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Am I Crazy? When Things Fall Apart…

"I found myself curled up into the fetal position, crying. I don't understand where this came from. Am I crazy?"

"I'm falling apart at work. I get angry at the smallest things and snap at people. Sometimes I need to excuse myself from meetings because I get emotional. Am I crazy?"

"No one understands me. They say I'm too sensitive. I do seem to feel things deeper than other people do and I get hurt so easily. I don't understand why I can't snap out of it. Am I crazy?"

"Sometimes I feel like life has no meaning, no purpose. I want to be happy and be a better person but these thoughts keep coming up for me and it's making me miserable. Am I crazy?"

By |2020-02-18T09:35:45+00:00September 6th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Help! Someone I Love has a Mental Illness

Depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, personality disorder, OCD, ADHD and so on. These words strike fear into the hearts of mothers, fathers and partners. When you first suspect that your loved one is sick, it can be confusing and frightening, for them and also for you. You question yourself and them - is it real, how do I help, what does this mean, can't you get over it, did I do something wrong? 

By |2015-04-04T16:18:08+00:00April 4th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Bipolar Disorder: Grieving the Loss of the Manic Highs

"I don't want to feel numbed out. I don't feel like me when I'm on meds."

Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder with really low lows (depression), and really high highs (mania).  People with bipolar want to get rid of the lows, but the highs can actually feel pretty good.  A lot of people with bipolar are extremely creative and highly productive during their manic periods.  A number of artists and high level executives use their manic periods to drive their careers. Is it any surprise, then, that some people with bipolar don't want to take medication for fear of loosing their creativity or productivity?

By |2020-02-18T09:52:35+00:00March 31st, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Take a Moment for Mindfulness

Mindfulness is one of the fastest growing areas in psychology research.  It's been empirically shown to improve feelings of happiness, reduce depression, reduce stress, improve relationship satisfaction, decrease rumination ( spinning thoughts), decrease emotional reactivity, improve focus and memory. It's even been shown to help with chronic pain and to improve immune system function. 

So why isn't everyone on the planet doing daily mindfulness practice?

By |2020-02-18T09:56:06+00:00March 22nd, 2015|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Can pets help relieve depression and PTSD?

"Pets offer an unconditional love that can be very helpful to people with depression," says Ian Cook, MD, a psychiatrist and director of the Depression Research and Clinic Program at UCLA.

We all struggle from time to time with feeling down, stressed out, or lonely, whether or not we have a diagnosed mental health problem.  Research shows that animals reduce tension and improve mood.  Along with therapy and possibly medications, pets can help people with mild to moderate symptoms.  Here's a couple of ways that pets could help you if you're feeling low...

By |2014-12-28T03:26:53+00:00December 28th, 2014|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Reach out and touch someone: the importance of companionship for mental health

We live in a digital world. Email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram...  This is fantastic technology and it lets us connect with people across the globe and stay in touch with distant friends and family.  Unfortunately technology has a side effect.   It can make it very easy to lose actual human contact.  

By |2020-02-18T10:09:15+00:00December 20th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments