Are we over-diagnosing mental illness?

by Katti Gray, Special to CNN

  • Experts say normal responses to life’s challenges are too often labeled disorders.
  • Diagnoses have needlessly skyrocketed, say critics of a diagnostic manual.
  • The American Psychiatric Association says critics are overly alarmed.

For this enlightening and provocative article go here.

Esther Perel: The secret to desire in a long-term relationship

In long-term relationships, we often expect our beloved to be both best friend and erotic partner. But as Esther Perel argues, good and committed sex draws on two conflicting needs: our need for security and our need for surprise. So how do you sustain desire? With wit and eloquence, Perel lets us in on the mystery of erotic intelligence.

Helping Unhappy Couples

An array of subtle, and often-misunderstood, mental, physical and emotional factors that can upset the equilibrium of even the happiest marriages.

Now we have consulted marriage counselors and geriatricians to find out what caregivers — either the grown children of the couple, or one of the spouses involved– can do to help restore peace and balance to these relationships. The experts consulted uniformly agreed that even older people can at least take steps to reduce tensions and improve their relationship, even if they cannot actually change. (Really, who can, at any age?)

This article is full of cogent advise that is good for couples at any age and some specifically for the couple in their golden years.  For the entire New York Times article by Susan Seliger go here.

Is the Web Driving Us Mad?

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The current incarnation of the Internet–portable, social, accelerated, and all-pervasive–may be making us not just dumber or lonelier but more depressed and anxious, prone to obsessive-compulsive and attention-deficit disorders, even outright psychotic.  Our digitized minds can scan like those of drug addicts, and normal people are breaking down in sad and seemingly new ways.

Tweets, texts, emails, posts.  New research says the Internet can make us lonely and depressed–and may even create more extreme forms of mental illness.

Read Tony Dokoupil’s compelling report here at Newsweek’s Culture section.

The Best Strategy for Reducing Stress – You have two choices: Either change the reality around you or change your expectations.

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Peter Bregman, the author of 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done, due out in September, and Point B: A Short Guide to Leading a Big Change, has a great article on Psychology Today Online.  Herein he explains the dissonance between anticipations and expectations as the greatest source of anxiety and stress.  To read the article go here.