Archive for August 2018

Grenfell Tower And PTSD In London

Grenfell Tower And PTSD In London

June 14, 2017 is a tragic day in the modern history of London. In the North Kensington area of West London, a fire broke out in a 24-storey residential building called Grenfell Tower. Within mere minutes the entire building was aflame, officially claiming 72 lives. Seventy others experienced injury. While more than 200 residents escaped, […]

Does Our Body Image Language Affect Our Children?

Does Our Body Image Language Affect Our Children?

Monkey see, monkey do, it is said. More accurately, monkey see, monkey learn and internalize and make for their own, then monkey do as a result. As human beings, we learn through observation. Specifically, our foundational learning takes place by watching and observing our parents or caretakers. We learn to mimic their faces, the sounds […]

Kick Summer FOMO To The Curb

Kick Summer FOMO To The Curb

Great expectations lead to great disappointments. Alexander Pope once said, “Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.” Summertime is supposed to be a time free of expectations and responsibilities, so that it can be full of possibility, spontaneity, and adventure. Sometimes, however, the expectation of having no expectations can come […]

Why Is Eating Disorder Recovery So Complex?

Why Is Eating Disorder Recovery So Complex?

None of us are born with the ideas of “fat” or “skinny”, “beautiful” or “ugly”, “better” or “worse”. Our ideals regarding body image and self-worth come from the world we are brought up in, from the way our parents talk about their own bodies to the messages created by the media we consume by the […]

Learning To Cope In A World Of Uncertainty: Part Two

Learning To Cope In A World Of Uncertainty: Part Two

Living in a seeking of secured certainty is not living in the present moment. Living in the present moment is really living in harmony with both the past, the present, and the future without avoiding or attaching to any one time state. We can be sure of what has happened in the past, but we […]

How Do I Reassure A Loved One With OCD?

How Do I Reassure A Loved One With OCD?

Thanks to the growing transparency of mental health conversations happening across the internet on mainstream websites, there is a greater understanding of OCD growing. Obsessive compulsive disorder is considered an anxiety disorder and is characterized by two components: obsessive, intrusive thoughts, and compulsive behaviors which are often both repetitive as well as ritualistic. The compulsive […]

Learning To Cope In A World Of Uncertainty: Part One

Learning To Cope In A World Of Uncertainty: Part One

Pema Chodron is a Tibetan Buddhist Monk who has authored many popular self-help books rooted in her Buddhist roots. In Comfortable With Uncertainty, Chodron examines many different Buddhist principles and practices which help us release our attachment to what ultimately, as it is phrased in Buddhism, causes suffering. “The root of suffering,” Chodron explains, “is […]

Did We Inherit Anxiety From Monkeys?

Did We Inherit Anxiety From Monkeys?

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in the United States conducted the study, which was published in The Journal of Neuroscience, reports Newsweek. Over 350 monkeys, specifically younger ones were used for the study. Since anxiety in childhood is a predictor of mental illness in adulthood, researchers wanted to […]

Feeling Sad Versus Being Depressed

Feeling Sad Versus Being Depressed

Major depression is just one kind of depression which can become present in someone’s life. Depression is oftentimes an emotional response more than it is a mood disorder. For example, depression is identified as one of the five stages of grief outlined by Elizabeth Kubler Ross. Depression can be a response to the changing of […]

What Is The Difference Between Worrying And Anxiety?

What Is The Difference Between Worrying And Anxiety?

The words “anxious” and “anxiety” are frequently misused in our society, replacing what should be “worry” or “nervous”. Though being worried and feeling nervous are two extremely common symptoms of anxiety, experiencing these two feeling-states is not necessarily an indication of anxiety. Worry and nervousness can be standalone emotional experiences outside of anxiety. Too often, […]