An anxious client of mine discovered a book, originally written in 1969(!) which has helped her reduce panic attacks—and she even gave me a copy. Hope and Help for Your Nerves by Dr. Claire Weekes is an enlightening book about how to decrease anxiety or what the good doctor calls “nervous” suffering. Her approach is simple, straightforward, and eminently doable, and I highly recommend it. After all, in many cases, reducing anxiety and fear decreases…

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What one quality makes for a topnotch crime-solver? As an avid reader of mysteries, my take is that successful detection is born of curiosity and open mindedness. You don’t solve a crime by deciding right off the bat who had done it because then you’d be fitting evidence into a forgone conclusion. Instead, you are open to everything pertinent you find and build a case from the ground up. This is what scientists do as…

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In all the years I was struggling to get away from Ed and take my life back, I never once met another person who had recovered from an eating disorder. What I would have given – or so I thought – in those days, to meet living proof that recovery really was possible! But the truth was that I didn't need proof. I knew it. I knew it like I knew that, if at any…

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Most people who engage in mindless eating would love to have more ways to reduce food cravings. In “A role for mental imagery in the experience and reduction of food cravings,” Eva Kemps and Marika Tiggemann tell us how our visualizations can help (frontiers in PSYCHIATRY, 10/30/14, http://journal.frontiersin.org/Journal/124542/full). They define food cravings as “an intense desire or urge to eat a specific food” and state that “It is this specificity that distinguishes a craving from…

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I often get the impression that clients don’t really understand what it looks or feels like to be emotionally healthy. Of course, emotional health runs on a continuum; there is no one person who exemplifies it to perfection. But, the same way that people may eat differently yet “normally,” emotional health has certain hallmarks. Here are examples: You take the long view of your wildly dysfunctional childhood and don’t let it get in the way…

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