Losing Control: How Addiction Transforms the Brain

By Martha McLaughlin The understanding that addiction is associated with changes in the brain was slow to come. For years, researchers were only able to examine brains after people had died, and they couldn’t see obvious differences between those who’d suffered from addiction and those who hadn’t. Fortunately, research tools have improved considerably, and we…

What’s the Difference Between DBT and CBT?

By Martha McLaughlin You’ve made the decision to see someone about the mental health issue that’s become part of your life. Great. Now what? How do you decide what treatment is best? There are many types of counseling, but two of the most common are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). They’re…

Male Friendship: An Investment in Mental Health and Wellbeing

By Melissa Riddle Chalos When it comes to friendship — and maintaining those relationships over time — men are certainly the more disadvantaged of the sexes. Generally speaking, women tend to nurture friendships over great distance and time with seemingly little effort. But for men, it can be difficult to do. We’ll get to why…

Five Myths (and Five Facts) About PTSD

By Kathryn Taylor Millán, M.A., LPC/MHSP While all people are susceptible to the effects of trauma, conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder and acute stress disorder are often discussed without clear definitions or explanations. As with many other mental health concerns, people often guess which trauma reactions are normal or abnormal. Myths about trauma abound, but…