You “obsess” over obsessing and find yourself doing unnecessary things over and over again, completing them just because the anxiety won’t go away unless they’re done. A quick visit to your doctor’s office clarifies everything: you’ve got Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Now you have to figure out what to do about it. OCD is marked by […]
You’re meant to immerse yourself in this “topic” until it surfaces in your dreams, until you subliminally speak its language and bring it up at every conversation, until you understand a world you’ve never understood before…
Sometimes money is scarce. Here are a few ideas to keep you going during those financially-challenged moments. Hang around your house. Yep, you heard that right. Look around. What do you see? Go through your old books, magazines, photos, movies, and music. You’ll be surprised with what you find — and, unless you plan on […]
The pen is mightier than the sword, and considerably easier to write with.–Marty Feltman. Mental health providers encourage their patients to keep journals. Sometimes it’s almost obsessive. We journal! Everyone should journal! Write like you’re fighting for your life! But why do we write? I guess it’s because the empty page is a place to […]
Here’s the scenario. Maybe this sounds familiar: You’re unemployed and have been looking for work for months. You’re terrified because your savings won’t last forever. You’re starting to feel useless and incompetent. The free time is killing you, leaving you depressed, which is making job hunting and surviving job interviews more difficult. It’s a scary […]
We’re all anxious at times, especially when stressed or facing something unpredictable. Anxiety and fear help us pick up on threatening things in our environment and react – often before we know what that “thing” is. But anxiety becomes an illness when it starts controlling and ruining one’s life. There are many different types of […]
This illustrated 9-page booklet, “Indoor skydiving and other coping skills,” includes loads of life-management strategies and a few odd ideas. Take a look. Live dangerously. It’s free!
This one-page mindfulness exercise focuses on physical sensations. It helps clients capture the experience on paper, grounding them in a safe place, i.e. something tangible. Providers can later visually see the client’s work, celebrate their efforts, and offer guidance when needed.