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What To Do When You’ve Said The Wrong Thing

There are so many things you can say that can be hurtful to someone dealing with a mental illness or addiction. It may seem like there’s more that could be said wrong that what’s right to say. There are words you should avoid so that you are not stigmatizing those that are struggling. What youRead 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

How Do I Identify A Drug Overdose?

Substance use disorders can wreak havoc on users, especially during the holiday time. Some people who use may have made a resolution to stop using. While you should encourage them and their resolution, it’s important to also know that relapses do happen to those trying to stop using. A relapse isn’t a sign of failure;Read More

Negative Thoughts And Cognitive Distortions

Negative thoughts are a struggle that everyone deals with. They can be complicated or masked for some people as cognitive distortions. Cognitive distortions are ways your mind tricks you into thinking negative thoughts. Oftentimes, these cognitive distortions have become so commonplace in your mind that you don’t even know they are there. This only feedsRead More

The 5 Facets Of Emotional Intelligence

Many people are familiar with IQ: Intelligence Quotient. IQ can be tested via a quiz that explores the different aspects of intelligence. An IQ test, however, does not test for emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is an extremely important quality to have. It’s also essential for bettering your mental health. Emotional intelligence understands how important itRead More

Focus On What’s In Your Control

Coming to terms with what is in your control or out of your control can be difficult. You may not want to deal with something that is actually in your control, or you may be too focused on something that’s out of your control. Many people use control as a defense mechanism. Individuals like thisRead More

Grieving a Loss

Grief can be a whirlpool of emotions. You may be able to get through one stage of grief but then get stuck in another. Getting stuck in one stage can look like going around and around for a long time — you aren’t making any progress. You may feel like life has come crashing downRead More

From Comfort to Growth

We often stay in our comfort zone because, well, it’s comfortable — but is comfort good for us? While yes, we feel safe and in control in our comfort zones, we don’t grow there. We don’t push ourselves to learn more and be better and truly grow. Comfort and growth are mutually exclusive. We tradeRead More

Dealing with Self-Harm Urges

Some individuals who are dealing with extreme feelings cope by self-harming. Self-harm can bring momentary relief for some individuals, but once the relief has subsided, they are left wanting more. Self-harm urges can be a lot to deal with, especially when someone is in a vulnerable state. Self-harm urges indicate that there are deeper emotionalRead More

C-PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that many people are familiar with. PTSD occurs after a traumatic event. When triggered, individuals with PTSD suddenly find themselves in “fight or flight” mode. “Fight or flight” is a response that occurs when an individual believes there is a threat. Their brain and body immediately goRead More