Archive for September 2018

Can You Create Your Own Family This Holiday Season

Can You Create Your Own Family This Holiday Season

Sometimes, for distinct reasons, our biological families become detached from our lives. Whether part of our control or not, this split in the dynamic of those we grew up around or were raised by can be painful – for many, the holiday season brings back sad feelings, especially if loved ones are missed but are […]

Abusing Alcohol to Cope with Stress or Unwanted Feelings

Abusing Alcohol to Cope with Stress or Unwanted Feelings

Imagine the following: It’s been a long day at work, and you decide to go out for drinks with your colleagues. You have a few glasses and go home to drink some more. You’ve been stressed out lately, and you just wanted something to take the edge off. Your significant other is concerned about you, […]

What Is The Difference Between Guilt And Shame?

What Is The Difference Between Guilt And Shame?

You’ve done something terrible to someone you care deeply about. At first, you feel guilt. You know you have done something wrong which has hurt someone you would never want to hurt. You are mostly, if not entirely, responsible for what has happened. The responsibility of causing pain toward others causes you guilt. You feel […]

Returning To Work After Treatment

Returning To Work After Treatment

There’s a lot of work that goes into formal treatment, but it doesn’t stop there. As a professional, you have to stay on top of your mental health, especially so that you can continue towards your path to recovery. Treatment is not a “quick fix” or a “solution” to a problem, but rather a pit […]

What’s Wrong With My Loved One?

What’s Wrong With My Loved One?

The shame and stigma surrounding mental illness is pervasive. We think there is something “wrong” with people who are hurt, suffering, and struggling through immense emotional pain because we have associated so much shame with pain that we have lost sight of the pain altogether. Rather than be concerned with someone else’s pain, we become […]

Critical Care Nurses and PTSD

Critical Care Nurses and PTSD

Critical care nurses witness a number of outcomes to tragic events, which can leave a lasting impression on them. Seeing injuries, battle wounds, and other ailments can be a reminder of the horrible, unfortunate events that do occur in life, and this can perpetuate symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Since this is part of […]

Will I Stop Feeling Hopeless?

Will I Stop Feeling Hopeless?

We all have moments of hopelessness time and again. If we have lived through traumatic events in our lives, our propensity toward hopelessness is greater than others. Trauma has a tendency to rob us of our ability to have hope. Before a traumatic event occurs in our life, we might have high hopes for ourselves, […]

Pre-Cursors to Mental Illness: Warning Signs Your Mental Health Is Slipping

Pre-Cursors to Mental Illness: Warning Signs Your Mental Health Is Slipping

While mental health is something that everyone has, it can decline if proper self-care and maintenance strategies are not enforced in daily life. Many professionals struggle with this concept, because it requires time that seems to readily take away from business demands. The reality is that while it may take a few extra minutes of […]

Media, Cannabis, and Holidays: How Do You Talk To Your Children About Drug Use?

Media, Cannabis, and Holidays: How Do You Talk To Your Children About Drug Use?

In 2017, TV hosts Anderson Cooper and co-host Andy Cohen did a segment on New Year’s Eve; they even lit a gas mask bong for an individual about to smoke marijuana, according to Fortune Magazine. At the time, the hosts were in Colorado, where marijuana is legal for both medicinal and recreational purposes. Although legal, […]

Managing PTSD At Work

Managing PTSD At Work

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects thousands of people each year, and you are not alone. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, irritability, anxiety, depression, paranoia, and more, which can certainly have a major impact on your workplace performance. If this is the case, it’s important that you seek treatment from a reputable treatment center, and not […]