Mental Health Archives - Page 2 of 4 - Ben Michaelis, PhD

“Why every relationship could benefit from couple’s therapy” – The List

When we picture couple’s therapy, we often think of a married couple’s relationship in which one person has discovered the other is cheating, or in which one person is just no longer feeling the spark anymore. Generally, couple’s therapy has been shown to lead to significant improvements in relationship matters, but these studies are traditionally […]

The ADHD President

We are living in an era of presidential firsts: George W. Bush was the first MBA president, Barack Obama was the first Black president, and now with Donald Trump we likely have the first ADHD president. I do not make, or take, a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) lightly, nor, for the record, […]

“Here’s what mental health experts think of President Trump’s behavior” – The Week

There it was again: During his first week in office, even as he unveiled policies affecting momentous issues from women’s health and war refugees to oil pipelines and immigration, President Trump seemed fixated on … less portentous topics. He tweeted his scorn for the anti-Trump women’s marches in cities around the world the day after […]

“How to Really Reset After a Truly Awful Year” – Shape

Don’t let 2016’s baggage drag down you in 2017. 2016 was kind of the worst—just look at any Internet meme. At the base, most of us likely had to endure some kind of emotional pandemonium—a breakup, job loss, personal bereavement, maybe even a health scare. (Pretty unavoidable in any year.) Add to that the scarily […]

“Can Pokémon Go Really Improve Your Mental Health?” – Health Magazine

Ben Michaelis, PhD, an evolutionary clinical psychologist and author of Your Next Big Thing ($10; amazon.com), isn’t surprised by these reports. In fact, he’s already seen Pokémon Go help one of his own clients. “I think it’s a genuinely positive development,” he says. Michaelis believes apps like this one are most likely to help people with mild to moderate cases of anxiety, depression, and […]

“Why One Woman Pretended to Be a High-School Cheerleader” – The Atlantic

Ben Michaelis, a clinical psychologist, says: “Many people focus on choices they made—or chances they didn’t take—as a way of grappling with understanding their current circumstances.” For example, in 1986, a failed athlete named James Arthur Hogue, 26, posed as a 16-year-old boy and enrolled at Palo Alto High School, where he won one of […]

“Why One Woman Pretended to Be a High-School Cheerleader” – The Atlantic

At 33, Wendy Brown stole her daughter’s name, grabbed a pair of pom-poms, lived a teenage dream—then she went to jail for it. On September 2, 2008, a shy, blonde transfer student strolled into Ashwaubenon High School in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The petite sophomore wore a pink hoodie and carried a new school bag decorated […]

Mental Health Awareness Panel – AOL/Women’s Health Magazine

May is Mental Health Awareness month. Dr. Ben Michaelis joins “Women’s Health” Editor-in-Chief Amy Keller Laird to discuss mental health with the goal of breaking taboos by putting real faces to medical diagnoses, opening up the dialogue, sparking change and ultimately stopping the stigma associated with mental illnesses.