Why Realistic Wisdom Beats Positive Thinking

By Judith Acosta

The other day a client of mine tearfully revealed a childhood filled with fear. Her father was an unpredictable and menacing man who was nearly as big as the front door. She was only a toddler, but she had vivid memories of him hollering as he came into the kitchen, the sweet smell of too much whiskey floating off his skin as he picked up a utensil to beat her mother. Her mother, also a drug user, in rage at her husband, tried to drown her daughter by pouring soap and water down her throat. With mere seconds to go, she was saved by a neighbor who had heard the screaming.

She cried silently for a while and then she asked me: “What did I do wrong?”

At first I heard her as any therapist would. Many, many — too many — children blame themselves for the horror they are born into. Why? Mainly because the people who are hurting them tell them that “It’s all their fault” and because they are children, they simply don’t know any better than to believe them.

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The Price of Happiness

By Sadhguru

Money is a device that started as a solution beyond the barter system. It was not complicated. It was just a means of exchange; a tool to make life more comfortable. If money is in your pocket, life is more comfortable. But the moment it enters your head, it becomes a perversion. You get identified by it. It becomes who you are. Once you get identified by it, you can never have enough.

There are many wealthy people who become miserable with just a little fluctuation in their net worth. But money is merely a means to an end. Like everything else, money has been created for our well-being. We forget this when we become deeply identified by it.

Instead of just having money to use, we become someone — or something — because of it. Then we begin to compare ourselves to other people instead of enjoying what we have. This becomes a kind of a sickness, where making money is then turned against your own well-being.

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New Tool (REMIT) Aims To Improve Measurement Of Primary Care Depression Outcomes

By Christopher Fisher, PhD

Primary care doctors have long been on the front lines of depression treatment. Depression is listed as a diagnosis for 1 in 10 office visits and primary care doctors prescribe more than half of all antidepressants. Now doctors at the University of Michigan Health System have developed a new tool, which is called Remission Evaluation and Mood Inventory Tool, or REMIT, that may help family physicians better evaluate the extent to which a patient’s depression has improved. REMIT is in the public domain, and a link to download the REMIT is included in this report.

The issue, the researchers explain, is that the official definition of when a patient’s symptoms are in remission does not always match up with what doctors see in a real-world practice, especially for patients with mild to moderate symptoms. The study will be published in the upcoming issue of General Hospital Psychiatry.

Full story at The Behavioral Medicine Report

On the Future of Addiction

By Stanton Peele

After selecting me for their list of most influential addiction experts, yet disparaging my reputation and ideas, The Fix allowed me to present my ideas for myself. (There is some dispute about that, though; I say they encouraged me, but in a lengthy introduction to my piece, which repeats the same knocks against me, they claim that I twisted their arms.)

I took the opportunity to describe what I see as the future of addiction in the 21st century. In one kind nod by a copyeditor, the introduction notes, “To a surprising degree, many of his once-heretical beliefs have increasingly been adopted by mainstream medicine. Whether or not you agree with him, it’s a safe bet that his alternative approach will be at the center of the most critical debates in the coming decades.”

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Mom’s Opinion Impacts Recovery from Mental Illness

By Rick Nauert, PHD

An interesting new study finds that the attitude of family members toward mental illness can aid or hinder the recovery of mentally ill relatives.

Researchers from Northern Illinois University discovered that while family members often provide critical support, they also can sometimes be the source of stigmatizing attitudes that impede the recovery of mentally ill relatives.

“Negative attitudes of family members have the potential to affect the ways that mentally ill persons view themselves, adversely influencing the likelihood of recovery from the illness,” said lead researcher Dr. Fred Markowitz, an NIU professor of sociology.

Full story at PsychCentral