Is It Depression? – 6 Signs Therapists Look For

Experiencing negative thoughts or feelings might prompt you to ask yourself, “Is it depression?” After all, depression is notorious for painting a listless shade over life in general. As it goes, there are numerous depression symptoms ranging from sadness to suicidal thoughts. Each person’s symptoms are as unique as that person. When asking if it’s depression or just a few bad days, therapists do look for very specific signs. But […]

Emotionally Focused Therapy: What Exactly Is It? And How Can It Help You?

In an intimate relationship, there are two main focuses. The first is to maintain the connection, and the second is to manage the conflict. Though neither can be accomplished without you having some sort of deep attachment to your partner. Time, stress, and responsibilities all have a tendency to chip away at this attachment. Reclaiming your closeness with your partner can prove to be difficult. Furthermore, this relationship challenge isn’t only […]

Life After Rehab: 3 Effective Strategies to Maintain Sobriety

It’s inviting to think you have the chance to live a substance-free life. Especially after struggling with addiction for any length of time. One huge challenge is in knowing how to maintain sobriety after exiting the supportive walls of rehab. While recovery doesn’t end after rehab, your established rehab routine undoubtedly will. Being able to navigate life outside of rehab, avoid risky situations, and maintain sobriety can become an overwhelming endeavor. […]

Substance Abuse Recovery: How Personal and Social Barriers Impact Professionals

Substance abuse does not discriminate nor does it show respect to anyone. It can and will destroy the lives of both men and women. When dealing with substance abuse and addiction, it is said that there are no special people. Rich or poor, educated or not, employed or unemployed. Addiction will seize the opportunity to destroy the lives of any person. Each person that battles with addiction must devise a plan […]

Life After Rehab: Challenges to Maintaining Sobriety

Life after rehab is not usually what people expect. It feels good to have undergone a life-changing experience such as sobriety. But after exiting the doors of a rehab center, how do you hold tight to your newly changed life? People who’ve never experienced addiction often think that life after rehab is a walk in the park. You sober up and life is automatically like every other person’s life, right? […]

Escaping the Trap of Anxiety

Escaping the Trap of Anxiety

“When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.”—Peter Marshall ‘What if…’ Those two words immobilize so many of us. They keep us from reaching our happiness, pursuing our dreams, or living up to our potential and often keep us stuck in an all too familiar rut. They also set up a challenge between you and your […]

Life After Addiction: Tips to Keep Your New Life Clean and Safe

Life After Addiction: Tips to Keep Your New Life Clean and Safe

Whether it involves ingesting a substance, engaging in a particular behavior, or both, addiction is major challenge for anyone to overcome. And getting sober is only half of it. The second half? That consists of making a fresh start in a “normal” lifestyle after existing for months or even years inside the cave of addiction. For most people, this means two MAJOR steps: Stop using Create a lifestyle in which […]

Living with a Drug Addicted Family Member?

Living with a Drug Addicted Family Member?

Take These Steps to Stay Safe Drug addiction has the potential to severely damage the life of the addicted individual. It also has the potential to severely damage that’s individual’s close family members. Living with a drug addicted family member is a 24/7 balancing act, as loved ones try to help the addict without getting swept into their destructive orbit. Common Emotions Felt by Family Members of Drug Addicts Guilt […]

Self-Help for Anxiety: Tips to Help You Control Your Anxiety

Self-Help for Anxiety: Tips to Help You Control Your Anxiety

There’s feeling anxious and then there’s anxiety. There is nervousness before a big test and then there is being in a state of excessive uneasiness and apprehension. There are butterflies in the stomach and then there is compulsive behavior or panic attacks. Anxiety impacts nearly one-fifth of the U.S. population. The average age of onset is 11 years old. The disorder falls loosely into three categories: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic […]

Why Social Media Can Damage Your Teen’s Self-Esteem & How You Can Help

Why Social Media Can Damage Your Teen’s Self-Esteem & How You Can Help

Facebook. Twitter. Snapchat. Instagram. Reddit. And all the smartphones by which we access these sites. We may sometimes wonder how we ever lived without them. More and more, however, we’re finding ourselves desperately seeking ways to live happily with them. Studies correlate rising social network use with everything from higher body-mass indexes to increased credit card debt to lower self-esteem. In 2013, researchers also found that social media sites drive […]