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Don’t Throw the Buoy Until You See the Whites of their Eyes

by Tad Lindley On Saturday the fishing period on the Kuskokwim started at 6:00 AM. We threw the buoy into the river about 10 seconds after that. Only one other boat was in the channel […]

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Social Media Common Sense

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: This really isn’t a question; it’s more of a request. I made a terrible mistake. One day when I was angry, I posted some rather embarrassing things about my husband […]

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Multitasking

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: My husband and I have been having some rather heated discussions lately. I find nothing wrong with multitasking, and he refuses to be interrupted to take a telephone call. I’m […]

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Assertive Discipline

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury I am tired of screaming at my children. It seems they don’t even hear me any more. What can I do? There is a lot that you can do to train […]

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Don’t Help So Much

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Last week I responded to a question on enabling. In that response, I stated that I would follow with an article I had previously written on helping adult children become independent. […]

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Enabling

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I have been taking a class on addictions, and I am learning about how one spouse “enables” the other spouse to continue using alcohol or drugs. As I have been […]

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Mental Illness or Mental Defect

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: What is the difference between a mental illness and a mental defect? Answer: A mental illness is also referred to as a mental disorder or a psychiatric illness. Generally, mental […]

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Parkinson’s Disease

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: Can you discuss what the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are, what natural remedies can be taken to ward it off or at least postpone the inevitable, and what type of […]

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Christian Counseling

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I am a Christian and I am afraid of the secular theories of counseling and psychology. How can I find a psychologist or counselor who practices Christian psychology? First, I […]

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Psyching Out People

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: Are psychologists really able to tell a person all about themselves just be being around them for a few minutes. In other words, are psychologists able to psych people out? […]

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Be a Friend

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: At the moment, I am very sad, possibly depressed. I have lived in Bethel a number of years, and it seems that whenever I get a good friend, she moves […]

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Online Dating

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: When looking for a spouse, do you think online sites such as “eharmony.com” really work? They’re based on the premise that you’ll find someone that is compatible and matches your […]

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Bribing Children to Behave

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: “What is bribing and why does it work or not work in parenting or in life or even in general? Answer: The definition of bribing is “to persuade someone to […]

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Living in Constant Doom

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I was prescribed Xanax and Paxil from 2004 to 2013. When I lost my job I could no longer afford the medicines. I have since spiraled down into a repeated […]

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Help Me with My Anger

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I’m having a problem of short temper and can’t control my anger, although I express my anger verbally, and not physically. I am on medication for depression. Sir, your valuable […]

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Why Good Women Seek Bad Men

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: Why do good women seek out relationships with men who treat them badly? I am one of them. I am a woman who has turned down opportunities to marry good […]

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What are Nonepileptic Seizures?

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: What are pseudoseizures? The preferred term is “nonepileptic seizures”, or “psychogenic nonepileptic seizures” (PNES), rather than pseudoseizures, though that term is still used in some professional literature. PNES are episodes […]

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A Soft Startup

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: My wife and I seem to have a very difficult time communicating. I love her dearly, but I wish we could discuss some of the problems that arise in our […]

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Negotiation in Marriage

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I am a professional woman who works hard and likes to win. When given a task, I stay with it until finished. When given a challenge, I take it. When […]

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Don’t Worry; Be Happy

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: My husband tells me I am a worrier. He says that if I don’t have something to worry about that is real, I will dream something up. I disagree with […]

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Fear Dance

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: My husband and I have arguments that escalate in intensity as they progress. It seems that each of us are reacting one another’s comments. There is so much emotion involved […]

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Marriage Counseling

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: My wife has been trying to get me to go to marriage counseling, and frankly, I am not comfortable because I don’t know what to expect. Also, I don’t want […]

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Am I a Sex Addict?

by Dr. Bradbury Question: I don’t want to get into giving too much information, but how do I know if I am a sex addict? Answer: If your sexual behaviors create legal, relationship, career, emotional […]

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Rekindling Romance

by Dr. Bradbury Question: My wife treats me as though she really doesn’t like me. I don’t know what I have done wrong. When we first married, she treated me well, and I really felt […]

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Practical Ways to Lose Weight

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I am severely overweight, and have been most of my life. The weight is beginning to impact my joints, limiting my ability to get around. In addition, to the physical […]

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I am new to the far north, and I have a history of Seasonal Affective Disorder. I am concerned as to how I am going to deal with the shorter […]

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When Someone is Grieving

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: Sometime in the past, I was approached and asked to respond to the following question: “What should you say, and what should you not say to someone who is grieving?” […]

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Getting the Correct Diagnosis

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I have a situation. I am a Single mom and my daughter who is now 26 years old suffered childhood trauma that she is still struggling to overcome. She presents […]

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What to Do?

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: How do I convince my daughter to change her house keeping habits? Lovely daughter, embracing, effusive, engaging, personable, communicative in all aspects with the exception of an orderly, organized, clean […]

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Butterfly Effect

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: What is the “butterfly effect” and how might it work in saving marriage? Answer: The concept of the “Butterfly Effect” has its origin in Chaos Theory. Chaos Theory describes certain […]

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Risk Factors for an Affair

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: In your opinion, what are some risk factors that might lead to an extramarital affair? I think it’s possible that there are different risk factors for different generations. In 2006, […]

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Religion and Mental Health

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: Does too much religion cause people to go insane? For many years, theorists and practitioners in the field of psychology and psychiatry viewed religion as a negative factor in mental […]

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Intimacy After Years of Marriage

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: My husband and I have been married for more than twenty years. We have three children, and from my perspective we have a good marriage. I have been faithful to […]

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Proper Diagnosis

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I read your article and still came away quite confused. I’ve been treated for bipolar disorder for about 5 years now but was recently told that I may have Dissociative […]

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False Positive v. False Negative

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: Dr. Bradbury, can you explain the difference between a test that is prone to false positives vs. one that comes up with false negatives, and what is the advantage? Answer: […]

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Enabling

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: What is enabling? Is it a bad thing? What are some things enablers can do to stop enabling? What is enabling? In psychology, enabling has both positive and negative meanings. […]

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The State of Arrested Adolescence

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: My husband had a long history of alcohol abuse but had been sober for a number of years when I married him. The honeymoon wore off very quickly and I […]

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Who Diagnoses Nyctophilia?

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Someone responded to my last article on Nyctophilia with the following question: Question: I think I have those symptoms, because I like sitting in the dark and I find a dark […]

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Trouble Falling Asleep

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I’m having trouble falling asleep at night. Music and meditation are not working anymore. I’m having a lot of problems relaxing at night. Hot showers don’t work anymore. What do […]

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Do I Have Nyctophilia?

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury The question below came through the Delta Discovery website. The person writing the question does not know English well as noted below, so I made some grammatical changes for readability, while […]

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The Healing Power of Laughter

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: What does the field of psychology say about the importance of laughter in recovering from illnesses, or even from such things as depression? I ran a search of the APA […]

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How to Stop Pouting

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: In your article, “Is pouting a symptom of depression?” you mentioned how to deal with someone who pouts and sulks, but I would like your help, if possible, in understanding […]

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Parenting Styles

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: Are there styles of parenting that are more effective than others? The best-known research to date was based on studies of preschool children and their parents by Diana Baumrind at […]

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An Opportunity to get Reacquainted

by Dr. Bradbury I don’t have a question tonight, so I thought I would write on something related to our current situation. Last Friday, our Governor ordered that everyone stay at home as much as […]

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Holiday Horror

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I have come to hate holidays because without fail my wife is miserable. I have not been able to figure it out, but I think she looks forward to the […]

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Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: What is Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, and can you give some examples? Answer: Munchausen Syndrome is now known as Factitious disorder imposed on self. It is a mental illness, in […]

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Traumatic Brain Injury

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: Could you delve into the function of the brain, what occurs after a brain injury, and what could be given and done to enhance recovery? That is a rather global […]

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What is Homesickness?

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I am unable to go home for Christmas and I really feel homesick. What is homesickness and what are some ways to help make it less painful? Answer: Someone wrote, […]

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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I remember hearing you teach on behaviors that are destructive to a marital relationship. I believe you referred to them as the four horsemen. Could you write about them? Sort […]

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Equine-assisted Therapy

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I just came across a term I had never heard of before—Equine-Assisted Therapy (EAT). What is it? How does it work? The name gives a clue to what it is. […]

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Thankfulness

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: It’s Thanksgiving. Is there any psychological research on the benefits of being thankful? Answer: I didn’t find any empirical research directly on the topic, but I found an article in […]

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Why Crying Feels Good

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: Why do I feel better when I cry? Answer: My initial thought was, “I don’t know.” However, in a recent study published in the journal Emotion, researchers found that crying […]

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How to Avoid Burnout

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I’m a professional with an advanced degree. I have always been excited about the work I do, so I have never really given much thought to burnout. With that being […]

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Diet or Exercise?

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I keep hearing that exercise is better than dieting. What do you recommend? Answer: When you speak of dieting, I would imagine you are referring to fad diets that often […]

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Sister on Your Mind

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: Dr. Bradbury, I really need your advice on how to deal with my sister. I feel like she judges everything I do. She never says anything, but I really feel […]

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Competency to Stand Trial

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: My brother was just sent to API for an evaluation to see if he is competent to stand trial. What does that mean, and how does someone at API determine […]

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Helicopter Parents

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: Recently, I learned about helicopter parents, and it really hit home. I am afraid that I am one of them. Why do I have such a hard time letting go […]

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Münchausen Syndrome

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: What is Münchausen Syndrome? Münchausen Syndrome is a serious psychiatric disorder wherein an individual has a need to assume a “sick role.” This is accomplished by feigning a disease, illness, […]

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The Irritable Child

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: Recently, as I stood in line at an airport terminal, I observed a child probably 3 years old whining for something from his mother. Finally, the whining turned to hitting […]

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Five Stages of Acculturation

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Below is information I have provided several times over the years of writing this column. Since teachers will be arriving, this may be beneficial to those new to our area. Shepherd […]

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The Need for Sleep

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury How important is it to maintain regular sleep times? In answering your question, it’s important to define what constitutes a good night’s sleep. A good night’s sleep will vary depending on […]

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How to be Single and Happy

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I have always wanted to marry, but it just has not worked out. I find myself spending a lot of time being depressed, or angry, or something, because I have […]

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Marrying Young

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I am a Christian mother with teenage girls. We talk a lot about abstaining from sex and waiting to get married until they finish college and find just the right […]

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The Source of Personality

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: Are people born with personality, or is it something learned? Answer: You bring up the age-old question of nature v. nurture. It’s probably a combination of both. Any parent who […]

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Animal Psychologists

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: Is there such a thing as an animal psychologist, and if there is, what does an animal psychologist do? What kind of a degree would you have to have to […]

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Mental Illness and Marriage

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: Several weeks ago, I sent you a question on whether Multiple Personality Disorder and Bipolar Disorder are the same. Thanks for clarification. There was a reason for my asking that […]

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More Questions About Nyctophilia

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury A couple of months ago, I responded to a question on Nyctophilia. In my response, I noted that it was not a disorder I was familiar with, but I did my […]

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States of Consciousness

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: Are we conscious of what is going on around us at times other than when we are wide-awake? “States of Consciousness” is a whole area of study within the field […]

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What is a narcissist?

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: What is a narcissist? Answer: The dictionary definition of a narcissist is “a person who is overly self-involved, and often vain and selfish.” It is the concept of excessive selfishness. […]

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Hoarding Disorder

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: What is the difference between a hoarding disorder and collecting junk? Hoarding Disorder has been talked about for some time, but it finally made its way into the DSM-5. The […]

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Multiple Personality Disorder or Bipolar Disorder

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: Is Multiple Personality Disorder and Bipolar Disorder the same? Answer: No. They are two separate diagnoses. However Multiple Personality Disorder, which is now called Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), is often […]

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Manipulation

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: My husband tells me that I use manipulation to get my way. I just don’t see it, and am wondering if you would be able to write an article about […]

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Early Entry into Kindergarten

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury It’s the time of the year when parents of children who miss the entry date into Kindergarten by a few days, weeks, or even months consider whether they should have their […]

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Role of a Psychologist

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: As a psychologist, what is it like being able to psych people out all the time? This is a common misperception of psychology and psychologists. I suppose every psychologist has […]

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How to Avoid Isolation

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I have recently moved to Bethel. I have never lived so far away from everything. How do you avoid feeling isolated in an isolated place? Answer: I was unable to […]

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What is Nyctophilia?

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: What is Nyctophilia? Can a person be cured from this and what are some things they can do to get help? This is the first time I was introduced to […]

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What Causes Spring Fever?

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: With the weather turning warm so early, I feel like I am coming down with spring fever. What causes spring fever? When I first received this question, I thought I […]

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A Definition of Love

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I was wondering if you could offer a good definition of love. Can you point me to some good literature that might help me better understand love? Love is one […]

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Both are Worse

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury This article is an attempt to respond to comments on the Delta Discovery Facebook page in response to the article titled, Which is Worse? Alcohol or Marijuana? But before I respond […]

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Got Religion, but Still a Dry Drunk

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: Dr. Bradbury, some time in the past, you wrote an article explaining the “dry-drunk syndrome.” I don’t know where I put the article and I would like to read it […]