Bipolar Disorder: 6 Ways To Distinguish Between Yourself & Your Illness

“The problem with bipolar disorder is that it takes away our ability to see ourselves,” said Julie A. Fast, a bestselling author of books on bipolar disorder, including Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder and Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder. For instance, you might question whether the feelings you’re feeling are really you or the illness, said Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, a psychotherapist and author of The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bipolar Disorder. Family and Read More

Healthy Kids: What to expect when your child is in therapy

When parents decide to take a child to therapy for behavioral or emotional issues for the first time, they may have concerns about their role in the counseling process. Although every situation is different, the following is a guideline on what parents can expect their involvement to be during the therapeutic process: Preschool, elementary school • For a young child, a parent’s participation and follow-through is essential. Not only will the behavioral health professional need Read More

Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Not Just for Mental Illness

When I was studying psychology in college, I remember having a particular distaste for the behavioral approaches of B.F. Skinner. Defining the sacred depths of being human by behavioral impulses akin to a mouse motivated by cheese was not for me. I was much more into psychoanalytic therapy and Jung. How then later did I come to embrace cognitive behavioral and related therapies that spell out that we are, essentially, just a mess of behaviors Read More