When does normal sadness after a breakup turn into clinical depression? I know it would be easy if there were a set number of days or weeks after which it was “abnormal” to be very sad after a breakup. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. How long we feel depressed after a breakup often depends on [Read more…]
What is cognitive processing therapy?
Cognitive processing therapy (CPT) is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) that was developed by psychologists in the Department of Veterans Affairs. It was specifically designed to help people suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which may arise after someone experiences a traumatic event. PTSD can include symptoms such as [Read more…]
Are you trying to inject more mindfulness into your life? Good for you!
Practicing mindfulness can feel like a complicated endeavor that’s rife with opportunities for discouragement or concerns that you’re doing it “wrong.” Instead of sinking into the frustration, keep trying–mindfulness practice helps you feel more serene [Read more…]
Meditation’s health benefits
Meditation and mindfulness practices have become more accepted in Western cultures since the late 1990’s. There are several reasons for this, including the research and writing of Jon Kabat-Zinn, a scientist who adapted a Southeast Asian Buddhist meditation practice for a Western audience. His work focuses on a meditation practice called mindfulness meditation. The initial focus in Kabat-Zinn’s research was on patients suffering from chronic pain. [Read more…]
The recent Senate hearings that led to the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh were both riveting and painful for many viewers. It’s difficult to recall another time when sexual assault and its effects played such a prominent role in our national conversation.
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s description of her 1982 alleged sexual assault experience, and its decades-long aftermath, significantly impacted many survivors of sexual assault—especially those with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some even described the ubiquitous media coverage of the hearing and [Read more…]