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If you want to stop arguing all the time, avoid these mistakes.
They trudged into my therapy office, slumped down at opposite ends of my sofa, and glared at each other. This professional couple in their 50s had yet another fight on the way to their appointment. In theory, it was a continuation of something that started last night, but the truth was they had variations of the same row for the last five years.
Finding healthy ways to make sense of the experience and move forward.
One of the deepest sources of conflict in a relationship occurs when there’s a breach of trust. When we feel hurt or deceived by a partner, we often experience a sense of betrayal. Feeling blindsided by someone with whom we felt secure can trigger a wide range of emotions. It can be hard to unpack our internal experience in such a stirred-up state, much less resolve the issue with the other person.
If your loved one lives with anxiety, you may not always know how to help — but you can do plenty to support them.
Anxiety symptoms can cause the most distress for the person who experiences them. All the same, watching a loved one have a hard time with anxiety can prompt a different kind of pain, especially when you feel powerless to make a difference.
“Along with the usual treatments for depression, there are some things you can do to feel better in the moment.
When you’re living with depression, you might feel like you’ll never feel better. This is partly because things that you used to love doing don’t hold the same appeal anymore.
When is therapy the best choice?
Imagine for a moment, that you are going, on your own, to see a couples therapist about problems and issues in your intimate relationship, when they hit you with a barrage of troublesome questions: Is your partner willing to come in now, and if not now, then when? Would you rather just work in single therapy on your own issues? If the two of you agree to come in, can you afford a therapist for you, one for your partner, and one for the both of you?
Many of us were taught to fear conflict. In truth, conflict doesn't always mean things are bad, nor is conflict unusual in relationships. When we handle conflict with care, it can increase understanding and deepen intimacy in relationships.
Healthy and long-lasting relationships are filled with empathy, validation, and generosity. If your partner says and believes something you don't, try validating the world from "their" point of view instead of criticizing them.
With relapse rates sky-high in the majority of addiction programs, people struggling with addiction can find themselves in and out of treatment and rehabilitation programs for years. Often, people with addiction even leave a treatment program before completion.
Neurofeedback helps bring increased success to the treatment of addiction. Combining neurofeedback with other addiction treatments can help a person finally escape the cycle of addiction.
Sadness is a symptom of depression but often not the only one. Whether you’re living with depression, sadness, or grief, there are coping strategies and medical treatments to help.
When you experience a low mood, it can affect every part of your life. It can be challenging trying to determine whether what you’re feeling is sadness or something more. Grief after the recent loss of a loved one can make it even more complicated.
A boundary is simply a border, a line around us that teaches people how to respond to us. Knowing what healthy boundaries are and feeling entitled to have them is crucial to our whole lives and crucial to having a healthy relationship.
Without healthy boundaries, we can feel hurt, feel taken advantage of, over-give, feel depleted, and tolerate the not-tolerable. We need to know where we stop in any relationship, and someone else starts.