Mental Health

Research Implications: Severe Mental Illness Linked With Lower Physical Activity

Research Implications: Severe Mental Illness Linked With Lower Physical Activity

There’s no doubt that mental illness can take a toll on so many aspects of daily life. For many of us, mental illness leads us away from activities we used to love, people we used to spend our time with, projects we used to pursue, and much more. If you’ve struggled with mental illness, you […]

How Important is My Workplace When It Comes to My Mental Health?

How Important is My Workplace When It Comes to My Mental Health?

Writer Annie Dillard once stated, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” According to Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, the average person will spend 90,000 hours of work over the period of their lifetime. With this much time at work taking place, it’s crucial to work in a place that is […]

The Interplay Between Action and Confidence in OCD

The Interplay Between Action and Confidence in OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) affects millions of people around the world and is characterized by obsessions (recurring, unwanted thoughts) and compulsions (rituals). For many with this disorder, compulsions such as cleaning, hoarding, repeatedly checking, counting, and other repetitive behaviors are distressing and can greatly interfere with daily life. Those with OCD typically cannot control their thoughts, […]

Warning: Self-Medication Is Very Dangerous for Your Physical and Mental Health

Warning: Self-Medication Is Very Dangerous for Your Physical and Mental Health

Consider the following scenario. You’ve had a long day at work. You come home very stressed and tense – you have been struggling with depression and anxiety for several months now and when you get home, you feel so upset you can barely have a conversation with your significant other. You sit down while watching […]

What Are Some Healthy Coping Strategies for OCD?

What Are Some Healthy Coping Strategies for OCD?

If you’ve ever experienced recurring thoughts that bring you anxiety or discomfort, you’ve likely experienced some of the effects of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). OCD obsessions are thoughts, images, or impulses that occur over and over again, and those thoughts are truly out of our control. Many people with obsessions have OCD about contamination, making things […]

Yoga for Depression and Anxiety: A Holistic Approach

Yoga for Depression and Anxiety: A Holistic Approach

Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice derived in India; as a major practice now in the United States, the Yoga in America study found that 20.4 million Americans are practicing yoga each year! Yoga involves a variety of positions and breathing techniques to help soothe the mind and body. Yoga has been shown […]

What Should I Do If I Feel I’ve Received an Incorrect Diagnosis?

What Should I Do If I Feel I’ve Received an Incorrect Diagnosis?

As stated by the Washington Post, the National Academy of Medicine reported in 2015 that most people will receive an incorrect diagnosis regarding a serious condition at least once in their lives; estimates report that 12 million people (5% of adults) who attend outpatient care receive misdiagnoses annually. This is a vast number of lives […]

What is Black and White Thinking?

What is Black and White Thinking?

Consider the following phrases: “Everyone hates me.” “Things are never going to get better.” “Either I get this job, or I’m a failure.” These are examples of black and white thinking, which may also be coined as “splitting”. For many people, these phrases appear from time to time, especially when one is frustrated or trying […]

Evidence-Based Interventions to Incorporate Mental Wellness in the Workplace

Evidence-Based Interventions to Incorporate Mental Wellness in the Workplace

Mental illness is one of the leading causes of workplace absence and lost productivity, costing businesses around America approximately 300,000 jobs per year, according to BBC News.  Harvard Medical School states that 80 million days are lost at work every year because of mental illness, making this a major concern for organizations nationwide. By speaking […]

What Types of Anxiety Disorders Are Out There?

What Types of Anxiety Disorders Are Out There?

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), nearly 40 million adults in the United States experience anxiety disorders – although highly treatable, reports show that only 36.9% of individuals actually seek treatment. Anxiety disorders can significantly affect a person’s daily life, including their school, work, family life, social encounters and friendships, finances, […]

What are Obsessions and Compulsions?

What are Obsessions and Compulsions?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) affects approximately 1 in 40 adults in the United States. Many people have disturbing thoughts at times, but those with OCD experience recurring thoughts that compel them to act in some way – these are called obsessions and compulsions. This negative cycle of anxious thinking and doing can make it difficult to […]

What is the Difference Between Borderline Personality Disorder & Histrionic Personality Disorder?

What is the Difference Between Borderline Personality Disorder & Histrionic Personality Disorder?

Personality disorders sometimes have overlapping symptoms, as many disorders involve some degree of instability in mood and/or coping mechanisms, impulsivity, motivation and energy, and more. In fact, many people with personality disorders have trouble keeping and maintaining social relationships, as their perceptions of themselves and others may be skewed or unstable at times. If you’ve […]

3 Key Signs of Emotional Instability

3 Key Signs of Emotional Instability

As young children, we can’t control what does or doesn’t happen to us. We don’t have a say in the way our parents raised us, and we develop thought and behavioral patterns that are informed by those around us in our environment. Sometimes traumatic events occur when we’re young, and other times the effects of […]

Could Ketamine Help Treat Depression?

Could Ketamine Help Treat Depression?

Categorized as a “dissociative anesthetic”, ketamine has often been utilized for it’s tranquilizing effect by helping to prevent pain and discomfort. Despite use for pain and pre-surgery operations, however, ketamine is being increasingly used to treat major depressive disorder and depressive phases of bipolar disorder; Anne Stallings, a woman who has struggled with major depression […]

Mood Swings Matter

Mood Swings Matter

Everyone has a baseline for their emotional experiences. We are all prone to the occasional episode of being extremely upset or sad, as well as the occasional episode of being extremely happy and elated. Venturing off into the highest and lowest areas of our emotional range from our baseline is perfectly normal on occasion. People […]

Why Is Swallowing My Anger Bad?

Why Is Swallowing My Anger Bad?

In our last QA we discussed anger: where it comes from, how it functions, what’s beneath the surface of anger, and how it affects our lives. We talked about how people notice our anger whether our anger is outright or not.  Dry often, when our anger isn’t in full expression, it is the most noticeable. […]

Improve Your Focus With These Easy Steps

Improve Your Focus With These Easy Steps

In our previous blog, we discussed the ways trauma impacts the mind and body, as well as how the effects of trauma can cause difficulty concentrating. Find Your Distractions: You can’t start to work on concentration without discovering what it is that distracts you. More than likely you struggle from one of three kinds of […]

Where Does My Anger Come From?

Where Does My Anger Come From?

Everything we know about our anger, we learn from somewhere in our loves. Most often, we get our cues about anger from our parents and the people who have a for,stove role in raising us. We watch their reactions listen to the volume of their voice and the choice in their words. We watch them […]

What Do I Do When I’m Feeling Irritable?

What Do I Do When I’m Feeling Irritable?

Feeling irritated is irritating, plain and simple. You feel irritable, which makes everything around you feel irritable too. You don’t want to be bothered, but can’t help it, because everything is bothering you. You’re on edge, you’re uptight, you’re moody, and you’re just irritated. The most irritating part of being irritated is when you cannot […]

Will I Ever Be Able To Relax If I Have PTSD?

Will I Ever Be Able To Relax If I Have PTSD?

Hyperarousal and hypervigilance are two common symptoms of PTSD, post traumatic stress disorder. When any system in our mind or body is hyper, it is excited, overstimulated and on edge. Hyper systems are acting more quickly and rashly than necessary, picking up every possible stimulus which occurs. For example, when our sympathetic nervous system is […]

What Do I Do When Unexpected Memories Pop Up?

What Do I Do When Unexpected Memories Pop Up?

In our last two blogs, we’ve covered the topic of unexpected memories when living with trauma or in trauma recovery. We’ve discussed the way traumatic moments impact the brain and cause information to compartmentalize when there is no room for processing it. Even though we don’t always know that we have memories stored deep away […]

When Helplessness Is Learned

When Helplessness Is Learned

A mother is sitting in her favorite chair. With a faint whimper in her voice, she asks her child, “Please go get a glass of water for Mommy.” She may or may not offer a reason why she can’t get up and get it herself. Perhaps she’s tired. Perhaps her back hurts. Perhaps she simply […]

Risk-Taking Isn’t Always A Problem

Risk-Taking Isn’t Always A Problem

Whether we are brand new to the idea of recovery or seasoned veterans of the recovery lifestyle, our attachment to the idea of risk-taking may still be influenced by a small bit of fear. Trauma can take many forms in our lives, some of which cause us to take risks which put our lives, our […]

Will Treatment Help Me Access My Memories?

Will Treatment Help Me Access My Memories?

Trauma is overwhelming to the mind and body. The reality of what is happening in a traumatic moment is incomprehensible to our brain. Our sense of reality, safety, and security are shattered in the same instant that chaos, urgency, and life-threatening danger could be taking place. Even though we aren’t capable of fully processing trauma […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

For Adults With Psychiatric Disorders Does Trauma Influence Social Behaviors?

For Adults With Psychiatric Disorders Does Trauma Influence Social Behaviors?

Head to any park, preschool, or playground and you will witness the very demonstration of social cognition in development. Young children are learning how to interact with one another, what rules apply to social situations, how to recognize feelings in other, developing a sense of empathy, deciding how to respond to others, and much more. […]

ADHD In The UK

ADHD In The UK

A patient seeking care for ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, can be as high as seven thousand euro per patient per year, according to Medical News Daily in their article, “The ADHD Brain Retrained”. Approximately four million children throughout Europe struggle with their ability to focus, pay attention, absorb information, stay organized, and control their […]

Waiting In The Queue Is A Test Of Recovery

Waiting In The Queue Is A Test Of Recovery

Nobody likes waiting in the queue. A queue is fine when it is short, speedy, and effortless. Even a longer queue is manageable when it is moving at a decently efficient pace. Yet a long queue, a long, insufferable, slow, unmanageable queue is enough to test anyone’s patience. We have to listen to conversations we […]

Two Ways To Stop Feeling Inadequate

Two Ways To Stop Feeling Inadequate

Trauma can cause us to develop a new set of insecurities and a new sense of inadequacy unlike any we have had before. We don’t feel like we belong to “everyone else” anymore because we have been through something which makes us feel distinctly different. Inadequacy is a matter of perspective and changing our perspective […]

Your Feelings Don’t Need To Be “Dealt” With

Your Feelings Don’t Need To Be “Dealt” With

We use the word “deal” too often when we talk about our emotional experiences. I’m feeling stressed, I need to deal with it. I’m really sad lately, I can’t seem to deal with the loss of my cat. I can’t deal with my depression. My anger needs to be dealt with. The word “deal”, in […]

Anger As A Response To Trauma

Anger As A Response To Trauma

Anger throbs through our entire body when we are really set off. It’s more than rage, fear, sadness, or frustration. Anger is part of our fight or flight response, the survival mechanism which has stayed in the human body for thousands of years. As our anger fires through our bloodstream, we feel like we could […]

Could Doing Good Be Doing You Harm?

Could Doing Good Be Doing You Harm?

Charity work, volunteering, and supporting nonprofit organizations is considered a healthy, productive, healing part of life. Despite the various traumas and stressors we have to endure in our lives, we are considerably lucky. Most of us in the modern world have food, shelter, water, a semblance of health, and live relatively safe lives. Not all […]

A New Source Of Symptoms: Concussions Can Lead To PTSD Symptoms

A New Source Of Symptoms: Concussions Can Lead To PTSD Symptoms

A study from researchers at the Universities Texas, El Paso and Louisiana, Lafayette in the United States has found that athletes who endure concussions inside of their sports or outside of their sports have a chance of experiencing symptoms of PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder. Concussions are a form of physical trauma. Revealing research has made […]

Are Train Drivers Affected By Death On The Tracks?

Are Train Drivers Affected By Death On The Tracks?

Watching someone make the decision to take their life is a trauma only few of us know. Imagining being privy to such a situation, we usually like to think we’d speak up, shout, offer comfort, or do whatever we could to try and get that person to change their mind about suicide. If we are […]

How Can I Determine My Attachment Pattern?

How Can I Determine My Attachment Pattern?

If you come to realize you have a problematic attachment pattern, you are either suspicious of a traumatic event in your childhood or fully aware of one that took place. At any given point in time of our lives, we are impacted by all of our life events, good, bad, or in between. We are […]

What Are The Kinds Of Attachment Patterns?

What Are The Kinds Of Attachment Patterns?

In our previous Question & Answer, we examined attachment patterns, how they are formed, what kinds of attachment patterns we can develop, and why understanding our attachment patterns matters. We learned that attachment patterns are often rooted in trauma and can shape our entire lives without our realizing it. Trauma in early childhood can be […]

Beloved Spice Girl Mel B Opens Up About PTSD and EMDR

Beloved Spice Girl Mel B Opens Up About PTSD and EMDR

In August of 2018, gossip columns were reporting that “Mel B”, host of America’s Got Talent, well known “Scary Spice” of the Spice Girls, and British icon, was seeking rehab. Recently, Mel B had opened up about having difficulties with alcohol abuse and unregulated sexual behaviors. Naturally, the media read her comments as “alcoholism” and […]

What is an Attachment Pattern?

What is an Attachment Pattern?

We develop an attachment pattern in our earliest childhood years depending on our bond most specifically with our mother, but also with our father and other caretakers. How we react to intimacy or closeness with our parent as well as how we respond to distance and insecurity with our parent defines the way we attach […]

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 […]

How Do I Survive A Panic Attack?

How Do I Survive A Panic Attack?

People often confuse anxiety and panic. Understandably, panic and anxiety are easy to confuse. Panic disorder falls under the general category of anxiety disorders. Panic attacks can be a symptom of anxiety or occur as a standalone event of anxiety. There is, however, a distinct difference between anxiety and panic. Though both an anxiety and […]

Digital Media Could Be Worsening ADHD In Children

Digital Media Could Be Worsening ADHD In Children

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is seemingly a common diagnosis among children. Criticism has come against the over-diagnosing of children with ADHD, but the symptoms in children prevail. ADHD can manifest from a variety of origin issues, including parental problems, divorce, abuse in the home, and other traumas. Some research has linked hyperactivity in children to […]