• 6 Lifestyle Changes to Help Combat Depression
    Feeling sad every now and then is a perfectly normal human emotion. If you feel a sense of sadness for longer than two weeks, this is usually a good indicator that your sadness could actually be a sign of depression. Depression is a mood disorder that causes feelings of sadness and a general loss ...
  • 6 Causes of Worsening OCD
    Did I lock the house? Did I close the garage door? What if I left my straightener on? Did I set the alarm before I left the house? Was the stove turned off? Are my hands clean? Will my family be okay? These thoughts are in line with those of someone who is experiencing ...
  • EFT: De-Escalation is the First Step Toward Reconnection
    Emotions can be scary sometimes. When you are in a relationship, you could be experiencing these feelings you have never felt before with a hard time expressing them. It can be a problem when you let your emotions get the better of you. You do not want to do or say anything that ...
  • Does Your Perfectionism Ruin Everything? How To Turn Things Around
    A small measure of perfectionism can have its perks. It can be what motivates you in times of trouble. The problem lies in the reality that perfectionism rarely exists in small measures. Rather, it is the surface expression of an underlying fear of failure. It also displays a lack of self-worth. Perfectionists frequently ...
  • What’s the Difference Between PTSD & CPTSD?
    You’re moving through your workday when it feels like the world around you changes suddenly. Your heart drops, your body feels exposed, and you begin to feel confused about where you are. Mentally, emotionally, and sometimes even physically, you feel like you were just dropped back into the worst day of your life, and ...
  • Why Eating Disorders Are Competitive
    Eating disorders can be very competitive. It is all about who can be the skinniest by not eating the daily calories that make them healthy. Hearing that another person has lost weight can fuel your desire to lose more than them. You may figure that as long as you are the weight you ...
  • How to Know if You Are a Codependent Partner
    Popular culture does us no favors when it comes to relationships. We’re raised on “love at first sight” and “happily ever after.” This soon morphs into “soul mates” and couples “completing” each other. The sentiments might be sincere, but the outcomes can be dysfunctional. The thousands of love songs about being inseparable may ...
  • 5 Steps to Take When Your Anxiety Attacks
    Panic attacks can be terrifying to experience. You may feel like you will die if you are struggling with your breathing, your heart is racing, and your whole body is shaking. Despite what it feels like, you are not having a heart attack, and you will not die from a panic attack. These ...
  • Unfocused? Forgetful? How to Know If You Have ADHD
    When most people think about ADHD, they associate the condition with children. However, just over 8% of adults in the U.S. deal with it, too. While ADHD can occur in adulthood, it’s more likely that it began in childhood and either went undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. However, if you’re feeling unfocused, forgetful, or just not ...
  • How Do Women’s Hormones Affect Anxiety?
    One in three women are likely to develop an anxiety disorder over the course of their lives. Being the most commonly diagnosed psychiatric disease in women, it’s important to go over how female hormones—specifically—trigger anxious emotions. While the biology is clear about what’s happening, it doesn’t exactly explain which caused which first: the anxiety ...
  • How Can You Tell That Communication Has Halted in Your Relationship?
    Things were going great… or so you thought. You seem to be fighting over everything, even the dumbest things that don’t even really matter. You’re keeping score. You’re both tallying who took the trash out, who washed the dishes, and who walked the dog. When did this start happening? Why is this happening? You can’t seem to ...
  • Is It Bad If We Fight During Couples Therapy?
    Let’s get something out of the way right off the bat. It’s not uncommon for a couple to fight during therapy. Couples disagree and sometimes, that leads to conflict—regardless of the location. In particular, couples therapy is designed to draw out underlying issues and unspoken truths. So it happens and there’s no reason ...
  • What You Need to Know About the “Codependency Triangle”
    Most people associate the word co-dependency with alcohol or substance use. However, co-dependency can also refer to relationships that are toxic or unhealthy. With most relationships, there is a certain give and take that must happen in order for it to be successful. It’s a cycle of giving into the relationship just as much ...
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder: What Is It and What Are the Symptoms?
    Your palms get sweaty before having to take a big test. You feel butterflies in your stomach before a first date. Your heart rate increases before having to give a big presentation at work. You have probably experienced a little anxiety, uneasiness, or worry before certain situations or life events. Anxiety is a normal ...
  • What May Be Aggravating Your ADHD (and How to Turn Things Around)
    Life with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is nothing if not unpredictable. Some days—some hours—are drastically different from others. Of course, ADHD can feel very different for different people, but all would agree that bad ADHD days happen. On such a day, you may find yourself in an escalating cycle of worry. You fall ...
  • 4 Tips for Establishing Effective Family Communication
    Communication is a key component of any strong, successful relationship. While most people recognize that when it comes to romantic partnerships, it’s just as important for familial relationships, too.  Whether you don’t feel as close as you want to with your family or you know there’s room for improvement, establishing effective communication skills can ...
  • Am I Allowed to Grieve? Coping with Disenfranchised Grief
    Grief is a normal emotional process. We experience it anytime we undergo a loss. This loss might be the death of a loved one, loss of a job, or loss of life experiences, much like we’ve seen with the COVID pandemic. Grief is an experience of deep sadness and sometimes numbness. Disenfranchised grief ...
  • Managing Stress and Anxiety as a POC Living in a White Community
    Being a person of color (POC) living in a white community can sometimes feel overwhelming. Even if the community is open, accepting, and kind, there’s no denying some obvious differences and obstacles that you might have to overcome.  Then, of course, there’s the chance that your community isn’t as welcoming as they should be. ...
  • Why Don’t I Feel That Immediate Motherly Bond With My Newborn?
    Perhaps you have recently given birth, and you simply haven’t bonded with your baby in how you expected. You’ve been caring for your child 24/7. Yet your lack of emotional connection has left you feeling concerned. Maybe you were already a mother, and you bonded quickly with your child the last time you ...
  • What is Grief Shame and How Can You Cope?
    Everyone experiences grief at some point in their lives. It could be over the loss of a loved one, a pet, or even the loss of something like a home or a job.  While there are specific stages of grief, everyone works through them differently—and on different timelines.  However, it often seems that society still ...
  • 4 Ways to Increase Intimacy with Your Partner
    Every successful relationship needs intimacy to thrive. Most people immediately associate intimacy with “bedroom activities.” While that’s certainly part of it, it’s not the only way to be intimate with someone.  Intimacy in a relationship builds trust, improves your bond with your partner, and allows you to show vulnerability without fear of being judged ...
  • How to Communicate Your Chronic Illness Struggles to Others
    Communication is one of the most important factors in building and maintaining relationships. Connecting with others by sharing similar interests, values, and hobbies is a great way to strengthen your bond with one another. What are you supposed to do when you have differences? What if the difference is actually a chronic illness that the ...
  • 4 Things You Need to Know About Communicating with Your ADHD Partner
    ADHD isn’t just a disorder for children. Many adults deal with it, whether they were undiagnosed or misdiagnosed as a child.  While there are treatments and management techniques for adults with ADHD, many still struggle with symptoms like disorganization, trouble focusing, impulsivity, and forgetfulness.  Those don’t exactly sound like characteristics that make it easy to ...
  • How Often Should I Be Intimate With My Partner?
    It’s important to talk about sex. Regardless of whether you’ve just gotten together or been together for 10 years. It’s still important to talk about it. Communication is the number one thing that can throw a wrench into your sex life. It can also be what keeps the gears greased.  It’s normal enough to ...
  • What is Brainspotting? Is it Right for Me?
    Sometimes you hear talk of “stuck feelings” when you’re hurting and looking for relief. Therapists or therapy blogs will ask you to think about what keeps you stuck, held back, or re-living the pain of the past. Perhaps you feel that sense of “stuckness” now… or have worked hard for too long to push ...
  • 3 Ways People with Chronic Illness Can Advocate for Themselves
    Living with a chronic illness can be exhausting. You have been to the doctor’s office your fair share of times. Sure, you have experienced good doctors, even a few great ones here and there, but unfortunately, you have also dealt with more bad ones than you would like to admit. They poke and prod and ...
  • Are You Lonely, Withdrawn? How An Inability To Trust Might Be Getting In Your Way
    Everyone feels lonely from time to time, especially in the current climate. Sometimes, it comes down to personal circumstances. Perhaps you’ve lost someone close to you and you’ve withdrawn yourself from people and isolated yourself. Maybe you only have virtual interactions. Do you now have few, real-world relationships? Loneliness is a growing epidemic affecting ...
  • What Issues Does Group Therapy Help With?
    Even if you’ve never attended, you’ve probably heard of group therapy. You may have even seen depictions of it on television and in movies.  However, while most people understand the basic concept of group therapy, fewer are aware of which issues it really helps with, and who might most benefit from attending multiple sessions ...
  • How You Can Start Coping, Instead Of Succumbing to Stress
    The facts? We all have stress to one degree or another in our lives. Stress is inevitable and stress can be damaging to your health. However, what if we could view stress from a different angle? As you know, we’ve been told that stress is bad for us. Yet, if we could shift our ...
  • Are You Prone to Angry Outbursts? 6 Ways to Keep Your Cool
    Is anger an emotion that you tend to lean towards often? It is only human to get angry. The key is learning to channel that anger in healthy, productive ways. Yelling and lashing out at others will only leave you with fewer relationships, problems at work or school, and poor physical health. Anger management ...
  • Why You May Feel Depressed After Your Wedding
    Getting married is one of those things we dream about or look forward to our whole lives. We can’t wait to find our perfect match and begin our lives together. So, why is it that after all of that planning and finally experiencing the excitement and joy of your big day, you start ...
  • How You Can Do Your Part to Break the Stigma this Mental Health Awareness Month
    It’s an unfortunate truth that a stigma still exists around mental health and mental illness. This year, for Mental Health Awareness Month, we invite you to help break the stigma surrounding mental illness. Stigmas cause shame for something that is out of their control. Sometimes, it even prevents people from seeking help. This stigma ...
  • What to Do When Vaccination Conversations Are Wrecking Your Relationships
    The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted almost everyone’s lives in some way over the last two years.  For a long time, the pandemic was cloaked in uncertainty. Things like social distancing, mask-wearing, and quarantines were all effective in stopping the spread of the virus from one person to another. But, they were never long-term solutions, ...
  • When Your Relationship Comes to an End: 3 Keys for Healthy Recovery 
    Most relationships end with a breakup. This is not the stuff of fairy tales and romantic comedies. But think about it. The divorce rate for first marriages has hovered around 50 percent for decades. That rate is much higher for second and third marriages. Such numbers do not take into account all the ...
  • What are the Signs of Codependency in a Relationship?
    Relationships are about give and take. Sometimes, you need your partner to be there for you, and other times you might need to be the one to offer a shoulder to lean on. If you or your partner are going through a particularly difficult time, you might rely on each other more than ...
  • How To Calm Your Mind On Anxious Nights
    If you live with anxiety, you might find yourself staying up too late, night after night. It can feel impossible to simply close your eyes and drift off to sleep when you try to go to bed. Instead, you may toss and turn for hours, ruminating on your worries and struggling with negative ...
  • What Is Generalized Anxiety Disorder And Who Does It Affect?
    Your heart is racing. You can’t seem to calm down. It seems as if no matter what you do, you are worried about something. The overwhelming feelings of having too much to do and no idea where to start. The fear of something happening to you when you go out. The scenarios you make up ...
  • Working Out What You Want From Your Life & Love After The Wedding
    Do you tend to place high expectations on your spouse? It’s very natural to do so. You expect them to love, honor, respect, and cherish you until death do you part. However, many new spouses expect their partner to read their minds. Or expect their spouse to handle all the house chores. Or ...
  • 5 Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder
    Generalized Anxiety Disorder is one of the most common mental health conditions in the world. However, far too many people still don’t fully understand the symptoms associated with it. Or, they self-diagnose it as something else. While anxiety is often manageable, it rarely goes away without treatment.  That’s why receiving a proper diagnosis is essential. ...
  • Why Do I Feel so Anxious After Having a Baby? Postpartum Anxiety Causes and Symptoms
    It’s normal to feel a combination of anxiousness and excitement while you’re waiting for your baby to arrive. It’s also perfectly normal for some of those nerves to carry over after your little one is born. If you’re a first-time parent, especially, there’s a lot to learn and experience! However, there’s a difference between ...
  • 5 Everyday Ways to Cope When Anxiety Gets In Your Way
    Anxiety is a normal, inevitable emotion. It has the potential to save your life when true dangers arise. Yet, more commonly, it has the potential to make your life uncomfortable when the danger is not quite so imminent. Do you feel nervous, worried, and sometimes out of control? Physical symptoms can include light-headedness, sweating, ...
  • Overthinker? What You Can Do to Interrupt Intrusive Thoughts
    Overthinking happens when you dwell or worry about the same thoughts repeatedly. This can be paralyzing for some people, making it difficult to make decisions. These intrusive thoughts can contribute to, or even caused by, depression, anxiety, or other mental health disorders. Examples of overthinking might be, reliving an embarrassing moment from the ...
  • I Feel Like We Have Too Much Sex!
    Once you may have believed that there is no such thing as having too much sex. After all, how can it be wrong to have something that makes you feel good? While there is nothing wrong with satisfying your sexual appetite, too much of something, good or bad, is never healthy. Similarly, we ...
  • 4 Lesser-Known Indicators of Depression
    “I feel depressed.” This is not a rare phrase to hear (or say). However, in a clinical sense, it refers to a diagnosable mental health issue. Depression is a common disorder and it means much more than feeling sad or blue. It presents some very obvious symptoms — and some lesser-known indicators, too. Not ...
  • How Your Brain Deals with the Pain of Trauma
     Your brain wants to keep you safe. This is obviously a good thing. However, in some instances, it can create a scenario in which things go too far. As you go through your life, your brain stores memories so they can be recalled when needed. This can help guide us to choices that, ...
  • Is Codependency Crippling Your Relationship? How to Know
    Starting at a young age, it is natural to have dependent relationships. From the time we are born, we depend on our parents or caregivers to provide for our basic needs. Being dependent on others, in itself, is not a bad thing. It sustains us when times get too hard or there is too ...
  • 5 Statistics That Will Change the Way You See LGBTQIA+ Mental Health
    Right up front, let’s be clear about what is meant by LGBTQIA+. It stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, (questioning), intersex, asexual, and (agender). This is not meant to exclude anyone but rather to be as welcoming as possible. Over the past decades or so, the LGBTQIA+ community has become more visible ...
  • Do I Have High-Functioning Anxiety?
    Anxiety is one of the top mental health concerns across the world. There is an estimate that over 40 million Americans suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Typically, signs of anxiety begin manifesting in childhood, adolescence, or young adulthood. When someone suffers from an anxiety disorder, it can be very debilitating in their life. It ...
  • Trauma Bonding: How to Recognize the Cycle and Break Free
    Some of the hardest challenges we face in life can connect us deeply to others. Winning a championship with your soccer team, getting to the end of a show week, or making it through that last deadline with your staff. Moments like these can create lasting relationships with the people who stayed, even ...
  • What You Need to Know & Understand About GAD
    Anxiety is a normal, inevitable, and often helpful human emotion. Anxiety is the most common mental health disorder in the world. Yes, these two facts can be true. And yes, these facts alone feel like cause enough to feel anxious! However, understanding your own experience primarily comes down to the degree to which ...