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

Communication is Key

Posted By: on July 04, 2019
2 friends talking on the beach
There is one thing that many people don’t think about when it comes to utilizing mental health services: communication. Communication is key for patients, families, and service providers. When not done effectively and honestly, it can delay and lessen services that patients need. There are three types of relationships where communication is important when providing proper mental health services: patient and mental health service provider, patient’s family and mental health service provide

Depression is Much More Than Just “Feeling Sad”

Posted By: on June 27, 2019
person suffering from depression
There’s a common misconception that depression is just being sad or feeling sorry for yourself. The truth is that there is so much more to depression than just “feeling sad.” As somebody with bipolar disorder who has been going through a depressive episode lately, let me share with you some of the other ways that depression can affect you.  Loss of Energy People with depression are often accused of being lazy when they stop doing self-care or other “normal” tasks. In reality, depr

Some Days Are Harder Than Others

Posted By: on June 20, 2019
dealing with my CPTSD
When dealing with my CPTSD, OCD, and major depressive disorder, some days are harder than others. When that happens, I try to tell myself gently that it’s just one of those days. “It’s just one of those days. This, too, will pass,” I remind myself. This gentle reminder is a mindfulness exercise that helps me keep things in perspective. There are other tools I’ve learned that help me get through these days as well. For instance, sometimes it helps to make a mental list of improvement

Three Reasons You Should NOT Deal with Depression Alone

Posted By: on June 13, 2019
depressed person gazing into the lake
Depression is acknowledged as one of the most common mental health concerns in the United States. Depression is known as a mood disorder that can completely disrupt your life and the life of those you love the most. There are different classifications of Depression, but all classifications have similar effects on how you feel, think, and act: Just a few signs and indicators of Depression are: Unexplainable fatigue Loss of appetite Feeling restless Feeling sad and empty constant

Should I Take a Self-Evaluation Quiz to See if I Am Co-Dependent?

Posted By: on June 06, 2019
man sitting next to woman
My mother mentioned co-dependency to me before I started wondering if I too was living in a codependent relationship with my four year long boyfriend. She was getting divorced again, and finding helpful guidance from therapy and something I had never heard before, CoDa, which is a free meeting place for people to develop healthy relationships. The more my mother would talk about her counseling sessions, as well as her CoDa meetings, the more I became interested in seeing if I was codependent.