Author Archives: Holly Lapka

Radical Acceptance

Imagine the person who causes you the most aggravation in your life right now. Maybe it’s a loved one who, despite your best efforts, continues to make bad decision after bad decision. Perhaps it’s a friend who is always calling … Continue reading

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What is Depression?

Several months ago I wrote a blog post on sadness, a natural and necessary emotion. Despite our best efforts to not experience it, nearly all of us will at some point in our lives. Where there is a discussion on … Continue reading

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Failure is always an option

Chances are, most of us have heard the popular quote “Failure is not an option.” A powerful tag line for the movie Apollo 13, it is meant to inspire hard work and diligence; showing us the tenacity and courage of … Continue reading

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What is your “normal”?

Do you ever find yourself comparing your life to others? With the constant barrage of social media, TV and movies we are often left believing we aren’t doing enough or doing the right things. There are countless sites and blogs … Continue reading

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What is Mental Health?

Imagine you have two broken legs. The pain is excruciating and you can barely think because of it. You try desperately to stand up and walk, but find it isn’t possible. You constantly berate yourself for not being able to … Continue reading

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The Importance of Friendships

Human beings are social creatures. Attachment to others is hard wired into our development. Our first relationships with our parents or caregivers, then our siblings and eventually school age friendships form the building blocks of how we relate to others … Continue reading

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Sadness

As my husband and I were leaving my in-law’s home during our last visit, I witnessed a scene that has played out countless times during my 12 years in this family. While we are pulling out of the driveway, my … Continue reading

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Anger

Anger is tricky. It’s another one of those emotions that are “uncomfortable” and we’re often taught not to feel it: “Don’t be mad-it was an accident” “I already said I was sorry-why are you still angry about that?” “That incident … Continue reading

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Forget Everything And Run

Fear is a basic, yet powerful emotion. It shows itself to us in many forms; a racing heart, surge of energy, “butterflies” in the stomach. These physical cues usually result from our most primal form of fear that sets off … Continue reading

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The Inner Critic

“I can’t believe I slept so late, I’m so lazy.” “I will never get all of this done in time, I’m so stupid for offering to help.” “I’m such an idiot! I can’t believe I forgot my book again!” “There … Continue reading

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