"Pronoia": Living in a User-Friendly World

We all know what “paranoia” is…professionally, it refers to a disorder of the mind involving delusions, usually persecutory in nature.  In general use, we use the word to describe someone who is suspicious that the world is conspiring to hurt them.  Less known is the term “pronoia,” which is, in essence, the opposite of paranoia.  […]

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Beating the Winter Blues

What Is Seasonal Affective Disorder? The link between the amount of sunshine we get and how happy we feel is undeniable. If you have noticed a tendency to feel more depressed and lethargic during the winter months, while feeling relatively normal or better than normal during the rest of the year, you may suffer from […]

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Coping with the "Holiday Blues"

“Tis the season to be jolly”? “It’s the hap-happiest time of the year”? Well, not necessarily. At least not for all of us. According to the National Mental Health Association, as many as four out of ten people will experience a “mild depression” during and after the coming holiday season. By “mild” depression, I think […]

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 Chronic Clutter Syndrome

There may be a new “disorder” on the horizon.  Now just a silent accomplice to other disorders like depression, anxiety, and sleep deprivation, this growing problem may soon warrant its own title and code number in the diagnostic dictionary.  Perhaps it will be called something like “Clinical Clutter Disorder” or “Chronic Disorganization Syndrome”.  Although these […]

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 Psychology of Clutter

My last column on the psychology of clutter resulted in more reader response then any column topic I’ve covered in the past.  Readers have called my office, sent me e-mail, and even stopped me in the grocery store to say how much they agreed with my commentary on how clutter has begun to burden our […]

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Parenting Teens 101

All parents are aware that parent-child communication can be very difficult at times.  Most parents are also aware that these “difficult” communication patterns can quickly become “impossible” during the teen years. Even though it’s normal for teens to begin to separate from their parents during adolescence, they need to know that the safety net of […]

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 Coping With Burnout

Richard dreaded waking up every morning.  The first thought to pop into his head each morning was that of facing work and of all the other responsibilities he had.  He felt drained, depleted, empty and trapped…and the day hadn’t even begun.  The temptation to stay in bed, to call in sick, was getting greater every […]

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 Fatigue Fighting Diet

Though fatigue is poorly understood, food researchers know that a better diet can keep us energized throughout the day. Read on to learn about the foods that help keep you feeling at your peak: Everyone from time to time experiences fatigue; for some it is an almost daily struggle. It can be a serious drag […]

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6 Truths About Marriage

Marriage, by its very nature, tends to be complicated and difficult.  It is a friendship, a partnership, and a business relationship all rolled into one.  Problems can, and usually do, crop up in any and all these three areas. Complicating matters even more, when a problem occurs in one area, it is likely to bleed […]

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Financial Stress

Those of us who are old enough to remember “Popeye”’, also remember the quote made by hamburger-loving Wimpy, “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.”  This notion of having what we want now, with the intention of paying for it later, seems to have become a mainstay of American life. For many people, […]

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