Sadness and Depression

For many of my patients, this time of year brings memories and a struggle to get out of bed in the morning.  As odd as it sounds, the holidays are a way to mark time and they help people remember good things, but they also remember disappointment and trauma.  I hear about the loss of […]

What about stress?

As we move into the new year, we take all our issues from 2018 with us, so there is some benefit to talking about stress as we start the new year.  There is surely enough stress to go around.  The stock market is having issues.  Lots of people are out of work due to the […]

Depression and the Holidays

It’s that time of year again, and the holidays are around the corner.  Over the last week, I watched people start decorating their homes for the season.  The lights and the decorations are beautiful, and make me smile more than presents at this time of year.  There are shoppers already in the malls, getting presents […]

The Holidays

It’s that time of year again, and people are preparing for visits from family, getting ready for shopping, and struggling with grief as they celebrate for the first season without a loved one.  Some people love the holidays, and some would just like to fall asleep and wake up in January.  For many, the holidays […]

Fighting Injustice

Many of my patients are struggling with multiple mental health issues.  They struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma issues, paranoia, and so much more, but it’s also very common for my patients to be struggling with problems related to services.   Many times, they have been other places for help, and feel that they have been […]

Adjustment to Medical Issues

Adjustment Disorders are listed in the diagnostic manual for mental health disorders, and generally address emotional responses to events.  They can be in response to trauma and can be identified by the development of depression and anxiety or other mental health issues.  Adjustment disorders generally don’t last long term, and if they do, the practitioner […]

Managing Change

Change happens.  Just like death and taxes, change happens, weather you plan for it or not.  Things at home can change, and things at work can change.  Changes happen in family issues, and even with simple things like going to the grocery store.  Knowing that things will change can help you plan for how to […]

Reliving Trauma

On this, the eve of 9/11, there are many people who will remember tomorrow with sorrow and pain.   From our first responders to people who witnessed the events that changed our country (again), September 11th brings up many memories of the events that unfolded the day that planes were used to cause damage and […]

Overcoming Mental Health Issues

Living with mental health issues is hard.  At times the issues can overwhelm your life, keeping you isolated and lonely.  At other times, it can make risky situations worse causing other problems that need to be managed.  In my years as a therapist, I have worked with people struggling with so many mental health issues, […]

Attachment and Personality Disorders

I am not a research person, and hope to never be stuck in a lab, but over the years I have come into my own theories.  When I was researching Attachment Disorder early in my career, I continued to have the information in my mind as I began diagnosing related to mental health conditions.  As […]