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Maura, 47, and Kevin, 49, sit on opposite ends of the couch during their first couples counseling session. When I ask them about some of the challenges they’ve faced in their four-year marriage, Maura opens up about why she requested to meet with me.
Once you're finally home from work, you might flop down next to your spouse and ask, “How was your day?” They'll likely reply, “Good.” They may go into detail or they may not. You may forget that you even asked the question while zoning out.
Almost everyone I know has heard about John Gottman and the Four Horsemen.
When I say almost everyone, I’m talking about friends, couples in my practice, Lyft drivers, and people I strike up conversations with on airplanes. John Gottman and the Four Horsemen have crept into the culture.
Being able to shift gears in the heat of an argument and take a break is one of the most crucial relationship skills. It’s also one of the most difficult.
There are four consistent truths about intimate partner conflicts. In the forty plus years I’ve been a psychologist and marriage counselor, I totally believe in their veracity. The first is that repeated, unresolved conflicts dangerously weaken the sacred bond that keeps an intimate relationship intact.
A new study provides evidence that dietary improvement significantly reduces symptoms of depression and improves mood, even in people without diagnosed depressive disorders. A healthier diet improved mental health more so in women than men, but did not have a effect on anxiety for either gender.
A question I’ve been asked frequently of late is, “How can a person tell if they have anxiety?” At some point, the same person asking me this question would exclaim something along the lines of, “I’m always so anxious!” I find it interesting how often people express feeling anxiety and yet seem unable to recognize it.
People who have chronic illness are more likely to develop depression. People with depression are more likely to develop chronic illness. But did you know that depression is treatable even with chronic illness?
Many people with anxiety disorders have trouble sleeping. That's a problem. Too little sleep affects mood, contributing to irritability and sometimes depression. Vital functions occur during different stages of sleep that leave you feeling rested and energized or help you learn and forge memories. Sleep usually improves when an anxiety disorder is treated. Practicing good "sleep hygiene" helps, too. Here are some steps to take: