July 28, 2016

Taken from Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified by Robert O. Friedel, M.D.

To some, the term borderline personality disorder does not evoke pleasant images.  It reminds people of someone who is crying, yelling, screaming.  It can feel like a  death sentence t...

June 23, 2016

Do you have job stress?  Sometimes it can be overwhelming at work.  You may feel out of control frustrated, and confused.  This kind of stress can affect your health and performance.  

When you feel stress, your body goes into flight or fight mode.  Wheth...

May 16, 2016

From Treating Pornography Addiction, by Kevin B. Skinner.

It is best to look at pornography addition on a continuum.  You can evaluate yourself on the spectrum to understand the fluctuations in your life that change your involvement with pornography.

Level 1:...

April 17, 2016

From Treating Pornography Addiction by Dr.Kevin B. Skinner

Addiction is described as an uncontrollable compulsion to repeat a behavior regardless of its negative consequences.   Here are some signs that  indicate you may have a problem with pornography.

1.  Rec...

March 21, 2016

Taken from The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World,  by Marti Olsen Laney, Psy.D.

Dating an introverted partner can be difficult. Needs differ, and it is hard to feel understood and to understand each other.  To better communicate wit...

February 11, 2016

Grief is the emotional reaction to a major loss.  It happens if you lose a person, pet, or thing.  It's also natural to feel pain when you lose your health, job, relationship, etc. Grief also occurs before the actual loss happens.  For example, you can start feeling th...

January 10, 2016

1.  Recognize when you're procrastinating:  We often side-track ourselves without being aware of it.   Become acquainted with your favorite delay tactics and catch yourself as soon as you wander off.

2.  Break Inertia:  An object that still takes more ene...

December 2, 2015

Practicing affirmations can help you feel good about the body you naturally have.

  1. Appreciate what your body can do like breathing, laughing, and dreaming.

  2. Keep a list of things you like about yourself that are unrelated to the way you look.

  3. Redefine beauty...

November 30, 2015

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that develops during the fall and winter seasons.   You may notice a significant change in your mood and energy level when it gets darker sooner, and the weather turns chilly.  You may also experience weight gai...

November 1, 2015

Antidepressants can take more than a few weeks to work.  It's important to have your doctor's guidance when changing your medications.  You may need to take antidepressants for a extended period, but they are not addictive or harmful. 


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