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Travel anxiety is real. These therapists have some tips on how to cope

Nervous about traveling soon? Here are some tips to help you prepare.

For many people, after spending more than a year stuck at home abstaining from travel, it can feel a little weird to even think about heading back to airports or transit hubs — and that's totally normal. Though if you have an upcoming trip, you may need some strategies to work through those feelings.

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How to Learn from (Rather Than Ruminate on) Your Mistakes, According to Mental Health Experts

Mistakes are a normal part of our human experience. But if you find yourself focusing on your mistakes and finding it hard to think of anything else, this is called rumination.

If you make a mistake, it can be hard to forgive yourself and truly let it go, which leads to rumination.

“It’s common for people to be critical or ruminate when they make a mistake in an attempt to rectify or prevent a bad situation from reoccurring,” says Dr. Frank Anderson, MD. psychiatrist and author of Transcending Trauma: Healing Complex PTSD with Internal Family Systems.

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Expert advice on how to actually flourish this summer

While flourishing may sound like an abstract concept, Harvard has a Human Flourishing Program that helps students carve out fulfilling lives.

Whether you love or hate your job, relationship and living situation — it can be hard to know if you’re actually happy and what that word even really means. That said, these psychology professors are suggesting that flourishing may be a better word for it.

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Living in Fear of the Future: What to Do

As the world works to come out of a global pandemic, it's understandable if your fear of the future has reached an all-time high.

That said, if you're starting to find that it's impacting your ability to make decisions or impacting you daily, it may be time to seek help.

To learn more, we spoke with Frank Anderson, MD, a psychiatrist and psychotherapist who specializes in trauma treatment.

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What Is Corrective Emotional Experience?

Past hurts can influence your behaviors and relationships. Exploring your past can help how you react and behave in the future.

Some people don’t believe that rehashing past hurts help. You can’t change them, right?

How could reliving how your parents might have hurt you or how that ex might have treated you benefit you today? All it does is bring up painful memories.

But the way you react or choose to do certain things might be connected to your past.

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Having a Broken Family: What It Means and How to Cope

Even the most seemingly idyllic families face problems, and sometimes it can be hard to determine exactly how to go about navigating these issues.

In the most extreme cases, specific issues can even lead to estrangement.

Often called broken families, there are many potential causes of estrangement between family members, and many of them come down to specific details surrounding the individuals and the situations involved.

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Learning to Draw the Line

From Symposium Storytelling Evening 2019

My story begins at my family dinner table when I was 17 years old. We were all sitting in our usual seats—my dad at the head, me to his right, and my sister, Carla, across from me—when in a panicked tone of voice, Carla started talking about the spiders crawling all over her face. I remember feeling totally freaked out and heartbroken for the pain and suffering she was clearly experiencing. At 12 years old, she was in the midst of her first manic break. I wanted nothing more than to rescue her!

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Shifting Emotional States in an Instant

Using Neuroscience in Therapy

Q: I know that the study of neuroscience is intellectually fascinating, but how can it offer practical guidance when I’m working with a client with a trauma history?

A: As both a psychiatrist and a therapist, some of the most challenging moments in my career have been with clients who suffer from complex trauma, disorganized attachment, and dissociative identity disorder...

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Exploring Our Relationship with Our Meds

The clients referred to me for psychopharmacology consultation often seem to feel a certain relief once they’ve let me know that, when it comes to meds, they’ve tried “everything” and so far “nothing” has worked. After we’ve run down the list of what they’ve taken and how it’s failed to make any difference in their mood or state of agitation or ability to concentrate, they sit back as if to say, “Now it’s your turn.” In fact, this is the kind of ritual that they’re used to: once they’ve told the unhappy tale of their symptoms and the frustrating failure of drugs to do much good, what else is there for them to say?

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