Most of us carry around messages we received in childhood about the world, about others, and about ourselves. We receive messages from the outside world–our family members, friends, teachers–all throughout our lives. The messages we receive about ourselves can be positive or negative. The negative messages we receive, even at an early age, can lead […]
There are times when we create problems for ourselves or over complicate things in our lives. Sometimes we believe that EVERYTHING is urgent and must be attended to right now OR ELSE. Sometimes emergencies can feel very commonplace. This sense of urgency oftentimes drives the behavior of people with controlling or obsessive personalities or those […]
In the year 1935, Bill Wilson (Bill W) and Dr. Robert Smith (Dr. Bob) founded the most famous program for Alcoholics that we know today as AA (Alcoholics Anonymous). Over the last century, Many other 12 step programs have been created from the AA roots including; NA (Narcotics Anonymous), OA (Overeaters Anonymous), GA (Gamblers Anonymous), ACOA (Adult Children of […]
This is one of the most challenging games at the arcade, and a lot of fun, since you get to whack at something with a huge mallet and no one gets hurt, or files a lawsuit. It’s also something that reminds me of the game anxiety likes to play, with high stakes, since it plays […]
Now that the winter season is ending, there is much we can learn from it about factors that impact our emotional health. In the winter, the temperatures are (generally) low, there’s less sunlight and often people are required to stay inside for longer periods of time. As a result, we can sometimes find our emotions […]
Welcome to September, kids are back in school, summer vacations are over, quarterly work stresses start building, and then your car breaks down. You find you just want to scream or cry because you are feeling so stressed and overwhelmed.
Welcome to life in America where we honor achievement and success even when it is attained […]
Anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental illness in America, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. The condition affects 40 million adults in the United States. That’s 18 percent of the U.S. population. Despite this, people with anxiety disorders still live with a stigma often associated with invisible conditions.
Many people with […]
The Power of Being Broken
I’ve recently come across an article written by Julie Peters that introduced me to a very interesting figure that I wanted to pass on. Meet Akhilandeshvari, (pronounced ah-kee-LAN-desh-va-ree) we’ll call her Akhilanda for short. She is the Hindu goddess of Never-Not-Broken. She derives her power from always being broken; in flux, […]
In the last couple of years, we have seen a significant increase in media coverage of sexual assault and abuse. From institutionalized sexual abuse in places of worship, membership organizations, schools, and universities, it seems impossible not to come across another story of another victimization.
Despite such increased awareness, there is still much to be learned […]
George Carlin once joked that the evolution of the term Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) removed the impact of the condition, essentially meaning the more syllables and words we add, the more detached from the issue we become. To a certain degree, he was right, however what we have now understood as PTSD has come a […]