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“Are Your Frugal Habits Actually Costing You in the Long Run?” – Grow

It’s safe to say that we all love a good deal—so much so that we might fall into bargain-hunting habits that seem more cost-effective than they really are. We’re talking about spending hours clipping coupons to save a couple bucks on groceries, driving to an off-your-route gas station because it’s slightly cheaper or sifting through […]

Personality Disorders in a Minute

“People who suffer from personality disorders have lifelong patterns of maladaptive behavior that gets in their way. In today’s One Minute Diagnosis video, I will talk about the different kinds of Personality Disorders and the clues clinicians use for diagnosing them. Thanks for watching!” – Dr. Ben Michaelis

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in a Minute

“People who suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder experience recurrent intrusive thoughts (obsessions), which they attempt to suppress through repetitive actions (compulsions). In today’s One Minute Diagnosis video, I will talk about the clues clinicians use to recognize Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Thanks for watching!” – Dr. Ben Michaelis

“Are you Dating a Narcissist? 9 Warning Signs to Watch Out For” – Today Show

So, you think you’ve found the one? He’s witty, charismatic, attractive, and he showers you with compliments. There is a flash of excitement and everything seems perfect — except sometimes he exaggerates when he talks about his resume. And, you wish he wasn’t so condescending to your BFF. The bragging? Well, it is a turn-off. […]

“7 Signs Your Friend Group Is Toxic” – Health

In the penultimate episode of HBO’s Girls, the four main characters squeeze into a bathroom for a group meeting that’s meant to be healing, but instead serves the final nail in the coffin of their friendship. “I have come to realize how exhausting and narcissistic and ultimately boring this whole dynamic is,” says Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet), defending her decision not to […]

Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder in a Minute

“People who suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder are preoccupied with perfectionism, orderliness and the need for control. In today’s One Minute Diagnosis video, I will talk about the clues clinicians use to recognize Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder. Thanks for watching!” – Dr. Ben Michaelis

“7 Ways ‘S-Town’ Showed How Devastating Mental Illness Can Be” – Health

Warning: Major spoilers ahead.  On March 28, the producers of hit podcasts “Serial” and “This American Life” released “S-Town,” a seven-part investigative series based in rural Woodstock, Alabama. In its first week, it topped 16 million downloads, a blockbuster by podcasting standards. Like “Serial,” “S-Town” opens with a tipster asking a journalist to investigate a murder. But soon, the narrative […]

“8 Things Science Says We Can Do To Become A Little Happier” – Medicine Times

Happiness can be fleeting under the best of circumstances. Even people who are basically happy have periods when they’re not, and for those who are prone to depression, it’s always a struggle. The core issue with depression (or one of them) is that it hijacks your urge to want to fix things, which obviously creates a […]