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 […]
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 […]
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.
Depression. A miserable experience. When mild, it steals your dreams. When severe, it runs you over with stagnancy, painful thoughts, guilt, and shutdown. It’s also not just a single emotion. Depression comes in dozens of flavors and intensities, if not hundreds, and can vary from day to day, if not throughout the day. One minute […]
You are the wind and see yourself in the distance. You see a human. The human sits in a red chair at the center of the room, head leaning back, eyes closed, a half smile on their lips…
Problem: your aunt breaths fire at you whenever you see her. She’s belittling, insulting, hurtful, and all other synonyms for “offensive” you can come up with, and her nastiness burns you. What do you do? Is this worth a big fight, an exchange of words, a gentle palaver, or should you just leave it alone? […]