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Is What I’m Feeling An Actual Disorder?

Diagnostic criteria are what treating professionals look at when a client comes to them for treatment. To have a mental illness, an individual must meet the diagnostic criteria. Similarly, one could be having a few symptoms but not meet the criteria for the actual disorder. This is often the case with common feelings of anxiety.Read More

How To Give Support To A Trauma Victim

Trauma victims often need extra layers of support. Some of their wounds may be invisible, but the wounds are there. They may cover it up with a large smile, but the pain is hidden below. If someone you love has experienced trauma, it’s important to know how to handle their feelings and what they needRead More

The Three Pillars Of CBT

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a talk therapy that can be extremely beneficial for those with mental illnesses and substance use disorders. With CBT, the goal is to help the individual understand that their thoughts are impacting their actions. There are three pillars of CBT that ultimately drive the sessions, although usually unconsciously. Villa TranquilRead More

Dealing With Distress

Stress doesn’t always have to be negative. There is a kind of stress that can be positive: eustress. Eustress can be beneficial to you because it can increase your productivity. Of course, this is if it is handled correctly. Too much stress is harmful. Negative stress is called distress. Distress can have negative impacts onRead More

Self-Talk‌ ‌Can‌ ‌Be‌ ‌Powerful‌

How you talk to yourself matters. Much of what we say to ourselves on a daily basis is unconscious. We go through our day and our experiences influence our thoughts, which influence how we feel. Then, how we feel influences our actions. It’s a cycle that can be extremely powerful if you let it. YouRead More

Mindfulness Basics

Planet Mindful released an article titled, “Learning to live with yourself.” Front and center on the first page is a great reminder for their readers: “Mindfulness is not designed to take you away from the difficulties in your life, but to help you accommodate them more comfortably.”  For some, mindfulness can seem like a lofty thingRead More

Reducing Your Anxiety In One Week

Anxiety is a common thing that many people deal with. You don’t have to have an anxiety disorder to want to reduce your stress. Everyone can learn healthy ways to cope with stress and anxiety. Nerves can act up seemingly out of nowhere. In Prevention Guide, authors Brenza and Rockwood offer tips to help reduce anxiety. ReadRead More

Facing Your Impulsivity

Dealing with impulsive behavior can be a difficult thing. Everyone has these moments, though. You eat that extra piece of cake because your sweet tooth tells you to, or you may buy something just for the heck of it. We all do these things occasionally. Occasionally is the keyword here. Some people, however, cannot controlRead More

Talking To A Loved One About Suicide

We know that suicide can be a scary topic to discuss. Oftentimes, people think that asking about suicide can “plant the seed.” This isn’t true. If you think someone is struggling, you must start the conversation. It’s vital to ask someone if they are struggling and thinking of hurting themselves. It may be scary, butRead More

Common Signs Of Anxiety

40 million American adults suffer from an anxiety disorder, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. It is so much more common than most people think. Not every bout of anxiety is a disorder, though. Anxiety, in general, is something that everyone deals with. Most people learn how to adequately deal with the anxietyRead More