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The stigma of mental illness is one of the most disturbing and ethically embarrassing things with which humanity has ever had the hubris to cultivate. The amount of moral confusion, as well as the mountains of unnecessary psychological suffering that exists solely due to the stigma associated with mental illness is a dismal reality for … (continue reading)
Binge eating disorder is a condition where the sufferer consumes a large amount of food and feels unable to stop eating. The person typically feels out of control when consuming the food and feels guilty once the binge is over. We have all overate at one point or another. Typically, holiday meals or special events … (continue reading)
There is stigma regarding the topic of suicide. It is clearly a very sensitive issue that impacts many people’s lives. It is a topic that makes people uncomfortable and can be extremely complicated to discuss. However, it is a critical topic that needs to be addressed; since, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, “suicide is … (continue reading)
It’s nice to think of ourselves as autonomous individuals who can accomplish anything on our own. Unfortunately, most people lead lives marked by codependency instead. When we lack a sense of independence in our lives, it can cause us to lose sight of who we are. However, when we have autonomy, it means we are … (continue reading)
If you’re a people pleaser, you typically put other people’s needs ahead of your own. You might do this because you don’t want to burden others. You might be afraid that they will become upset or won’t like you if you say no. It’s important to realize there is nothing wrong with wanting the approval … (continue reading)
Do you remember having an irrational fear of spiders as a child? By the age of six, you had a six-syllable word in your vocabulary. You even had peers who understood your “arachnophobia.” The reason is some common phobias are significantly more prevalent than others. When someone has a persistent fear of a situation or … (continue reading)
We all worry from time to time, but when does it become indicative of something more? If you’re concerned that worry is impacting your life, it could be an anxiety disorder. Excessive worry is one of the main characteristics of generalized anxiety disorder, and it can be indicative of other concerns as well. The good … (continue reading)
Bipolar disorder is a common mental health condition characterized by episodes of depression and mania or hypomania. But, what is mania, exactly? About Bipolar Disorder On any given year, 2.8% of those aged 18 or older live with Bipolar disorder in the United States alone. Bipolar disorder can impact anyone. Episodes of depression and mania … (continue reading)
Do you have a fear that’s impacting your life negatively? Statistics indicate that 12.5% of those aged 18 and above in the United States will face specific phobia at some point in their lives. So, what exactly does specific phobia mean as a diagnosis, and how can you find help for specific phobia? About Specific … (continue reading)
I was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) after the birth of my son. My symptoms began in my third trimester. I was cheated out of what should have been the happiest time of my life. I was on my way to getting the life that I thought I had always wanted. I earned a … (continue reading)
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Have you ever witnessed an emergency and gone into total shock, or known somebody who has? It is a natural reaction, and it is typically a fear response. Whether you feared that getting involved in the situation would put your own life in danger or you worried you were too weak or incapable of helping, … (continue reading)
Have you ever been traveling in your car and driven through a neighborhood where all you could seem to notice were buildings with broken windows and graffiti? It’s possible there were some abandoned cars, too, as well as some litter on the sidewalk, and all of these factors led you to deem that area unsafe. … (continue reading)
In this meditation guide, you’ll learn the ins and outs of mindfulness meditation, how to implement it in your own life, as well as the many benefits that you can expect to accrue once you start practicing it consistently. However, before we get started, I have a few questions for you. Have you ever taken … (continue reading)
For most of us, we all crave happiness. In fact, some of us want it more than anything else in the world. So, how can something that everyone so deeply desires to obtain be so difficult to acquire? The elusiveness of happiness causes people to do all sorts of irrational things which only lengthens the … (continue reading)
Think for a moment what it is that you prioritize in your life. Your family? Your work? Your hobbies? How about leisure? Are your behaviors conducive to living a healthy, happy life, or is the antithesis true? For many of us, such introspection may make us wonder if we actually care about living healthier lives … (continue reading)
Although many of us would like to admit to ourselves that we are stoic and grounded when making decisions in life, the reality is that for those of us who are anxious, virtually every decision we make is but another attempt to distance ourselves from experiencing painful anxiety. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association … (continue reading)
It is undeniable to say that anxiety is one of the most reprehensible emotions available to us in the human experience. For most of us, we go to painstaking efforts to ensure that we don’t experience even a scintilla of anxiety throughout our day to day lives. Going out of our way to avoid our … (continue reading)
What is anxiety? What does it mean to be anxious? And perhaps an even more important question, what is the purpose of your anxiety? For those of us with anxious minds, the appropriateness of our anxiety is often illusory. We often don’t question our emotional states when they arise because they feel like they are … (continue reading)
Having a strong therapist-patient relationship is extremely important for the success of your treatment. The more rapport that has been built with you and your therapist, the more you will trust them with sensitive information. When this bond is weak or broken, we may not tell the entire truth about how we feel or we … (continue reading)
As fictitious as it may sound to say that you actually can learn how to get rid of anxiety within mere seconds, regardless of how intense your anxiety is, I encourage you to dispel such skepticism as what I have to say on this matter can truly change your life forever, just as it has … (continue reading)