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Behavioral Program Proves Effective for Alcoholism

Behavioral Program Proves Effective for Alcoholism

The idea of treating alcoholism in the context of marriage and family (as opposed to seeing it solely as a problem of the individual) has gained wider acceptance in the practitioner community in recent years, but according to an article in the June issue of Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, published by the American Psychological Association (APA), "methods that have shown promise in outcome research are not widely used by practitioners who treat alcoholics and their families" and more widely used methods have not been systematically studied. But authors Robert J. Rotunda, Ph.D., and Timothy J. O'Farrell, Ph.D., of the Harvard Medical School also describe a clinical research program that bridges the gap between research and practice.

How A New Baby Affects Couple's Marriage

How A New Baby Affects Couple's MarriageAh, the thrill of parenting . . . such an exciting time, filled with hopes and dreams for new couples. Couples who, until now, have been totally focused on one another, who have learned to ebb and flow as one, who have shared everything together. Suddenly, the new baby enters their family, their home, their lives . . . the couple is now a threesome, or worse, one parent and the baby become a unit, with the other partner feeling left out and alone. Soon, fatigue and sleep deprivation begin to catch up with the adult half of the new parent/child unit.

Racism & Children

Racism & ChildrenIssues related to racism get particularly complex when children are involved. In an area that has been highly controversial and lacking adequate scientific attention, we are finally seeing studies emerge that help us better understand the very complicated process of how racism develops in children. With the publication and dissemination of this study, it is hoped that an interest will be stirred in the scientific community to continue funding such studies so that more reliable information can be learned.

Five Signs It's Time to Try Medication

Despite years of work by doctors and advocacy groups to obliterate the stigma surrounding mental health issues, some people feel a deep sense of shame because their brains work differently. The decision to take psychoactive medications can be a tough one, and fears about side effects, health insurance consequences, and a radical change in personality can compound the difficulty. But when therapy's not enough and lifestyle changes aren't doing the trick, medication can be the shakeup you need.

Experience Life

Sometimes I get so frustrated. I have a clear (very clear) notion of how things should be or the ending I would like; and there is nothing (NOTHING) I can do to effect an acceptable outcome. I get so tense. I do everything one could possibly expect, I think about alternatives and plan for them, I visualize a different life experience. And yet ... nothing changes. Or, rather, nothing visible changes. 

What Makes People Happy? It's Not Money or Popularity

Contrary to what American television would have us believe, attaining popularity, influence, money or luxury are not the life goals that make the majority of people happy. In fact, research often finds these factors to be rated at the bottom of the list of typically recognized psychological needs. The study described in this article gives us more information about those psychological needs often rated more highly. 

Math Games to Help Your Child Succeed

Just say the word math and some people roll their eyes or shake their heads. America's school children in particular are not known for their math solving abilities and often need parental help with math games. Gender differences in math learning in elementary school has particularly undergone a fair amount of research for decades. 

The Secret of Personal Responsibility

We all have an image of ourselves and a view of the rest of the world that determines our attitudes, personalities, and behaviors. Some people seem happier, more content, or more successful than others. Is this because they are lucky, or because they understand the source of power which controls their life's results? They know where it resides...and where it doesn't!  They take personal responsibility for their lives.