What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)? For me, it is hand washing. I also think of people repeatedly checking their homes before leaving to make sure all the windows and doors are locked, the coffee pot is off, etc. Let’s just say I once had a […]
Buying supplies, clothes shopping, meeting the teacher, setting up carpools and finding after school care are just some of the things parents have to do before school starts. The back to school season can raise parents’ stress levels for many reasons.
One definition of stress is, “a physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation” (Merriam-Webster). Stress can be good (planning a wedding) or bad (losing a loved one), but stress of any kind is hard on the mind, body and spirit.
Anxiety is a thief. It steals your focus and thoughts and therefore your time. I am not talking about anxiety disorders, though the same can be said about them. I am talking about the simplest form of anxiety—worry. I do not mean worry that causes chronic insomnia, ulcers, substance abuse or other major problems. I […]
Everyone is scared of something, right? Public speaking, heights, death, spiders, snakes—most people can name at least one thing that scares them. While unhealthy fear interferes with our daily functioning, normal or healthy fear has an upside. It keeps us from engaging in risky behaviors, which in turn, ensures our safety.
Years ago when working with trauma patients, a colleague told me that she never expected her clients to forgive their perpetrators. I knew what she meant. Some of the things we are forced to experience in this life are so tragic there is no foreseeable way a person could forgive. And yet, people still find […]
Published in the Southwest Orlando Bulletin 5/2011 Many people experience anxiety in social situations. Social anxiety occurs equally in men and women. A healthy level of anxiety is normal and is necessary to keep us all motivated and working to achieve our goals. People with social phobia are scared they may embarrass or humiliate themselves […]