Recovering from Trauma

There are many kinds of trauma that people go through, and many ways that people manage that trauma to recover.  The important thing is to manage the trauma and be able to move beyond it to get your life back.  Part of recovering your life is being able to think about a life after the […]

Substance Abuse: Our National Problem

Our nation has an epidemic related to pain medication.  In the past, doctors prescribed benzodiazepines (benzos) and opiate drugs like candy.  It seemed like a good idea at the time, but now as research reviews the practice, long term issues are better understood.   That on top of the already significant issues related to alcohol […]

Transition to a New Therapist

Finding a good therapist to help you manage issues is important, but sometimes, you have to transition to another therapist.  Therapists are human, just like everyone else, so if they work for an agency, they might leave, move to a different agency, or move to a different area.  There are other reasons that they may […]

Mental Health Stigma

Most mental health statistics will say that 25% of people are diagnosed with mental health issues, but I would argue that most people can fit a mental health diagnosis at some point in their lives.  The problem is that many people who have mental health issues don’t get help because they are afraid of the […]

My Happy Place Doesn’t Work

For most people, there are ups and downs.  There is anxiety, depression, happiness, and sadness.  That said, for most the feelings pass and they are able to find their way back to a positive mood.  For some, however, they get stuck in a low place, or slide into depression.  Working your way out of depression […]

Social Media, A Review

Social media has become an important resource, but also an important business in current times.  It gives people ways to stay in touch across the world, as moving becomes more common, and living your lifetime in your hometown becomes very uncommon.  Sharing pictures and events with family, and being able to stay in touch has […]

Surviving Infedelity

Surviving infidelity can be done, but it takes time, honesty, and patience.  For so many couples, infidelity can mean the end of relationships.  The pain associated with the loss can be devastating and change the course of the couple’s life, for better, or worse.  How the issue comes to light, the communication as a result, […]

Talking About Depression

Depression is a common emotion that most people experience at some time in life.  Just like happiness or sadness, depression can come from an event or situation, and when the symptoms escalate, there is help.   Depression can cause weight loss, or gain.  It can create sleep issues, and affect work and relationships.  It can […]

Attachment Theory and Child Development

Early in my career, I wanted to work with kids.  I did my internship in foster care and adoption, and learned so much from my time there.  I worked with kids coming from horrible situations.  I saw families working toward adoption.  I went to court to relate progress, or lack there of, related to reunification […]

How to Find Help

We have talked about finding a good therapist, but it’s worth talking about again.  I have now been involved in mental health for almost 25 years, and I have seen lots of things over the years.  There has been new diagnosis, misunderstood diagnosis, over used diagnosis, but it all boils down to the mental health […]