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Understanding Anxiety: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

Understanding Anxiety: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

Whether you're a teen trying to cope with the pressures of school or an adult trying to figure out how to create balance, anxiety can significantly disrupt your quality of life. Let’s explore some common symptoms, causes, and treatments of anxiety to help you...

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Unpacking EMDR

Unpacking EMDR

Unpacking EMDR:    The Ultimate Guide to Overcoming Anxiety and Trauma Over the past four years, terms like trauma, anxiety, and therapy have been trending across social media. There's also been a surge in people being more empowered to seek knowledge about their...

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Grief with EMDR Therapy

Grief with EMDR Therapy

Navigating Grief with EMDR Therapy: A Journey to Healing I was afraid of attaching to anyone because I didn’t want to make myself vulnerable to the pain of losing them if they died. It’s hard to focus on hope amidst the waves of sorrow, and the last thing I wanted to...

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Healing Together

Healing Together

Healing Together Six Benefits of Group Healing for Depression Introduction Some of the most common statements made by sufferers of depression are, “No one understands me,” “I feel alone,” and ”there’s something wrong with me.” Depression often leads to feelings of...

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Stressed and Anxious

Stressed and Anxious

Stressed and Anxious Stressed and Anxious: Understanding the Difference Between Stress and Anxiety Introduction The terms stress and anxiety are more widely accepted than in past times and are now used interchangeably. Stress is a precursor to anxiety, but they are...

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Depressed in Silence!

Depressed in Silence!

Depressed in Silence! All roads take you on a journey; you don't have to travel through this life alone. Sometimes life seems like a long lonely road to nowhere. Most of us walk around pretending that we have it all together, even when we're hanging on by a thread....

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Four Reasons Why Teenagers Rebel

Four Reasons Why Teenagers Rebel

Four Reasons Why Teenagers Rebel I recently facilitated a rap session with a group of teens and young adults ages 16 to 19. They identified one of their main stressors as their parents’ unintentional oppressive tendencies. They were frustrated with the dictatorship...

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5 Reasons Why Young Adults get Depressed

5 Reasons Why Young Adults get Depressed

5 Reasons Why Young Adults get Depressed There is a gross misperception that when an individual enters young adulthood (between the ages of 18 to 29) they transition into a state of bliss, fun and contentment. On the contrary, it can be extremely difficult to adjust...

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Suicide is Not For Cowards!

Suicide is Not For Cowards!

Suicide is Not For Cowards! Last week was National Suicide Prevention Week, and it hit me hard, especially when I was reminded that suicide is the third leading cause of death among children and young adults from ages 10 to 24. I thought about all the people I knew...

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Anxiety in Men

Anxiety in Men

Anxiety in Men He was sitting behind his desk at work and his chest started to feel like bricks were piling up on top of it; he was sweating, experiencing shortness of breath, and had a headache. Furthermore, he hadn't had a good night's sleep in weeks. He sat there...

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The Day I lost my 3 a.m. Friend

The Day I lost my 3 a.m. Friend

The Day I lost my 3 a.m. Friend... Some days I wake up feeling like I can conquer the world, then fate throws me a curve ball. I often catch it, but sometimes I miss. When I lose, my courage wavers and I begin to feel unworthy, hopeless and anxious. If I consider...

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I Didn’t know I was depressed

I Didn’t know I was depressed

I Didn't know I was depressed Christopher's steps were pronounced when he walked he dragged his feet and his gaze was sporadic.  He had no enthusiasm, didn't care for friends, and he had bags under his eyes. Christopher's childhood was spent in a home where his name...

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Anxiety: Commonly Unperceived Factors

Anxiety: Commonly Unperceived Factors

Anxiety: Commonly Unperceived Factors Anxiety disorders are recognized as the leading mental health illness in the United States, yet only 36 percent of the American population diagnosed with anxiety receives treatment. Do you wonder why this occurs? Anxiety disorders...

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THE BREAKUP

THE BREAKUP

THE BREAKUP Dear Anxiety: I remember the first time I met you; I was confident, determined and carefree. You appeared out of nowhere, as if you were lurking in the background, waiting for the chance to take advantage of me. I was introduced to you by a family member...

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What’s There to Be Anxious About?

What’s There to Be Anxious About?

What's There to Be Anxious About? I sat across from her watching her squirm in agony. Several people tried to help her, but she refused to let them help. I could tell she was embarrassed. She curled into a fetal position in her seat and hung her head low. The flight...

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Anxious and Hiding

Anxious and Hiding

Anxious and Hiding Just one glance and you would be mesmerized by his tall stature, his deep voice and his confidence. After one conversation you would want to learn more about him. His stare was intense and inviting, and he was jovial. I approached him and introduced...

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I’m Afraid to Feel!

I’m Afraid to Feel!

I'm Afraid to Feel! Close your eyes, take a deep belly breath, exhale! As simple as these instructions may sound, they are not always that easy for so many individuals who suffer with anxiety to follow. Many of us avoid our feelings because they scare us, cause...

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your body will rebel

your body will rebel

your body will rebel! Think of something that recently made you upset. Where do you feel it in your body? Many of us have stopped living inside of our bodies because we are afraid of feeling. Instead, we live in our minds where negativity and distortion dominate. Your...

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What is Anxiety

What is Anxiety

What is Anxiety I like to think of anxiety as a red flag-a sign that I have lost my ability to control the outcome of a situation. Researchers define anxiety as an emotion associated with intense feelings, worrisome thoughts, extreme apprehension, or fear. Anxiety...

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Signs of Depression

Signs of Depression

Signs of Depression How does someone go from being happy and hard-working to sad, sluggish, and distant? How does someone who was once so lively and energetic lose their energy and motivation? Does this sound like you or someone you know? Feeling sad sometimes is...

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Seasonal Depression

Seasonal Depression

Seasonal Depression The onset of the fall and winter months brings with it a lot of excitement. Everyone readily anticipates the arrival of Thanksgiving and Christmas, but there is also something else that can come with these events - seasonal affective disorder....

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Your Anxiety is Real

Your Anxiety is Real

Your Anxiety is Real What happens when you don’t recognize your anxiety problem or just accept as just a normal part of your life? Maybe you don’t see yourself as someone with a real mental illness, and maybe you think that the nervous feelings you get in social...

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Emotional Freedom

Emotional Freedom

Emotional Freedom I’ll admit I was a bit skeptical at first. It all seemed too easy. I wondered how something that has caused me so much stress and anxiety could be relieved just by tapping and repeating a phrase. My initial intensity was about a seven out of ten;...

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5 Common Mental Health Myths

5 Common Mental Health Myths

5 Common Mental Health Myths 1. Medication is the only way to treat a mental health issue. While some people who suffer from mental health illnesses do require medication to manage their symptoms, medication is only one part of the equation. Therapy is also an...

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