Coping mechanisms are tools we use to deal with challenging or unpleasant things. People may develop a coping mechanism to manage stress, deal with pain, or address the symptoms and challenges related to trauma or another struggle. Unfortunately, unhealthy (harmful, adverse, or negative) coping mechanisms are used more frequently than positive ones. It is important […]
Anxiety and depression are listed independently in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM); there is a solid and notable link between these mental health conditions. Although it is possible and not uncommon to receive a diagnosis of either anxiety or depression, it is also equally likely to struggle with both conditions simultaneously. […]
Research by The National Institute of Mental Health indicates more than forty million American adults live with major depressive disorders each year. Major depression also impacts the lives of more than two million adolescents and teens under the age of seventeen. Depression is a commonly diagnosed and highly treatable mental illness; however, many who could […]
Asking for help is challenging for many who struggle with a chronic mental health condition. To ask for help means you must admit something is wrong. For many who struggle with disordered eating or another mental health struggle, this admission or acceptance is something they would rather not discuss or mention. Asking for help means […]
Anxiety is a normal reaction to many events in our day-to-day lives. Certain situations, people, or circumstances can lead to a minor feeling of worry or apprehension about what is to come next. These things do not need to be “bad” to produce anxiety. Any event, positive or negative, can lead to anxiety. Consider childbirth, […]
Self-love and self-compassion are key ingredients when it comes to fostering your mental (and physical) health and overall well-being.