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A Word about “Behaving”

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A Word about “Behaving” We have always known that there is value in making ourselves behave in ways that we don’t particularly want to do or feel like doing. One popular term is “Fake it ’til you make it.” Another is “Behaving ‘as if.’” The concept is this: We can make ourselves behave in ways […]

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Harold Duncan Receives Sierra Tucson DFW Chapter’s 2013 Humility Award

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Harold Duncan Receives Sierra Tucson DFW Chapter’s 2013 Humility Award Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, Dr. Harold Duncan of Preston Place Counseling in North Dallas became the recipient of the DFW Chapter of Sierra Tucson’s 2013 Humility Award during their annual Gratitude for Giving breakfast. The award, which was presented by Sierra Tucson’s Regional Clinical Manager […]

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A Word about Holiday Stress

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A Word about Holiday Stress  Holidays can bring on a confusing array of emotions for anyone. We are out of our usual routines, and we frequently put undue stress on ourselves thinking that everything should be perfect. Thus, our expectations may be higher than usual, frequently of our own making. We are often with people […]

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A Word on Dwelling

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Every day, we are bombarded with thousands of sensory stimuli that trigger thousands of thoughts. Many of these thoughts last only an instant, but we allow ourselves to dwell on others of these thoughts for longer periods of time. The stimuli that trigger our thoughts are largely beyond our control. We may see something on […]

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Brain Plasticity

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It is one of the most exciting developments in medical knowledge in the course of my professional career. Brain plasticity refers to the brain’s ability to change–physically, functionally, and chemically-throughout our lives–for better or for worse. Neuroplasticity is the common term used by neuroscientists. As you would imagine, this flexibility plays an incredibly important role […]

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The Passing of A Legend–The Extraordinary Life of Addine Dow

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The Passing of A Legend–The Extraordinary Life of Addine Dow By Dr. Harold Duncan She was 101.5 years old. Her death last week was not a surprise, of course, but it marked the passing of one of the most remarkable people I have ever had the honor of knowing. She was my Aunt Addine Dow, […]

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Where Were You When the Boston Marathon Bombs Exploded?

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Where were you when the Boston Marathon Bombs exploded? Breaking news, yet again of another major national crisis. Two brothers have been allegedly identified for planting two bombs that exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon this past week. It is difficult, if not impossible to avoid the barrage of information cast out […]

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NYT Story–Study Finds Genetic Risk Factors

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From The New York Times Feb. 28, 2013: The psychiatric illnesses seem very different — schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, major depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Yet they share several genetic glitches that can nudge the brain along a path to mental illness, researchers report. Which disease, if any, develops is thought to depend on […]

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When is it Time to Consider Psychotherapy?

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When is it Time to Consider Psychotherapy? 1. When a life event is having a strong, prolonged negative emotional impact that doesn’t improve over time. All of us experience loss and change that can trigger difficult feelings. The ending of a major relationship, a financial setback, a serious accident or illness will usually activate normal […]

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What is Psychotherapy?

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What is Psychotherapy? For many people, the idea of consulting a psychotherapist regarding a personal problem is strange, foreign and threatening. They may believe that counseling is only for people who are seriously mentally ill or for those who have experienced an extremely traumatic life event such as the death of a family member, divorce […]

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