Sleep deprivation and its association with amplified negative emotions

No matter where you are or what you do, escaping those one or two sleepless nights may seem inevitable! In fact, a latest study claims that 1 in 3 people in the United States does not get proper sleep. Although you may not find it concerning, an extended period of sleep deprivation can have severely [...]

Postpartum Depression and Psychosis: The Monster that’s much more than just Baby Blues

has Postpartum depression (PPD) is not only a major global health concern but also the most ubiquitous complication associated with childbirth. According to a review published in 2005, 19% of the women in the United States were diagnosed annually with PPD. Another latest study claims that 1 in 7 women experience postpartum depression in the [...]

Making Meaning When Terrible Things Happen

In their book, Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle, Emily Nagoski, Ph.D. and Amelia Nagoski, DMA (2019) write about what they call the “Something Larger”, or the source of meaning in our lives. Sources of meaning can be the pursuit and achievement of certain goals, service to a spiritual calling, connection with others, [...]

Dr. Caruso has advice for Pandemic induced stress

Dr. Caruso offers guidance on executive functioning stress Have you been experiencing difficulty focusing, or been having difficulty with your motivation to do things you used to do or to plan for your future? These executive functioning skills are how our brains help us to set goals, create plans, and to carry out those plans. [...]

How Does Therapy Work and How can it Help?

Perhaps you've had the idea of going to see a therapist, but are afraid you are going to end up telling your life story to someone who only nods their head and writes on a note pad the entire time, barely engaged.  Actually, psychotherapy has changed quite a bit since the early days of the [...]

Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

We’re entering a new year and with that comes the infamous New Year's resolutions. Every year it seems like “eating healthy”, “losing weight”, and “getting in shape” are at the top of everyone’s list for the most sought-after aspirations, but every year it seems like our resolutions get lost in the shuffle of everyday life. [...]

Mental Health and COVID-19: How to Talk to Teens About it

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has had an affect on the mental health of adults, children, and teenagers. Socialization with friends and peers has been limited because of the quarantine, causing many teenagers to feel isolated and withdrawn. Now that teenagers are returning to school, the affect of COVID-19 on their mental health is even more apparent. [...]

Nurturing Resilience to Life Challenges

Counseling has historically focused on reducing emotional distress and limiting risk factors for optimal mental health. Resilience psychology is an example of a component of psychotherapy that promotes personal growth in response to adversity and trauma. With regard to the current viral pandemic, promoting resilience and nurturing resilience can be an effective way to help [...]

Tips for Sobriety During Quarantine

Sobriety is an ongoing process that requires a daily commitment to recovery goals. Those in recovery know that it is essential to have a strong support system to maintain sobriety. This is especially true for those who are in early recovery. Other factors that help individuals in recovery include having daily structure and positive routines. [...]

You Don’t Need To Be a People Pleaser

Are you being taken advantage of in order to avoid a potential conflict. Being a People Pleaser can hurt your own mental health. A people pleaser is a type of person who are "too nice", almost always putting everyone else's needs before their own. They never say "no", are always volunteering to help, [...]

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