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Book Review: Everyday Mindfulness for OCD

Despite the fact that many make light of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) by poking fun at minor compulsions or obsessions, OCD is a very serious illness. For those who have it, it can be debilitating and disruptive, upsetting life in very serious and insurmountable ways.
Everyday Mindfulness...


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Book Review: Being Ana

“What if I let go of it? What part of me will die?  Why can I not let go of it for anything? What part of me does this disorder define?  Who will I be without it? What will I be?  Where will I...


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Book Review: Living an Examined Life

Socrates famously said that “the unexamined life is not worth living.” For Socrates, to know and understand oneself would give meaning to life.
In the case of Living an Examined Life: Wisdom for the Second Half of the Journey, author James Hollis helps readers to...


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Book Review: It's Not Always Depression

Depression is thought to be one of the most common psychological ailments.
When clinical social worker Hilary Jacobs Hendel wrote an op-ed in the New York Times titled, “It’s Not Always Depression,” it was the most emailed article for 48 hours, and stayed in the top...


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Book Review: How To Be Single & Happy

“Why are you still single?”
For many single women, this is a question that implies not only that they should they be coupled up, but that if they are not, there is something wrong with them.
In overanalyzing their past relationships, many women experience feelings of...


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Book Review: The Diagnostic System

While it’s true that many illnesses are foreign to the average person, many of the core symptoms of mental illness are familiar to virtually everyone.
“Not only does the public have a reasonable sense about what the symptoms of mental illness feel like, it also...