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5 Subtle Signs of a Great Relationship

When relationships are going well, we tend to judge our partners a bit more positively across the board than is objectively warranted. However, perceptive, tuned-in couples are also generally quite good at assessing each others' relative strengths and weaknesses.

Can You Unwittingly Disable Your Courage?

When fear rises, courage falls, which typically results in disappointment.

An Inability to Visualize a Positive Future Can Be a Trauma Sign

“Why do I struggle to visualize a future for myself, let alone a positive one?” In the 10 years I’ve been practicing as a clinical psychotherapist, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard some iteration of this question. And the question is almost always paired with some degree of incredulity that there are people out there who can really, truly do this—think forward decades into the future and visualize a positive, happy outcome for themselves and then work backward, taking steps that secure that future.

What Triggers Anxiety? 11 Causes That May Surprise You

It’s important to discover what triggers your anxiety. Being aware of the cause can help you better manage your anxiety.

What Is Chronic Depression?

Chronic depression is when you experience the symptoms of depression frequently or continuously over a long time, often for years, says Aimee Daramus, PsyD, a licensed clinical psychologist and author of “Understanding Bipolar Disorder.”

How to Turn Positive Stress Management Into a Habit

Performing well under pressure at work will not miraculously occur simply because you have read about some stress management techniques. Practicing those techniques once or twice and seeing the positive effects may tempt you to consider the problem solved. But stress management is an ongoing effort, whether at work or outside of it.

3 Reasons It’s So Easy to Misunderstand a Partner

Research has repeatedly shown that what you don’t know about your partner can hurt you—not to mention your partner and the relationship itself. When the misunderstandings that arise from such ignorance are constant or serious enough, separation and divorce are all too often the outcomes.

5 Quick Solutions When You're Overwhelmed by Your To-Do List

We all have times when we're overwhelmed by our to-do list. When we feel overloaded, it can be hard to think strategically. Why does this happen? When we feel overwhelmed, we tend to have a fight, flight, or freeze response. None of these options makes it easy to think calmly about the smoothest way to approach items on our list.

How to Manage Conflict and Promote Harmony

Intimate and distant, harmonious and conflictive, empathic and aggressive, constructive and destructive. Most relationships go through these polar moments from time to time. What can we do to nurture positive and manage negative experiences?

Harness Your Work Worries and Take Action

When you worry about the quality of your work, your personal interactions with coworkers, or your most recent presentation or report, you can become caught focusing on the negatives. Worry puts you in the mindset of seeking to identify problems, it makes decision-making more difficult, and it can make you feel overwhelmed.

How Do You Know When You’ve “Hit the Wall"?

Most have heard the phrase “hit the wall.” This phrase, whose origin stems from marathon running, when a runner has reached the limits of their endurance, has been used across many sports and athletic endeavors. It can be associated with giving up, even failure. The athlete has nothing more to give and can go no further. Avoiding the dreaded hitting of the wall could mean more training and preparation, both physical and mental.

How to Keep Anxiety From Spiraling Out of Control

Jim is stuck in a cycle. He’s an athletic man in his 40s who works as an EMT, and he is prone to panic attacks. When panic strikes, Jim’s heart palpitates, his throat closes up, and he thinks, Oh no, I'm having a heart attack! or Oh no, I’m going to end up with super-high levels of anxiety and I’m not going to be able to tolerate it!

Everything You Need to Know About Depression (Major Depressive Disorder)

Depression is classified as a mood disorder. It may be described as feelings of sadness, loss, or anger that interfere with a person’s everyday activities. It’s also fairly common. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionTrusted Source estimates that 18.5 percent of American adults had symptoms of depression in any given 2-week period in 2019.

Perfectionism Can Lead to Depression. Here’s How to Tame It

A recent study in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology suggests that an unrealistic need for perfectionism often begets depression, social disconnection, and a lack of belonging, among other negative outcomes.

What Are the Warning Signs of Depression?

If you or a loved one have been feeling down for a while, you might be wondering what the signs of depression are. This is understandable. Depression can be very serious and if you suspect you may have depression, you should look for the depression signs.

Why Social Anxiety and Depression Often Appear Together

Social anxiety disorder (SAD) and major depressive disorder (MDD) are often co-present, up to 20 percent of the time, higher in some groups. Social anxiety starts earlier in life, affecting nearly 5 percent of people, foreshadowing future depression with a five-fold risk of depression for those with prior social anxiety (Ohayon & Shatzberg, 2010). Combined, they are more difficult to treat as the symptoms of each synergize with the other

How to Combat Lagging Productivity and Reach Your Goal

Many of us know that when we commit to a task, it is often “easier said than done.” The reason for this is because the brain is not a fan of discomfort and unfamiliarity. When you commit yourself to completing a task, big or small, it requires a conscious, deliberate effort. Although it is much more comfortable to do nothing, doing nothing will not take you where you desire to go

Is your teenager getting enough sleep?

UTAH (ABC4) – All humans have primary needs. Among those is sleep. A good night’s rest is essential for anyone to lead a productive life.

Recently, kids around America have been experiencing rising rates of depressive symptoms, suicidal ideation, and other mental health disorders due to a lack of sleep. The U.S. Surgeon General has released a study on youth mental health, and the findings prove that teens throughout the nation are suffering from mental exhaustion.

How to Have "Healthy" Fights With Your Partner

I am in the line of work that sits on the premises of hope and human potential. I see enthusiastic couples embarking on the journey of love with ferocity and passion. I also see those jaded and disappointed, trapped in an unrelenting “groundhog day,” somehow finding themselves with different partners but the same conflicts. As therapists, we are not immune to the human condition. I, too, have tried to crack the code of love, the secrets to long-lasting relationships.

Three Antidotes to Relieve the Burden of Burnout

The latest edition of the World Health Organization's International Classification of Diseases, ICD-11, lists burnout as a “factor influencing health status” in the section entitled “problems association with employment or unemployment.” They define burnout as a syndrome that includes energy depletion or exhaustion, a sense of mental distance from one’s work, and a feeling of ineffectiveness or lack of accomplishment. Along with defining the problem, this definition can also offer useful guidance on how to begin healing from burnout as well.

Need Help Overcoming Social Anxiety? 6 Tips From an Expert

If you feel out of practice socializing after the last few years of social distancing, you’re not alone. If you feel more anxious than usual when leaving the house to socialize, that’s also totally normal, as is occasionally feeling overwhelmed or out of your element in large crowds.

7 Ways Couples Can Argue More Constructively

You may be on the same page with your partner for most things, but there will inevitably come a time when you don’t see eye to eye. You have some choices: You can ignore your differences and just circumvent the issue, or you can keep on trying to persuade your partner to see it your way, or you can get increasingly angry and eventually let your partner have it.

How to Prevent Morning Anxiety From Totally Ruining Your Day

Anxiety has a very unwelcome way of popping up when you least expect it. It could happen at a party, just when you were starting to have a good time. Or in the middle of the night, making it that much harder to get a blissful eight hours of sleep. And, for some, anxiety has a habit of rearing its ugly head in the early morning—just to make sure your day starts off on a really stellar note.

Why Some People Just Can't Make Up Their Minds

Our ancestors may affect us more than we think.

When you think about it, there is very little in life that we can be certain of. Uncertainty is inherent in every decision we make, from the most profound choices of our lives ("Have I chosen the right person as my partner?" "If I take this job, will it advance my career?") to the most mundane ("What color should I paint my room?" "What should I have for breakfast?").

Grieving Separately: A Dangerous Relationship Chasm

No one escapes loss in his or her life. The anguishing pain of forever-gone can shatter a person’s world and capability to function, sometimes for an extended period of time.

For most people, those immobilizing experiences do subside. The body, mind, and spirit, can only bear that level of devastation for so long. Eventually, the residual pain must be buried and life goes on, even if it is never the same.

What Is Vicarious Trauma?

Dealing with personal trauma is challenging, but so is helping others work through their trauma — and it may result in vicarious trauma.

Pain of Depression: Physical Symptoms of Depression

Depression is a mental illness known as a mood disorder, so some people think the only effects of depression are on mood. This, however, is not the case. Depression is linked to many physical symptoms including insomnia, lack of energy and loss of interest in sex. Physical pain from depression is also widely recognized with up to half of all people with depression reporting physical pain. In a study of 25,000 patients, 50% of depressed patients reported unexplained, physical symptoms of depression.1

The Greatest Gift You Can Give to a Partner

When we think of virtues, we usually think of the classics: wisdom, compassion, humility, patience, fortitude, courage, kindness, gratitude, and the like. But there are a number of underrated, less-discussed virtues that are vitally important in creating a good life. One that rarely makes the top-ten lists is curiosity. When it comes to virtues, curiosity gets short shrift and sometimes has to defend its right to even identify as a virtue. But curiosity deserves our recognition and a place on the greatest-hits list of virtuous qualities. Not only is it vitally important for creating a good life, but also for maintaining lasting love relationships.

How to Forgive Yourself for Becoming a Victim of Emotional Abuse

Shame is a persistent emotion. It can hang on long after you have escaped an emotionally abusive relationship. Every time you make a mistake, have a bad day, or experience a setback, your ex-partner’s words can rise like a monster from the depths.

7 Ways to Practice Self-Compassion When You Have Depression

Practicing self-compassion when you have depression can be difficult, but a few small changes could make a difference in how you’re feeling.

How to Handle Feeling Wronged by Your Partner

One of the deepest sources of conflict in a relationship occurs when there’s a breach of trust. When we feel hurt or deceived by a partner, we often experience a sense of betrayal. Feeling blindsided by someone with whom we felt secure can trigger a wide range of emotions. It can be hard to unpack our internal experience in such a stirred-up state, much less resolve the issue with the other person.

Black Masculinity and Mental Health: How to Move Past Outdated Roles and Encourage Better Care

It's no secret that exposure to racism and discrimination is linked to various adverse mental health outcomes. The effects of systemic racism on Black Americans have been persistent and profound, as the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) points out, and the increase in media reports and images of police brutality and violence inflicted upon members of the Black community has added insult to injury.

Understanding Intergenerational Trauma and Its Effects

Traumatic experiences can take many forms.

You might, for instance, find yourself facing long-term emotional distress after discovering a partner’s infidelity, losing your sibling in a car accident, or coping with the sudden illness and death of a beloved pet.

Yet certain types of trauma can have a far more profound impact. Major, large-scale traumatic events often don’t affect only those who survive them. The toll of these experiences can reverberate across generations.

How Much Stress Is Too Much?

Could you run for 10 miles? Could you pick up a 100-pound stone? Most people, without embarrassment, would answer “no.” People know how much is too much, how much might hurt them. What if we ask the same questions about emotional stress?

How to Rock Your Impostor Syndrome

Impostor syndrome generally refers to the persistent feeling of doubt that our achievements are justified and a reflection of our skills, talents, and efforts. Rather we feel that we are frauds and that our success is somehow not earned. Unfortunately, we are susceptible to impostor syndrome in any and all areas of our lives. The perceived sense that we are frauds can color our feelings about our work, romantic relationships, friendships, and personal interests.

Your Guide to Managing Workplace Anxiety

Do anxious feelings tend to bubble up suddenly while you’re at work? Do you get nervous just thinking about your job? Does your mood change come Monday morning, or Sunday evening, for that matter?

If your anxiety revolves around work, you might be experiencing workplace anxiety, also known as work stress. And you’re most certainly not alone.

The mental health crisis among children and teens: How parents can help

We are in the midst of a pediatric mental health crisis — and parents need to take action.

Over the past couple of years, the pandemic has not only killed hundreds of thousands; it has also shut us inside, cut off social contacts, taken parents out of work and children out of school. The consequences have been tremendous. And one of those consequences is that we are seeing alarming amounts of anxiety and depression in our children and teens.

Intergenerational Trauma and the Promise of Healing

One of the gifts of therapy is being able to understand one’s life within context. To begin to see the seemingly random occurrences of pain, poor personal choices, and disappointing relationships as a coherent narrative. Perhaps the most important task of therapy is to help a client see that their lives make sense. I have found that helping clients understand intergenerational trauma is key to helping them make sense of what may feel like fragmented pieces of their story.

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