Posts Tagged 'counseling center'

Beating Holiday Blues With Women’s Group Therapy

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The holiday season is quickly approaching. For some, this really is “the most wonderful time of the year.” But for others, the holidays bring into sharp focus how desperately unhappy they feel. Unfortunately, the holidays are a prime time for depression, especially for women. They may be susceptible to the stress of unrealistically high expectations, feel lonely, face difficult family members and the financial pressure of traveling and buying gifts.

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How To Handle Controlling And Aggressive People

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In a perfect world, none of us would ever have to deal with difficult people—but unfortunately, we all do. They may be co-workers we see at work, acquaintances who are friends with our friends, or even family members we’ll have to see at get-togethers and holiday parties. Sometimes these people just have strong personalities, and sometimes their behavior is indicative of underlying mental issues.

On the surface, controlling and aggressive people may come across as hostile, demanding, confrontational and possibly even ...

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Mental Health And Pet Ownership

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Having a pet is a huge responsibility, and it’s certainly not for everyone. Dogs especially require a lot of time, patience, exercise and money to stay happy and healthy. That being said, numerous studies have shown that pet ownership can help tremendously with mental health issues, especially depression. While a pet can never replace proper mental health treatment at an orange county counseling center, if you have the means, adopting a furry friend may be worth looking into.

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How To Slow Down And Reduce Your Stress Levels

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The benefits of stress reduction are invaluable. The effects of too much stress include emotional outbursts, poor physical health, disease and mental illness. And while some stress in life is unavoidable, we can reduce our stress levels simply by slowing down. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by stress anxiety, contact a counseling center right away. Here are some other tips for slowing down to reduce stress:

1. Allow yourself more time than you think is necessary to complete a task. Instead ...

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Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Three Scary Facts

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Reflected_sadnessThis week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, the goal of which is to bring awareness to the physical and psychological toll eating disorders take on those who are affected. Despite the formation of groups like the NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association), there are still many misconceptions about these diseases. For example, some people think only painfully thin or morbidly obese people suffer from ...

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Ten Ways To Beat Low Self-Esteem And Love Yourself

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797px-Depression-loss_of_loved_oneAre you reluctant to take on new challenges, prone to social withdrawal and anxiety, and guilty of self-neglect? Do you have a lack of social skills, a lack of self-confidence and a habit of accentuating your negative qualities? Are you incapable in accepting others’ compliments or praises? These are all symptoms of chronic low self-esteem. And while low self-esteem itself may not seem like ...

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How To Help Someone With Depression

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Many people experience depression at some point in their lifetime. No matter what the reason or situation, depression is a very tough thing to experience. If you’re watching a loved one go through it, you may feel powerless—but there are things you can do to help.

First, offer your support without criticism, tough love or judgment. Offering to lend an ear and be there is a good thing—saying things like, “I don’t know what you have to be sad ...

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Understanding The Stages Of Eating Disorder Recovery

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Recovery from an eating disorder is a long process that requires professional help from a mental health therapist or perhaps even a team of professionals. It’s not uncommon for the recovering person to feel uncertain about their progress, and sometimes it takes more than one attempt to stop the disordered behaviors.

Friends and family who were initially supportive can sometimes grow frustrated, unintentionally hurting ...

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Five Common Triggers Of Bipolar Disorder Mood Swings

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Vincent_Willem_van_Gogh_002Bipolar disorder is a mental disorder that is characterized by its mood swings. A person with bipolar disorder will experience alternating “highs” (periods of mania) and “lows” (periods of depression). The highs and lows can last anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks or even months, depending on the person and the situation. While there is no cure, the best ...

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Alcoholism And Addiction: Dealing With Denial

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The power of denial is very strong. This is especially true when it comes to those addicted to alcohol or drugs. An addict can come up with a million excuses for why they use, and some of them sound real enough for them to believe it themselves. Unfortunately, you can’t force a person to start treatment or call a counseling center until they’re ...

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Childhood Bullying Could Result In Psychosis

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Childhood bullying is a real problem in our country. According to Bullyingstatistics.org, an estimated one in four children is bullied at school on a regular basis. While childhood bullies are far from new, there are few studies that have been done to determine just how much being bullied as a child will impact that person as an adult. But now, a ...

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Perimenopause May Increase Depression Risk In Women

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Before women begin menopause, they tend to experience perimenopause. This is the time in life when menstrual periods begin to slow down and eventually stop, usually affecting them between the ages of 45 and 55. Because of all the reproduction-related hormonal changes that happen, perimenopausal women have an increased risk of depression. This is true whether or not they have a history of depression.

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