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Family

Talking with Your Child About Violence, Terrorism, and Disasters


Recently, I've had to explain events to my 10-year-old daughter that I struggled to comprehend myself: terrifying violence, natural disasters, and terrorism.

Only a few days ago in Las Vegas, a man killed more than 50 people and wounded 500-plus more. It wasn't in a war or a natural disaster. This was a man who did something horrendous and terrifying, something we don't have many answers for.

In September, I had conversations with my daughter about the volunteer...
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anxiety

Top 5 Unhealthy Ways of Thinking (and What to Do Instead)


When people struggle with anxiety or a high state of emotion, there are common unhealthy patterns of thinking that are destructive.

Black-and-white thinking. This is also called all-or-nothing thinking. For example, Alex gets into a fight with his mother-in-law and fumes, "she never listens to a word I'm saying!" There have been plenty of times that his mother-in-law has listened to him but in the moment he is unable to see that. His emotions are flooding...
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Family

Today, I am Good Enough

Today I am tired.

It's hot outside, I have things I know I need to do: laundry, yard work, housework, walking and bathing my dog Max, catching up on paperwork, working on continuing education and many other things.

All I want to do is sit on the couch in my air-conditioned house and binge on Netflix.

There's no real reason for me to feel this way. I'm caught up on sleep. I have a cold, but it's not...
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Depression

10 Things to Know When Someone You Love is Depressed.

Written by Jennifer Hargreave and Jenise Harmon, LISW-S

Here are a few things I've learned about supporting a loved one with mental health issues:

Anyone can suffer from depression. A person with depression could be your neighbor, your best friend, your child's teacher, your pastor, your partner. It can be you. Depression doesn't play favorites.
Someone who has depression may not appear to have it. It doesn't matter how positive, optimistic, "together" they are. They can still...
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Anger

The Black Dog of Depression



The other night I was awakened by the sound of a furious barking dog outside my house.

After 30 minutes of constant barking, I stepped outside and saw the neighbor’s black dog running around as if in a panic, trying to get into his home. No one came to the door.

Eventually the police were called, and they tried in vain to catch the skittish dog. The dog would approach the officers, and then...
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anxiety

10 Steps to Overcoming Frustration

Frustration. It happens to everyone at one time or another. It can make you angry, feel anxious, and be very overwhelming.

When you're frustrated, it can feel like nothing is under your control and everything is chaos. It's hard to know where to begin. When you're flooded with emotion, it's difficult to think straight.

How do you calm down and begin to tame those feelings when they come up? Where do you begin?

Here are ten steps to help you...
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General

10 Ways Animals Improve Mental Health


More and more, animals are becoming a part of people's lives. According to a Harris Poll, more than 3 in 5 American households have pets. That's 62% of families have one or more dogs, cats, birds, or pets like snakes, turtles, lizards, tarantulas, or any of the multitude of other non-traditional animals.

So how long have animals been in relationship with humans?

Researchers estimate that dogs first became domesticated between 18,800...
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Depression

A Client’s Bill of Rights — Our Top 10

When people come in for therapy, they're not at their best. No one comes for counseling when everything is fine. People come because their lives have gotten out of control, when they're hurting, confused, anxious, depressed, or scared.

In the midst of finding a therapist, scheduling a first appointment, and meeting this person who you entrust with the deepest part of yourself, you may not think about your rights as a client or patient.

As a therapist,...
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