Depressive illnesses are psychological ailments of the brain. Sufferers of depression may feel that they have to go on with life out of duty to perform but feel little or no desire to participate in the activities that even once used to bring them joy. We see this in the example of Major...
We have all at some point or another come across someone who constantly worries about other people. Those other people feel absolutely convinced that they can help everyone around them fix one or two things with their help, and this behavior often stems from a truly endearing character or...
Receiving a trauma diagnosis can feel either overwhelming or relieving. A person with this condition will need support to process the traumatic event and to avoid developing complications due to unresolved feelings. Mild cases of trauma can heal without the need of much additional help;...
One of the main goals of addiction treatment is to help addicts control difficult feelings while they practice life in sobriety. This task not only makes rehab pleasant, but it also allows recovering addicts to concentrate on what they are learning. To that effect, stress management has...
It is very common for people in addiction recovery communities to talk about codependency. This is a behavioral syndrome caused by proximity to the addiction or mental health disorders of a loved one. The manifestations of codependency include clinginess, constant justification and...
Mental preparation before rehab is instrumental to receiving the full benefits of the treatment program. This not only involves researching the program and knowing what to expect, but also dealing beforehand with overpowering fears that could hinder the effectiveness of addiction...
Healing from trauma is one of the main objectives in life of people who have been through traumatic events such as natural disasters, the death of a loved one, extreme violence, and other similar causes. For these people, recovering from trauma becomes a goal not only to have emotional...
Self-image, self-esteem and the ideal self are the three components of self-concept which is the broad view of one’s self. Self-image is what a person sees in herself, self-esteem is the extent to which a person values herself and the ideal self is what a person would like to be. All...
Last week you had one of the best days you’ve had in months, but today you do not have the energy to get out of bed. Sometimes you feel like you are on top of the world, but other times you can feel its entire weight on your shoulders. All this constant change in mood and mindset may...
As exciting as the holidays are, winter also brings along short, gray and cold days that can have a detrimental effect on your mental health. People often refer to the lowered state of mood during winter as the winter blues, but if symptoms persist as winter continues, you may be...
Differentiating depression from sadness can be difficult. Individuals may be sad and claim to be depressed, while individuals who are depressed may tell themselves and others they are only sad.  Depression is a clinical diagnosis, which if left untreated can worsen overtime, whereas...
Society often looks down on people who behave in ways that are outside the norm. For example, someone who frequently interrupts others may be viewed as inconsiderate, and someone who constantly rearranges objects may be viewed as strange. However, actions like these may actually indicate...