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Anxiety Symptoms That Might Point to a Disorder

Anxiety Symptoms That Might Point to a Disorder

The symptoms of anxiety can be hard to detect. Here are the ones you need to pay attention to, and how to know if you may have an anxiety disorder. What does it mean to have an anxiety disorder? Everyone can expect to have the occasional bout of anxiety—maybe you get nervous before an interview […]

Why Do People Ghost?

Why Do People Ghost?

A friend called me in confusion, verging on alarm. She was in the early stages of a new relationship. They met at a bar; they had gone on a few dates and spent a late night or two texting. Then the woman whom my friend initially really liked stopped responding to texts. Emails went unanswered, […]

How to Tell if You Have Normal Post-Traumatic Stress or Something More Serious

How to Tell if You Have Normal Post-Traumatic Stress or Something More Serious

When something traumatic happens—you suddenly lose a loved one, get into a car crash, or witness a terrorist attack—it’s natural to be extremely upset and even feel physically ill. Your “fight or flight” response kicks in, flooding your body with stress hormones that leave you jittery and on edge. You might have nightmares about the […]

How to Tell If You’re an Empath

How to Tell If You’re an Empath

If you’ve ever felt happy for a newly promoted BFF or sad for a loved one who suffered a loss, you’ve been empathetic. But some people, called empaths, really feel those emotions. “Being empathetic is when your heart goes out to somebody when they feel joy or sadness,” explains Judith Orloff, MD, psychiatrist and author of The Empath’s […]

What Is Sexual Grooming?

What Is Sexual Grooming?

What is grooming, exactly? Grooming is a series of manipulative behaviours that the abuser uses to gain access to a potential victim, coerce them to agree to the abuse, and reduce the risk of being caught, according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). Victims are often children, but vulnerable adults can also […]

Relationship PTSD: What Causes It?

Relationship PTSD: What Causes It?

PTSD is an extreme anxiety disorder caused by experiencing a life-threatening event or situation. It’s characterized by intrusive memories, avoidance of things that could remind a person of the trauma, moodiness, and hyperarousal, Aaron Tendler, MD, chief medical officer of Brainsway, a mental health tech company, tells Health. “These four clusters of symptoms persist over […]

Grief

Grief

May 31, 2018, was the first of a few worst days of my life. It was the day my husband of 14 years received his kidney cancer diagnosis—a diagnosis so serious that within four days he was sent from one emergency room to another, then to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston for what was […]

How To Speak To Your Spouse to Strengthen Your Marriage

How To Speak To Your Spouse to Strengthen Your Marriage

Joe, a married father of two, came to me for therapy because he was feeling stressed, and pressure at work was a big factor. He was the sole breadwinner in his family and acknowledged that he tended to be irritable when he got home, even though he admired his wife Carole’s warm and loving nature. […]

Generational Trauma: Let’s Talk About It

Generational Trauma: Let’s Talk About It

Many things get passed down through families, like heirlooms, genetic conditions, and physical characteristics. In some cases, trauma can be inherited, too. Generational trauma (also known as intergenerational trauma or transgenerational trauma) is still a relatively new field of study, meaning researchers have a lot to discover about its impact and how it presents in […]

When ‘Help’ Comes

When ‘Help’ Comes

HTwo young people had set out of a community to build a name for themselves outside of where they grew up. After a few years of searching and waiting for an opportunity to finally get financially stable, an empowerment organization came along. They found that one of these young people had spent the last years […]