Posts filed under: Depression and Anxiety

Improved Self-Image Starts with How You Think and Act

“Why are you drinking?” demanded the little prince. “So that I may forget,” replied the tippler. “Forget what?” inquired the little prince, who already was sorry for him. “Forget that I am ashamed,” the tippler confessed, hanging his head. “Ashamed......
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Erika’s Story: When is a Suicide Threat Just a Threat?

September is National Suicide Prevention Month.  This week we take a look at another aspect of this serious mental health issue. Suicide.  The word evokes emotions ranging from sadness to guilt to anger.  Most of us can’t imagine what might......
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Positive Outcomes: Aging with Intention

The oldest baby boomers (the generation born between 1946 and 1964) are turning 70 this year. With an estimated 76 million total boomers, the issues around aging are about to take center stage like no other time in history.  In......
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Life as a House

Please enjoy this blog written by Karin Bustamante, MA, LPC, one of our therapists here at Maria Droste Counseling Center. Karin works with clients on a number of issues and areas, including life transitions, grief, anxiety, depression, emotional and/or physical......
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How heavy is your glass?

This story went around the Internet a while ago:  A Harvard psychology professor gave a lecture.  She started by holding up a glass of water.  The students assumed she would ask the obvious question, is the glass half full or......
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Coping with Infertility: You Don’t Have to Do It Alone

Having a baby is one of the most natural and universal experiences human beings have – unless you are struggling with infertility. For millions of people, the inability to have this most common experience can lead to a heightened sense......
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The Psychology of Self-Harm

Self-harm Adolescence, that complex time of sorting out what it means to be an adult when you’re still a kid, can feel like a long string of missteps with, perhaps, a few intermittent successes.  This is often when we first......
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The Word of the Year: Mindfulness – What is it? What can it do for me?

What is mindfulness? “Mindfulness is a state of relaxed and alert attention of the present moment. It involves focusing just on what’s happening now,” writes clinical psychologist Sophie Henshaw. A lack of mindfulness manifests in several ways: constant racing thoughts,......
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Positive Outcomes: Stop carrying that invisible weight!

It’s a common theme these days: I have everything I need and things are generally okay, but I have an ongoing sense of unease… Something is missing or preventing me from fully experiencing life… I want to feel that there......
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Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy, Humanity, and Strength of Mind

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 18 with a......
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How to Keep the Media from Increasing Your Stress: Media Coverage Perpetuates Stigma Surrounding Mental Health, Series Conclusion

In our third and final post for the Media Coverage and Mental Health series, we explored how the news stigmatizes mental illness and misrepresents the vast majority of those who seek mental health care. Most Americans had likely never heard......
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How to Keep the Media from Increasing Your Stress: Sydney’s Story, Part Two of Three

 This is the second of a series of three posts looking at how incessant media coverage in this day and age of sensational, and too often disturbing headlines, can impact your mental health. In our first post, we explored the......
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How to Keep the Media from Increasing Your Stress: A Three Part Series

Over the next three posts, we’re going to look at media coverage in relation to mental health through the following questions: What are the general effects of the deluge of information media coverage feeds to the public? How does the......
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Worry Overkill

by Marta Oko-Riebau “I can’t get to sleep, I think about the implications of diving in too deep, and possibly the complications… Especially at night – I worry over situations I know will be all right, perhaps it’s just imagination…......
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Dazed and Confused… Daylight Savings Time

by Dawn Goers, MA  As I was lying in bed earlier this week, before the sun came up, I began lamenting the idea of getting out of bed while it was still dark, and for a brief moment I got......
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Beat the Holiday Blues

If you’re feeling sad or depressed while everyone else around you seems to be singing along to Christmas carols, excitedly buying presents, or planning for the holiday party at work, you aren’t alone. It’s not unusual to feel this way......
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Phobias: When Specific Fears Control You

by Chris Lewis Ed.S., LPC Airplanes. Flight. Flying. Those are just a few of the words that for a good chunk of my life would have sent my heart rate soaring just upon hearing or seeing them. In fact, the......
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High Anxiety: Three Simple Ways to Calm Your Nerves

by Chris Lewis Ed.S., LPC Anxiety is by far the most common mental health condition, affecting over 90% of the population of the United States at one time or another in our lifetimes. Anxiety can span from a mild case......
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How Many More Days till the Holidays?

by Hazel Field Melmed, LCSW When we hear these words our hearts start to race and we might feel a knot in our stomach or experience some other stress reaction. Holidays are often difficult for some of us. This might......
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Out of the Shadows: Dealing with Depression

October is National Depression Education and Awareness Month. After decades of being a “hidden illness,” depression is now recognized as a legitimate health risk that affects 21 million people worldwide [World Health Organization]. It is disabling and can be characterized......
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Six Natural Ways to Manage Depression

by Lisa Ransford, LPC, CACII Depression is a serious condition that affects 1 in 10 people in the United States. Women are 70% more likely than men to experience depression during their lifetime, and the average age of onset is......
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Dr. Dog: How Your Pet Can Improve Your Health

by Jo Brilhart, RN, Psy.D, LPC People have bonded with animals for thousands of years. One of the oldest pieces of evidence of this was discovered in Israel when a 12,000 year old skeleton was found with its hand resting......
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