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Anxiety is driven by the reacting part of our brains. When you sense something that seems threatening, your body releases cortisol, the stress hormone that springs your body into action. This is called the stress response. For our ancient ancestors, this meant being on the ready to fight, take flight, or freeze (play dead) when facing scary threats, such as a fearsome saber-tooth tiger.
Depression is extremely common but that doesn’t make it easy to detect. In fact, most people who have it have family and friends that aren’t aware. And this makes the condition a lot harder to deal with.
Communication is the most crucial issue in marriage. It’s the most important thing a husband and wife can do together because communication transcends everything. Every cause of stress in marriage—kids, money, sex, etc.—can be addressed with honest, open communication.
You know when you see those three text dots and you feel panicked?
Recently I was in knots waiting for someone to reply to a request I had made. This was a different kind of request than I usually make. This was for more than I usually ask for. This request was a stretch, a dream.
There is a lot to be anxious about these days. Even those of us who are not normally anxious may be more anxious than usual because of all the uncertainty surrounding very important aspects of our lives, like our health, finances, societal institutions, and the future of the planet.
Feeling low? Wondering if you have depression? And if so, what you can do about it?
According to the CDC, 1 out of every 6 adults will experience depression during their lifetime. In the US, it will affect around 16 million Americans yearly.
When families get together, we hope for fun times characterized by love and bonding, but we often find that family conflicts occur during these times as well. In fact, in most families, there are longstanding patterns of interaction and roles that people traditionally play within these interactions. When adult children get together with family, they often find themselves slipping back into these patterns, something laughingly referred to as "revertigo."
Late one evening, my husband and I were arguing when I noticed our 6-month-old son. He’d been playing with his toys on the bed, but now he’d stopped. Instead, he was sitting, a toy laying lifeless in his lap, as he stared at his hands. He looked sad.
Research shows that uncertainty can be particularly hard. In a recent study, people were more stressed by the idea of a 50 percent chance of receiving an electric shock than if they knew for sure it was coming. If you've ever known someone who had to suffer the agony of a loved one being missing long-term, you may already have seen that at some point they were desperate just for answers—even if those answers were the worst-case scenario.