711, 2018

Understanding Personality Disorders (PD): The Different Types of PD

Every individual has a personality. Personality is what we are, not what we have. Sometimes personality is so inflexible or marked by shortcomings that it causes ongoing problems in life. When that happens, we may call it a disorder. There is no concrete line dividing personality type from personality disorder. We assess functioning on a continuum and call it a disorder when it causes disturbances in an individual’s life and necessitates treatment. Even those [...]

2410, 2018

5 Essential Tips for Getting Quality Sleep

Quality sleep can make all of the difference in our well-being. Poor sleep leads to a number of physical and mental health problems. Furthermore, it exacerbates existing issues. This is often a vicious cycle. For example, people with anxiety often have insomnia. Their minds race and race, and they can’t fall asleep. In the morning, they are tired but restless. Their emotional defenses are down, and therefore, they are more [...]

1910, 2018

Introduction to PTSD – Part 2: Symptoms, Treatment, Ongoing Management

In the previous post, "Introduction to PTSD - Part 1: Definition, Causes, Diagnosis," we discussed what PTSD is, what causes it, and how it is diagnosed. Comparatively, in this post, we will look more closely at the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder. We will also share treatment strategies as well as options for long-term management of PTSD. Before we begin, remember that PTSD is a mental health condition caused by [...]

1010, 2018

Introduction to PTSD – Part 1: Definition, Causes, Diagnosis

Many people have heard of PTSD, but few really understand what it is, what causes it, and how it affects people's lives. In their minds, it is generally connected to people being exposed to traumatic experiences during a war or a natural disaster. But that is a very limited concept of PTSD. There is much more to it. This post is meant to provide an introduction to PTSD. It is [...]

310, 2018

Trouble Falling Asleep and Staying Asleep? 3 Tips that Work

Many people have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. In fact, the American Sleep Association reports that 3 in 10 adults struggle with insomnia. Furthermore, 10 percent of adults have a chronic problem with sleep. Some people specifically find it difficult to fall asleep. They toss and turn, laying there in frustration as the clock ticks away. They cannot fall asleep no matter how tired they are. In fact, the [...]

2609, 2018

Practical ADHD Solutions: Engage Your 5 Senses!

One of the best ADHD solutions is something that you have right at your fingertips. It is the opportunity to engage all five of your senses. People living with ADHD often have sensory processing difficulties. Therefore, they typically seek sensory input from the environment, exacerbating inattention. This is especially common in children with ADHD who have trouble focusing in a classroom. However, attending directly to the five senses helps to [...]

1909, 2018

When Anxiety Causes a Bad Mood – How You Can Find Balance Again

Having anxiety causes a bad mood in many people. We often think of anxiety in terms of the physical symptoms, including a racing heart and difficulty breathing. However, anxiety is also linked with frustration. On one hand, you might feel like you really want to calm down, and it is frustrating that you cannot do it. On the other hand, you may be stressed that there are a million things [...]

1209, 2018

Plastic Surgery Aftermath: How to Tactfully Suggest Therapy to Another Person

Learning how to tactfully suggest therapy can be one of the most valuable tools that we offer to our loved ones. Those of us who have benefitted from therapy ourselves know that it can help us through a variety of difficult experiences, ambiguous thoughts, and conflicting feelings. However, we also know that unfortunately in our society there still is a bit of stigma associated with seeing a therapist. While we may not subscribe [...]

509, 2018

The Dangers of Perfectionism: How Feeling “Not Good Enough” Affects Your Relationships

We often ignore the dangers of perfectionism. But perfectionism can have a terrible impact on our sense of self-worth. It can also put a strain on our relationships. So why do we continue to think that we must be perfect? Society certainly rewards people who appear to be perfect. And the media, including social media, will often reinforce this message by making it look like perfection is attainable, even though [...]

2908, 2018

Thinking of Using Insurance for Mental Health Treatment? – Why That May Not Be a Good Idea

We often want to keep our mental health treatment private. This goal may be undermined if we're using insurance to pay for it. At first glance, it might seem like a great idea to use insurance to pay for therapy. However, upon closer examination, you may see that there are many potential drawbacks. And yet, sometimes you're inclined to make compromises. Should you? If you're thinking about using insurance to [...]

2308, 2018

Coping with Emotional Trauma: How to Sit with Painful Feelings

Emotional trauma doesn’t have to define us. Many of us have experienced or been witness to terrible things. Those things stick with us as memories. Then, they create patterns that carry into our present-day lives. A lot of us don’t want to deal with these painful feelings. We figure that the past is the past, and so we want to just move on. However, ignoring or minimizing past trauma just [...]

1508, 2018

Depression and Cognitive Decline: How Depression Expedites Brain Aging

The effects of depression are wide-reaching and devastating in an individual’s life and their family dynamic. Every day feels like a test of will—the various symptoms associated with depression creeping into every aspect of a person's daily interactions and mood. Certain symptoms such as loss of interest, exhaustion, irritability, hopelessness, and difficulty sleeping are some of the more recognizable challenges faced by those suffering from depression. However, one cumulative result [...]

808, 2018

Plastic Surgery and Mental Health: How Is Physical Appearance Linked to Your Personality?

Walking down the street, you pass a woman with shoulders down-turned, frown lines visibly present, and prominent brow bones that make her seem to naturally scowl. Later, you pass another woman whose chest is held high, eyes lit up, and soft facial features are welcoming. Now ask yourself: Do their looks reveal their personality? Are you to assume that the woman with harsher features and facial expressions is a pessimist? [...]

2507, 2018

Past Trauma: 5 Tips for Coping with Nightmares and Sleep Problems

We want to wash our past trauma out like mud from between our toes. We want to start each day without the trauma from yesterday lurking behind every corner. However, certain triggers often bring us right back to the moment of terror, and we feel just as helpless as we did in the past event itself. Past trauma can have a devastating effect on our wellbeing. Both mentally and physically, [...]

1807, 2018

Anxiety and Restlessness: Why You Exhaust Yourself with Constantly Keeping Busy

Imagine it is the middle of the night. While the rest of the neighborhood is sleeping, you are up sweeping the floors or diving into tomorrow’s workload. During the daytime, you find yourself overburdened with chores, to-do lists, and mindless distractions. You tell yourself to relax, to take time for yourself. However, every time you try to sit still for even a few minutes, you are filled with racing thoughts, [...]

1107, 2018

“Am I Depressed?” – How to Know If You’re Just Sad or If You Have a Depressive Disorder

Life is full of both high and low moments. We live for the moments of joy, such as weddings and births. But we dread the low moments, such as death, illness, and heartbreak. However, it is an undeniable fact that every person will experience sadness and grief in their lifetime. Even the most optimistic individual will, inevitably, encounter periods in their life in which the world seems colored in shades [...]

307, 2018

Concierge Mental Healthcare: The Compassionate and Dependable Help You’ve Been Looking For

We all seek to protect and improve our mental health for happier, healthier lives. However, finding support in our daily journey towards peace, stability, and prosperity does not always come easy. Friends and family can at times be too invested or judgmental while formal therapy can seem too cold and impersonal. Likewise, our demanding work schedule and busy home lives often inhibit our ability to visit a therapist during standard [...]

2706, 2018

“I Hate Feeling Lonely!” – How to Make Changes and Feel Genuinely Connected to Others Again

Between social media, work, errands and various engagements, there is no denying that we are daily surrounded by people. Yet, some of us still end the day feeling lonely and longing for real connection. When the Like button on Facebook or Instagram can’t fill our seeking hearts and dispel our loneliness, we turn on ourselves, wondering what we lack in personality or lifestyle that prevents us from connecting with others. [...]

2006, 2018

Understanding Trauma: How Do Traumatic Experiences Impact the Brain?

Traumatic experiences can have wide-reaching, long-lasting effects on our lives. Whether it be a childhood trauma, accident, assault, or abuse, our reactions to traumatic experiences often cause us to pay both an emotional and physical toll. What Does Trauma Look Like? After a traumatic experience, you may avoid people, places, or situations that trigger a memory or reaction. These preventative actions, though, keep you from living fully and making new [...]

1306, 2018

Anger Is Not Sexy! – The Connection Between Anger, Anxiety, and Depression

Remember the crazy fight scene between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in the movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith? The one that started with throwing knives and high kicks to the face and turned into passionate sex among the shards of glass? Unfortunately, we don’t all have movie magic to frame our anger into something sexy. For many of us, anger serves as a crippling response to anxiety in our life [...]

606, 2018

What Is Emotional Intelligence? And What Is the Difference Between EQ and IQ?

We often hear about people with a high IQ, or Intelligence Quotients, such as Neil deGrasse Tyson and Stephen Hawking. More so, we hear about how those with high IQs fair better in their lives and careers. Though, what is less mentioned is EQ, or Emotional Quotient (commonly referred to as Emotional Intelligence).  Both EQ and IQ have an impact on our personal and professional lives, but it is EQ that [...]

3005, 2018

Concierge Mental Health Services – The Key to Soaring Toward the Most Successful and Happy You!

Mental health is a vital part of our overall success and happiness. For those with hectic lifestyles or privacy needs, caring for your mental well-being can be a challenge. However, concierge mental health services can be the key to unlocking your full potential without sacrificing your precious time. What Are Concierge Mental Health Services? Concierge mental health services are designed for a variety of clients who exhibit special needs or [...]

2305, 2018

Understanding Mental Health Evaluation and Therapy for Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery has, in recent years, become a popular choice among men and women who are seeking change in their physical appearance. Safer and more affordable procedures coupled with reality television that promotes the permanent alteration procedure make going under the knife seem easier than ever. For many, this decision proves to boost self-confidence, interpersonal skills, and quality of life. However, the potential consequences of plastic surgery can affect us [...]