Category Archives: Family Therapy

How Substance Abuse Affects Mental Health

Life has always been challenging and many people turn to illegal drugs or substances just to escape reality momentarily without thinking of its long-term effects. Over the course of time, it was found out that substance abuse affects mental health significantly. There are instances where individuals with mental health issues resort to substance use to remedy their condition. Co-occurring disorder happens. This is when people struggling with substance use are also diagnosed with mental health problems like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorder and schizophrenia. How does substance abuse affect your life? One clear thing about illegal drugs is that […]

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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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Postpartum Depression Among Fathers

Not many people are aware that postpartum depression among fathers exists. It is a common misconception that solely the mothers experienced intense and overwhelming emotions because they are the ones carrying the baby. Fathers, on the other hand, are expected to be strong and dependable because their partners needed them the most during this period. This is the reason their mental health is often disregarded and unconsidered. Is postpartum depression among fathers real? Until now, mental health among men is still considered a stigma because of what society portrays them. Men are supposed to be tough and full of vigor. […]

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Mental Burden of Getting COVID-19 Vaccines

COVID-19 vaccinations are seen as the most effective way to combat the virus. While many approve of getting COVID-19 vaccines, still a number of people are hesitant to get one. This adds to more mental stress and burden in fighting the virus. Governments all over the world are encouraging their citizens in getting COVID-19 vaccines. Incentives and other benefits are enjoyed by vaccinated people. However, not all are in total compliance because they feel that it violates their freedom to choose. Why are people afraid of getting COVID-19 vaccines? 1. COVID-19 vaccines are not safe. Usually it takes many years […]

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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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The Importance of Forgiveness in Relationships

In every relationship, forgiving is a vital aspect that tends to be overlooked by many. Everyone thinks that love is enough but the importance of forgiveness in relationships is what keeps them longer and stronger. When you are hurt by someone, whom you care deeply and dearly, it leaves a mark that is never easy to forget and forgive. Forgiving them is the last thing in your mind because you want them to feel the same pain of betrayal and resentments. You want them to be hurt as much as you are hurting. How important is forgiveness in relationships? Every […]

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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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Teen Pregnancy and Its Effects to Mental Health

It is reported that teen pregnancies in the country have been declining since 1991. Birth rate among teenagers aged 15 to 17 years old decreased by 7% and 4% among 18 to 19 years old. Although there is no solid evidence on why this came about, it is assumed that teenagers choose to abstain from sexual activities.    This is evidently good news, however, the country still ranks as one of the highest teen pregnancy rates among first world nations. It is still considered an alarming reality because it greatly affects the physical and mental health of expectant mothers. What are […]

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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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Pressures of Society on Men

Men have always been the superior species in society. Even until now, where feminism is strongly upheld, society still has exceptional assumptions on them. People tend to forget the fact that men can also be victims of prejudice and stereotyping. The pressures of society on men are filled with expectations and demands that can be quite challenging and stressful. Even if there is a huge change in gender soles today, men still need to constantly prove their masculinity because of the strict and rigid instructions while growing up. Perceptions of Society on Men When men behave outside their traditional roles, […]

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Media Violence and Its Effects to Children’s Behavior

Media violence is not new especially to those who are keen on watching television, listening to radio, reading newspapers and surfing the Internet. With the progress of communication and technology, they have become more accessible and convenient to all people especially, children. Sad to say, it is now easy and convenient for children to obtain information including videos and images about the violence around the world. All media outlets are broadcasting even the most violent and dangerous news without hesitation and sometimes with superficial warning. What are the effects of media violence on children’s behavior? Many children in the country […]

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Things You Must Do Before Ending your Marriage

Getting a divorce is probably one of the hardest decisions you made in your married life. The thought of it sends chills of regrets and pain because you always envision yourself growing old with your spouse. Many married couples would agree that deciding to end the marriage is not an overnight judgment. It is rooted from countless disappointments, numerous cheatings, incessant abuses or immovable immature behaviors for a long time. Is ending your marriage a necessary step to take? The vows you speak at your wedding signify that the love you have for each other is true and real. It […]

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The End of a Marriage

No couple wants to end their marriage. Every relationship grows because of love and commitment and seeing these fade, you instantly feel regret and pain. Everybody wants to experience their happily-ever-after. A fairy tale wedding sounds possible but a fairy tale marriage demands a fusion of hard work and compromise. It is not always a walk in the park or a bird singing and a mouse dancing. It is up to the both of you to make every minute full of love and desire. Walking away from your marriage will open doors to more complicated matters like child custody, financial […]

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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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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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When Parenting Gets Tough

Being a parent is a blessing because not all are given the opportunity to be one. Parenting styles may differ, but they will always boil down to one common factor- parenting is exhausting. No matter how prepared you think you are, there will be numerous episodes where you doubt and question yourself if you are really made for this job. For your new parents, taking care of children can be surprisingly overwhelming. Parents of more than one child still feel unfamiliar about parenting. Each child is a different experience, as they say.  Parenting sounds like an easy task, but once […]

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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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Ways to Cope with Death of a Loved One

Coping from the death of a loved one, especially who died during the Covid-19 pandemic, can become one of the most heartbreaking experiences in your life. It may even trigger unpleasant thoughts and feelings that you, yourself, cannot fathom.  Grieving during the pandemic seemed so unreal. You were filled with confusion and questions. You were dampened with an overwhelming feeling of grief and sadness. You felt lost and angry as the reality of death slowly sank into your system. How does death affect your mental health? Death affects the physical and mental well-being of a person. With death nothing is […]

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Loss of a Loved One During Pandemic

Dealing with the Loss of a Loved One during Pandemic  The worst thing about Covid-19 pandemic is dealing with the deaths of our loved ones. The choice of staying at home and observing strict health practices are done with high regards.  The fear that the virus would come in worst scenarios still remain strong.   No one is ever prepared for deaths. Hearing someone dies because of the virus is not easy to accept. Deaths happen so fast that no one could keep up with it. No one sees it coming. No one is expecting it to happen in their families. […]

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5 Healthy Ways to Deal with Unemployment and Mental Health Issues 

Many people all over the world are dealing with unemployment caused by Covid-19. This scene significantly impacts the mental health of those affected.  Laying off workers, cutting down salaries and closing businesses have become the norms.  Some people never expected it to happen that fast or for this long. Most of them are not even prepared financially, emotionally, and mentally for they are living from paycheck to paycheck.  Whether it is a temporary or a permanent job loss, it is still a heavy burden to bear which causes a lot of employees to fall into stress, depression, and anxiety. Studies […]

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Mental Health in the Workplace

For many of us, we form a stable relationship with work and our workplace becomes our second home. It is a major part of our lives, where we spend most of our time, and what takes most of our energy. Having a stable, fulfilling job can make one feel happy and content, but what if it becomes otherwise? Work-related stressors such as impossible deadlines, confrontational workmates, and difficult circumstances can be bad for mental health in the workplace.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mental health issues affect business and their employees. Mental health problems such as […]

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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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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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How To Communicate Better in a Relationship

Communication is the foundation of a secure, healthy relationship. Communication done effectively will strengthen your relationship and help you understand each other better. Done ineffectively, it can lead to conflict and turmoil within the relationship.   It is through communication that you and your partner will get to know each other, connect, express your feelings, and settle any problems. It is a skill you have to hone and practice in your relationship. Poor communication between two partners will lead to relentless fighting without resolution of the root cause. Decent conversations will become sparse and both of you will resort to giving […]

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Communication Between Couples

Guy de Maupassant once said, “It is the encounters with people that make life worth living.” Intimate relationships are one of the hallmarks of adulthood and can influence our mood, mental health, and overall well-being. Healthy relationships can provide security, happiness, support, and a sense of achievement.  However, when the relationship between a couple becomes strained, it can become significant distress to both parties. The conflict between couples can lead to negative effects on mental and physical health.  One of the most consistent causes of conflict among couples is due to ineffective communication.    Importance of communication Communication is a […]

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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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Online Social Networking and Mental Health

Humans thrive by socializing with each other. Everyone requires companionship and connections to enjoy the beauty of life. The strength of your social relationships plays a vital role in your overall well-being. In fact, staying socially connected to others also helps with mental health issues like anxiety, stress, depression, and loneliness. Your friends and peers add joy to your life, boost self-worth, and provide you comfort. On the other hand, lacking social connections poses severe risks to your mental and emotional health. The technological advancement in today’s world has made staying connected easier. Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, […]

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Postpartum Depression

Combat Postpartum Depression

7 Ways to Combat Postpartum Depression Nearly all women experience some form of “baby blues” – feeling sad, worried, fatigued, emotionally unavailable – in the first few weeks after delivery as a result of the physical, emotional, and hormonal changes brought about by giving birth. This is completely normal and these feelings usually subside on their own within a few weeks and require no management.  While these feelings of sadness go away on their own, as many as 15% of mothers suffer a more serious condition called postpartum depression, or PPD. This is a common pregnancy complication that emerges days […]

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