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Ruth Bader Ginsburg and mental health

She was a champion for the most vulnerable. Thanks to Justice Ginsburg, the 1999 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Olmstead v. L.C. stated that mental illness was a disability and covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act. All governmental agencies, not just the state hospitals, were be required thereafter to make “reasonable accommodations” to move…

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The neuropsychology of binge watching

According to the American Psychological Association, there has been a significant uptick in anxiety disorders over the past five years. There has also been a steady increase in binge watching, including increased rates of subscription to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime streaming, and Disney+. Binge watching and brain functioning go hand-in-hand. Dopamine high Watching episode after…

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The Power of Empathy

In 1909, the psychologist Edward Titchener translated the German Einfühlung (‘feeling into’) into English as ‘empathy’. Empathy can be defined as a person’s ability to recognize and share the emotions of another person, fictional character, or sentient being. It involves, first, seeing someone else’s situation from their perspective, and, second, sharing their emotions, including their…

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Attachment styles and the development of lifelong relationships.

Do you wonder if your child has developed a healthy sense of emotional connectedness to their surroundings? Healthy Attachment lays the groundwork for social and emotional engagement, intellectual and educational interest, and even physical and brain development. Attachment is emotional communication without words. It represents a relationship that is more than just bonding or feeling…

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Some thoughts for Labor Day on Emotional Labor

Happy Labor Day Emotional labor is the capacity to assist others in times of emotional difficulty. It’s when somebody in your life says I am having a sh*t day. And your willingness to say, I am here. I am here. There are three no more powerful words in this world. Asking for consent for emotional…

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September is suicide prevention month. That doesn’t just mean check on your friends. Although that is important. It means: promote universal healthcare. Because most people cannot afford mental health. it means understanding that suicide is the third most likely cause of death, for ages 15 to 45, universally. it means understanding that the pandemic has…

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What is social anxiety disorder?

My patient is sobbing in the office, stating she could not order her meal in a restaurant, and felt tongue-tied. She was on a date, which also took immense courage. Social anxiety disorder (also called social phobia) is a mental health condition. It is an intense, persistent fear of being watched and judged by others.…

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Mental health and Corona

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly one in five of U.S. adults (47 million) reported having a mental illness in the past year, and over 11 million had a serious mental illness, which frequently results in functional impairment and limits life activities. Please remember that these are only the reported numbers, because many people do…

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On the Psychology of Superheroes

Mr. Boseman embodied the idea that anyone can be a superhero, if they choose. He played King T’Challa, a superhero and leader of Wakanda, in the film Black Panther – which was praised as a cultural milestone for having a primarily black cast and portraying women as more than equal warriors, rulers, leaders, and scientists.…

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