Why should you reconsider your relationship with stress and how can you incorporate social connections and healthy activities?
Everyone feels nervous or uneasy from time to time. It’s common to experience some restlessness the night before a big presentation at work or to get a bit fidgety on your way to a first date. These feelings of anxiety are a normal reaction to stress and are a natural, expected part of life. They
By: Denise Etherton, M.A., LPC, Regional Director of Clinical Partnerships, Lifeskills South Florida Do you ever feel like your brain is full of clutter and you can’t find things when you need them? School, work, family, mental illnesses, pets, food, exercise, friends, and now COVID-19…all these pieces of life litter our brain if we don’t clean or
March 1st has been known as Self-Injury Awareness Day within the mental health community for the last 20 years. Every year, this global event does the important work of raising awareness for self-injury. Though it’s an isolating coping mechanism, it’s a struggle shared by millions of people around the world. Self-injury, more commonly known as
Holidays are an exciting time of year, bringing people together to celebrate after months apart. It is a time of connection, tradition, and joy. Even under the current circumstances, some families can gather for smaller celebrations with one another. For some people, meeting with family isn’t as much a source of excitement as it is
The beginning of November marks a shift in the year into the season of gratitude and thankfulness. The holiday season is here and that usually means a time to gather with friends and family for meals and celebrations. It’s also the time where you start reflecting on the year, everything that’s happened, and all that
by Amanda Bassos, M.S.Regional Clinical Outreach Director, Lifeskills South Florida Celebrate pride. Celebrate community. Celebrate you! Pride Month is a beautiful picture of strength with displays of a large community that bans together and unities with a core belief. Pride Month within the LGBTQ+ Community is a beautiful picture of strength. This is a community
With just over 92,000 US deaths reported, more and more Americans are becoming increasingly aware of the toll of COVID-19 is having on their mental health. As people across the globe are trying to cope with the new norm of isolation and social distancing to help curb the spread of the virus, many are feeling
Do you ever think about the symptoms that are associated with stress and how they may be affecting your body and your behavior? For most of us, the answer is no. But when we have that chronic headache or insomnia or lack of appetite, it could be because of our stress.
Feeling anxious or stressed is part of everyday life, however, when your anxious feelings start to interfere with daily functioning it could be something more serious. Rather than being a normal, anxiousness that leads you to feel frightened, distressed, or uneasy for no reason could be symptoms of an anxiety disorder. Left untreated, an anxiety
With an endless list of things to do and places to go during the holiday season, we often feel increased levels of anxiety and stress. But is it all in our heads? Well, some of it is. According to a study by Harvard Medical School, the holiday season requires a greater level of responsibility and
Anxiety is a relatively common symptom of increased alcohol use, and for people who are prone to bouts of anxiety, it can exacerbate symptoms and impair functioning. Everyday anxiety over stressful situations can be normal, but when anxiety becomes too intense and prolonged it can become a problem. Individuals with an anxiety disorder will often
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, an estimated 43.8 million adults experience a mental illness in a given year. Mental illness is defined as a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder that can vary from no impairment to mild, moderate, or severe. A serious mental illness results in functional impairment and interferes with or
The holidays are full of merriment, family, and food, but for many it can also be a time of increased anxiety. It is not uncommon to feel overwhelmed to by the balancing act of a packed calendar and everyday responsibilities. Learning healthy coping mechanisms during the holidays can increase our resiliency and protect us in
It is normal to feel stress, anger, and depression after a traumatic event, such as the recent one in Pittsburgh. After such an event, some people may develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). For some, PTSD symptoms may begin later, or may come and go over time. Of those who experience a traumatic event in their
The recent deaths of designer Kate Spade and chef Anthony Bourdain have brought suicide and mental illness to the forefront once again. These celebrity deaths are part of a trend showing that suicide rates are on the rise across the globe. Annually, suicides account for nearly one million deaths globally, and U.S. suicide rates have
We often hear of how mental illness can change a life, but do we understand to what extent? Did you know a mental illness can lead to job loss, family loss, or even jail time? Mental illness, including Bipolar Disorder, can lead to all those things, and John can attest to it.
Depression and anxiety are closely related and they work together in an antagonistic way. Severe anxiety can cause depression due to the overwhelming fear that ‘it’ will not get better. Whether it is a situation, event or a memory from the past, once a person becomes paralyzed with fear depression and hopelessness are just around