People mean well. They really do. But sometimes the most well intentioned comment can leave us reeling. Anxiety can be all-encompassing. It affects our thoughts, emotions, and behavior. Anxiety is different for everyone. But someone with an anxiety disorder feels overwhelming intense emotions at times that interfere with their daily living.Read More
Thoughts are one of those things that we think we have little control over. Often, they’re completely automatic and, despite our wishes to the contrary, they may linger on things we don’t enjoy.
Thoughts can be unexpected and unpredictable – but they don’t have to be.
If you’ve ever seen a demonstration or heard somebody describe the desensitization phase of a specific psychotherapy, you may have found it more than curious.
“A therapist asking you to follow a stimulus back and forth in front of a patient’s face? And that is supposed to help them get over traumatic events? – What kind of hocus-pocus is that?” you may ask.
It is called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, and it has a proven scientific basis.Read More
The truth about schizophrenia: Schizophrenia is an indiscriminate illness that can affect anyone, no matter what race, gender, culture, ethnicity, or economic status.
About one percent of Americans suffer from it.
Some fifty percent of them also have trouble with substance abuse and chemical dependency.
As recognizable as the word “schizophrenia” is, most people don’t even know those three facts. But you can count on the fact that they’ve been exposed to a lot of misconceptions and myths about this disease. Often it’s because of how movies and TV shows portray people with schizophrenia.
Maybe you’ve fallen victim to some incorrect information that way as well. For clarification, why not take in some truth about schizophrenia myths?
Some three percent of adults in the United States have Bipolar Disorder. Maybe one of them is a member of your family? If you’re taking care of a bipolar family member, you know the extreme changes in mood, energy, and activity levels first hand.Read More
Have you ever wondered: “What is schizoaffective disorder?”
Many people know the word “schizophrenia,” though they may have mistaken views about what it is. Yet, only some people have ever heard of schizoaffective disorder, and even fewer know what it is and how it is different from schizophrenia.
Think for a moment: How do you feel when others judge you? Does it make you feel good? Does it boost your confidence? Would you let someone treat your best friend that way? Of course, you wouldn’t! It’s painful and downright mean.
When depression therapy is tailored to you individually, it can empower you to manage and reduce symptoms. Psychotherapy – such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) – can teach you skills to combat depression and lead a much happier life.Read More
Anxiety affects more people than you may imagine. Some seventy percent of adults in the United States alone report feeling stress or anxiety on a daily basis. Most, though, don’t realize how damaging chronic stress can actually be. And many are unsure of what they can do to relieve their anxiety.Read More
At times, your body and mind can overcome trauma easily, at others times, you struggle. You may even develop a psychological condition called PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder). Trauma and PTSD are inexorably linked because PTSD is provoked by traumatic experience or events.Read More
Schizophrenia is a chronic brain disorder that influences how a person thinks, feels, and acts. Understanding schizophrenia, its symptoms, and treatment is an important first step after the initial diagnosis.Read More
The truth is, we all have something. At least that’s what I tell my patients. Not just because I want to normalize this for them, but because it’s true. Each of us falls somewhere on the spectrum of mental illness. It’s just the degree of dysfunction and impairment that our ‘something” occupies in our lives.Read More
Among the many self-limiting beliefs we tell ourselves, "I can't" seems to be one of the more popular ones. This type of mind set is most commonly associated with that primal four letter "F" word that seems to pervade the minds of most people: FEAR.Read More