Families have complex relationship dynamics that shift and evolve through life's highs and lows. This blog highlights five common signs that you're ready for family counseling.
I sat across from a young woman Roz, who seemed cheery without any signs of the emotions she had described whence called for the appointment. About twenty minutes into the session, she was telling me about her new puppy that she (“loved to death!)
I saw a dog on the news the other day being pulled out of a bombed building and felt compassion on a level that I have become numb to with humans. We are all going through one of the most difficult times in our lives. Day after day, there seems to be an endless cycle of negativity.
Because change is so difficult, it’s useful to have a guide when attempting to kick an addiction to drugs, alcohol or behavior. Research shows that the following steps can help you move toward your recovery goals. You have the greatest chance of success if you adopt all five steps.
Over 100,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2021—the most ever recorded in a single year—according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). About two/thirds of those deaths involved Fentanyl or another synthetic opioid. Sometimes mixed with other “recreational” drugs the use of fentanyl can lead to addiction, death, and destruction of individuals, couples, and families.
These are trying times. COVID-19, forest fires, tornadoes, riots, political unrest, homelessness, psychologically impaired people live in tents, skeletal police force, gun sales over the top. We have to work from home, working remotely with spouses and home-schooled children. Seems like our only escape is binge-watching TV shows to hide from the constant flow of upsetting news and other addictive behaviors.
For many, the holidays are a wonderful time of the year. Spending it with family, friends, parties, giving and receiving gifts, vacations, and more. For others, it’s a time of loneliness, sadness, and depression.
We are in uncharted territory. Fear and anxiety are front and center, and these emotions are well deserved. But, on the other hand, We need to breathe and make smart, sensible decisions on how to approach the next bit of time. We all need to focus on caring for ourselves and our loved ones as best as we can.
Anxiety is a normal part of life. Having an anxiety disorder can be more than a temporary worry or fear a person is experiencing. People with this disorder may find that the feelings of anxiety and worry do not go away and can seem to get worse. These things can cloud relationships, work, and disrupt even feeling stable at all. With Covid etc., even the most stable of us have more anxiety than any time period in the recent past. Covid, politics, lack of job security, changing structure in the family, are just a few examples.
During these unprecedented times, there is a multitude of physical and psychological conditions that are spinning in the background of your subconscious whether you like it or not. It’s important to know how to identify and make a plan for feeling buried by so many real or imagined emotions.
With the pandemic, political unrest, unstable economic future, and natural disasters, plus the fear of impending doom, it’s quite understandable. Often our personal relationships suffer.
Regardless of how much positive work we do on ourselves during our waking state, when we go to sleep our subconscious has no boundaries and everything you’ve neatly swept under the rug comes out revealing how we really feel. The more consistent the span between the waking and sleeping state the healthier we feel.
Living in a pandemic with social isolation is taking its toll on our mental health. It is very common for many of us to experience increased feelings of distress, anxiety, and fear. Here are several things you can do to help you feel as centered as possible during this bizarre and scary time.
So, the holidays are over and you drank, ate, visited, bought, gave, received and are excited for the new year! What time is it? New year’s resolutions! Lose weight, go to the gym more often, eat less, stop smoking, spend less, meditate and more! With less than a month into the new year, how are those resolutions working out so far? If you already caved in, don’t feel discouraged. According to a study from the Journal in Substance and Abuse Treatment found that only 77% maintained their resolve for over a week, while only 19% were successful resolutions for 2 years.
Cell phone addiction is as damaging as having a gambling addiction. Go to any casino and watch people play the slot machines and you will see similar behavior that cell phone addicts have.
I have been working with people who have experienced severe trauma for over thirty-five years.
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