The final post

After six years and publishing more than 300 posts from a variety of psychologists, we’re winding down this blog and will no longer publish new posts. Thank you to everyone who has read, commented, shared and contributed to our events, such as the annual Mental Health Blog Month Blog Day.

If you’re looking for tips on emotional well-being and behavioral health, the Psychology Help Center is a great place to start for accurate information reviewed by psychologists.

Here are a few of our most popular blog posts:

The First Step: Making Your First Appointment with a Psychologist

Why the Flu Can Make You Feel Blue

When You Can’t Stop Worrying – Tips for the Ruminator

Seasonal Affective Disorder — in the Summer

5 Reasons You Should Choose Psychotherapy #therapyworks

Does your health insurance cover mental health treatment? The answer may surprise you!

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You should talk to your kids about mental illness. Here’s how.

You should talk to your kids about mental illness. Here’s how.


(This is a guest post by David Susman, PhD, a psychologist in Kentucky.)

If you’re a parent and you or another family member has experienced mental health concerns, you probably have felt unsure about how to talk with your children about this issue. Should you discuss it at all? If you do, what should you say?

Your first reaction may be to avoid talking with your children about mental illness, because you might be afraid it will scare or upset them. However, when you talk openly about these issues, it can reassure your kids and help them learn to cope better because they will have a greater understanding of what the person with the mental illness is going through. Also, increased awareness can lead to greater compassion and can help reduce the stigma surrounding mental illnesses.

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2 rules to use when talking to someone with dementia

2 rules to use when talking to someone with dementia


As a geriatric specialist, I am often confronted with the issue of communication in dementia, both in my own interactions with the people I see and in the form of questions (and often pleas) from their loved ones and other caregivers.

Communication with someone who has dementia can require a great deal of energy, patience, and creativity. I have learned the hard way that there a few “rules”  that ultimately guide and inform most of the suggestions that may be offered. If you can learn and remember these two things, many of the others will follow naturally.

Rule No. 1: Don’t argue.

As painfully tempting as it may be, arguing only agitates you and the other person, potentially causing a whole cascade of additional problems. Further, neither of you can possibly “win.”Even if you succeed at somehow convincing Mom that she is wrong, she may not recall this even a few minutes later, depending on severity of the illness. And you’re back where you started.

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Conversations we should be having about Ashley Madison

Conversations we should be having about Ashley Madison

Even if we aren’t members of Ashley Madison, there remains a lot we can learn from the whole debacle. A good place to start is by using this story as a springboard for having some not-so-fun, but important discussions with the folks closest to us. Here’s a list to help start those conversations.

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