Depression is an illness; it is not a choice. So, advice such as” just snap out of it” feels infuriating to those suffering. Understand that a depressed person is trying to feel better and they may be just trying to figure out a way to endure every moment of the day. Depression is exhausting. Just… Continue reading What Every Depressed Person Wants You To Understand
Many individuals struggle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and report feeling very frustrated with their inability to stop their ruminating thoughts. The impact on one’s life can be mild to quite severe. One of the first things I have noticed as a clinician working with clients with OCD, is that obsessive thoughts often share similar… Continue reading Types of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
As the cold, dark days of winter approach it is hard to resist staying inside curled up in a blanket resting by the fireplace. However, though this seems to be the ideal way to spend a winter; it may not be the healthiest thing we can do. We are mammals and as such we need… Continue reading “Winter is Coming”
Many people tend to bottle up their emotions. It may be for many different reasons. Perhaps, they are so painful that one desperately tries to bury their feelings to avoid the hurt. Maybe there is a fear that if you allow your feeling out you will be consumed with the emotion and feel out of… Continue reading Don’t Wait for the Last Straw to Break!!!
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Many people seek treatment for mental health disorders but others are still feeling the stigma associated with mental illness. The resistance for some to accept that they are struggling with depression or anxiety or other disorders leaves them unwell and creates needless suffering. Fortunately, times have changed and it… Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Month!
The holiday time can be filled with much joy. People look forward to precious time with family and friends. Warm meals to fill the belly, special gifts, and a host of other traditions. But what about those that dread the holiday season? Those that fear its very existence and cannot wait till it is… Continue reading Happy or Unhappy Holidays to You?
Do you cringe at the idea of displeasing someone? Would you rather do what is asked of you because the idea of any possible confrontation makes your skin crawl? Does “’NO” seem the hardest word to say? If you answered yes to these questions you may suffer from the inability to be assertive. To be… Continue reading “NO” SEEMS TO BE THE HARDEST WORD
Often times we try to solve our problems ourselves. This may be effective but other times we find that our painful feelings are still there despite our efforts to talk it out with ourselves or friends and family. Sometimes telling our story to a therapist offers unique insight into our situation and offers an objective… Continue reading Reasons Why Therapy Might Just Be For You
People can never really be prepared to deal with the extensive loss that comes with natural disasters. As many of you know first-hand we have experienced two devastating hurricanes in the last few weeks. Even if you are aware that you will be affected, seeing the aftermath can be a very traumatic experience. How to… Continue reading How to Cope When Mother Nature Strikes