You Marry, Hire, Date, or Befriend One) By Asking These...

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Hands down, narcissism is the psychological disorder I get the most questions about. Rarely do people voice concern over their own narcissistic tendencies. In...

Stress Isn’t All Bad: 3 Ways to Get Comfortable With Discomfort

In 1915 a German warship torpedoed the British ocean liner Lusitania off the coast of Ireland, sinking it and drowning almost twelve hundred passengers,...

Does the Thought of Winding Down Wind You Up?

Imagine sitting alone at a restaurant waiting for a friend. How do you pass the time? Do you look around? Do you savor the...

The Feel Good Factor: Vitality

Vitality is a word I didn't hear much in medical school or psychiatry residence. I was well versed in the language of illness, not...

The Difference Between Narcissistic And Benevolent Lies

Most of the time honesty is the best policy...but not always. Under some circumstances, telling a white lie may even help bolster social connections....

You Can Stop Worrying About Finding Yourself

Ten years ago I was invited to give a talk at the American Psychiatric Association's annual meeting. In those days, I wasn't used to...

5 Strategies to Balance Your News Diet

The news these days is bleak. It's no wonder that people are tuning out. According to the annual Reuters Institute Digital News Report, many...

Little Acts of Love Have a Big Impact

What makes a person feel loved? In the movies, it's the dramatic expressions of love that melt our hearts. Think Rose and Jack on...

How Not to Make the Same Mistake Twice

Mike, 41, came to see me after splitting up with his girlfriend. It was the fourth relationship in five years that had gone wrong....

4 1/2 Ways to Deal With Someone Having a Meltdown

A friend was recently in line at his favorite bagel store and witnessed a scene that has become all too familiar: an adult having...

There Is No Blueprint For Grief

All of our knees are buckling in the wake of the tragedies in Buffalo 10 days ago and two days ago in Uvalde. The...

7 Ways Cognitive Distortion May Be Bending You Out of Shape

"My depression had grown on me as that vine had conquered the oak; a sucking thing that had wrapped itself around me, ugly and...

How to Find a Therapist

May may be Mental Health Awareness Month but let's be honest, mental health deserves the spotlight year round and every single day. The mental...

Self-Help Is Important. Other-Help Is Too.

One spring a patient named Margot came to my office feeling despondent. At the beginning of the year, she attended a seminar on the...