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We get into codependent relationships because we don’t feel good about ourselves — we lack self-esteem and self-confidence. And then our unbalanced relationships deplete our self-esteem and self-confidence further. We can feel trapped in this cycle until we reclaim our self-confidence and learn how to trust and depend on ourselves. This post written by Michelle Farris, LMFT, will help you get started!
How a teen handles chronic stress — whether they bottle up their emotions or put a positive spin on things — can affect processes in the body like blood pressure and how immune cells respond to bacterial invaders, according to new research published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine.
Open and honest communication is an important part of a successful relationship. It is imperative for both partners to be on the same page when it comes to big life decisions, such as having children. If one person wants to have children, and the other doesn’t, this can lead to a lot of problems down the road. Starting a family isn’t something that you want one person to compromise on.
If you want a marriage that supports you and your spouse as individuals while also enhancing your relationship, you need to know about the difference between transacting and interacting with one another.
When you're feeling anxious or stressed, the strategies listed below can help you cope. We also encourage you to visit our managing stress and anxiety website page for helpful resources.
Tears. I liken them to numinous mist or emotional sign language.
“They’re considered a release, a psychological tonic, and to many a glimpse of something deeper: the heart’s own sign language, emotional perspiration from the well of common humanity,” writes Benedict Carey in his New York Times piece “The Muddled Track of All Those Tears.”
Coping with the loss of a close friend or family member may be one of the hardest challenges that many of us face. When we lose a spouse, sibling or parent our grief can be particularly intense. Loss is understood as a natural part of life, but we can still be overcome by shock and confusion, leading to prolonged periods of sadness or depression. The sadness typically diminishes in intensity as time passes, but grieving is an important process in order to overcome these feelings and continue to embrace the time you had with your loved one.
Bipolar disorder is a difficult illness. For Arden Tucker, an episode of depression can be especially debilitating. Like many who experience bipolar disorder, Tucker fears she won’t recapture the essence of who she really is, the person she was before the depression began.