Trauma: What It Is and What It Isn’t

Trauma isn’t simply an emotion; it is a deeply disturbing memory that invades an individual’s sense of control. Now it is important to note that no trauma is too small- any event that leaves some kind of scar, insecurity, lingering fear, or unhealthy perspective can be traumatic and is worth discussing. Many don’t realize an …

Overpower Your OCD Through Apathy & Less Fear

Obsessive compulsive disorder is like having a bully in your brain who never allows you to be happy or relaxed or in-the-moment. When you realize you aren’t obsessed about the thing, your brain reminds you of it and sucks you back into your head. This is why distraction and avoidance can only work for so …

Let’s Talk About Social Media & Unhealthy Comparison

Social media is a great way to express yourself and to see how your peers are doing. It can expose you to different cultures, grow your connections, update you on life events, give you ideas, and allow you to communicate with old acquaintances without it being direct or awkward. Being said, one should try to …

The Effects of Tumblr on Mental Health

Tumblr can be a cathartic safe haven for people to vent about their struggles. It can help them realize that they are not alone. It can bring peace and relief but can also cause a counterintuitive cycle of spiraling deeper into depression.   Tumblr.com is a free blogging website that allows members to post whatever …

SUICIDE: An uncomfortable conversation that can save a life

Why talk about suicide? Suicide is preventable Connections to family and friends or to health professionals keep people alive Crises pass Most people who are suicidal do not actually want to die. They only want their emotional pain to stop, but people who are depressed don’t see choices and feel hopeless. Suicide prevention with a …

Quick Impulse Control/Distress-Tolerance Strategies

When you feel overwhelmed by anxiety or depression, or when you have an urge to engage in self-harm behaviors, you can use the following strategies:   Grounding: the idea is to focus all your attention on one thing or one activity to distract yourself from unhealthy behaviors or distressing thoughts: Mentally describe an object in …

10 Ways to Improve Communication

Effective communication is one of the most important life skills we can learn—yet one we don’t usually put a lot of effort into. Whether you want to have better conversations in your social life or get your ideas across better at work, here are some essential tips for learning to communicate more effectively.   Watch …

The Positive Effects of Setting Realistic Goals on Self-Esteem and Mood Disorders

Setting goals gives you a sense of control over your life, which is particularly helpful when you are depressed or feeling overwhelmed by life’s stressors. Goals provide you with focus and direction and help clarify your values. Setting realistic goals promotes a sense of achievement and efficacy when you succeed, which positively impacts your self-esteem …

Self-Esteem

What is Self-Esteem? Self-esteem is the level of self-worth people attribute to themselves.  It can be either positive (high) or negative (low). It is based on a person’s perception of their own value in terms of personality, intelligence, creativity, physical appearance, sportsmanship, or social status.  Having high self-esteem is different from being arrogant or conceited …