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Modern World Stress and Drinking

Individuals who deal with substance use problems may be under excessive amounts of pressure. Modern world stress and drinking alcohol can lead to despair and keep you from looking at and acknowledging the positive aspects of your life. Finding the positive can sometimes seem difficult, but it can be done. Positive reinforcement is imperative for building positive habits and lifestyle changes, including changing drinking habits.

Ever Thought of Traveling to Build Courage?

Holiday Food

Do you feel you have the courage you need in life?  Just what is courage anyway and why might you want to engage it in all aspects of your life? To develop courage will require facing your fears.

Courage is mental and emotional preparedness to deal with difficult situations as a person confronts pain, fear, intimidation or physical and moral danger. Courageous individuals are often independent, display selflessness with integrity and honor.  A courageous person also exhibits virtue, honor and bravery.

Intermittent Explosive Disorder: A Special Case of Anger

Intermittent Explosive DisorderBobby is a bright, attractive teenager who was quickly falling out of favor with his peers. Although he has always been somewhat irritable and distant, for the last few months he has been uncharacteristically angry whereby he occasionally "flies off the handle." While he is occasionally teased by his peers, his reactions have been completely disproportionate in relation to any provocation. In one such instance of rage, Bobby ran chased and struck a classmate of his after the individual made an inappropriate comment about the clothes Bobby was wearing that day.

The Cycle of Anger: Why it Happens and How to Control it

The Cycle of Anger: Why it Happens and How to Control itWe all encounter anger in our lives. It might be our own or someone else's anger. On average, people might get angry — not just mildly annoyed — a few times per week. Some of us might even become angry more than we care to admit. Whether in terms of frequency, intensity, or duration, we might wish to resist these destructive impulses.

Despite its ubiquitous nature, most of us know very little about how or why we get angry. For instance, many people are not aware that anger is often referred to as a secondary emotion. Anger has been variously described as a desire to "get even with" someone, to protect our emotional vulnerability, or to take revenge upon the source of the hurt. In a very basic sense, anger can be classified as consisting of two key responses: 1) a physiological "fight or flight" reaction that is designed primarily to protect us from physical danger and 2) the psychological reaction that ensues to those more immediate physiological responses a split second later, e.g. animosity and indignation that prompt a desire for revenge.

Coping with SIDS Loss – Part 2

Coping with SIDS LossIn light of the emotional distress likely to follow your loss, it is important to allow the grief process to unfold naturally, but to also be attentive to the grief of other family members. If the members of your family can share their individual experiences and their memories of your child, while trying to understand each other’s perceptions and feelings regarding the loss, it will help you to cope more effectively, and to prepare eventually for the future. The following are some suggestions about how you might work with each other to achieve a more desirable outcome:

Coping with SIDS Loss – Part 1

SIDS, death, loss, grief, coping, mourning, bereavementWhen people suffer loss, their lives are forever changed. A SIDS death represents the loss of an innocent and incomplete life, and is a particularly poignant case. When such deaths occur, family members may become acutely sensitive to their own and each other's emotional responses and grief reactions. In essence, families can experience pain and suffering to the extent that support and reassurance are in short supply.

Holiday Food - Is Your Eating Out of Control?

Holiday FoodQuestion: I am stressed about have eaten so much over Thanksgiving. The worst of it is that I can't seem to get myself in balance again. I feel like I will keep eating into oblivion. Is there any way to stop this?

I know what that feels like! Whether it is the biology or psychology of sometimes takes a lot to calm down, pay attention to ourselves--INSIDE-- to differentiate between body hunger and psyche hunger. Luckily, many people have considered this problem of how to deal with food over the holidays and there are several things you can do to prepare yourself for "holiday food" intake. Part of our emotional health comes from knowing how to return to that balanced place inside after we've stepped over our own food boundaries. Next time, try a few of these suggestions:

The Hazards of Going Home for the Holidays

Announcement!!! Ladies and gentlemen, right now, this very moment, time-travel is possible. During the holidays you may return to when you were a child or any other time in your past. If everyone around you agrees to travel at the same speed to the same time, this can be fun. But fasten your seat belts...if you're traveling to different time zones, all hell can break loose. Also, you can get stuck in time without others knowing where you are.

Coping with Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Coping with Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Brian was a bright, highly successful businessman. He was happily married. He and his wife owned a well-appointed luxury home in an upscale part of suburbia. The two were very much looking forward to a life together, which included having children. As much as he wanted to enjoy his life, he could not. He would constantly worry about paying bills, how much money he had in the bank, and whether he was competent enough to do his job (in spite of always receiving rave reviews from his boss). Much of the day, and more days than not, he would feel an uncomfortable feeling in his stomach, experience tension headaches, muscle twitches, and even begin sweating for no apparent reason. He had already seen a medical doctor several times, a nutritionist, and a chiropractor, but to no avail; the problems persisted. So when his wife suggested that he see a Psychologist, he wholeheartedly agreed.

Five Pieces of Furniture that will Improve Your Life

Five Pieces of Furniture that will Improve Your LifeFurniture has come a long way in terms of functionality. Today, many chairs, beds and desks are specially designed to offer life-enhancing attributes to boost both your physical health and mental wellbeing. From ergonomic designs to adjustable features and built-in massage systems, here are some of the most innovative pieces of furniture that can improve your daily life: