Recent advances in virtual reality technology have expanded its capabilities in a variety of different fields, from conducting surgery to teaching soldiers about real-life battle applications. However, ever since the 1990’s, virtual reality has continuously been experimented with therapeutic applications. Recently, though, the usage of virtual reality has begun to ramp up as these experiments …Continue Reading »
One surprising trend among people who suffer from a generalized anxiety disorder is that they tend to love horror films. This might seem counterintuitive. If you already were suffering from anxiety, why would you want to watch a cinematic work where the primary purpose was to evoke anxiety and fear out of you. However, as …Continue Reading »
The acceptance of our full humanity allows us to accept another’s full humanity.
Our appropriate guilt, shame, and remorse allows us to connect to the guilt, shame, and remorse of our patients.
Our own survival allows us to walk into the journey of survival with another.
Our partially or wholly-healed woundedness allows us to connect …Continue Reading »
Because it doesn’t leave a visible scar, emotional abuse is oftentimes overlooked and allowed in relationships (romantic or otherwise). In fact, sometimes neither the abuser nor the victim recognize what is happening as emotional abuse. However, it is very real and can leave permanent damage on the victim’s self worth. Listed below are forms of …Continue Reading »
With winter here in full swing, it’s easy to get weighed down by the “winter blues”. But what causes us to feel down in the winter months? What you are calling the “winter blues” may actually be Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), or seasonal depression. SAD is most often caused by the change in sunlight with …Continue Reading »
Let’s face it: mental illnesses and therapists have gotten a pretty bad wrap through the years. Again and again, getting help for mental illnesses is paired with a negative social stigma. However, going to therapy could be the best decision you can make for your mental health. Therapists work hard to help you find understanding …Continue Reading »
If you are a trauma survivor, you have a challenging journey ahead of you, but this healing process can also be empowering. Healing from trauma and abuse teaches us how to engage in self-care and express ourselves. In addition, you can connect with other survivors to find comfort, validation and support. For trauma and abuse …Continue Reading »
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of seasonal depression triggered by the change is seasons, usually in winter. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, between 4 and 6 percent of people in the United States suffer from SAD. Another 10 to 20 percent may experience a mild form of winter-onset SAD. This …Continue Reading »
The holiday season is here, and with it comes plenty of reasons to be stressed out and anxious. For many people, the biggest source of holiday stress is family, the dinner, the obligations, the possibility of arguments and the burden of tradition. If you’re fighting clinical depression or anxiety, or if you’ve had problems in …Continue Reading »
Mental health issues are very common and can make life difficult to handle. Fortunately, there are many ways to combat mental health issues and start feeling better. Here are seven tips you can try the next time you’re struggling with anxiety, depression or another mental health concern:
Track gratitude and achievement with a journal
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