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You know when you see those three text dots and you feel panicked?
Recently I was in knots waiting for someone to reply to a request I had made. This was a different kind of request than I usually make. This was for more than I usually ask for. This request was a stretch, a dream.
The minute I hit send on the text I felt my body quiver, my heart start to race, and lightheadedness overtakes me. I was having panic symptoms. My nervous system was activated and I was in fight/flight. I was terrified.
The day started with sunshine, a bright blue sky, and a chill in the air. The perfect autumn day. I was excited to select a sweater, which was appropriate for the crispness of the fall season. Pumpkins and chrysanthemums lined our sidewalk, and I was looking forward to a fire pit and s’mores with friends that weekend.
Then my husband came home from work feeling poorly. Within hours, my strong, healthy husband was curled up shaking and in terrible pain. Three trips to the emergency room later, we began to understand his symptoms, and things started to calm down.
If you’ve tried diets and cleanses that haven’t worked, you’re not alone. That’s because the only thing fad-based eating and restricting offers is false hope.
Here is the truth: Binge eating disorder will impact 8 percent of American adults at some point in their lifetime, and approximately half of the risk for developing it is associated with genetics. Yet, most people who are struggling with loss-of-control eating don’t seek help.
To make matters worse, conversations about overcoming binge eating disorder, emotional eating, mindless eating, and compulsive eating can exacerbate feelings of isolation and hopelessness
“ Nothing will ever change while you point the finger of blame. Out of responsibility comes possibility. ” — Lisa Villa Prosen
“Why is it so hard to admit when you’re wrong?” exclaimed my client Sam to his wife, Marlin. Sam explained that when Marlin did something to hurt him, it wasn’t so much the action that bothered him but the fact that she would never take responsibility for it and would, instead, get defensive, finding a way to place the blame on him.
On the TV show The Honeymooners , Ralph Kramden, a bus driver, sees a doctor at work, complaining of stress. The doctor tells him to recite the following:
"Pins and needles, needles and pins
A happy man is a man who grins.”
This is intended to distract him from the source of his stress in the hope that the stress will dissipate.
Relationships are dynamic entities. They have their highs and lows, and they don’t always go as planned.
What’s the best way to recover from a relationship rut? While there’s no easy answer, relationship science has found some techniques to be helpful at getting a relationship back on track. Here are four strategies to inject new life into a troubled romance.
Many of us have been doing therapy by Zoom since the pandemic started. What began as a quick pivot is now seen as pivotal to providing mental health treatment. What are some of the ethical considerations of working remotely with our clients?
At the beginning of the pandemic, my patients would confide in me about how difficult it was for them: “Trying to parent, school my kids from home, and sustain a relationship is too much, it’s totally unsustainable. And it is breaking me.”
But that was nearly a year ago. What I’m hearing now is more dramatic and reveals, collectively, how worn-out we are. “I feel that I’ve failed. I haven’t been a good parent, I haven’t been a good teacher. I feel that I’ve let my partner down. I feel that I’ve let my family down.”
When it comes to substance abuse, experts say it’s usually friends and family members that ask the person suffering to get help. That was the case for Nigel Williams.
Williams was a teenager when his parents noticed problematic behavior.
“It’s the same old story,” Williams said. “My grades had dropped in school a little bit. My interest in all of my other hobbies and activities dwindled to almost nothing. Once they confirmed that I was using mind-altering substances, they reached out to Rise Recovery to help get me help.”