What We Don’t Tell the Bride About Marriage

July 30, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

When hearing couples make idealistic promises to each other, we wonder if they really understand what’s ahead.

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The Healing Power of Psychotherapy

July 23, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

What is therapy and what makes the process of psychotherapy work? Why does it heal, and how is it different from talking to a friend?

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Dr. Pat Consults: 5 Ways to Improve Your Emotional Health That Don’t Come From a Bottle

July 20, 2015 by Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

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By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

Some of the simplest things—gardening, spending time with a pet, exercising, dancing—can boost our mental health. And, none of them require a doctor’s prescription.

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Caitlyn Jenner’s ESPY Speech Provides a Lesson in Acceptance

July 17, 2015 by Pat Kinney

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By Pat Kinney

The acceptance speech by Caitlyn Jenner, the transgender woman who most of us first came to know as Olympic decathlon champion Bruce Jenner, will be remembered for what she taught us about being different.

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‘Dietland': A Call to Arms Against Body Shaming

July 16, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Women today are realizing they need to fight back against . . . this idea that only one type of body is acceptable and worse, only an ideal decided on by someone else’s standards can be attractive.

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Book Review: ‘Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham,’ by Emily Bingham

July 9, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

It’s tempting to wonder how different things might have been if Henrietta Bingham had lived today. Though she was lucky compared to many, how much better might her life have been if her therapist would have concentrated on the wounds inflicted by her mother’s death and her father’s inappropriate dependence rather than changing her sexual orientation?

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“I’m A Work in Progress”: Rage and Forgiveness, 150 Years After Abolition

July 4, 2015 by Thulani Davis

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By Thulani Davis

What we have all seen since the shooting in June in Charleston is that the spiritual practice of that congregation is no work in progress; they are way ahead of us. They have shown that forgiveness, which is often taken for weakness in this culture, is a necessary tool to keep up the good fight that life requires.

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Surviving the ‘Cast of Characters’ at Your Family Reunion

July 2, 2015 by Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

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By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

Like a play with its cast of characters, each family reunion comes with its roster of personalities.

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Book Review: ‘Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End’

June 25, 2015 by Jane Moffett, LCSW-R, Ph.D., S.E.P

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By Jane Moffett, LCSW-R, Ph.D., S.E.P

Certainly there are limitations to what is possible in housing and treating the frail elderly, but in “Being Mortal” we are offered some fascinating alternatives.

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Alcoholism: A Legacy of Grief and Anger (Dr. Ford on Emotional Health)

June 18, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Early widowhood presents unique challenges, and Paula Licata’s portrait of her last years with Robert is about the especially horrific challenge of being the surviving spouse of an alcoholic.

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Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: Love and Loss in Life’s Final Chapter

June 11, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Two recent American films, “Five Flights Up” and “I’ll See You in My Dreams,” are both comedies, but they also deal with what is the essential topic of aging—loss.

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Stay-at-Home Moms and ‘Intensive Mothering’

June 4, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Is “better” always better? In the quest to give their children the best life they can, these highly talented moms (and dads) sometimes lose sight of the fact that children often benefit most from low-key, easygoing, non-competitive activities.

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PTSD: Another Name for the Old Invisible Wound of War

May 28, 2015 by Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

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By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

Post-traumatic stress disorder is the modern manifestation of what we have long recognized as the effect that war can have on a soldier’s mental health. (It was called “war neurosis” during the French Revolution, “soldier’s heart” in the Civil War, and “shell shock” in World War I.)

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‘Mad Men,’ Seriously . . .

May 21, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Don Draper’s life is dominated by an emptiness created by the longing for the mother he never had and a need to escape from that emptiness whenever he feels uncomfortable. Matthew Weiner has given us a beautifully rendered portrait of a kind of narcissistic type known as the “as if” personality disorder.

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Infertility Treatment’s Toll on Sexual Intimacy

May 14, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Infertility treatments often contain mood-altering hormones. Furthermore, the monthly drama of hope and disappointment accompanying each cycle is very taxing. And the focus on reproductive tactics, including timing of ovulation and other techniques, takes any chance of “romance” out of lovemaking.

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