Category Archives: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

10 Ways to Help Someone Living with Paranoia

Paranoia is a symptom of a number of physical and mental health problems. For most people, seeing a loved one living with paranoia is an indication that they need help from therapists and psychologists. It is not a trivial matter that can be put on hold. It is true that dealing with someone with paranoia can be terrifying, traumatic and painful. No one wants to see a loved one slowly losing themselves to madness. How can you help someone living with paranoia? It is easy to tell when a person is paranoid. They are constantly thinking and feeling that someone […]

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Paranoia

Life is bewildering and unpredictable. It can be surprising and confusing and this is what makes life scary. No wonder there are a number of people who develop personality disorders such as paranoia. This mental health issue seems uncommon but it exists and needs serious attention. What is paranoia? There are three main types of paranoia. These are paranoid personality disorder, paranoid or delusional and paranoid schizophrenia. People who fall to this category are often labeled as strange, peculiar or odd. Paranoia is this extreme, unrelenting feeling of being threatened and suspicious about the people around you. You constantly think […]

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Battling Midlife Crisis

As you get older, you cannot help but look back on how you were during your younger years. It could be that you miss your energetic, youthful self or you are filled with frustrations and regret. Experiencing midlife crisis is a devastating stage in life where you need to face it with either wisdom or immaturity. People who suffer from depression and anxiety during their midlife refer to their state as a midlife crisis. Suicide rate among white men is higher during middle age. On the other hand, women aged between 40 and 59 have the highest depression rate. What […]

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10 Ways to Get Over Social Anxiety Disorder

It is normal to feel nervous in front of other people but once this feeling evolves to constant worry, fear, panic, uneasiness and discomfort, you probably have social anxiety disorder. This becomes a problem that needs attention when your everyday life is already affected. Social anxiety disorder is one of the most common mental health issues in the country. It affects around 18.1% of the population annually. However, only 36.9% choose to seek and receive treatments. What are helpful ways to overcome social anxiety disorder? The thought of having social anxiety disorder scares you. You are having doubts whether to […]

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Social Anxiety Disorder

Whenever you feel nervous and scared in a social situation, you find ways to overcome and manage it. It is normal to clam up or be uncomfortable when you speak in public or meet new people. However, it becomes social anxiety disorder when you already feel stressed, anxious and extremely conscious that your everyday tasks are disrupted. A person with social anxiety disorder, also known as social phobia, constantly fears the idea of being put in a social situation. You dread dating, doing job interviews, reciting in class or even talking to a store attendant. You have this thought that […]

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10 Strategies to Manage Perfectionism

Perfectionism is viewed as similar to attaining great achievements. However, there is a big difference between people who are perfectionists and high achievers. High achievers always do their very best no matter what the results are while perfectionists strive for excellence and are constantly enveloped with fear of failing. Perfectionist people are so consumed with the idea of perfection that they set unattainable standards and expectations on themselves and on others. The idea of mediocrity or anything short of perfection is unpleasant and unacceptable. How to manage perfectionism? Everyone wants to succeed and it is required that you do your […]

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10 Ways to Prevent Suicide Thoughts

When you are at the lowest point in your life, you feel hopeless and alone. You create a bubble that no one is allowed in and continue to think that there is no reason to live. You start feeling depressed and having suicidal thoughts because you just want to get away from your problems and stress. According to 2018 National Survey of Drug Use and Mental Health, 0.5% of adults aged 18 years old and older have made at least one suicide attempt. The number may not be alarming but the idea of 1.4 million adults wanting to end their […]

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How to Control your Anger

Feeling angry is a normal human emotion. This becomes a problem when you do it excessively until you can no longer control it. Anger management disorder is a real issue that needs to be addressed to prevent impairing your physical and mental health. Based on national data, 7.8% of the U.S. population has trouble controlling their temper and anger. It is found out that this problem is common among men and young adults. It is highly advised that there will be top of the line screening tools and intervention strategies. Anger Management Strategies Difficulty in controlling your temper may result […]

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Tackling Anger Management Disorder

Anger is a normal feeling and reaction whenever you feel threatened or offended. However, it advances to a mental disorder when it becomes excessive and uncontrollable. Anger management disorder needs to be handled well and remedied. Numerous studies claim that the failure of controlling one’s anger can affect physical and mental health. It should never be overlooked and dismissed as just an ordinary emotion. Ignoring its effects on your health and wellness will escalate to a miserable life. What are the common types of anger management disorder? 1. Chronic Anger This is a prolonged feeling of anger that does not […]

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How to Battle Alcohol Use Disorder

The reality of alcohol use disorder is scary and overwhelming. Many find it embarrassing and degrading. It is something that no one wants to discuss openly. Some choose to hide this problem or to deny having this kind of issue. Alcohol use disorder should be a top concern because it can tremendously affect work, relationships, family and even themselves. There are many factors that lead to excessive drinking which includes genetics and psychological factors. How to show support? Families and friends need to understand that battling alcohol use disorder takes time, hard work and a tremendous amount of patience and […]

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The Struggles of Alcohol Use Disorder

Alcoholism, now known as alcohol use disorder, affects 53.1 million Americans. This is a disorder that is difficult to recognize and diagnose. As a matter of fact, not all are aware that they are already in the pit of alcohol addiction. What is alcohol use disorder? Based on Mayo Clinic’s website, alcohol use disorder “is a pattern of alcohol use that involves problems controlling your drinking, being preoccupied with alcohol, continuing to use alcohol even when it causes problems, having to drink more to get the same effect, or having withdrawal symptoms when you rapidly decrease or stop drinking”. People […]

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Effects of Natural Disasters on your Mental Health

All agree that there are significant effects of natural disasters to your mental health. Whether it is a fire, hurricane or earthquake, they all pose threats to your mental stability. They are all considered traumas that you never want to experience again. It is never easy to recover from a disaster especially when you lose someone or your home. Aside from ensuring the safety of yourself and your family, you need to think right away on how to pick up the pieces of your life and to start anew. What are the effects of natural disasters on your mental health? […]

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How to Live Life with Long-term Physical Illness

Many people resort to grief, isolation and depression when they learn about their long-term physical illness. Life will never be the same knowing that your days are numbered because of your sickness. However, as hard as it is, there are still millions of things that you can do to live your life to the fullest. Your illness should never prohibit you from enjoying life instead it should be your reason for having a more meaningful one. How to stay positive? Staying positive with your long-term physical illness will never be a walk in the park. It is a process that […]

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Dealing with a Long-term Physical Illness

Staying healthy is always a priority, especially these days. No one wants to hear that they are sick, especially if they have to deal with this physical illness in the long-term. Having a long-term physical illness often equates to misery and despair. Medical professionals see the significant relationship between long-term physical sickness and mental health. They all agree that mental health issues arise when the person learns that he/she has to deal with the illness for the rest of his/ her life. Living the Truth about your Physical Health Majority of the people these days aim, not to be the […]

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Helpful Tips for Parents of LGBTQ+ Teens

Parents of LGBTQ+ teens know that coming into terms of their sexual orientation is not an easy journey. It is a life-changing decision that requires a whole level of courage and confidence especially in coming out to the family. Teens, in general, experience so many changes and issues during their adolescent years. Finding their true self is both a struggle and a crisis that requires support and understanding by their family. Coming out as an LGBTQ+ is a more serious issue to tackle that demands time, open-mindedness and unconditional love from all family members. How to show love and support […]

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Coming Out as LGBTQ+ to Your Family

Just like anyone who is struggling in finding out their sexual orientation, being honest and coming out as LGBTQ+ to your family is probably one of the hardest things to do. It is a big decision that needs time and trust. It is something that requires courage and hope that your family will embrace you for who you are. Based on surveys, 92% of LGBTQ+ feels that society is more accepting of them. They hope that all people will be open and embrace their differences. This same goes to their families. They want that their coming out will not pose […]

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5 Ways on Overcoming Gender Stereotypes

Gender stereotypes are still happening to this day. Society sets different levels of expectations and demands from males and females. Males are expected to be a responsible father, a romantic husband, a thoughtful son or a generous brother. Females, on the other hand, need to be a loving mother, a submissive wife, doting daughter and a trusting sister. We live in a world where, until now, there is a struggle on gender equality. There are still unwritten yet fixed roles on how each gender should act and think. Males should be the sole provider while women stay at home. Most […]

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Struggles of Empowered Women

Over the years, women fight for their rights, beliefs, and position in society. It was a long and daunting journey but eventually, women have achieved the freedom and the voice they sought for a long time. In this modern age, the perceptions of women change. They are no longer the women who have to wait for their husbands and children. Household chores are not exclusively done by them. They now have the right to education, to vote and to choose whether to bear a child or not. They have the options now to expand their horizons and explore more about […]

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Becoming a Better Single Parent

Single parents are the living proof that no matter what happens, everything becomes easy if it is for the sake of the children. Being parents is never easy and it is even more difficult and demanding when you are alone raising the children. As a single parent, it is normal if you find yourself doubting and questioning every move and decision you make for your children. Taking on the roles as both father and mother requires a right balance of discipline and affection. How to initiate positive parenting as a single parent? There are no perfect parents. What makes parenting […]

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Frustrations of a Single Parent

There are no jobs in the world busier and more jam packed than that of a single parent. Being one is double the hard work and commitment. These days, being a single parent is not a big issue anymore. Though it still raises some eyebrows, it is now understandable and acceptable. Children living with a single parent is significantly increasing across America. A research study confirmed that in 130 countries, the United States has the highest number of single-parent households in the world. This is not s Raising one’s children while working hard for a better life sounds too exhausting. […]

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The Truth Behind Child Abuse

Child abuse is a serious problem that can have a lasting impact. It affects children in an unimaginable way that somehow scars not just their physical state but also their emotional and psychological well-being. It is hard to think that even to this day, there are countless children who are experiencing this. Children view adults as their protector and mentor. When adults could not do this and hurt them instead, they feel that they cannot do anything. They just have to endure the pain and neglect because they are just children. What is child abuse? Child abuse happens when a […]

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Easy Tips in Dealing with Stress Parenting

There are no perfect parents. This is something that all parents desire but somehow remains difficult to achieve. Raising children is a love and hate relationship. So many aspects of it bring laughter and cheers and the other side often equates to frustrations, self-doubt, and regrets. The thing about parenting is it continually challenges your body and mind to their limits – from sleepless nights to potty training to raging hormones. No matter how draining and uninspiring raising your children sometimes is, you know that at the end of the day you will do everything. Therapists and psychologists all agree […]

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Ways to Enjoy a Bully-Free Life

Bullying has been an ongoing issue for many years now. It does not solely refer to physical and verbal abuse, but it is also known to leave a traumatic impact on the psychological well-being of the victims. Bullying creates an alternate world for the victims to slowly fall into isolation and depression. Anyone can be a victim of bullying. It spares no one. It can happen anywhere. In most cases, it occurs in places you think are safe such as schools or in your neighborhood. In today’s digital age, it can happen online from people you do not know. Learning […]

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Teen Depression

The Truth about Teen Depression Teen depression is a serious mental health problem that persistently creates an extreme feeling of sadness and disconnection. Teenagers feel worthless and anxious for no specific reason that may have an impact on their behavior and attitude. Before, professional psychologists and therapists thought that depression only affected adults. But now, it can strike on anyone of all ages.  It is hard to recognize depression among teenagers. The sudden change of their mood and behavior are often associated with their fluctuating hormones. You may perceive it as normal and harmless. It is reported by the World […]

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 The Weight of Words: Effects of Body Shaming on Mental Health

Have you looked in the mirror lately and criticized your body? We may not be aware of it, but we are often self-conscious of our body shape, size, and weight. We often tell ourselves we are too thin or too fat, too light or too dark, too curly or too straight.  The teenage years serve as the transition from childhood to adulthood and is marked by physical, mental, and sexual developmental changes. It is during these times we become overly conscious about our looks and physical appearance, including our weight. Adolescents, above all, are particularly vulnerable to body shaming and […]

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Fighting the Stigma Against Mental Illness

Diagnosis and treatment of mental illness have evolved over the years but one thing remains – the social stigma associated with having a mental illness.  According to BMC Psychiatry, stigma is defined as a negative stereotype and perception with prejudiced beliefs and discriminatory behavior. It affects anyone with a mental illness and is a recognized barrier to promoting mental health. Stigma on mental illness is widespread and prevalent. It can lead to reduced consults, non-compliance to treatment, or hesitancy to seek help at all.      Many people diagnosed with a mental illness have been stigmatized at least once at […]

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Stigma On Mental Illness

How would you feel about being ashamed of expressing your condition for the fear of being judged and branded as someone with a mental illness? How would you feel about not being able to seek treatment because people might look down on you or treat you differently? Whatever it is, that is the exact feeling people with mental illness experience because of the stigma on mental health. What is stigma anyway? It is when someone sees you negatively because you possess a different attribute: such as color, race, religion, or a mental illness. People with mental illnesses are stigmatized, often […]

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Mental Health Tips To Cope With Distance Learning

The COVID pandemic has resulted in changes among school programs around the world. To comply with social distancing measures, schools have been closed down and the main method of learning has been through digital platforms.  The closure of schools and the sudden switch to distance learning have both advantages and challenges. While some students are thriving and coping fairly well, there are those who are negatively affected by the sudden change in teaching methods.  Some students are experiencing mental health problems such as anxiety, stress, increased level of distress, and depression. While distance learning promotes social distancing and limits the […]

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Happy Eating

How Food Impacts Mental Health

What we eat influences several aspects of our health, such as our heart, our blood sugars, and our weight. More recently, research has been looking into the impact of food and diet on our mental health. It has been said that diet not only affects our physical health but our mental health as well.   Anxiety and depression are among the most common mental health conditions worldwide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression could be one of the top health concerns in the world by 2030. Mental health problems are typically treated with medications or psychotherapy. In recent […]

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Down Days

9 Tips for Down Days

9 Tips To Practice When Dealing With Down Days Of the 365 days, we have each year, it is completely normal to have down days. Down days are filled with distress and lack of energy to do anything at all. These can happen any time or any day of the week without warning. They can be due to the smallest of things such as not being able to have a cup of coffee or to bigger ones like having an argument with a coworker. Whatever the reason may be, down days can send our energy and emotions down. If you […]

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