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According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), anxiety disorders affect roughly 19 percent of people in the United States. Anxiety disorders often cause a wide variety of chronic symptoms, such as fatigue, headaches, gastrointestinal issues, and more. For some people, anxiety can even affect the way they speak, leading to speech that is faster, slower, or possibly even slurred..
You stare at your bedroom ceiling, willing yourself to go to sleep. Thoughts race through your head, holding your mind hostage. Or you ruminate on the awkward conversation you had with your boss on the way home from work.
Overthinking can happen at any time of day or night and can leave people frozen in indecision.
How do you fight feelings of being alone in a relationship?
Loneliness is a common experience. In 2019, 61% of Americans reported they were lonely. Forty-seven percent of adults said they sometimes or always felt their relationships were not meaningful. MDLinx, a news service for physicians reporting on loneliness, called it an “epidemic” and noted these statistics are “double the number affected a few decades ago.”
“I love him, but I’m not IN love with him anymore. What can I do?”
Shaunda, like so many other couples in my online immersion program, feels guilty, frustrated, and alone. So, the first thing I do is reassure her that she is in very good company. So many couples report marital boredom. They wish they could feel more excitement, more attraction, more fun.
Depression isn’t always obvious. In fact, some people go to great lengths to hide the symptoms of depression from the people around them — concealing the problem so well that they themselves may scarcely recognize it.
Red lights are not merely intended to slow us down. They appear on the road of life so that we don't blur the lines between stop and go. Today far too many of us are blowing through the intersections of our days and nights, only to end up on a hamster wheel, exhausted and running on empty.
Therapy can help couples with the skills they need to learn and the pain they need to process. But are you speaking honestly with your therapist?
“I have said to you to speak the truth is a painful thing. To be forced to tell lies is much worse.”- Oscar Wilde.
Getting help together is a part of addiction recovery.
Addiction has impacted your relationship. While thankfully the addiction is being addressed through some sort of recovery approach, now you are sorting through what all this has meant. Most importantly you are trying to stay on track with your own recovery and wellness because you realize you have to. For too long you feel like you have lost yourself in what seemed like the endless series of bad consequences in the aftermath of each episode of the addiction.
A change in season almost inevitably brings a change in mood for approximately 5 percent of the population. Although this occurs in spring or summer for a small number of people, seasonal-related mood disturbance is significantly more prevalent during the winter months. This makes sense, given winter’s shorter days, greyer skies, decreased sunlight, and lower Vitamin D production, not to mention the painfully bitter cold in many parts of the country.
Depression-caused anger is often present in depression, but there are daily activities we can do to lessen the anger, help us relax and feel more at peace. I try to do all of these activities each day or at least most days. None of them take much time. I'd like to share the activities that help me lessen the depression-caused anger I experience.
Know when you need a repair and how to re-engage with a spirit of curiosity and respect.
No matter how happy you are or how long you’ve been together, some conflict in your relationship is inevitable. But many people over my counseling career either didn’t see their parents working through problems or were exposed to verbal or physical abuse and thus learned to fear conflict. Sadly avoiding hard conversations leaves things unresolved and creates disconnection and dissatisfaction in the relationship.
KThe one conversation you must have every week for a healthy relationship
The State of the Union is a time to reflect on the relationship and share both things that are working well and things that need to be addressed. What I see with the couples I work with is that things build up over time and lead to either big fights or distance. Having a State of the Union conversation can help you stay connected and engaged in your relationship in an otherwise distracting world.