Author: Keith Sonnanburg, PhD

Why Try Psychotherapy?

Do you feel stuck at times? Have you ever felt overwhelmed by events? Do you notice a familiar pattern when things don’t work out well for you? Perhaps you have a habit that you know isn’t good for you, but can’t stop. Maybe you complain enough about your life that others suggest you get help. Do your emotions sometimes seem out of control? Have you asked yourself: “I wonder if I should try psychotherapy?” How can you find the answer to that? Psychotherapy began its modern forms during the end of the nineteenth century. Sigmund Freud and his followers...

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Health Psychology: The Mind-Body Connection

At the turn of the 20th century, the leading causes of death after cardiovascular diseases were infectious germs (e.g., influenza, pneumonia, tuberculosis, gastritis, colitis, diphtheria, typhoid). Now in the 21st century, the most reliably fatal conditions are strongly affected by lifestyle. Cardiovascular diseases (like heart disease or stroke) still top the list. These are followed closely by: malignant neoplasms (tumors that can be triggered by environmental exposures and accelerated by neglect of emotional responses), accidents, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (often resulting from smoking), influenza and pneumonia, diabetes mellitus (for those afflicted, the self-management of behavior strongly affects the course...

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