Mental Health

Waiting for Things to Get Better

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in anxiety, Depression, Mental Health, Relationships, Stress, Therapy | 0 comments

Imagine the following bizarre scenarios.   You wake up and a tree has fallen on your house, so you decide to wait for it to decompose on its own. You hope that the tree will roll to one side eventually and you’ll have a nice skylight. You are busy at work and there is a fire alarm. You assume it is a drill and stay at your desk. Smoke begins to fill the room. The lights have gone out and your computer stops working. You decide to hold your breath and wait and see if your computer turns back on. You’re driving down the road and hear a loud clanking noise coming from the car.  All of a sudden...

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But I Don’t Feel Depressed!

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in Depression, Dysthymic Depression, Mental Health, Therapy | 0 comments

Friends or relatives often give advice to someone that they should go to counseling for Depression, but sometimes that person doesn’t believe that they are depressed.  At times a person has lived with depressive symptoms for so long, that how they feel just seems normal.  This is especially true with a form of Depression called Dysthymic Disorder – which is sometimes referred to as a “Low Grade” depression.  While in some ways the symptoms of this kind of depression are less severe and dramatic, this Dysthymic depression can gradually have a debilitating impact on a person’s...

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Enjoy Your Weekend (and Today)

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in anxiety, Coping Skills, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Stress | 0 comments

It’s Wednesday, and I’m scrambling to get ready for a long holiday weekend.  I’m looking forward to time off, spending time with friends and “getting outta dodge”. However, the usual To-Do List has gotten longer.  There is more to pack into each day this week – aside from the usual circus of taking care of kids.   Clients talk to me about being overwhelmed like this all the time: “How can I manage the stress of day to day activities better?  It seems my life is all about getting through “the list” – all I do is work, chores, and errands.” Here are a few strategies – ones that...

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Exercise (don’t read this, just go, you’ll feel better)

Posted by on Jan 14, 2014 in Coping Skills, Health, Mental Health, Therapy, Wellness | 0 comments

It’s not uncommon in therapy for clients to tell me “I know I need to exercise more” (in fact, it’s not uncommon for me to tell myself that). Much has been written about the Mind-Body Connection over the years, but it is such a common theme in my sessions that I feel it’s worth addressing. “Talk therapy” in any of its various forms can be helpful in and of itself, however sometimes addressing the physical while also working on psychological issues can bring about more profound and lasting changes. Achieving wellness ideally involves a holistic approach in order to improve many aspects of...

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What if?

Posted by on Dec 19, 2013 in anxiety, Existential, Life Lessons, Mental Health, Wellness | 0 comments

My car is in the shop. I’m at a local spot having coffee. Amazing how crowded this place is. Doesn’t anybody work anymore? Well, an excuse for me not to work at the moment, except my brain is working overtime. This car has ben limping along for while now. Most would have put the old clunker out of its misery long ago, but I’ve grown attached to the hunk of metal. No car payment is nice too. Anxiety can sneak up on me at times like this. I talk to worriers everyday, I know all the tricks. It can be easy to fall into the trap. What if? What if it’s a huge repair –...

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A Recipe for Coping with Grief over the Holidays

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 in Coping Skills, Grief, Holiday Blues, Holidays, Loss, Mental Health, Seasonal Depression, Wellness | 0 comments

The holidays are tough for a lot of people.  This is especially true if you’ve lost a loved one.  We miss having someone who’s no longer with us – and holidays feel emptier without them.  It can be even harder if your loved one passed away during the holidays.   We sometimes imagine that a holiday season cannot be happy without that someone special. Grief at the holidays is difficult because the holidays bring constant reminders of the way things used to be. There are a few things you can do to help you cope with this holiday grief.  The first is: Reach Out for Support. The more you...

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