Psychology Today

Adolescent growth to independence depends on experiencing more freedom and taking on more responsibility. When the adolescent pushes hard for freedom and parents push hard for responsibility, inevitable (and honorable) conflicts develop because each party is pushing for what it needs to happen.

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Being stalked by a former patient is a potential threat for many therapists with several studies of mental health settings in the United States suggesting that as many as 6 to 11 percent of therapists will be stalked by patients at some point in their careers. How can professionals handle the ethical and legal issues surrounding patient stalking?

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Recently the Center For Responsive Politics reported the majority of U.S. Congress members are millionaires. But are more educated (and perhaps brainier) Congress members more likely to have a higher net worth?

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We are a country that has moved from frowning upon the treatment of chronic pain with chronic opioids, to one that experiences an annual increase in the number of doses of opioids prescribed. This is despite the existence of more than one guideline that claims to guide prescribers towards a safer approach to the management of chronic pain.

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Dr. Ann Olson, author of "Illuminating Schizophrenia: Insights into the Uncommon Mind", offers a theory of the use of defense mechanisms as allowing the psychotic individual to correctly enter into denial and repression of psychotic ideation, including delusions and delusional systems of thought.

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