When Worrying Turns Into An Anxiety Disorder

Posted By: on September 12, 2019
stressed out woman, worrying
While we all worry – and it’s perfectly natural to do so - for some, those worries can take over their lives and even prevent them from functioning as they should. When this happens, the term ‘anxiety’ usually comes into play. While some use the two terms (worry and anxiety) on an interchangeable basis, we’ll refer to anxiety as a condition that affects the mental health of millions the world over. What are the differences between worry and anxiety? When a person is worrying, it’s

Why ‘Manning Up’ Isn’t The Solution For MENtal Health

Posted By: on September 05, 2019
man feeling alone and hopeless
Men are often encouraged to simply ‘man up’ when it comes to talking about their feelings or their mental health concerns (if they can even bring the topic up in the first place). With the stigma that sadly so often surrounds men and mental health, many males simply refuse to talk about issues that may be affecting them such as depression or anxiety, and instead force themselves to silently endure their problems. In doing so, some men go through their entire lives struggling to cope with the

When Child-Parent Conflict Affects The Whole Family

Posted By: on August 29, 2019
parents and children holding hands
Nobody ever said that parenting was easy, and while there may be some rule books out there, none can be followed to the letter, since every family is different, and no set of rules helps resolve every cause of conflict within a family. When unhealthy conflict does occur between a parent and child, it can be for many reasons and can have demoralizing effects upon the entire family. Understanding the root cause of the discord and talking openly about it, can help to restore peace and harmony to a

Depression, Will It Ever Go Away?

Posted By: on August 22, 2019
Derpessed female in the dark
For those who suffer from depression, it can feel as things will never be normal again, and that the battle to feel anything-but-depressed is a lost cause. However, with therapy, and sometimes with medication and therapy, people suffering from depression can live the emotionally healthy, functioning lives that they deserve, and with a few simple pointers, can recognize the signs of a relapse and stop it in its tracks:   Why do relapses of depression occur? This is not a question with a

How Social Media Can Feed Your Depression

Posted By: on August 15, 2019
woman on social media
Social media can play a large and often important role in our lives, but it can also feed right into the unhappy feelings that those suffering from depression are experiencing. For some, social media can almost take over their lives, to the point where they are continuously connected, and while others may able to cope perfectly well with this and not experience any unwanted or negative emotions as a result, others may feel overwhelmed and inadequate.   The negative cycle of social me

Relationships Can Be Hard Work…But How Much Is Too Much?

Posted By: on August 08, 2019
man and woman walking and holding hand
The early, joyful stages of a relationship may lull you into a false sense of security, and the thought of having to work hard to make your partnership function, might seem like something other couples might need to do, but not you. However, as is the case with most couples whose relationship has progressed past those early stages, they will find themselves having to work to ensure that both of their needs, wants and desires are being met fairly. This is perfectly natural and often nothing

Believing These 4 Myths about Mental Health Can Keep You from Growing

Posted By: on August 01, 2019
mental health patient
The Mental Health dialogue has changed over the past few years. Unfortunately, some of the talk includes myths and misguided information. Today we are going to discuss some Mental Health Myths and gain insight that we previously did not have, which can help us grow!   Myth #1: Children do not experience Mental Health Difficulties The truth is that children can start displaying warning signs of mental health issues at a very early age. Many times parents ignore these signs and

How Talking About Your Mental Health Can Help You

Posted By: on July 25, 2019
2 women talking about mental health
The term ‘coming out’ has historically been associated with individuals who declare to the rest of the world that their sexuality isn’t of the heterosexual persuasion. Most of us will say, let everyone live their life in the manner that they choose, but there will be those who are shocked and saddened by such a revelation. Telling others that you are battling with a mental illness can be a similar process, but while coming out about your mental state may alarm some, there are fewer and

How To Overcome Negative Self Talk

Posted By: on July 18, 2019
depressed girl suffering from negative self talk
We often hear how our words can hurt others, to be mindful of what we say, and so on. However, the focus is almost always on harming someone else. We sometimes forget the same is true for ourselves. The way we think and speak to ourselves can dictate how we live our lives. It is something we rarely think about but can have a tremendous effect on our self-esteem and outlook on life. We interpret everything we go through and see, and when we negatively do that, we start to feel differently. The

Three books To Supplement Your Therapy Sessions

Posted By: on July 11, 2019
therapist reading a book
If you’re like me, you’re constantly seeking ways to improve yourself or your mental health outside of your therapy sessions. It’s no secret that there is an abundance of “self-help” information out there. At times, it can seem like too much and you don’t even know where to start. These are three books I’ve enjoyed throughout the years, each one with its own pros and cons. Begin by asking your counselor for recommendations or simply choosing which approach to well-being seems best