Category Archives: Therapy

Learning the Stages of Depression

Learning the Stages of Depression Depression, commonly referred to as major depressive disorder or clinical depression, is a widespread mental health issue in the US. In 2020, about 21 million adults (8.4% of the population) had at least one episode of depression. These episodes can significantly affect people’s daily lives, hindering their ability to work, study, and participate in other activities. What are the five stages of depression? Depression impacts people differently, many experts believe that it follows a pattern similar to the stages of grief. The grief cycle, as proposed by Swiss-American psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, consists of five stages: […]

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Sustainable Self-Care Ideas to Prevent Depression

Sustainable Self-Care Ideas to Prevent Depression Self-care is vital for maintaining both our physical and mental well-being. It involves actively taking steps to improve our emotional and physical stamina, boost our self-esteem, and develop resilience. Self-care is especially important during times of high stress, as it helps us proactively take care of our mental and physical health. It is known to help lower risk of depression or anxiety.  Practicing self-care involves dedicating time to activities that are important to us without neglecting other important aspects of our lives. It also means maintaining a positive outlook, even during difficult times. Self-care […]

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How an Unhappy Marriage Affects Your Mental Health

How an Unhappy Marriage Affects Your Mental Health Marriage can bring immense joy to one’s life. Having a loving and trusting relationship can be one of the best things in life. However, marriage is not always free from life’s difficulties and challenges. The sad part is that these problems can cause significant strain on the marriage and lead to depression and anxiety. Many of these couples turn to marriage counseling to help them figure out what is wrong with their union.  While marriage is generally associated with positive effects on well-being, troubled relationships can have a significant negative impact on […]

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What to Do When You Cannot Afford Therapy

What to Do When You Cannot Afford Therapy It is never easy to convince yourself that you need mental health help. Some people feel ashamed and scared to visit therapists near me to manage their symptoms. Many people continue to struggle in life despite serious mental illness because treatment is expensive. Cost is the primary reason people do not seek mental health services.  In a recent survey, around 50% of American adults undergoing therapy worry about its long-term affordability and will have to stop seeing their therapist if their expenses go up. One third of the respondents shared that they […]

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Mental Health Tips for the New Year

Mental Health Tips for the New Year Time sure flies so fast. In just a few days, we are going to welcome a brand new year. We could not help but have mixed emotions as we are given another 365 days to be better, happier, and healthier. It does not matter if we are ready or not; we all have to move forward and just be more hopeful and grateful for another round of opportunities. As we end this year and embrace tomorrow, let us not forget to prepare our minds for what is about to happen in the next […]

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When Kindness Becomes Too Much

When Kindness Becomes Too Much We all have this idea that one way to survive life is through kindness. Kindness  is more than a behavior. It is channeling other values that would make us better people. Through kindness we learn to be compassionate, generous, considerate, and helpful. Many people believe that if they are kind, they have a higher chance of going to heaven or of being forgiven of their faults. We have different thoughts about and reasons why we need to be kind. But it always boils down to one result: it makes us feel good and happy. But […]

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Psychology issue - Mind Shift

Children’s and Teen’s Risk of Suicide Increases during School Days

Children’s and Teen’s Risk of Suicide Increases during School Days School is a place where learning happens, new friendships blossom, and a positive mindset develops. It should keep our children happy and safe. Unfortunately, this has been challenged now. We were heartbroken and devastated when we heard news of school shootings. Up to this day, we are hoping that certain steps will be taken so that it will never happen again. However, our fear for our children’s safety escalated when we were faced with another concerning issue: suicide. An analysis was published that claimed that children and teens’ risk of […]

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Mental Health Issues among LGBTQIA+ Youth

Mental Health Issues among LGBTQIA+ Youth Many LGBTQIA+ youth are typically happy, especially now that society is more accepting and understanding of them. They continue to get good grades in school and help out in their community. It is easier for them to enjoy life and to be better individuals because they are socially, emotionally, mentally, and physically safe and supported. However, LGBTQIA+ youth have a higher risk of experiencing mental health issues. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 10 to 34 in the country. According to a 2016 study, LGBTQIA+ individuals are three times […]

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Religion help with depression

Can Religion Help with Depression

Can Religion Help with Depression For many people, their religion defines them. It is an essential aspect of their lives that leads them to what is right and true. It may be difficult to comprehend, but religion is the only way for some people to survive. They believe that only through their faith are they able to overcome any problems, including the idea that religion can help with depression. People struggling with depression usually turn to their religion to seek enlightenment and peace. They assume that their suffering is a result of a lack of faith or God is testing […]

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Progress in Marriage

Measuring Progress in Marriage after Therapy

Measuring Progress in Marriage after Therapy Married couples turn to therapy for a number of reasons. Attending couples counseling or therapy can be time-consuming and expensive but, if it is the only way to mend a broken marriage, then it is worth a try. The only question now is, how would you measure progress in your marriage after therapy? Do you keep tabs on making sure that your spouse is religiously following what your therapist’s advice? What are the signs that both of you are on the road to a happier married life? When you and your spouse finally decide […]

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Depression reducing foods

Foods that Help Reduce Depression and Anxiety

Foods that Help Reduce Depression and Anxiety People, sometimes, fail to see the importance of good nutrition to one’s mental health. Eating the right foods is one component of mental health that is often overlooked. Several studies show that food helps reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. However, when you are struggling with depression and anxiety, the last thing on your mind is to think about the right food to eat. Self-care is one of the most effective treatments for mental health issues like depression and anxiety. It focuses on observing and practicing healthy habits that would improve or maintain […]

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Stress and anxiety

How to Tell the Difference between Stress and Anxiety

How to Tell the Difference between Stress and Anxiety You deal with stress and anxiety at some point in your life. However, if stress and anxiety are not addressed or managed properly, they can be major contributing factors to your physical and mental health problems. They may share the same physical symptoms, but it is important to know the basic differences between the two. Stress and anxiety are often used interchangeably. Many people consider both words synonymous. Both stress and anxiety are your body’s natural reactions to fear, danger, or discomfort. They can be overwhelming and sometimes cause disruptions to […]

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Unhappy and loneliness

Unhappiness and Loneliness Speed Up Aging More than Smoking

Unhappiness and Loneliness Speed Up Aging More than Smoking It sounds extreme when you hear that unhappiness speeds up aging. But when you look at it closely, it makes sense. As you get older, your overall disposition in life continues to impact your health and wellness. Many people think that once they accumulate wealth or succeed in their dream job, they are set for life. However, this is not always the case. Your happiness has a say in how long you are going to live. Sometimes, you tend to forget that what you are feeling inside can manifest physically. When […]

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Mental Distress

How to Spot Signs of Mental Distress

How to Spot Signs of Mental Distress Everyday life is a struggle. Regardless of your blossoming career or a happy family life, there will always be something that upsets, frustrates, and angers you. Most times, you may not notice that you are already showing signs of mental distress. You just view them as your normal response to your exhausting and demanding life. Your colleagues, friends, and family will never assume that you are dealing with mental distress. Up to this day, it is hard to tell if someone is struggling with mental issues because it is still considered a taboo […]

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Mental Health Misconcepions

Mental Health Misconceptions

Mental Health Misconceptions   No one is comfortable talking about mental health problems. Even people who are diagnosed with disorders or illnesses avoid opening up about their condition for fear of being judged, criticized, or disliked. As we move forward to diversity, equality, and compassion, learning to be more accepting and understanding of people with mental health issues is one step in debunking some mental health misconceptions.  1. Mental health problems are rare. It is inconceivable for others that many people struggle with mental health problems. Because mental health problems are not visible physically, it is easy to think that […]

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Create Peacefull space at home

How to Create your Own Safe Space at Home

How to Create your Own Safe Space at Home In an often chaotic world, it is easy to get swayed by intense emotions. Most times, these negative feelings are carried at home resulting in a stressed and upsetting environment. Having your own safe space allows you to maintain a healthy mind amidst the turmoil in the real world. “A safe space can take on a few different meanings. This could refer to a physical place that provides protection from potential threats, or an atmosphere that is open and non-judgmental in which you can be one hundred percent yourself. In your […]

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Seasonal Affective disorder

Neurofeedback Therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Neurofeedback Therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Not many are aware that one of the causes of our mood change is the weather. This is what we call Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). As the season shifts to colder weather, less sunlight, shorter days and frequent gray skies, we are somehow struggling to keep ourselves happier and livelier. During this cold season, which usually runs from November to February, a lot of people enjoy this cozy type of weather while enjoying a cup of tea or cuddling in bed with a book. However, the constant fluctuations of weather may cause others […]

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therapist near me

Overcoming Communication Issues Between Partners

Relationships are great, and you have probably experienced the bliss and lovely moments of being in one. However, there are times when things go south, especially when there is a lag in communication between you and your partner. Communication issues affect relationships negatively and might lead to separation if you don’t come to a resolution. These situations might lead you to search for “a professional therapist near me,” but resolving it isn’t too technical. Let us go through the existence of communication issues and resolution techniques to create a healthy relationship, including therapy counseling.  What Are Communication Issues? Communication issues […]

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Mom Rage

How to Deal with Mom Rage

How to Deal with Mom Rage Dealing with mom rage can be extremely difficult especially if you are juggling looking after your kids, household chores, or work. At the end of every day, you feel exhausted and the last thing you need is to listen to your teenagers bickering at each other or your toddlers fighting over legos. Mom rage is considered an adult version of a child’s tantrum. It is not a psychological diagnosis but is a normal feeling when a mom is filled up with so much emotion all at once that she can barely contain them. “It […]

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Kinder to yourself

Be Kinder to Yourself

Be Kinder to Yourself Love yourself. This comes easy when the universe conspires to shower you with fortune and success. You stand tall and proud as you embrace your wins and achievements. It is when your life goes astray that you forbid yourself from feeling happy and good. When you are not considered for a promotion or you are having a serious conflict with your spouse, you start to berate yourself. Being kind to yourself can sometimes be difficult especially when you fail to achieve a milestone you have longed for. You blame your mediocre educational degree, your impoverished stature, […]

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Tough time

Tough Times Create Tough People

Tough Times Create Tough People They say that you would not know the real meaning of living unless you experience hardships and adversities. Growing up, you are taught that life is not always a bed of roses. You need to be brave. You need to have the strength and courage to overcome obstacles that will come your way. It is only through these that you will emerge better and tougher. If this is the case, why do people get depressed and anxious whenever problems arise? Do tough times really make tough people or do they turn them into vulnerable, fragile […]

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Microaggression at work

How to Deal with Microaggressions at Work

How to Deal with Microaggressions at Work Microaggressions at work come in different forms. “You should smile more”. “You are really smart despite not finishing college.” “Good thing you do not have a husband to take care of!” “You are too strict! That is why you are still single.” “You speak English well for a Mexican.” They may sound like innocent remarks about your colleagues’ personal lives but for them, these lines can come across as insults or insensitive comments. It is hard to deal with microaggressions at work. No one seems to mind giving these offensive remarks because they […]

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Gossip for better Mental Health

Stop the Gossip for Better Mental Health

Stop the Gossip for Better Mental Health Not many people are aware that gossip can be a cause of mental health depreciation. Some think that gossiping is one way of relieving stress that could lead to a better mental state. Others believe that through gossip, they form new friendships or a special bond with the people in the neighborhood or workplace. In short, gossip is harmless and can be fun. No one would suspect that gossip can affect your mental health. For many, they gossip to pass time and not to show disrespect or taint one’s name and character. Is […]

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Depressive affects

Depressive Effects of Facebook

Depressive Effects of Facebook One of the saddest realities now is that many people rely on Facebook to prove that they exist and they matter. The number of likes, hearts, and comments they receive become a definition of their social status. The more thumbs up you have, the more popular you are. The more engaging your photos or videos are, the more likely they will go viral and boost your social media traffic. Questions remain unanswered and unclear up to this point: does Facebook cause depression and anxiety among its users? Is the term “Facebook depression” for real? Experts believe […]

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Climate Anxiety

How to Cope with Climate Anxiety

How to Cope with Climate Anxiety Climate change is a hot topic these days. The extreme weather conditions and phenomena make us think that truly there is a drastic shift in the world we live in. Some people do not believe that climate change is real but for many who do, it causes fear and anxiety. According to the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, 72% of Americans believe that global warming is happening and 65% are worried about it. The survey also showed that the majority of Americans blame human activities as the number one cause of climate change. […]

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Smart people get scammed

Why Smart People Get Scammed

Why Smart People Get Scammed It is not unusual to hear stories about people falling for scams. But when we learn about an Ivy League-educated friend falling for an investment scam, we question their sensibility and intelligence. If a sophisticated aunt gets sucked into a Ponzi scheme, we immediately wonder if they are too proud or weak to say no. When a sharp-witted neighbor falls victim to an online scam, we respond with judgment. It is hard for us to understand why smart people get scammed and deceived. They are the ones who are supposed to be well-informed and quick […]

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Achieve Goal with Partner

How to Help Your Partners Achieve their Goals

How to Help Your Partners Achieve their Goals In any romantic relationship, one key factor that creates a deep and strong connection between couples is supporting each other. It becomes impossible to reach their dreams if you are pulling them back. When times get tough, your partners need you there and cheer not to give up. If they fail to get that promotion, taking them out for ice cream will surely perk them up. One study showed that a partner’s practical support and emotional support were “positively associated with goal outcomes and did not differ significantly, whereas negative support was […]

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Psychotherapy services

Is Psychotherapy Helping You

Is Psychotherapy Helping You It is common for people to ask if psychotherapy is working for them. Attending psychotherapy sessions religiously for months can be quite a challenge especially, for those who have heavier mental and emotional baggage to carry. All they want is for the day to come that they will see the world from a happier and more positive perspective. Psychotherapy or talk therapy, as known by many, is a general term used to treat a wide variety of mental and emotional illnesses through talking to a therapist or any mental health provider. It is hard to understand […]

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Lower Frustration

12 Ways to Lower Frustration

12 Ways to Lower Frustration Driving in endless traffic, waiting in long lines or dealing with arrogant people can surely test your patience. It is normal to feel frustrated and angry but giving in to these negative emotions can become destructive.  Frustration is always associated with losing your cool. It often leads to anger, disappointments and annoyance. If not managed well, it can create more problems and break relationships. On the other hand, bottling up your frustrations and anger can also lead to physical and emotional reactions like heart disease and anxiety. According to a 2010 study, it is best […]

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Getting Lonelier

More Americans are Getting Lonelier

More Americans are Getting Lonelier With the strict implementation of protocols regarding social distancing, lockdowns and quarantine at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, staying away from the people has been the norm.  For many, it is essential to avoid close physical contact and crowds for fear of contracting the deadly virus. Being on your own equates to being healthy and breathing. However, not many handled the situation well. Studies have shown that the negative implications of loneliness on mental health have been highlighted. Staying at home and not seeing family and friends for years led them to feel lonelier […]

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