Eating our feelings: Learn About Emotional Cues

Have you ever heard the saying "Eating our feelings"? Well.. with the holidays around the corner, over-eating is on the rise! That said, it's important to learn how to curb our appetites, proverbially, or not. So, How do we learn to control ourselves during this time where overindulging is encouraged, condoned, and expected? The first [...]

Willpower and Self Control

Looking at a surprisingly high credit card balance, people wish for willpower. After eating that extra piece of cake, people wish for more control. After spending so much time on-line that work projects suffer, people wish for self control.  There are many situations in our daily lives that would benefit from willpower and self control. [...]

Perfectionism

If you want to excel at a particular endeavor and so set high standards for yourself, good for you! You have a passion and enjoy spending time engaging in it. If you base your self-worth on whether you succeed or not, then a good thing has been turned into something that can make you unhappy [...]

Seeking Therapy for the First Time

How do you know when it is time to see a therapist? The general rule of thumb is that it is always better to seek therapy at the first signs of a problem or issue. It is clearly documented that people who seek treatment do so at the latter stages of their disorder. They often [...]

Radical Acceptance

Radical Acceptance is one of the techniques utilized in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). I thought I could find out just what Radical Acceptance is by checking out the book entitled "Radical Acceptance" by Tara Brach, PhD (2003). Not surprisingly, this approach is about accepting ourselves. But it is not accepting just the good parts of [...]

Are you a ‘Take-the-edge-off-aholic’?

Most people in today's society know at least one person's life who has been affected by Addiction, whether the vice was drugs & alcohol, cigarettes or other behavioral/process addictions like gambling or sex, etc. However, the invisible population that hardly anyone talks about are a group called, 'Take-the-edge-off-aholics'. Take the edge off of what? Huh? [...]

Stressed and Overwhelmed

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 [...]

Anxiety Disorders and related Misconceptions

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 [...]

Anxiety and stress: Imagined Reality vs Reality

Anxiety and stress can affect how we perceive reality. We all react to our “imagined reality” of a situation, not the “reality” of it. Imagined reality is our perception of something. If you think that people are thinking negatively about you, you react as if they are in fact thinking negatively about you. This is [...]

Avoidance and Procrastination

Avoidance and Procrastination is something a lot of people experience. Have you ever struggled to start something you’ve been avoiding for a long time? Often anxiety is at the root of our procrastination. The act of avoidance initially provides relief to our feelings of anxiety but soon makes the task we are avoiding seem that [...]

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