There are so many reasons why we may want to skip family gatherings. The uncle who tells inappropriate jokes. The brother who needles you about every aspect of your life in an attempt to feel superior.
If you struggle with anxiety, family functions can become almost debilitating, but there is hope. Here are some tips on how to handle social anxiety in the family setting.
Take some time to think about the event and consider the possibilities. Do not agonize over it, worrying and stressing will change nothing.
List-making will help tremendously. Make a list of possible triggers... Continue reading →
Occasional conflict is a normal part of family life. A family is comprised of individuals who can all hold differing beliefs and experience different wants. In any family, a certain amount of discord is normal, and disagreements are bound to happen from time to time and can even be a healthy part of family life, if handled correctly. However, ongoing conflict and tensions can create stress and damage our interpersonal relationships. Sometimes, family members can be intently aggressive and hurtful, which can be painful.
Effective resolutions require being able to communicate in a positive way. Below... Continue reading →
The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and cheer, and for many individuals, they are. For others, however, the winter months can be some of the most difficult out of the year. Rather than experiencing happiness and satisfaction, these individuals experience the “holiday blues”, which can cause depression, anxiety, and stress to manifest.
There are many reasons why someone may experience depression during the holidays:
- Time changes
- Lack of sleep
- Lack of exercise
- Increased alcohol consumption
- Unrealistic expectations of families and... Continue reading →
Demi Lovato's drug overdose on July 24, 2018 is indicative of the opiate addiction that is sweeping the nation resulting in 42,000 deaths in 2016 alone. Opiate addiction and opiate overdose have reached epidemic levels in the United States and Demi Lovato is just one of the victims.
Demi Lovato's Journey with Addiction
Demi Lovato has been open about her struggles with addiction. The July 24 overdose was not the first time that Demi Lovato had struggled with drug abuse. Lovato first sought help for her addiction problems in 2010 at the age of 18. After spending time in an inpatient drug... Continue reading →
If you or a loved one have suffered through addiction, you probably understand the close relationship between substance use disorder and other mental health conditions.
This concept is known as "co-occurring disorders" or "dual-diagnoses."
Many people understand that psychiatric conditions and addiction go hand-in-hand. Unfortunately, many substance abuse treatment programs treat the disorders as isolated conditions.
This is a huge mistake because the conditions are very interconnected. A comprehensive co-occurring disorders treatment is crucial for preventing relapse and improving a person's quality... Continue reading →
Even in today’s more emotionally open society, men still find it difficult to seek psychological counseling when confronted with mounting emotional distress.
Instead, they are more likely to hide or ignore mental health issues until a crisis occurs that forces them to get help.
Of course, by the time that happens, there has often been collateral damage such as a failed marriage, substance abuse, loss of employment, or even suicide attempts.
Mental Health Stigma: Why Men Are Less Likely to Seek Help
School violence happens time and time again.
In the aftermath of a deadly event like the recent school shooting in Italy, Texas, many people focus on the immediate victims.
And rightfully so: they are the ones most in need of immediate help and care.
However, many people tend to forget about the dozens if not hundreds of students left facing PTSD from school violence.
If left untreated, PTSD in teens can manifest into a variety of other symptoms – even years down the road. That's why it's important to take a proactive approach to PTSD help and mental health in general.
PTSD From a... Continue reading →
Mental health treatment has come a long way in the past few decades.
It's easier than ever for people suffering from mood disorders and other mental health conditions to identify their symptoms and seek comprehensive treatment.
What is a Mood Disorder?
With so many terms floating around, you might be wondering "what is a mood disorder anyways?"
Mood disorder symptoms vary from person to person. Everyone experiences these conditions differently.
In general, a mood disorder impacts your ability to function on an emotional... Continue reading →
According to a recent study by the CDC, the suicide rate doubled for teen girls and increased by 30% for teen boys between 2007 and 2015. These startling figures paint a grim picture of the state of mental health for American teens.
Well-meaning adults sometimes minimize the seriousness of depression and anxiety in young people by referring to these conditions as “just teen angst.” However, the statistics make it clear: young people in... Continue reading →
Chronic depression is a legitimate mental illness and requires diagnosis and treatment to effectively manage it and reduce symptoms. This is the case for everyone who has it, including those suffering from elderly depression, which may be more common than you think. Mental Health America reveals that approximately 2 million people over the age of 65 deal with some type of depression. While that is not the majority, seniors are generally at a higher risk of developing the disease.
According to the... Continue reading →