Life isn’t easy when you have autism. The neurotypical world is really not set up to support your needs. Since routine is very important for you, any disruption can become a serious problem.
Life isn’t easy when you have autism. The neurotypical world is really not set up to support your needs. Since routine is very important for you, any disruption can become a serious problem.
Many things make addiction so hard and terrible. There is the physical deterioration of your body that occurs as you become more addicted to drugs or alcohol. And there is also the price that you pay with your mental health.
Would it be great if you could just relax for once? But every day there seems to be a new problem or situation that comes up. Perhaps you worry all the time about these things, yet, many are not in your control at all—and that’s really stressful!
It’s not hard to spot couples who are in intimate relationships. They’re holding hands, smiling towards one another, or whispering something to each other that generates a laugh. Many couples want to have that type of intimate relationship. Yet, it’s not
When you think about the word loneliness, perhaps an image that comes to mind involves isolation. For example, you see yourself looking through a window at the world. There is a barrier (in this case the window and wall) physically keeping you from other
Oftentimes, the advice given to those who have experienced trauma due to another person is to separate themselves from that relationship. For example, if you were abused by your romantic partner, then you should leave and go somewhere safe.
One of the many problems associated with depression is the belief that there is no way out of the doom-and-gloom. In other words, hopelessness. If you have depression, then you know this feeling. You might have even tried counseling before, but it didn’t
No doubt, you have seen them while out and about in your daily life. You go to the store and see someone with a dog in a place you weren’t expecting. They probably had on a vest that identified them as a service dog or therapy dog.
When you have been together for a while, it’s easy to get “comfortable.” You each have your daily routines and interests. Of course, you both love each other. Yet, that connection that you first had when you were dating has changed.
Typically, when we talk about experiencing trauma it’s usually associated with life events. For instance, during your childhood, you grew up with parents who were both emotionally and physically abusive. However, what doesn’t always get as much
Shame is such a powerful emotion. But it’s not one that springs up from one moment to another—it slowly develops, over time. Certainly, there are times when everybody feels embarrassed, awkward, etc. Yet, the feelings in those instances
Video conferencing, online meetings, and chat discussion groups have become the norm for getting work done in the internet age.
Autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, is complex and nuanced. Usually, there is not just one but several issues that affect a person with ASD. These can include symptoms related to the condition. Additionally, there also can be secondary symptoms.
Fighting with your partner is exhausting, both physically and emotionally. A big blow-up will leave each of you feeling drained. But life doesn’t stop when you have a fight with your partner. There’s still work to do, tasks to get done, and more. That’s w
You feel stress every day of your life. It’s with you in the morning when you get out of bed. During the day it lies just underneath the surface, just waiting to rise up. Even unwinding in the evening can seem impossible.
Humans are social animals. We’re wired to be together. Cooperation and fellowship are hallmarks of our character at the biological level. While recent social distancing guidelines and calls for self-quarantine may keep us physically safe
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Understanding autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be complicated and difficult. Many seek to find what was the exact cause of their autism. They may look for answers in places that are irrational or based on emotion.
There are many confusing terms when it comes to therapy. Certainly, psychological testing is one of them. The words sound technical and obscure. How can one “test” one’s psyche anyways?
Discerning the signs of addiction for anybody isn’t easy. Oftentimes things are misinterpreted for what they really are. Or behaviors are ignored or explained away. When it comes to a family member or loved one, identifying addiction symptoms is even more
The news of a diagnosis for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for a child can be devastating for any parent. Most likely, you’ll have many questions and concerns. What will life be like for my child as they get older?
You love your partner. You really do, from the bottom of your heart. However, there are times when your partner, well… annoys you. That can be very hard to admit. Nobody likes to say that there are things that their partner does that irritate them.
One of the central issues for someone with autism is that they struggle when it comes to communication and social interaction. Things that for neuro-typical people come easily are very hard for those on the autism spectrum.
If just thinking of the holidays brings with it stress and anxiety, you’re not alone. Many people struggle during this time, whether they are pursuing therapy or not.
Most of the time, when we think of therapy, it’s sitting with a therapist in their office for 45 minutes to an hour. Perhaps the image of lying on a couch, talking, while the therapist takes notes even comes to mind.
The thought of getting through this time of year without taking a drink can be really nerve-wracking. After all, in the past, it may have been alcohol that got the party started and helped keep you going all night long.
The holidays are upon us! They supposed to provides us with the opportunity to feel more connected, closer, and have a greater sense of belonging. Yet, the holidays can be the exact opposite for couples.
The end of the year can feel like everything’s just unraveling! Instead of celebrating the new year, does it feel more like you’re just dragging yourself into January?
If you’ve spent much time researching coping methods for anxiety symptoms, then you’ve probably heard of deep breathing. That shouldn’t be a surprise. Deep breathing is often mentioned in online articles as a healthy way of dealing with anxiety.
It seems almost everyone likes to make goals for the upcoming new year. Some may choose to focus on their careers in order to get a promotion or be more qualified in their field.
All too often couples decide to come to couples counseling long after they should have done so. This makes the healing process harder, and in some cases, impossible.
From time to time, many of us find ourselves adrift in life. Maybe you thought you were once on the path you intended but have lost sight of it along the way. Or you had your goal right in front of you, but now things have become hazy and out of focus.
It feels as if your brain is racing out of control. You have an impulsive thought, which cascades into other thoughts that build up in your mind. There doesn’t seem to be any way to control these thoughts. They just happen. What can you do?
Those thoughts—they keep coming into your head, whether it’s day or night. You feel tormented as images flash through your mind or as impulses quickly appear and disappear. And no matter what you do to try to distract yourself, nothing works! Instead, you
The term “high-functioning Autism” describes people who have an Autism diagnosis, but who are still able to do many of the things found in a neurotypical world. Although not a medically recognized term, it still describes the capabilities of many people
You partner loves to go fishing on a Saturday morning, while you’d prefer to sleep in, read a book, or watch TV. Sounds like an interest mismatch, doesn’t it? However, just because your interests don’t align with each other, doesn’t mean that your
It’s well known that there is a relationship between chronic stress and addiction. For instance, people with high-stress jobs might turn to substances as a way to relax. They may come home after a long day of work and unwind with a few beers or some glass
When searching for the causes and symptoms of complex trauma, you can’t focus on the present. Rather, the origins of complex trauma lie in the past. The experiences that form complex trauma have so many layers and come to interfere with the many aspects
There’s a lot that’s been written about what to do when you have depression. Many self-help articles talk about how to cope with depression symptoms or how to help a loved one who has depression. Most of the attention focuses on the emotional piece
Many factors that can influence substance misuse. Often, there is still a perception that the misuse of substances is strictly a reflection of one’s character. This can cause those who struggle with it to experience judgment, isolation, and shame.
Counseling can’t solve every problem. That sounds defeatist and the opposite of what you may have heard about therapy. However, the reality is that it’s true. Often there is the hope that counseling can be the solution for all the issues and problems
Life isn’t easy when your partner has depression. Of course, you want to support them through this difficult time in their life. Yet, the energy and effort that it requires can be so draining. Sometimes, it feels as if their depression is taking up all
You’d think that after a large-scale tragedy, such as a bombing or shooting, the survivors would be relieved to still be alive. Yet, the tragic reality is that many of these people suffer from survivor’s guilt. The reasons why this happens can be
Some people consider a “healthy” relationship to be one in which both partners seem to be joined at the hip all the time. It may seem as if these couples are very close and connected. Indeed, you may have heard of couples who have been like this for
The silver platters, the wicker cornucopia, and of course, the turkey itself—plenty of images spring to mind when thinking about the Thanksgiving holiday. But beneath the trappings and trimmings lies a not-so-pretty picture—intense feelings of anxiety,
There’s a lot of information available (in books and on the internet) about depression and which symptoms to watch out for. Of course, feeling sad and hopeless are some of the most common ones. Also, having a low mood in general. However, these only
Even though the events surrounding your trauma may have happened a long time ago, the emotions are probably still very raw. You can’t help but feel self-conscious about the shame and guilt you feel. These emotions can be a real burden, especially if you
It’s not easy being sober during the holidays. For many, “Holiday Cheer” means drinking. Either it’s a glass of wine at dinner, a beer while watching the big game, or champagne at New Year’s. This landscape makes it challenging if you are in recovery.
You know it’s time. After everything you’ve been through, the moment has come to get professional help for your addiction. Yet, which kind of service is right for you? After all, being stuck in a program that doesn’t meet your needs isn’t going to
Your brain is swimming in chemicals. They are necessary, even critically important, for your brain and body to function properly. Yet, what happens if you become stuck in substance abuse? What happens to your brain then when you introduce new chemicals,
The conversation about trauma has grown and expanded greatly just in the last decade. Now there are so many information sources and personal stories available online about not just experiencing trauma but overcoming it.
It’s unfortunate that so many military personnel struggle with PTSD and trauma related to their service. At the same time, unlike in other times of our nation’s history, there is more understanding and support than ever for veterans who have experienced
When you struggle with addiction, it’s hard to see how it impacts not just your life but the people around you as well. Your personal health is perhaps the most obvious, especially if you were healthy before the addiction. Moreover, career ambitions,
Have you been practicing self-medication in order to cope? Do you think that it’s easier to reach for the can of beer or bottle of pills rather than really face your issues? Self-medicating can have dangerous consequences including death. Also, taking t
Coping with depression can be a daily struggle, even if it’s just getting out of bed in the morning. It can seem as if the symptoms will never go away and you may question whether you will ever feel like your regular self again. The answer to the questio
Usually, when talking about depression, the emphasis is around creating awareness for those who have this mental health condition. However, what often doesn’t get discussed is what depression looks like to others in your life. Your friends, family, or co
Addiction is more than simply making a single poor decision. Nobody wakes up one day and decides that they are going to become addicted to substance abuse. Instead, this disease is often rooted in deep-seated issues that you may not even realize you are s
Hard to believe, yet many people have common misconceptions about mental illness. That is, they believe that people suffering from problems such as anxiety or depression choose to be that way. However, that is far from reality for millions of people.
Do you remember the classic government public service advertisement that warned, “This is your brain on drugs!”, followed by an egg frying in a pan? We now know a lot more about how drugs can affect the human brain, which helps us in better understanding
When we think of addiction what often comes to mind is how our compulsive behavior affects us. This includes issues such as health and mental well-being. What we forget is that addiction has a tremendous impact on our relationships and the important peopl
Understanding the science of addiction has expanded greatly, yet we still find ourselves struggling with questions about some of the aspects of addiction. First and foremost perhaps, is addiction really a disease? Let’s analyze the matter.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that one of the common addiction questions is, “What are the most dangerous addictions?” Although it sounds like a straightforward question, the answer is more complicated than you may realize.
When dealing with PTSD, it is important to recognize that it is a combination of factors. These include trauma and depression. Combined, these conditions can have a devastating effect on people who are really hurting and need help. Consider the connecti
Both adults and teenagers are susceptible to depression. Even though there are similarities between the two, there are also distinct differences. Knowing teenage depression facts can help you, as a parent, better understand how depression may affect your
People who have been diagnosed with autism disorder often struggle with the complexities of social interaction. That’s because social skills develop intuitively for most people, but that’s not the case for those with autism.
One of the problems with beating addiction is that it can be a lonely experience. Often those struggling with addiction feel isolated and cut-off from others who could help. If this sounds like you, it is important that you reach out to get help with add
When you struggle with depression and anxiety, it can be hard getting through the day—let alone the week. However, that doesn’t mean you should let depression and anxiety win. Of course, fighting them won’t be easy, but it is important.
Some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions that people make each year include eating healthy, losing weight, quitting smoking and going to the gym. Unfortunately, the majority of people will lose interest or determination and do not meet those goals.
Have you ever attended a holiday gathering and noticed that one friend or family member who might be enjoying the egg nog a bit more than everyone else? Perhaps, they are putting a little too much effort into the “drink” in “Eat, Drink, and Be Merry”, and
You probably have a general idea of what depression looks like, such as feeling down. However, you may not know the many other different symptoms of depression and how they manifest themselves. Being aware of these symptoms is helpful when you’re concern
Are you struggling with depression, and it’s affecting your marriage? Have you considered couples counseling for depression and marriage? Counseling can be very useful for couples who need help navigating the fog of depression and want to focus back on t
Addiction is a terrible disease that can tear families apart. Are you worried about your loved one and think they need help for addiction issues? Of course, you want to help, but it is important to know what you can and can’t do for your loved one when i
Addiction is a terrible disease, yet not always an obvious one. At least, this can be true for the person who is struggling with substance abuse. What started out as a simple and perhaps carefree recreational use has now become a serious problem that has
Addiction is something that has been rampaging through the country lately. You or someone you love has probably been touched by addiction. With the opioid addiction reaching new heights across the country, it is important to know when to seek help.
Depression has many myths centered around it. Some people think that depression is hereditary. Others think depression can be caught due to sadness. In today’s blog, we will be covering the myths of depression and how you can fight them. As a counseling ce
In What To Know About Depression – Part One, we went over the different types of depression as well as the intricacies of what this illness is. In today’s blog, we will be expanding on some different facets about depression. We want you to understand depre
Depression can come in many forms. Instead of feeling overwhelming sorrow, you may be feeling angry and irritated all of the time for no reason. You might also be sleeping for hours on end without wanting to get out of bed. Depression can also manifest its
Anxiety and depression are two mental health disorders that many people in this country suffer from. They are generally linked together, but why is that? Are they the same? Does everyone who has depression have anxiety and vice versa? The differences betwe
Addiction is something a majority of the country has dealt with. Whether they are suffering themselves or a loved one has fallen under the spell of a substance, it has touched many people’s lives.
Depression manifests itself in several different forms. Symptoms such as irritability, anger for no reason, struggling to get out of bed, loss of interest in activities, binge eating, loss of appetite and other issues. Depression is a very serious mental h
Have you and your loved ones been suffering from the disease of alcohol or drug addiction? Have you or a loved one considered getting clean for the first time in your life? First, congratulations for even considering getting clean! Taking the first step to