Overcoming Traumatic Events

We have talked about trauma before, but so many of my patients struggle with trauma issues.  Trauma can as simple as a car accident, to the loss of a loved one, to sexual or physical assault.  Trauma events are experienced differently, and what might be traumatic for one person, might not be traumatic for someone […]

Take Time to Enjoy Family

Things today get crazy.  With so many events and responsibilities pulling at our time, sometimes it’s hard to remember to prioritize the more important things.  I know I struggle with the hats that I wear.  Sometimes, it’s hard to divide time to make sure that I care for myself, and my family.  As I talk […]

Finding Balance In Life

When working with patients, part of the work usually becomes finding a balance between personal needs, the needs of a family, and the needs of a job.  Finding the balance between all things can be very difficult at times.  Without balance, mental health issues can fester and become worse.  Depression can increase, and anxiety can […]

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 […]

Being Thankful

Being thankful means different things to different people.  For some, there is religious flavor to being thankful.  For others, it’s more spiritual.  We celebrate Thanksgiving, and I like to think that people take a moment to be thankful for their blessings, but for some it’s hard to be thankful when times are tough.  As we […]

A Spoon Full of Sugar

In working with patients, sometimes it’s hard to convince them that things can get better.  When I work with people who have struggled for many years due to depression or anxiety, they don’t feel that things can get better and struggle to see things from a different perspective.  When you have financial problems, relationship issues, […]

Time To Care

Once again, the nation is struggling with needless loss and death.  With so many school shootings, and other shootings, our country is struggling to get a handle on something that we can’t see and don’t fully understand.  When did it become acceptable to hurt so many people?  On the other hand, when did it become […]

Recovering from Divorce

I’m reminded often about how divorce can affect someone’s life.  Whether the separation is due to an affair, violence, conflict, or other issues, it’s a painful time for people going through it.  The couple is affected, but so are family members, friends, children, coworkers, and others.  There is sadness, depression, emotional and even physical pain […]

Good Days and Bad

There are good and bad things that happen every day.  There are also days with more good than bad, and days with more bad than good.  Sometimes you can turn a bad day into good, but the idea of turning a good day into bad is thought provoking at best.  Being able to turn a […]

So Much Sadness

Sometimes, it’s hard to imagine how much pain someone can feel.  So many times, people come in my office for support and are in so much emotional pain, both from current events and childhood issues.  Sometimes I struggle to remain strong while working with patients, but I know that part of my role is to […]