Yes, You Need Therapy to Get Over Your Ex (And for Everything Else)

One of the hardest things to learn about love is the fact that your narrative about a relationship is probably not "The Narrative." The official story of any two people requires two points of view, and your version is only one: The story in your head of what happened when you met someone else and fell in… » 3/12/15 4:45pm 3/12/15 4:45pm

On Knowing What Your Therapist Really Thinks About You

In his book Half Empty, the late David Rakoff humorously describes the ambivalence he feels upon finding out what his therapist — who he's terminating sessions with — genuinely thinks about him: » 7/08/14 7:00pm 7/08/14 7:00pm

Therapy Llamas Are Coming to Take All Your Troubles Away

When it comes to comfort and rehabilitation, llamas aren't the first animals I think of. Warm puppies, soft bunnies, and spitting llamas? Well, apparently I was several shades of wrong because therapy llamas are here, they're awesome, they're wonderful, so don't fuck with them. Or they'll spit on you. » 8/29/13 9:30am 8/29/13 9:30am

Jane Austen Novels Basically Cured WWI Depression

If the Dashwood sisters can find true love and Mr. Darcy can inspire a whole industry of erotic fanfiction, reading Jane Austen might really be the best thing to soothe one’s addled mind and remind us all that, sometimes, people really have adorable double marriages and miraculously recover from mysterious fevers. … » 7/07/13 2:30pm 7/07/13 2:30pm

Study Suggests That Facebook Vanity Might Help You Feel Better About…

Vanity of vanities; all is vanity. Except for Facebook vanity, which, according to the circumspect results of a pilot study in the UK, could actually help improve your mood. » 3/18/13 1:40pm 3/18/13 1:40pm

Lady Gaga's Tour to Soon Offer Monsters Free Therapy Sessions

Lady Gaga and the Born This Way Foundation have recently announced that the upcoming U.S. leg of Gaga's Born This Way Ball tour will offer a unique "tailgating experience" with the Born Brave Bus Tour, a companion tour that will offer young people — ages 13-25 — a chance "to gather and celebrate their individuality in… » 12/31/12 12:40pm 12/31/12 12:40pm

California Becomes the First State to Ban Creepy ‘Gay-Repair’ Therapies

California will once again carry the marching band baton for the rest of America with news that it has become the first state to ban "therapy" practices that seek to change the sexual orientation of minors after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law on Saturday. The bill, SB1172 by Sen. Ted Lieu (above) of Los… » 9/30/12 3:00pm 9/30/12 3:00pm

How to Get Over Your Fear of Spiders and Start Caressing Tarantulas

Spiders are creepy! I mean, they are kind of neat, but mostly they cause people to scurry away in fear and sometimes even emit high-pitched shrieks. Well, if you are one of the people who can't stand those little multi-legged crawlers, you might be in luck. A new study has found that it is possible to turn people from… » 5/21/12 9:15pm 5/21/12 9:15pm

Psychiatrist Who 'Proved' Gays Can Be Cured Says It Was All a Big…

It's been a major month for the gay rights community. First President Obama came out in support of gay marriage, and then this weekend the NAACP followed suit. Now we have word that Dr. Robert Spitzer, the famous psychiatrist who did the 2003 study that supposedly proved the gay people could be cured of their… » 5/21/12 11:10am 5/21/12 11:10am

How to Tell If Your Shrink Sucks (And Then Fire Them)

I knew that it was time to find a new doctor after she suggested I lie to my ex-boyfriend (I didn't even want to get back together with him) and say that I was pregnant. Even in my crazy, unstable state of mind — I knew that this was not the advice that seemed helpful. » 3/15/12 1:20pm 3/15/12 1:20pm

Your Phone Could Be Your Therapist

We use our phones for most things these days—scheduling meetings, throwing birds at pigs, keeping track of everything from our grocery lists to our periods, checking Facebook, calling our mothers. So is there a limit to how far we're willing to let these little devices into our lives? As much as you love your phone,… » 2/08/12 11:55pm 2/08/12 11:55pm

Marcus Bachmann Threatens to Straight Up Sue Gay Rights Activist

Fancy dancing wannabe First Husband Marcus Bachmann is none too pleased with one activist's attempt to expose his kooky gay curing therapies. He's threatening to sue him for an unpaid $150 therapy bill. » 11/17/11 2:55pm 11/17/11 2:55pm

How Amanda Seyfried's Panic Attacks Can Help Us

Amanda Seyfried recently told a magazine that she has panic attacks and gets therapy. She's one of the few to admit that being a Hollywood actress is pretty hard on the psyche — and to be open about treatment. And while we wouldn't wish mental health issues on any individual, there's an upside for society at large. » 10/06/11 12:40pm 10/06/11 12:40pm

Swimming Therapy Helps Paralyzed Cat

Cats may not like water, but this cat named Mog is using it to his advantage after being hit by a car, causing nerve damage to his two front legs. His veterinarian suggested swimming therapy, which Mog's owner says has already shown a difference and thinks the cat "seems to know it's doing him some good." » 6/28/11 5:55pm 6/28/11 5:55pm

Did "Reparative Therapy" Cause A Man's Suicide?

In the 1970s, researchers at UCLA performed "therapy" on gender-variant kids, with the goal of making them conform to traditional gender roles. The treatment may have led to one man's suicide. » 6/08/11 9:50am 6/08/11 9:50am

Can Computers Eliminate The Need For Traditional Therapy?

Proponents of Cognitive-bias modification (CBM) feel that for many, the therapy-and-drugs-free method could mean the end to psychological problems. For those of us wary of having a computer do that job, it may be a hard sell. » 3/09/11 6:22pm 3/09/11 6:22pm