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INFORMATION AND SELF-HELP PREPARATION
This section provides more information about different disorders or conditions in the mental health field to help inform you and help prepare us for therapy together. Follow the links for excellent resources for gaining accurate and helpful information and self-help strategies to help prepare for counseling.
Please note that the information in these sites is not meant to be a substitute for mental health counseling.
Abuse can affect virtually anyone from all walks of life, including men, women, children, and seniors. Abuse can take form in physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, neglect, or even self-inflicted harm.
Whether you’re the abused, the abuser, or a concerned friend or family member, it’s important to know that there is help available. By learning about the different types of abuse and what you can do to stop or prevent it, you can make a huge difference in your own or someone else’s life.
It takes courage and strength to face up to any type of addiction, whether it’s substance-based or behavior-based. But no matter how bad the addiction or how powerless you feel, there is hope and help available. Even if you have tried and failed before, do not give up.
Recovery is a process, and there are bound to be some bumps in the road. But you can overcome your addiction by learning how to cope in ways that are constructive rather than destructive to yourself and others.
We all know what anxiety feels like. Your heart pounds before a big presentation or a tough exam. You get butterflies in your stomach during a first date. You worry and fret over family problems or feel jittery at the prospect of asking the boss for a raise. These are all natural reactions.
However, in today’s hectic world, many of us often feel anxious outside of these challenging situations as well. If worries, fears, or anxiety attacks seem overwhelming and are impacting your daily life, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder. Fortunately, in addition to counseling, there are plenty of things you can do to help yourself and reduce your anxiety symptoms, control anxiety attacks, and regain control of your life.
The extreme highs and lows of mania and depression can hurt your job and school performance, damage your relationships, and disrupt your daily life. But you're not powerless when it comes to bipolar disorder.
Understanding the signs and symptoms and seeking professional help are the first steps to managing your symptoms and staying on track. But beyond the treatment you get from your doctor or therapist, there are many things you can do to help yourself, including surrounding yourself with people you can count on, making healthy lifestyle choices, and monitoring your moods.
Feeling down from time to time is a normal part of life. But when emptiness and despair take hold and refuse to go away, it may be depression. More than just the temporary "blues," the lows of depression make it tough to function and enjoy life.
Depression can make you feel helpless, hopeless, or empty and numb; but there’s a lot you can do to change how you feel. With help and support, you can overcome depression and get your life back.
The key to recovery is to start small and take things one day at a time. Feeling better takes time, but you can get there if you make positive choices for yourself each day and draw on the support of others.
Looking after your emotional health is just as important as caring for your physical health. People who are emotionally healthy are in control of their emotions and behavior. They are able to handle life's inevitable challenges, build strong relationships, and lead productive, fulfilling lives. They bounce back when bad things happen and can manage stress without falling apart.
If your emotional health isn't as solid as you'd like it to be, here's the good news: just as you can improve your physical fitness by working at it, you can improve your emotional fitness, too. There are many things you can do to boost your mood, build resilience, and get more enjoyment out of life.
It takes time and commitment to build emotional health, but there's a huge payoff. The more you make healthy choices that strengthen your emotional health, the better you'll feel.
You may associate grief with the death of a loved one, but any loss can cause grief, including the loss of a relationship, your health, your job, or a cherished dream. After a significant loss, you may experience all kinds of difficult and surprising emotions, such as shock, anger, or guilt. Sometimes it may feel like the sadness will never go away.
While these emotions can feel very painful, accepting them as part of the grieving process and allowing yourself to feel what you feel is necessary for healing.
As you deal with your loss, remember that there is no order or timetable for grief. Everyone grieves differently, but there are healthy ways to cope and heal from the pain.
The emotional aftermath of traumatic events can be every bit as devastating as any physical trauma. Whether trauma stems from a personal tragedy or loss, a natural disaster, or other overwhelming life experiences, it can shatter our sense of security, making us feel vulnerable, helpless, and even numb.
There is no right or wrong way to feel after traumatic events. But there are many strategies that can help you work through feelings of pain, fear, and grief and regain your emotional equilibrium. Whether the traumatic event happened years ago or yesterday, you can heal and move on.
Healthy relationships require loving connection. This involves a personal willingness to adapt and change and an interpersonal commitment to be emotionally aware, responsive to needs, and able to communicate with respect and authenticity. Thankfully, these skills can be learned. If there is emotional hurt in the relationship, these help to repair and heal the broken bonds.
If your relationship is less than you need or want, or even if it is in trouble, there are important steps you can take to repair trust and rebuild a satisfying and meaningful connection.
Sexual Addiction is best described as a persistent compulsion to act out sexually despite increasing negative consequences to self and others. Similar to other addictions, individuals develop a relationship with their "object of choice" – a relationship that takes precedence over any and all other aspects of their lives. People with sexual addiction often have underlying emotional triggers such as stress, anxiety, depression, and shame that drive their sexual behavior.
Following the road to recovery is not an easy journey, but through this journey you can find hope and healing.
Shame and vulnerability researcher Dr. Brené Brown says that shame is an "intensely painful feeling or experience of believing we are flawed and therefore unworthy of acceptance and belonging." Shame is a primitive human emotion we all feel—and the one no one wants to talk about.
Building resilience to shame helps you become more aware of shame's effects and allows you to handle shame reactions in a healthier way.
In small doses, stress helps you to stay focused, energetic, and alert. But when stress becomes overwhelming, it can damage your health, your mood, your productivity, your relationships, and your quality of life.
Everyone experiences stress differently but there are some common warning signs and symptoms. Stress can easily creep up on you so that being frazzled and overwhelmed starts to feel normal. You may not realize how much it’s affecting you, even as it takes a heavy toll on your mind, body, and behavior.
You can protect yourself by learning how to recognize the signs and symptoms of stress overload and taking steps to reduce its harmful effects.
Although it may seem like the business world has its own unique requirements, the same strategies and skills that lead to mental and emotional health in your personal life will help you succeed on the job and find a fulfilling career.
In work—as in everyday life—your ability to communicate clearly, build satisfying relationships, regulate stress, and resolve conflict in healthy ways are essential to success. Best of all, these are all skills that can be learned and mastered.
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