“Childhood” and “depression” are two words that unfortunately have become an increasingly used phrase — even as much as we wish never had to be used together. While we know that adult depression and anxiety levels have been rising, it’s essential to acknowledge that children are the same. This reality has received more attention in [...]
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As beautiful as they may seem from the outside, the holidays aren’t always a time of cheer and warm feelings. If you struggle with anxiety, you probably know this is true. Maybe you experience anxiety throughout the year but getting through the holidays adds another layer of complications. Or perhaps the holidays are one of [...]
“Life doesn’t make any sense without interdependence. We need each other, and the sooner we learn that, the better for us all.” –Erik Erikson Family dynamics can challenge even the healthiest interpersonal environments. You can commit to communication and conflict resolution. It will help, for sure, but nothing can prepare you for the myriad possibilities [...]
It takes two to tango. More importantly, it typically takes two to create a healthy relationship. Of course, that second statement will require a dance of a different sort, one with a lot of leading and following from both partners. But…what if your partner isn’t willing to help your relationship choreography evolve? Does this create [...]
For an increasingly common disorder, anxiety is incredibly misunderstood. First of all, it is not about the normal moments of nervousness we will all experience — at least a few times per day. On the other end of the spectrum, anxiety is not a condition you will always recognize in someone. It takes many forms. [...]
Grief can be a very unpredictable ride. Often, it looks and feels much different than it is portrayed in films or books. Grief does have its stages but those stages rarely follow a predetermined path. Additionally, the way grief is experienced and processed can vary widely from person to person. Amidst all this uncertainty is [...]
When we get our earliest introductions to romance, it’s usually the stuff of fairy tales: soul mates, love at first sight, happily ever after, etc. While these are beautiful goals and ideals, they don’t prepare any of us for the day-to-day details of a relationship. For example, “once upon a time” never mentions crucial elements [...]
It’s normal for parents to worry about their kids. After all, we know that what happens during childhood and adolescence has a major impact on their futures. We want the best for them, so when we think they’re struggling in an area or aren’t reaching their full potentials, we want to help. Our goal is [...]
When we think of stress and anxiety, they are usually considered negative states. After all, stress can cause us to feel apprehensive and nervous, or to worry endlessly. Anxiety often distracts us from things in life that genuinely matter and require our attention. In addition, stress and worry are often about things that are outside [...]
Most people think of depression as strictly a mental condition. It’s true; that’s where the core of depression stems from. It can also cause various emotional symptoms, including feelings of hopelessness, guilt, or even feeling as though things would be better if you weren’t here. The mental and emotional effects of depression are real and [...]