|What is the difference between depression and sadness? Often times, people may say "I'm feeling really depressed today" and while this person may be experiencing feelings of sadness, low energy, or just feeling really down in general, being diagnosed with a depressive condition is much different than an experience of short-term unhappiness.
|You may have heard about the new breed of therapists getting rave reviews from the therapeutic community at large, as well as independent news sources; Pet Therapists.
|Addiction is a term most people are familiar with because of the immense difficulties and emotional heartache associated with going through addiction concerns or knowing an individual who is suffering from the reliance on substances. By gaining knowledge and understanding of the causes, impacts and supports or treatments available, we can all help reduce the occurrence and suffering of those impacted by addiction.
|So far in this series focusing on addiction, we have explored the definition and the impacts of addiction. In this article, we will explore ways of coping with the impacts of addiction including a section on how individuals who are caring or concerned about a loved one with addiction can cope.
|According to the World Health Organization, at least 15.3 million people in the US have drug use disorders and an estimated 76.3 million people in the world have an alcohol use disorder. For many people, even if you have not experienced an addiction yourself, you may know someone in your immediate or extended family or social circle who has struggled with the impacts of an addiction.
|As a therapist and mental health blogger I spend a lot of time exploring the emotional aspects of peoples lives and if there is one thing I have learned from this experience it's that emotions rarely stay fixed. Our emotional landscape is always changing and may be influenced by the events in our lives, the chemistry make-up inside our brains, and so many different aspects of our lives.
|A wellness blog like the one you have just landed on is a great place to become more informed about topics focusing on mental health such as anxiety and depression or to explore strategies centered around self-care or even how to build self-compassion within yourself.
|We've all had those days when it seems like nothing is going right... you wake up in the morning only to realize you slept through your alarm! You race to get ready, skipping breakfast, end up missing the bus, and getting to work half an hour late. Your coworker asks you how your morning has been and you automatically snap at them.
|How many times have you checked your email today? Can you count the number of visits you have made to social media sites or connected with friends (near or far) through text messages in the past few hours? What kind of device are you reading this article on right now?
|Carl Rogers, the founder of the humanistic or client-centered approach to psychology, once said: “A person is a fluid process, not a fixed and static entity; a flowing river of change, not a block of solid material; a continually changing constellation of potentialities, not a fixed quantity of traits.”