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Are These the Winter Blues or Symptoms of Depression?

Shorter days. Longer nights. Early sunsets and cold, dark days. You get tired easily and become gloomy. Resentment against the approaching winter builds as you desperately wish for the sunnier and brighter days of summer. This funk you're in might be the winter blues. But if you feel this way year in and year out, you might be suffering from...[ read more ]

What Is Considered Normal Stress and Worry, and What Is an Anxiety Disorder?

You have an interview next week and are worried sick you’re going to say the wrong thing and miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime. A heated quarrel breaks out with a close friend and you’re anxious that the angry words hurled at each other might have damaged the relationship irreparably. You have a couple of tight deadlines and...[ read more ]

Why the Pain from Childhood Sexual Assault Can Affect a Survivor for Years

Research has demonstrated that an alarming number of adults were abused or sexually assaulted as children. Years after the abuse, many of these now adults continue to struggle to come out of their shells and thrive. Although they've been deeply wounded and scarred, they are survivors. These traumatic experiences can lead to mental disorders, emotional issues, and in some cases,...[ read more ]

What Is the Serenity Prayer and How Can It Help People Struggling with Alcohol Abuse?

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Alcohol abuse is a form of substance abuse. Most alcoholics are not addicted to the taste of the drink but rather the numbing quality of alcohol. It grants them a needed escape from their worries and problems. But the reprieve doesn’t last forever and when the effects wear off after a couple of hours, they come back to earth with...[ read more ]

CBT: What It Is and What It Can Do For You

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Are there areas in your life that pose a challenge to you? Have you decided to face this challenge alone because you do not feel seeing a therapist is right for you? Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) may be the answer that you are looking for. Many people have the impression that seeing a therapist requires spending their time exploring their life...[ read more ]

How Mindfulness Can Improve Your Mental Health

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Anxiety disorders. Depression. Addiction. These are all symptoms of poor mental health. Studies have shown that one in every five U.S. adults suffers from a mental illness. While medications, psychotherapy, and brain treatments are quite effective at treating mental health disorders, they can be expensive and could leave you with unpleasant side effects. Mindfulness offers you the best of both...[ read more ]

How to Tell Your Partner About Your Past Sexual Abuse

Relationships always start out on a high note. Your mutual attraction combined with your commonalities stirs up your feelings, while finding out about your differences and exploring the world together makes your relationship fresh and exciting. When your relationship starts to become more intimate, you may start to wonder when the right time is for you to open up to...[ read more ]

4 Ways to Better Understand & Cope with a Midlife Crisis

It is said that if you live long enough, you’ll eventually hit middle age. Once they hit that mark, many people begin to look around at their life and notice what is working and what isn’t. Unfortunately, some people notice much of their life isn’t working, at least not in the way they thought it would, and a crisis strikes....[ read more ]

5 Ways to Cope with Anxiety as a Parent

The hard work and unpredictability that makes parenting so rewarding can also cause a great deal of anxiety. Here are some simple ways to bring yourself to a place of calm. Make a To-Do List Ruminating on worries can cause lots of stress. Clear your mind by making a to-do list. Put down everything that needs to be done into...[ read more ]

How to Practice Self-Compassion

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Most of us from a young age are taught how to be kind, considerate and compassionate toward others. But rarely are we told to show the same consideration to ourselves. This becomes even more true for individuals brought up in abusive or unloving homes. What is Self-Compassion? Self-compassion is taken from Buddhist psychology and refers to how we can relate...[ read more ]



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