There are few things that can make a person feel more helpless than watching a loved one suffer. When someone we care deeply about is experiencing depression or anxiety it can often feel as though they are a million miles away, or at the bottom of a deep pit, unreachable. And worse, at times it can seem as if they don’t even want our help. They may lash out and push us away. So here are some steps to spotting depression or anxiety in your loved one. Are they depressed, or just angry? What are the signs they are in trouble and need help? And what can you do about it?
Common symptoms of Depression and Anxiety: [Read more…]
One of the things I hear from people when they have difficulty starting in therapy is, “I know what to do so I don’t need to see a therapist right now.” I usually respond with, “I get that.” Whatever issues you may be struggling with, whether it be dealing with addictions, coping with depression or marital problems, knowledge or insight of the problem and what to do is only half the puzzle. You wouldn’t say, I don’t need to see my chiropractor for my back problems because I know what to do. Likewise, you wouldn’t say, I know what is wrong with my molar so I can put off that dentist appointment.
Combating Stress Using the Stress Continuum*
Although your inner distress is normal, it is important to keep in mind stress can fluctuate over time. The key to combating stress is not to avoid stress but not to expect to jump in and solve all your problems either. When you are in pain, it may feel as if avoiding the pain is worthwhile. Avoiding stress however, keeps you from timely resources that can help you alleviate the stress. Here are a few steps to combating stress. [Read more…]
Even as technology increases exponentially, with the ever-present goal to simplify our lives and ease our task load, it seems our lives just become more complicated and busy somehow. With all we have at our fingertips, life can feel very overwhelming at times. It becomes very important to take care of yourself amidst all the chaos life can present. Yet, how to do that and still take care of the things and people around us? Here are eight ways to try to manage that balancing act.
Practice good boundaries.