How Well Do You Recognize and Take Control in Stressful Situations? Find Out Here

We’ve all found ourselves in stressful situations and felt that tense, knot-in-the-stomach sort of feeling that hijacks our thoughts and emotions. When we feel stressed out, it’s hard to concentrate on anything other than the situation that’s creating anxiety.  Ever wondered what makes a day-to-day interaction become a stressful situation or when acute anxiety becomes chronic stress? Let’s dig a …

Social Anxiety Disorder – What It Is and How To Treat It

A friend turns down invitations to gatherings that will include more than three or four people she knows. A family member accepts invitations but always backs out at the last minute. You accept whatever reason they offer but wonder if there’s something more going on. Could they be struggling with social anxiety disorder? Social anxiety disorder. Social phobia. Different names….the …

Looking for Ways to Help Depression Holistically? 4 Natural Ways to Fight It

Have you ever known a friend or family member to struggle with sadness they couldn’t seem to shake? Maybe you’ve struggled that way and wondered if what you were feeling was just sadness or if you were wrestling with depression symptoms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, depression affected nearly 5% of the US adult population in …

How Do You Live With a Loved One with Mental Illness?

Mental illness is getting a lot more media coverage as of late. A quick online search brings up stories about a Colorado representative fighting against the stigma of mental illness, a New Jersey school providing more mental health therapy resources for its students, and the latest Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report on the state of teenagers’ mental health in …

Let’s Talk About Antidepressants

Antidepressants are medicines used to treat a variety of depression and anxiety disorders. Most clinical physicians will use antidepressants to help treat disorders including, but not limited to:  Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)  Generalized anxiety disorders  Social anxiety disorder  Obsessive compulsive disorders Childhood bedwetting Bipolar disorder Depression (major depressive disorder) Borderline personality disorder  Prevalence Of Antidepressant Use   Studies suggest that …

Caring For Someone With PTSD

A person living with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has their own unique challenges that, with professional help, can eventually be overcome. However, living with someone who suffers PTSD is also challenging, especially when the symptoms of PTSD may last for months and even years… But again, obtaining proper professional help can help make life better. It’s important to first …

Youth Addiction: It’s Not Just Opioids

The numbers are alarming. 1 in 5 teens have abused prescription medications. 21% of high school seniors report using marijuana in the past month. And almost 1 in 3 parents wrongly believe they have no choices in preventing teen drug abuse. In fact, the data shows that parental involvement is the strongest factor in preventing drug abuse among young people. …

Living (And Thriving) With Social Anxiety Disorder

Understanding the difference between social anxiety disorder (SAD) and general anxiety is key in getting a proper diagnosis and treatment. Anxiety (defined as feelings of tension, fear and stress that can cause physical changes such as an increased heart rate) is a normal response to stress, perceived stress, or future stressful events. If you ever played sports, you probably felt …

Borderline Personality Disorder Explained

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is one of the most misunderstood and misdiagnosed mental health conditions… in part because the symptoms usually only appear in response to dealing with anger in a personal relationship. This makes many people feel like they should not say anything (for fear of upsetting a loved one or a friend, or out of shame and embarrassment …

Dry Mouth: A Surprising Side Effect

You have probably experienced dry mouth, sometimes referred to as “cotton mouth.” Maybe it happened on a warm summer day… or after a strenuous workout. Maybe you were just dehydrated because you went too long without drinking enough water. You know the feeling—when your mouth is sticky-dry and your tongue feels like sandpaper. You find it hard to swallow, talk …