What Your Early Memories Can Tell You about Yourself

Posted By: on February 08, 2017
Think back to your earliest memory. How old are you? Research has shown that most people’s earliest memories date back to when they were about 3½ years old, although many adults only remember things from when they were about 6. Since we retain so few of those early memories from between the ages of three and six, the experiences we do recall probably have a profound impact on who we are as adults. The things we remember can vary widely from person to person. They can be play activities, injur

Mindfulness: A Buddhist Idea Takes Root in Everyday Mental Health

Posted By: on January 04, 2017
Over the last few years, the concept of mindfulness has taken hold in the west. While many eastern cultures have been practicing mindfulness and meditation for centuries, western countries are just now catching on. The practice of mindfulness began around 1500 BCE as a part of the yogic practice of Hindus. Around 500 BCE, Buddhists adopted their own take on mindfulness by practicing breathing and deep focus. Certain meditative practices spread to Judeo-Christian leaders throughout the Middle Age

Signs of Suicide Risk and What to Do

Posted By: on November 16, 2016
Suicide is a serious thing, and unfortunately many people commit suicide. Each year, 34,000 people commit suicide—that’s one death by suicide every 15 minutes. It is the second leading cause of death for teens and young adults ages 12-24. More youth die from suicide than from cancer, AIDS, birth defects, pneumonia and the flu combined.  While there is no definitive cause of suicide, there are signs and factors to look out for and ways to step in to help prevent suicide. Many people who comm

Dealing With A Narcissist

Posted By: on November 09, 2016
The term narcissist gets thrown around a lot. We use it to tease our friends when they’re acting self-absorbed. While everyone is a little self-centered at least sometimes, narcissism is an entirely different ballgame. Narcissism is an extreme interest in one’s self, with a grandiose view of one’s own talents, looks or personality. People with high levels of narcissism may be diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), which effects about 1 percent of the population. It’s cha

The Power of Acceptance in the Healing Process

Posted By: on October 19, 2016
When we experience a devastating loss or situation, such as the death of a loved one, we experience grief. Typically, there are five stages associated with grief—denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. While you may not experience each stage, you hopefully get to the acceptance stage so you can heal and move forward. Here’s why acceptance is such a powerful and importance part of the healing process.Acceptance doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be happy about a situation al

Dealing with Anger in your Relationship

Posted By: on October 05, 2016
Anger is a natural human emotion. Sometimes things at work are frustrating, or someone rear-ends your car. It’s nearly impossible to never get angry. In reality, it’s how you deal with your anger that matters. If you and your partner are frequently angry at one another, there are ways to address it that will help avoid nasty fights and massive arguments.1. Address It ImmediatelyDon’t let anger linger. The more you sit and stew over a problem, the angrier you’ll become. Chances are, you

How We Go Through Grief

Posted By: on September 21, 2016
 When we experience a big loss, it can be very painful. There’s not much that can prepare you to experience that kind of grief or pain, but knowing how humans experience grief can help you understand what you or a grieving friend are going through.Grief isn’t limited to just one situation. It often happens when a loved one dies, but can also occur after a divorce or breakup, losing a job, the end of a friendship, death of a pet or a traumatic experience. Any significant loss can lead to som

How Your Family of Origin Impacts Your Emotional Issues Today

Posted By: on September 15, 2016
Our family of origin, or the family that we grew up with, impacts us for the rest of our lives. Family of origin could mean biological or adoptive parents, siblings or grandparents or any other childhood caregiver.  They influence so much of our lives and behaviors, from our diets to our cleaning habits. Our families also impact our emotional issues (or lack of, if we’re fortunate). If we can recognize how our family of origin impacts our emotional behaviors, we can work toward correcting neg

Addiction Treatment and the Recovery Process

Posted By: on September 07, 2016
By Matt GonzalesDrug addiction can become a chronic disease that affects your physical and mental health, job status and relationships. Once you're hooked on a drug, your whole life can revolve around it.Substance use disorders are common in the United States. Heroin use in particular has skyrocketed in recent years. From 2002 to 2013, heroin-related overdose deaths nearly quadrupled, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Al

The Benefits of Longer Term Therapy

Posted By: on August 31, 2016
 Many people will seek professional counseling or go to therapy at some point in their lives. It’s beneficial for many areas of life, or before and after big life changes. People talk with professionals about marriage, divorce, a new baby, losing a friend or family or being unemployed. Talking with an unbiased professional who can offer practical advice and coping mechanisms is extremely beneficial during a difficult time. However, most people who get professional help only do so for a short