In spite of yeoman efforts by the American Pain Society, the American Chronic Pain Association, the U.S. Pain Foundation, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and many others, there has been no consistent recommendation for treating chronic pain. Compounding the problem, because clinicians are untrained in pain management, opioids have become the major approach by … Continue reading The Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Pain
Source: Pixabay Evolution has rigged all of us with a negativity bias—a survival-driven habit to scan for what’s wrong and to fixate on it. In contemporary society, a pervasive target is our own sense of unworthiness. We habitually fixate on how we’re falling short—in our relationships, our work, our appearance, our mood and behaviors. And while self-aversion … Continue reading Shifting from Blame to Love
Parents of teens worry that their often difficult and frequently unlikeable teens have entered a phase from which they will not emerge. I am here, today, to give you hope that as your teens enter young adulthood which is somewhere in the mid to late twenties they will change and become significantly easier. If your angry or … Continue reading 8 Amazing Ways Teens Change as they Become Young Adults
Source: unsplash There are a lot of labels for this common dynamic — active vs. passive, over-responsible vs. under-responsible, martyr vs victim — but the pattern is one where one person is always initiating — handling the money, planning vacations or date nights — while the other person goes along with or helps out when asked. … Continue reading Active vs. Passive Partners: How to Stop the Power Struggle
You may remember in elementary school that girls and boys tended to play and hang out in separate groups. In the lunchroom, for example, there were probably “girls’ tables” and “boys’ tables.” Girls and boys also tend to sit together in the classroom and play in same-sex groups on the playground. Almost all of children’s … Continue reading Does He Really Want to Talk About It?
You’ve all been that person. That “I don’t play games” person. The reality is, we are always playing a game in a relationship, some are just playing more explicitly or consciously than others. You know the drill. The story goes something like this: He’s interested. She plays coy. Then he pushes harder. She responds. Perhaps … Continue reading The Rules of Engagement
The personality disorders represent a major class of psychopathology. They are characterized by long-standing problems with relationships and identity and emotional regulation, which leads to chronic maladaptive patterns and much distress. There are several different approaches to the personality disorders. The most well-known is the DSM-5 classification system, which is a “categorical approach” which considers … Continue reading Are Some Personality Disorders Polar Opposites of Others?