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Understanding the Signs of Depression in Men

Depression is a mental illness that affects a person’s mood and how they feel, think, and go about daily activities.1

Both men and women experience depression, but the symptoms may differ, as well as recognition and the desire to seek help. However, it is important to ask for help if there is a concern for depression, as it is a serious condition.

3 Ways to Be a Better Listener With Your Kids

Here are some tips for communicating when their guard is up.

DD was a high school student when her parents sought a psychiatric evaluation because she had stopped doing her school work and hanging out with friends. Our initial visit started out in silence; any questions I asked were met with death stares and shrugs. She wasn’t ready, willing, or able to share what was going on with this stranger she had just met.

Why Boundaries Are Essential In Healthy Relationships And Lasting Love

A boundary is simply a border, a line around us that teaches people how to respond to us. Knowing what healthy boundaries are and feeling entitled to have them is crucial to our whole lives and crucial to having a healthy relationship.

Without healthy boundaries, we can feel hurt, feel taken advantage of, over-give, feel depleted, and tolerate the not-tolerable. We need to know where we stop in any relationship, and someone else starts..

How to Manage Your Emotional Reactions

3 steps for creating positive mental habits.

Emotions are reactions to the signals blaring in our bodies, not the events happening outside of our minds.

When I teach this, my statements are either challenged, or I see the resistance in people’s faces. Instead of feeling relieved, knowing they can control their reactions, they don’t want to believe me. They would rather think that other people and world events are the cause of their reactions. They don’t want to believe that they can stay calm and logical when they feel hurt, frustrated, or afraid.

How to Calm Down: Ways to Relax Your Body and Mind

It can be difficult to calm your body and mind when you're angry, anxious, or stressed. Yet, there are many techniques you can try to help you calm yourself. From deep breathing to muscle relaxation, there are many tools you can utilize to help yourself calm down, both mentally and physically.

This article will provide actionable tips on how to relax and explain the tell-tale signs that you need to calm yourself down.

When Does Anxiety Become an Anxiety Disorder?

Feeling anxious from time to time doesn’t necessarily mean you have an anxiety disorder. Here’s how you can tell which one you’re experiencing.

You might be thinking, “I feel anxious — does that mean I have a mental health condition?”

The answer is “It depends.” Anxiety disorders aren’t uncommon, but it’s also important to remember that anxiety is a natural and universal human response.

Why Listening Is Powerful

Believing your thoughts matter can shape how you see yourself.

I was working at a grade school as a therapist a number of years ago and was talking with a second-grade student. At some point during the conversation, the student appeared confused and asked me, “Are you really interested in what I have to say?” At the time, this second grader was living in a large family with his aunt, uncle, brothers and sisters in the same household. His experience talking with adults had been mostly limited to having his behaviors corrected when he was doing something they didn’t like. Outside of that, he had very few extended conversations with the adults in his life.

How to Get Out of Your Head

7 ideas to help you live in the moment.

"The hardest thing to see," said Friedrich Schiller, "is what is in front of your eyes."

Gardening is more and more recognized, and now even prescribed by doctors, for its health benefits, including reduced stress, anxiety, and depression.

Need Help Overcoming Social Anxiety? 6 Tips From an Expert

Here's how you can address feeling overwhelmed or distressed in social situations

If you feel out of practice socializing after the last few years of social distancing, you’re not alone. If you feel more anxious than usual when leaving the house to socialize, that’s also totally normal, as is occasionally feeling overwhelmed or out of your element in large crowds.

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