3 Busted Myths About Recovering Addicts

Addiction is complex. And because of this complexity, there tend to be a lot of opinions, and yes, even myths surrounding it. In my practice, I have spoken to many addicts and loved ones of addicts, and I have found similar questions come up over and over again. Unfortunately, I am also aware that these myths and questions stand in the way...[ read more ]

How to Help Manage a Loved One’s Anxiety

When a friend or loved one suffers from anxiety, it can be intimidating or frustrating trying to help them cope. Panic and anxiety attacks can leave the anxiety sufferer feeling any number of symptoms, and you may feel helpless and unable to support them. Here are some tips to help you manage a loved one’s anxiety.ListenLet your loved one know...[ read more ]

Do I Have PTSD? Recognizing the Signs

As shocking instances of mass shootings continue to occur all over the United States, we often hear people talk about Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. Frequently associated with post-war veterans and victims of mass violence, PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can develop in people who’ve experienced or witnessed a traumatic or life-threatening event. However, there are many other instances...[ read more ]

Feeling Disconnected? Here are 3 Ways to Reconnect

Thanks to Hollywood, many couples have been led to believe the secret to reconnecting and rekindling the passion is through a Caribbean cruise, sports cars, or jewelry. But the reality is, once there’s a disconnect between partners, gifts and vacations simply won’t cut it. It may seem counterintuitive, but love is mended not through grandiose deeds, but through small acts...[ read more ]

Parenting the Highly Sensitive Child

If your child is sensitive to the emotions of others, worrisome and easily overwhelmed by changes or new people and environments, you may have a highly sensitive child. Parenting can be demanding, and parenting a highly sensitive child can present additional challenges. However, with a few simple strategies, you can better manage everyday problems and create a more peaceful home...[ read more ]

How to Help Children when They Hear about Tragedies

How to Help Children when They Hear about Tragedies It’s difficult to know what to do when our kids hear about trauma and natural disasters. The latest research points to the utter futility of being able to shield our children from any form of violence. According to Caroline Knorr, parenting editor for Common Sense Media, an online resource for vetting...[ read more ]

3 Ways Individual Counseling Can Help Your Marriage

Even happily married couples can hit obstacles along the way. When this happens, couples can either go it alone and try to work through their issues themselves, or they can seek the guidance of a trained and experienced marriage counselor. While some couples feel their problems should be kept private, many more are finding the value of seeking help from...[ read more ]

How To Talk to Someone Who Is Depressed

How to Talk to Someone Who Is Depressed When someone you care about is depressed, it is often very difficult to figure out how to talk to them. Sometimes it seems impossible.   It is unfortunate but talking to a depressed person in normal ways can make the person feel misunderstood and even more isolated. If you have never suffered from...[ read more ]

Why Someone Suffering From Depression Can’t Just ‘Get Over It’

When talking about depression, a lot of people forget that depression is an illness that requires proper attention and treatment. If you’re depressed, it can be incredibly frustrating to hear things like “Just get over it”, “You’re being really dramatic”, “You have to be strong”, “Learn to deal with it”, “Happiness is a choice”. You might start to think of...[ read more ]

New Year’s Blues?

New Year’s Blues? January is a tough month. The joy and/or hype of the holiday season has come and gone and here in Maryland, as well as many parts of the country, it is really cold. So it’s difficult to get outside and do much and it’s easy to be isolated. And then there are the whole "New Year New You"...[ read more ]
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