This section is reserved for articles and other writings by members of the mental health community. Featured here is a mix of therapists, writers, psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors, and other experts in mental health. Click here if you’re looking for my professional mental health blog. 

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Written by Jessica Moskowitz, LCSW: Trying to talk to friends, family members, coworkers, or acquaintances about certain topics can be extremely difficult. Thinking about when, how, and if to voice your opinion are important questions to ask before deciding how you want to express yourself. Voicing your opinion and disagreeing with others also gives you an opportunity to learn more about yourself.

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Jessica Moskowitz, LCSW writes: Planning a wedding tends to be a stressful time in a couple’s life. Unfortunately, society adds to the pressure by placing focus on how one should look on their wedding day. It’s time to stop focusing on appearance and start appreciating what a wedding represents.

Read the article here:  http://jessicamoskowitzlcsw.com/blog/

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NY Times article by Sherry Turkle discusses how smart phones have diluted intimacy and empathy in conversations.

Read the article here: Stop Googling. Let’s Talk.

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Short article by Galit Atlas about the value of human interaction in therapy, as opposed to mental health apps that give the illusion of control at the expense of effective treatment.

Read the article here: Mental Health Apps Are Not an Adequate Substitute for Human Interaction.

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John Amodeo writes an insightful article about self-acceptance and listening to innermost self (Found on World of Psychology).

Read the article here: What It Really Means to Love Yourself: 3 Aspects of a Deeper Self-Care

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Barbara of The Project Bond highlights common myths that people commonly use in their relationships.

Read the article here: Fantasy vs. Reality: Debunking Myths of Love, Relationships, and Marriage. 

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How long is too long to hold onto a relationship when communication is lacking?

Read here: When He (Or She) Just Doesn’t Want To Talk About It.

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Do relationship apps trivialize your relationship? The author of this article points out how turning relationships into a game misses the point of having a genuine relationship.

Read the article here: Is Your Relationship a Game? Then Why Treat it Like One?

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Found on World of Psychology, an article about how to set healthy boundaries.

Read the article here: Four Tips for Setting Healthy Boundaries.

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This article, found on World of Psychology, discusses the process of grieving the loss of childhood.

Read the article here: Grieving My Lost Childhood.

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Found on World of Psychology, this article discusses a shift in how to better view our lives. Appreciation of the little things is important — life is a series of moments, not a passage of time.

Read the article here: Enjoying the Little Things in Life.

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This article for couples and relationships, submitted by Project Bond (written by Meredith), highlights the relationships principles established by Dr. John Gottman of how to have a realistic, positively functioning relationship.

Read the article here: Connecting with your Partner.

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An interesting perspective on why making mistakes can actually be a good thing, written by Therese Borchard on Psych Central.

Read the article here: Why Mistakes Aren’t As Bad As You Think.

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Found on World of Psychology, an article about getting started with mindfulness. This article discusses underlying principles and benefits of mindfulness and includes an exercise to get you started.

Read the article here: New to Mindfulness? How to Get Started.

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Found on World of Psychology by Margarita Tartakovsky, here are 20 suggestions to help with relaxation and self-care.

Read the article here: 20 Ways to Relax and Unwind.

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Found on World of Psychology, learning to let people be. The author pinpoints the issue of how people are constantly trying to change and influence others to be the way they want the person to be. I would only add that turning the focus towards ourselves for positive self-change would be a better use of energy than futilely aiming to get others to behave the way we want.

Read the article here: You Can’t Change Others…

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Found on Psych Central, this article discusses reasons that communication and talking may stop for some couples, and what they can try to re-start communication and re-establish connection.

Read the article here: When Couples Stop Talking.

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Found on World of Psychology, Margarita Tartakovsky discusses 7 myths surrounding money and the psychology of how we view money. Also, how our decisions about money impact ourselves and our relationships.

Read more here: 7 Mistaken Beliefs About Money.

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While it’s necessary to be in psychotherapy treatment when depressed, there are also ways to help yourself battle through clinical depression.

Read more here: Managing Depression While You’re Getting Treatment.  

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Chronic irresponsibility from people close to us often leaves us in the position of having to clean up their mess. Linda Sapadin writes about her own perspective on how to handle people with responsibility deficits. Notably missing from the article are the indications of possible depression, personality disorders, and other possible issues underlying responsibility deficits. A good point is made at the end with change in ourselves — understanding the role we play in these co-created dynamics.

Read the article here: Do You Know Someone with Responsibility Deficit Disorder?

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Do you experience ruminations, worries, fears, anxiety, or obsessive compulsive thoughts or behaviors? On Psych Central’s “World of Psychology” blog, Therese J. Borchard discusses how these thought patterns can be managed and overcome.

Read the article here: How to Stop Worrying about Worrying.

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Christine L. Carter writes about what it takes to be a “good” mother and overall “good” parent on her Psychology Today blog. Read what she has to say here: Mirror Mirror on the Wall: Who’s the best Mother of Them All?

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Psych Central’s associate editor, Margarita Tartakovsky, discusses Overcoming Guilt in Depression. This article looks at the link between depression and guilt, and offers advice for how to “chip away” at overall feelings of guilt.

Read the article here: Overcoming Guilt in Depression.