Mood and anxiety · Therapy · Uncategorized

Cognitive therapy: mind conquers mood

"The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude." -- Oprah Winfrey Cognitive therapy (CT) is a powerful technique therapists use to help their clients deal with life's tougher moments.  It's used worldwide to help individuals overcome psychiatric problems like phobias, depression, anxiety, personality disorders,… Continue reading Cognitive therapy: mind conquers mood

Mood and anxiety · Uncategorized

Trauma-related disorders

"Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars." -- Khalil Jibran It's normal to feel afraid during a catastrophic event.  Emotions can be numb or painful, senses are heightened, and the "fight or flight" response kicks in.  Some people want to run.  Others find themselves shutting down… Continue reading Trauma-related disorders

Coping skills & self-soothing · Mood and anxiety · Trauma · Uncategorized

Ways to deal with PTSD triggers

We all come across things that trigger difficult memories, but for people with PTSD, these memories  jumpstart a cascade of internal events that washes on panic, horror, or rage. Then there are the triggered thoughts.   Sometimes they're clear and distressing  ("it's happening all over again" or "I deserve this"), at other times a jumbled… Continue reading Ways to deal with PTSD triggers

Autism spectrum and Asperger's · Friendship · Mood and anxiety · Uncategorized

For introverts and people on the spectrum: how to make friends out of strangers

So you’ve met someone you don’t know and it’s time to have a conversation, hopefully create a friendship, and your first tendency is to… run.  Sound familiar?  If talking to strangers feels like a bucketful of icy, cold water thrown in your direction, you’ve found the right spot.  This post is written for all shy,… Continue reading For introverts and people on the spectrum: how to make friends out of strangers

Coping skills & self-soothing · Mood and anxiety · Uncategorized

11 ways to overcoming all adversity

"It is what it is.  Isn't that how these things always go?  They are what they are.  We just get to cope." -- Mira Grant, Feed Okay, give me a minute.  Today I want to get up on my soap box and say "Yay!" to overcoming all adversity, finding the perfect life, and always knowing… Continue reading 11 ways to overcoming all adversity

Coping skills & self-soothing · Mood and anxiety · Uncategorized

Mindfulness to the rescue

Do you ever race through life, struggling to keep up?  It’s about that alarm clock going off in the mornings, a quick jump in the shower, an even quicker rush through breakfast, and the oh-so-disturbing traffic on your way to work when you’re running late.  It’s that busy busy-ness that pushes you through the day,… Continue reading Mindfulness to the rescue

Coping skills & self-soothing · Mood and anxiety · Uncategorized

Dealing with the worries

Anxiety in small doses can be healthy.  It signals when we're in danger and, when necessary, pushes us to make changes in our lives.  But anxiety stops being normal when it interferes with our ability to live life, when it leaves us paralyzed and affects our emotional and physical health in a negative way. Dealing… Continue reading Dealing with the worries

Coping skills & self-soothing · Mood and anxiety · Uncategorized

Dealing with depression

Depression takes away energy, hope, and motivation to do things, making it hard to get out of bed in the morning, never mind cope with the pervasive sadness and loss of interest in life that comes along with it.  At times it seems hopeless.  Despite this, you have more control over depression than you realize. … Continue reading Dealing with depression

Mood and anxiety · Psychosis/Schizophrenia · Uncategorized

Personal Crisis Plan: Getting Through The Hard Times

It's a good idea for anyone with a mental health condition to have a crisis plan at the ready, an outline for dealing with rough moments. The best time to write a crisis plan is when you’re doing well.  As you sit down and try to pull a plan together, consider what kinds of activities and services you sought out in… Continue reading Personal Crisis Plan: Getting Through The Hard Times

Coping skills & self-soothing · Mood and anxiety · Therapy · Uncategorized

What to Do When You’re Too Depressed to Think

This article is written for people who are too overwhelmed, sick, numb, or lost in depression to sort out their thoughts.  I say "thoughts" because a lot of therapies for depression require a person to examine and rearrange their "cognitions."  But what happens when mood gets so bad you barely have the energy to get… Continue reading What to Do When You’re Too Depressed to Think