Suicide & Court Trials

Suicide & Court Trials

Lately, the news has been covering a story about a depressed and anxious teen who killed himself. He was constantly pushed to do so by his girlfriend, who was seeking out that opportunity in order to have the attention. It surprises me just how sick people can be. The text messages between the two have [...]

Common Thinking Distortions

Common Thinking Distortions

  It may be beneficial to identify common thinking distortions in your own thinking! These manners of thinking can become exaggerated when anxious or depressed. Once you recognize these distortions, it's easier to limit or stop these thought patterns in the future! Common thinking distortions: Black & white thinking: thinking in absolutes, things are either [...]

How to Calm Yourself Down from a Panic Attack

How to Calm Yourself Down from a Panic Attack

Panic attacks are simply terrifying. The symptoms come on quickly and intensely, feeling like a heart attack. However, there are ways of coping with the attack, of training yourself to respond in calming ways. The instinctual way of reacting to a panic attack will likely make the problem WORSE rather than BETTER. The Five Steps [...]

When I Grow Up…

When I Grow Up…

  I would like to be Jenny Lawson mashed up with Kay Jamison. Please. Pretty Please.   Which means I would be a hilarious NY Times besting-selling author/blogger AND a world-famous clinical psychologist. FEEL THE POWER.   I hit up the local library and cameĀ  upon 2 books: Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly [...]

If you treated ‘physical’ illnesses the way you treat ‘mental’ ones… Is the joke funny now?

If you treated ‘physical’ illnesses the way you treat ‘mental’ ones… Is the joke funny now?

        "Wow. That's rough. You'll probably need, like, years of therapy now... HAHAHA!"   "Wow. That's rough. You'll probably need, like, years of chemo now... HAHAHA!"             "You're depressed? Nah, you don't need a psychiatrist. I get sad sometimes, too."   "Your leg is broken? Nah, you [...]