Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: Overcoming Fear of Intimacy

July 24, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Imagine a tree, exposed to years of drought at a tender age—it may be smaller, or less robust, than it would have been under ideal conditions. But with special and intensive care, such trees can be coaxed back to health. They may retain marks of the early deprivation, but they can flourish.

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Dr. Ford Reports: The Myth of Safety on Campus

July 17, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

The New York Times’s in-depth look at a campus sexual-assault complaint—the incident, the aftermath, and the surrounding culture—was a stunning indictment of the state of affairs for women on campus today.

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Social Security and the Myth of the ‘Gray Tsunami’

July 10, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

In addition to worrying about how to cope with the many challenges of aging, we baby boomers are bombarded with the idea that, one way or another, we will be “burdens” to our children—no matter what—in our later years.

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Dr. Moffett on Emotional Health: Before Forgiving

July 3, 2014 by Jane Moffett, LCSW-R, Ph.D., S.E.P

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Is forgiveness a one-way process, given that you know you may never get an apology, or is it a two-way process, in which the perpetrator’s remorse and reparations are important to you?

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Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: When Depression Derails a Controlling Mother

June 26, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

“My mother, who needs colon cancer surgery, is not equipped emotionally for this constant stream of bad news. She is depressed, but refuses to see a psychiatrist for an evaluation. What can my sisters and I do to manage this?”

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“Why Am I Like This?” Personality Theories, Old and New

June 19, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

If a person has a history of dishonest behavior, is it the result of “bad” character (low “H” factor), or have circumstances such as poverty, addiction, or poor impulse control influenced him, and how much?

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Dr. Ford: Trying to Understand the Mind of a Criminal

June 5, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Is there such a thing as a criminal personality? The only profile that comes close to this idea is that of the “psychopath.”

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Finding Peace: An integrative Approach to Healing from Depression

May 27, 2014 by Jane Moffett, LCSW-R, Ph.D., S.E.P

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

There is no quick fix for depression. We must choose to engage in life or retreat into the unhelpful behavior patterns confronting us.

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Dr. Ford Reviews: ‘Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?’

May 22, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Imagine, though you may not want to, a book that explores the pain and tragedy of caring for your aging parents. Impossibly, cartoonist Roz Chast has done all this while managing to make her graphic memoir poignantly hilarious.

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Dr. Ford: Can Brain Scans Diagnose Mental Illness?

May 15, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

The idea that every symptom of mental illness can be geared to a biological marker that can then be treated with biological fixes is potentially dangerous.

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Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: Why Is Treatment for Mild Depression So Drug-Oriented?

May 8, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Medication is frequently is the only treatment prescribed for mild depression, though study after study has provided evidence that drug treatment alone is not as effective as a combination of medication and psychotherapy.

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Dr. Ford on Low Sexual Desire in Long-Term Relationships

May 1, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Women often don’t feel aroused until after having begun engaging in sex, which they may have agreed to/initiated because of a desire to feel close rather than because they’ve experienced physical desire or arousal.

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Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: The Ex-Wife as Provocateur

April 24, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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I have seen feuds that began at weddings last a lifetime. Indeed, you can expect those who have a history of behaving badly to be at their worst around issues concerning the wedding.

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“Feed the Good Wolf”: Dr. Ford Reviews Arianna Huffington’s ‘Thrive’

April 17, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

“Onward, upward, and inward” were the closing words of Huffington’s Smith commencement speech, and in this book she details the ways in which she learned to focus inward in order to restore balance in her life.

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Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: Flirting at Work— at What Cost?

April 10, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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“I’m sure in some ways you feel you are being blamed for someone else’s bad behavior (the drunken client), and to some extent this is true. But your letter suggests that you are aware of your allure and you use it—i.e. the ‘harmless flirting’ you referred to. This incident proves to you, however, that flirting can be dangerous—if not to others, then to you.”

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