10 Great Films About Mental Illness and Addiction

Since I’m a clinical psychologist, I’m often asked, “What are your favorite films about mental illness?” I’ve certainly seen many, many films over the years which depict various mental illnesses and addictions, and they range in quality from wonderful to horrible. The worst films perpetuate common myths and misperceptions about mental illness, including: People with … Read more…

Picture a Healthier You Through Art Therapy

It’s commonly said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Art can move us, inspire us, and it can be either a satisfying hobby or a very rewarding profession for a talented few. But it’s not widely known that art therapy is an effective treatment used to help individuals with mental illness or addiction. … Read more…

Your Time to Shine Will Happen

Stories of Hope: An Interview with Suzan Roberts-Skeats This is part of a series featuring individuals who share their life experiences with mental health issues. Recently, I asked Suzan Roberts-Skeats about her history of mental health challenges and about some of her current activities. Here’s our interview: DS: Tell us about when you first started becoming aware of concerns … Read more…

20 Life-Changing Benefits of Psychotherapy

Have you ever considered seeking psychotherapy to help you manage or overcome a personal or emotional concern? Or perhaps you’re engaged in therapy currently or you have participated in the past. We know that psychotherapy works. In a previous post, I wrote about some of the considerable evidence for the effectiveness of psychotherapy. But what … Read more…

My Top 10 Most Popular Blog Posts

Since I’ve been blogging for about 2 1/2 years now, I thought it would be interesting to step back and see what my most popular posts have been so far. After a quick review of my stats, here are my top 10 posts in terms of total page views. I’ll also have a comment about … Read more…

Talking About Suicide: Do’s and Don’ts

Trigger Warning: This article discusses the public health issue of suicide, but does not refer to specific methods of suicide or other details related to specific deaths by suicide. Even though I’m a mental health professional and issues surrounding suicide are an ever-present part of my work, I’m still astounded by how often the topic … Read more…

Learning to Enjoy the Present

Stories of Hope: An Interview with Theresa Larsen This is part of a series featuring individuals who share their life experiences with mental health issues. Recently, I asked mental health advocate and author Theresa Larsen about her son’s mental health challenges and their effect on the family. Here’s our interview: DS: Tell us about when you first started noticing concerns related to … Read more…

Overcoming the “8 Reasons Why People Don’t Get Treatment for Mental Illness”

My most popular blog post to date is “8 Reasons Why People Don’t Get Treatment for Mental Illness.” In it, I described several common obstacles and barriers which often keep people from seeking or obtaining treatment for mental illness. This post clearly struck a chord with a lot of people, including those who have had … Read more…

What Recovery Is (and What It Isn’t)

After working for many years with people in all stages of recovery from mental illness and addiction, I’m no longer surprised to hear the frequent question, “Just what is recovery anyway?” While I have a pretty solid idea of how I view the concept of recovery, I’ve realized the term carries different meanings and assumptions … Read more…

Q & A on Mental Health!

For the second year in a row, I was asked to be interviewed by Melanie Luxenberg, a mental health advocate and writer, who blogs for the International Bipolar Foundation. In recognition of Mental Health Week in Canada and Mental Health Awareness Month in the US, Melanie asked me to respond to several questions about stigma, … Read more…

I Am Enough

Stories of Hope: An Interview with Brian Cuban This is part of a series featuring individuals who share their life experiences with mental health issues. Recently, I asked mental health advocate and author Brian Cuban about his history of mental health challenges and about some of his current advocacy work. Here’s our interview: DS: Tell us about when you first started becoming … Read more…

Singing the Praises of Music Therapy

We’ve probably all had the experience of hearing a favorite song and how it immediately brings back thoughts, feelings and memories, both happy and sad. Music really is the universal language, and it has the power to move us deeply. But did you know that music therapy is a well-established treatment now often used to … Read more…

You Can Thrive in Your Recovery

Stories of Hope: An Interview with Rob Houston This is part of a series featuring individuals who share their life experiences with mental health issues. Recently, I asked Rob Houston about his history of mental health challenges and about some of his current activities. Here’s our interview: DS: Tell us about when you first started becoming aware of concerns related to your … Read more…

Look for Moments of Inspiration, Hope and Joy

Sometimes it’s easy to get discouraged about life, work, school, relationships, our health, the future or other challenges we may be facing. It can be even more difficult when several problems pile up all at the same time. We may think “How much more can I take?” or “When will this be over?” I’ve certainly … Read more…

9 Proven Strategies To Help You Change Problematic Behaviors

In a recent post, I talked at length about the “Stages of Change,” an effective research-based approach outlining a series of five steps that people go through when attempting to change many problematic behaviors, such as losing weight, stopping smoking, quitting drugs and alcohol, and reducing stress, anxiety or depression. To recap, the five stages … Read more…

Are You Ready For Change?

Have you ever struggled with changing a persistent, problematic behavior? Maybe you’ve wanted to stop smoking, quit drinking alcohol, reduce depression or anxiety or lose that extra weight, but you’ve never been able to make it happen. Perhaps you have even tried repeatedly over several months or years, but you’ve made little or no significant … Read more…

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