First and foremost, if the symptoms of depression are making your want to end your life contact your doctor/therapist/mental health professional as soon as possible.
Most of us have experienced the heightened anger and frustration that comes from heavy traffic and thoughtless drivers. I have, on more than one occasion, allowed a few choice words to spill out when being cut off in traffic. However, my “road rage” has improved considerably since moving to this large city. I hear on […]
Most of us are logically aware that we don’t know what the future holds. We make our plans and put one foot in front of the other, hoping things will turn out relatively close to what we envisioned for our lives. But what about those bumps in the road-those things we didn’t see coming as […]
Most people are aware of the debilitating and sometimes exhausting nature of addiction. We often view addicts and alcoholics with pity, criticism or some combination of both. But what about the people around the addict? For every person struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction, there are family members and friends struggling with how to help. […]
The suicides of 2 celebrities the first week of June was shocking to many people. Suicide is always shocking, but with celebrities-these people that have everything-it seems impossible. We sit in disbelief for the first week or so, then go about our business with a nagging thought in the back of our minds. That thought […]
Taking care of ourselves is an important part of mental and physical wellness. “Self care” is a huge buzz word that people like to throw around with little explanation or with only limited examples. Visions of soothing bubble baths, listening to music or ensuring “alone time” are what usually come to mind when the topic […]
Reaching out for help is difficult. Add on to that a depressive episode, anxiety or struggling through life changes and it can make going to therapy seem impossible. Many of my clients are nervous during their first visit and have no idea what to expect. Although everyone’s experiences are going to vary, I think there […]
The old saying “the only constant in life is change” gets more and more true for me the older I get. Despite seeing this and accepting it, however, I tend to dig my heels in and do my best to prevent the inevitable disruptions in my life. Even change that I have brought on myself […]
For me, one of the hardest aspects of mindfulness is nonjudgment. The idea of not judging myself or evaluating the moment as good or bad was a new concept for me. So much so, that most of the time I wasn’t even aware I was doing it. Judging situations, emotions, thoughts and just about everything […]
Mindfulness is one of those mental health buzz words people like to throw around without a lot of attention to what it is or how to practice it.