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Everyone gets the blues now and then, but do your blues last for weeks at a time?  If so, you may have depression, and you’re not alone.  Major depression is one of the most common mood disorders in the United States — about 16.1 million adults (that’s almost 7 percent) and 3 million teenagers will have at least one major depressive episode per year.  There are also multiple types of depression, including major depression, persistent depressive disor... Read More
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Whether you recognize the term or not, at some point you have dealt with a cognitive distortion. These are thoughts that feel like the truth, but they describe an emotional reality rather than an objective one. For those struggling with stress, anxiety, or depression, often chronic and significant cognitive distortions play a big role in the struggle. 1. All-Or-Nothing (Black and White) Thinking: You see things in black and white terms, refusing to see any gray area. Distortion: If I&rs... Read More
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Therapy is different than talking to a friend.   Wait, what?!  You mean it's not the same?!  But, it’s basically like talking to a friend – except you don’t have to pay your friend to listen to you, right?! (WRONG)   Seeing a therapist is very different from having a heart-to-heart with a loved one. As humans we love the cathartic feeling of having a deep conversation with a good friend, and certainly therapy can have that same cathartic feeling. But ... Read More
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The Mess of Stress
Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the demands of life. A small amount of stress can be good, motivating you to perform well. But multiple challenges daily, such as sitting in traffic, meeting deadlines and paying bills, can push you beyond your ability to cope. Your brain comes hard-wired with an alarm system for your protection. When your brain perceives a threat, it signals your body to release a burst of hormones that increase your heart rate and raise your bloo... Read More
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