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.
Social media can be an enjoyable pastime, and serve our mental wellbeing in several ways. It can enhance our sense of connection to others, especially if we don’t live near those we know or if we are unable to go out to socialize as often as we’d like due to work or health issues. Social media can provide a distraction from boredom or the stress of daily life. It also offers fun in the form of memes, bonding in the form of posts or tweets by likeminded friends, ideas such as various “life hacks” or recipes, and it can be a source for community news, like product recalls or lost pets.
Stress. It is common for people seeking counseling to mention it as a primary symptom. Experiencing stress and being overwhelmed for a prolonged period of time can contribute to, cause, or exacerbate many mental health and physical health conditions. Research shows the importance of reducing stress to prevent development of depression, panic attacks, cardiovascular conditions, and other problems. Part of the problem is that we find
Managing Risk Factors for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
The previous two articles about Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD) dealt with myths and risk factors. This article will focus on what to do with all this information; how to manage any risks you may have so you can feel prepared instead of scared.