New parents have a lot of decisions to make regarding their children’s physical well-being, many of which can be controversial: feed on demand or feed on a schedule, breastfeed or bottle-feed, circumcision or no circumcision, vaccines or no vaccines. Now, parents are getting mixed messages about a once-universal baby accessory that no one thought twice about, and it affects emotional health more than physical health. Pacifiers have been linked to emotional problems for boys later in life, according to a new study.
I remember thinking over 40 years ago when I began my clinical career, that with the rapid advances made in psychotropic agents, psychotherapy would become a venture of the past. A recent editorial published in Schizophrenia Bulletin dispels my myth of becoming unemployed.
When I was researching to write this article, I found a piece entitled Fifteen years of bulimia, then came the miracle of CBT. The article told the story of a woman who had "seen the light" through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and linked to the clinic where she had been treated in Spain. While CBT may be the most effective treatment for bulimia nervosa (BN), this type of -- most certainly paid -- advertising only does the treatment a poor service.
We have all seen it before on reality television -- mound and mounds of rotten foods, unsalvageable trinkets, and even cat poop fill every nook and cranny of what was once a livable space. As we cover our mouths in disgust, we cannot help but shake our heads at the homeowners' uncontrollable hoarding habits. Suddenly, you remember your own oddball collection of rare porcelain statues, used notebooks, or whatever your fetish of the month is and wonder: how do you know when you have crossed the line from savvy collector to obsessive hoarder? Are you suffering from a type of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), or even, a new hoarding disorder (HD) in itself?
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