What Not to Say to Someone With OCD

If a friend or family member has obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), you probably want to do whatever you can to help them. But if you’ve never dealt with this disorder yourself, you might have a hard time figuring out what to say. Your goal should be to empathize with them and offer support, so with that in mind, you’ll want to...[ read more ]

Celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental health Awareness Week falls between May 10th and May 16th. The global initiative began as a way to start conversations about a topic that still retains much stigma. According to the Mental Health Foundation, 1 in 5 adults live with a mental illness, with 1 in 25 living with a serious mental illness. If you or a loved one...[ read more ]

Effects of Child Abuse on Adult Survivors

Each year in this country millions of children are the victims of child abuse at the hands of parents, guardians and other adults. Whether this abuse is physical, sexual, verbal or emotional, it can leave scars on their heart and psyche for many years.   Here are just some of the long-term effects of child abuse on adult survivors:  ...[ read more ]

Are you depressed or simply not motivated?

Are you depressed or simply not motivated? “I’m depressed”. We’ve all heard someone say it. We’ve probably said it ourselves. Depression is a serious matter, so we can’t dismiss such comments out of hand. But how can we tell if we’re actually depressed or simply lacking motivation? Both can share overlapping symptoms, but there are clear differences between the two...[ read more ]

What Is Disenfranchised Grief?

Disenfranchised grief is a type of grief that isn’t accepted or acknowledged by society. (This makes sense, as Merriam-Webster defines “disenfranchised” as being “deprived of some right, privilege, or immunity.”) For example, people may tell the grieving person that they should be “over it” by now. Unfortunately, when someone’s grief isn’t validated by those around them, they may not get...[ read more ]

9 Daily Habits That Can Boost Happiness

Are you struggling to find joy in your everyday life? If so, you’re not alone. Many people have a difficult time achieving happiness, and yet it’s critical for our health and well-being—happiness can reduce stress, lower our blood pressure, improve our cardiovascular health, strengthen our immune systems, and help us sleep better. Some studies show that being happy can even...[ read more ]

4 Common Types of Depression

Many people are familiar with depression, but only some are aware that there are actually numerous different forms of it. Below, we explore four of the most common types of depression. 1. Major Depressive Disorder For someone to be diagnosed with major depressive disorder, they must have experienced at least five symptoms of depression for at least two consecutive weeks,...[ read more ]

What if one of you doesn’t want to go to couples therapy?

One part of a couple wants counseling.

Couples therapy is everywhere these days, and for good reason. It's an effective tool when it comes to improving - even saving - a relationship. But what happens when only one member of a relationship wants to go to couples therapy? Navigating this situation is challenging. Here are several steps that can be taken to address it most effectively. First...[ read more ]

When should a couple seek therapy?

When should couples seek therapy?

Couples therapy can be a valuable resource for a relationship. Recognizing when to start this process is crucial for furthering a healthy partnership. And while there's no strict rules or timeline to start couples therapy, there are certain signs and situations that suggest that it might be time to consider therapy. Couples therapy makes sense when communication breakdowns become more...[ read more ]

How Cleaning Can Improve Your Mental Health

As the year is rushing by, you might have the urge to thoroughly clean your home. This commonly involves getting rid of items you no longer need and paying attention to areas that you often miss during regular cleaning sessions (for example, your baseboards, grout, and window treatments). Cleaning offers numerous physical benefits—in addition to providing a workout, it can...[ read more ]

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