Overcoming Depression: How Psychologists Help With Depressive Disorders
Depression is extreme sadness or despair that lasts more than days and affects people in different ways. Fortunately, depression is highly treatable.
What To Do During Summer Months?
Keeping typical children busy during the summer is a difficult task. Doing the same with a special needs child or a child affected by autism is even more difficult and daunting! Much needs to be considered and reviewed to meet the child’s unique needs, capabilities, and interests, all while keeping them busy and pushing them towards their goals Parents should address the following What services are needed to maintain and develop skills? Does your child regress without some sort of intervention or activity? What activities does your child enjoy that will also help reach his/her current IEP (Individualized Education Program) goals? What is the right combination of seasonal activities and therapy hours to help your child…
Codependency 101: What Does Being Codependent Mean?
Are you codependent? If so, there are probably some things you have a tough time accepting about human nature and relationships. On the other hand, perhaps you’re not sure what codependent means, in which case, let’s begin with some basics Codependents need to be needed. They believe making oneself invaluable to another is the pathway to love. It isn’t. It’s the pathway to becoming a doormat, to being taken advantage of and to becoming a target of abuse. When someone loves you and you love them, you want to be with each other (interdependence). You don’t need to be with each other (dependence). The former is a mutual coming together. The latter is tinged with urgency and desperation. Codependents may have difficulty being alone, feel unworthy of being loved and a fear of…
Tips on making counseling a success story
As I mentioned in the last article, April is Counseling Awareness Month. After being a counselor for more than 10 years and visiting with many people about counseling, I came to the conclusion a long time ago that when people think of counseling, they think of sitting or laying on a couch and talking to someone who constantly asks "how does that make you feel."
5 Tips for Talking With Your Parents About Assisted Living
Introducing the discussion on assisted living to your parents is a difficult task that requires planning. It’s natural for them to be defensive about the suggestion,
How to be an advocate for mental health and wellness
How do you stand up for mental wellness for yourself and for others? We should think about how we talk about mental health, how we look out for our own menta...
Why Dating Can Be Difficult When You Have a Mental Illness
"Relationships are complicated. Mental illness can make it that much more complicated."
5 Tips for Dealing with Grief
Whether you lost a loved one to sickness, tragedy , divorce or even a significant break-up, loss is a trauma. Losses can create identity challenges, lifestyle changes, financial problems and even have social implications. // After 20 years of counseling...
7 Tips to Manage Your Weight When Taking Psychiatric Medication
Weight gain is one of the main reasons that people diagnosed with depression and other mood disorders stop taking their medication. Some people gain as much as seven percent of their body weight -- or more -- from psychiatric meds. In a study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health that was published in July 2006 in the Archives of General Psychiatry, researchers reported that nearly one in four cases of obesity is associated with a mood or anxiety disorder. But following a strict treatment plan that involves meds doesn’t have to mean shopping for a larger pants size. There are effective ways to manage your weight on psychiatric meds. Here are some strategies that you might find helpful: 1. Control Food Portions Skip the diet. Just limit your portions. Restaurants today…
Why rejection hurts so much — and what you can do to ease the pain
We deal with rejection on a day-to-day basis, but sometimes it can be particularly devastating. Psychologist Guy Winch shares how you can make it easier.