assertive
assertive

Five Benefits of Being Assertive

Assertiveness is a neutral mindset and behavior. You indicate your rightsand/or someone else’s in words, body language, and pro-active behavior.Assertiveness is a calm, upbeat form of communication; simple statement without apologies or…


serotonin
serotonin

Serotonin Deficiency: What to Look Out For

Everyone wants to feel healthy and happy, and for all of us, this involves a specific neurotransmitter that our body produces naturally called serotonin. Researchers call this chemical the “happy chemical”, because…


Change
Change

What is Adjustment Disorder?

Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, once said that “change is the only constant in life.”  Isn’t that the truth.  The only thing that you can bet money on is that things will periodically…


mindfullness
mindfullness

10 Best Mindfulness Quotes

You know those times when your mind is racing or completely blank. You can’t think clearly and you want to be focused. Mindfulness quotes can help you to restore order to your…


sleep health
sleep health

The Do’s and Don’ts of Sleep Hygiene

Hygiene promotes health. You might be annoyed by many reminders to stop looking at your cellphone, laptop or PC monitor an hour or more before bedtime, but that’s a life lesson worth…


synchronicity
synchronicity

What are Syncronicities?

In life, sometimes we find ourselves exactly where we need to be, even though we do not always plan on being there.  These are the magical moments when we get the guidance…


Cyclothymia
Cyclothymia

Do You Have Cyclothymia Or Are You Just Moody?

Cyclothymia is a relatively uncommon mood disorder that is characterized by emotional highs and lows.  Individuals with cyclothymia experience a visible shift of moods from baseline levels, but these mood swings never…


skin picking
skin picking

Skin Picking Dermatillomania, Is It a Disorder?

Dermatillomania, also known as skin picking disorder, is classified as an impulse control disorder and pertains to continuous and compulsive picking of the skin.  Dermatillomania is classified in the DSM-5 under the…


omega 3
omega 3

Foods for Better Brains and Hearts

In a December 19, 2018 feature story, Medical News Today cited the value of fish as one of the twelve best brain foods. Fish oil contains a nutrient called Omega-3. Medical evidence…


sugar
sugar

Could Sugar Be Harming Your Mental Health?

There is plenty of research about how sugar affects your physical health. It can lead to issues like diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. Physical health problems can often lead to mental health…


arrogant
arrogant

Delusions of Grandeur

A delusion of grandeur refers to a person’s false belief that they are someone other than who they are or believe they have special powers. It is commonly identified by strong beliefs…


alone
alone

What is Histrionic Personality Disorder

A personality disorder is a type of mental health condition that is characterized by inflexible and unhealthy types of thinking, feeling, and behaving.  A person with a personality disorder has trouble with…


teens
teens

What is Hebephilia

Hebephilia refers to the primary or exclusive adult sexual interest in pubescent individuals ranging from age 11-14. Hebephilia is differentiated from pedophiphilia, which involves exclusive sexual attraction to prepubescent children (up to…


female psycopath
female psycopath

Do You Know a Female Psychopath?

The term “psychopath” is a term that mental health professionals use to categorize a particular group of symptoms that accompany a personality disorder. Thanks to movies and television, however, most people have…


Malingering
Malingering

What Is Malingering?

As a kid, did you ever fake sick to avoid going to school? Maybe you tried to increase the temperature of the thermometer or fake nausea to convince someone you were too…


misphonia
misphonia

Ouch, What is Misphonia?

Most of us can identify at least one or two people in our lives who have an aversion to a common, everyday sound.  It may be an aunt who cannot stand to…


stoic
stoic

Stoicism Quotes to Change Perspective

You’ve heard of stoicism but you’re not sure what it means. In brief, it was a 3rd-century Hellenist philosophy regarding ethics. The mindset was based on simple logic (not always the best…


magnesium
magnesium

Does Magnesium Have Mental Health Benefits?

People take supplements frequently from a daily multivitamin to fish oils. Why? Most want to maintain a healthy life. They search for ways to stay healthy both physically and mentally. People have…


rage room
rage room

Do Rage Rooms Cause More Aggression

Anger is a universal, normal human emotion. Everyone experiences anger and frustration at one time or another.  However, what we do with our anger can vary considerably.  We all have different triggers,…


mbct
mbct

What Is Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy?

People work through personal struggles all the time. Some find different types of treatment helpful anywhere from medication, to therapy, to accountability through friendships. At a certain point, the treatment and the…


stendhal
stendhal

What is Stendhal Syndrome?

Have you ever been to an art museum? If you have, you know that there are many amazing, beautiful works of art that have been created over the history of human life…


kid trophy
kid trophy

Should Kids Get Participation Trophies?

Every parent wants their child to succeed and be happy. Seeing children sad, frustrated, or disappointed can tug at our parental heart strings like nothing else and our impulse is to protect…


abcde
abcde

What Is Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy?

Most people have experience a certain behavior or feeling or combination of both they desire to eliminate or change. There are many theories within psychotherapy that would focus on the behavior or…


cloud shape
cloud shape

What Is Apophenia?

Apophenia is to make connections between seemingly unrelated things. It happens in the way people see images in the clouds in the sky or people see Mother Theresa’s face on a potato…


service dog
service dog

PTSD Service Dogs

Post traumatic stress disorder may result from a single encounter with trauma or from a series of traumatic episodes.  PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can greatly impact a person’s quality of…


locus of control
locus of control

What Is the Locus of Control?

Locus of control is a person’s perceived amount of control they possess in their daily life. There are two types of control people have: internal and external. Internal locus of control focuses…


culinary therapy
culinary therapy

Can Culinary Therapy Really Help?

The word “food” can mean many different things to a person, depending on their relationship with it. For some, food is comforting. For others, food is stressful. Similarly, the art of cooking…


brain zap
brain zap

What Are Brain Zaps and What Causes Them?

The term “brain zaps” refers to a withdrawal symptom common for individuals who cease taking certain medication for depression and anxiety. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) as well as selective serotonin and…


crying
crying

The Benefits of Crying

Contrary to the beliefs of some, crying is an important component of mental health and wellness. The benefits of crying are often unrecognized, overlooked and under- appreciated, as it can be good…