by Josh Metz, LCSW
Did you know that we humans are designed to remember negative experiences that we have better, faster and stronger than positive experiences? It’s one of our hardwired survival skills, since it’s much more important to remember exactly where you saw that snake skin along the wooded path than the bright red cardinal perched in the tree.
But remembering only the negative can create an imbalance in our autobiographical memory (that’s the type of memory that tells the story of where we’ve been and what we’ve experienced). …
by Rashmi Rogers
There is much evidence that chat bots built, with their varying levels of artificial intelligence, struggle to demonstrate therapeutic effectiveness in mental health. Study after study, all in the last two years, go on to provide less than stellar reviews, such as:
There is an apparent paucity of published evidence of the effectiveness of chatbots (4).
So far, the research conducted on chatbots does not allow for strong conclusions about the usability and efficacy of mental health chatbots or their outcomes (3).
Chatbots’ limited capacity to re-create human interactions and to offer tailored treatment, combined with the…
by Rashmi Rogers
When I think of mental health in the context of an ‘average’ person, like myself, I imagine being able to talk to someone who understands my personal struggles, someone I can build a relationship with and who can also provide me with tools to deal with depression, anxiety and trauma. But an ‘average’ person, like myself, had to wait 8 years before realizing I should talk to someone, had to talk to 4–5 therapists before finding someone I could respect, and had to realize that I would be paying $200/hour and that insurance would not cover it…
by Christine Willing, M.Ed., NCSP
Close your eyes for a moment and think of the word “holiday.” What comes to mind? Any particular memories that you think of right away? It is amazing how our senses, such as a certain smell or taste, can transport us and make us feel like we are reliving a situation all over again.
While experiences can vary, many of us have common associations with the holidays: gathering together with loved ones to share food and each other’s company. Since these are often such integral parts of how we celebrate, the current holiday season is…
by Dr. Abe Sterne
I have found that one of the most useful ways to talk about the brain is Daniel Siegel’s ideas about the upstairs brain and downstairs brain. In this article, I describe the metaphor he introduces in the book The Whole-Brain Child that he wrote with Tina Payne.
In the walnut that is our brain, there are three parts. The outside wrinkly part represents the upstairs of the brain that offers the best views of the world outside. The downstairs internal part of the brain is the part that provides support to the top of the house…
by Dr. Abe Sterne
I strive for calmness and control. Often, that sense of tranquility is exasperatingly close and yet elusive to me. All the more so in recent weeks and months amid the pressure of so much happening in the world around me both close and distant. Nevertheless, I grasp on to the idea of maintaining composure in those daily moments when I am being a parent, or when I am working, or even when I am driving in a city where there are many crazy drivers. But it often slips, and intense feelings flood and overwhelm my equilibrium.
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