Anxiety: What’s The Worst That Could Happen?

Of the mental health difficulties and struggles that Americans cope with, anxiety is the most prevalent.  Anxiety disorders impact almost 20% of us, while the experience of being anxious, ruminative, or frightened is an almost universal feeling.  Almost half of those diagnosed with an anxiety disorder also have a co-occurring depression disorder, and those that Read More…

Preventing Suicide

While the stigma surrounding mental health issues has improved with time, suicide continues to be a topic filled with shame, fear, and unspoken thoughts.  The potential for suicide can strike any person, family or situation, though there are specific risk factors that may increase the risk of suicide.  The efforts to prevent suicide include conversations, Read More…

Coming Back From Adversity

Adversity – another word for difficulties, bad luck, or misfortunes.  We all experience adversity, but the key is in how we respond.  Some people crumble in the face of adversity – the challenge is a major stumbling block, and there becomes a domino effect of catastrophe in multiple areas of life, even areas that were Read More…

Holiday Survival Tips

There is a lot that goes into the holidays, and in this busy holiday season, when Thanksgiving runs right into Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas and New Years – not to mention end of the year parties, holiday celebrations can quickly become overwhelming.  A big culprit for the heightened emotions and overwhelm of the holidays is stress, Read More…

What Is Baby Brain?

Recently, Katie Sardone, PhD, of Behavioral Health Dallas, offered tips and suggestions for helping new parents mentally adjust to the arrival of a new baby.  As she was sharing, Dr. Sardone also spoke of some of the changes that occur, mentally and emotionally, during pregnancy. While much of the preparation for baby includes preparing nurseries, Read More…

Mentally Preparing for After Baby Comes

The anticipation of expecting a new baby comes with months of physical preparations, from frequent doctor visits to constructing cribs and changing tables.  However, for new parents, emotional and mental health preparation is critical as well.   There are many resources available about what to pack for the hospital, but the need for an emotional “toolbox” Read More…

Therapy Helps. . .but How?

The idea of starting a therapeutic journey is intimidating, scary, and often is a choice that is not considered lightly.  Anecdotes that clients share include being “dragged” to therapy by a family member, being told that they need “help” as an insult, or an idea that came from an inner voice saying that something is Read More…

Tools for Tackling Trauma

As it is defined, trauma is the response that a person has to an event or experience that is disturbing or distressing.  More so, it is the psychological and emotional impact that a person feels, though physiological impact is also a common symptom and experience of trauma.  It is interesting that the trauma is not Read More…

What is Resilience?

Resilience can be defined as the ability to cope with stressors, and then return to the pre-crisis state.  How we respond to setbacks can be an important key in our self-esteem, our belief in our abilities, and our interpretation of the stressful event in the first place.  As we have learned more about how the Read More…

Could My Child Be Depressed?

Depression in children looks much different than it does in adults, and this can often be confusing for the adults that surround a child who is displaying behavioral or social difficulties.  Children do not have the emotional vocabulary, nor the ability to self-examine and express their inner world as effectively as an adult can.  Parents Read More…