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What Are The Symptoms of Social Anxiety?

Most people experience social anxiety on some level. Even the most skilled performers, speakers, and leaders experience a tinge of anxiety before approaching large crowds. Butterflies in the stomach are a common form of social anxiety. For those who are living with a fully developed diagnosis of social anxiety, the occasional experience of butterflies inRead More

Are There Warning Signs of Cocaine Abuse?

There are many different signs that a loved one could be addicted to cocaine, and not all of them fit the bill for everyone. Some of the symptoms one person may experience will be different from the next person. Though cocaine use has drastically reduced in recent years, the opportunity is still available to find,Read More

Does Gratitude Practice Really Have An Effect?

Gratitude is scientifically proven to change the brain, improve attitude, and enhance wellbeing overall. People who feel satisfied and content in their lives and maintain good health in mind, body, and spirit are more likely to be grateful or practice more gratitude in their life. Gratitude is a stress reducer. Stress is more than aRead More

Do I Have To Hug People If I Don’t Want To?

You reach out a hand to introduce yourself to someone new. “I’m a hugger!” the person exclaims as they swat your hand away and open their arms to pull you into a hug- without your consent. For many people, this is an act of crossing the boundaries of human discomfort- in a positive way. InsteadRead More

6 Proven Ways To Treat Depression

Depression is a commonly occurring mental health condition, as a primary issue and as a secondary issue co-occurring with addiction, other mental health issues, and trauma. Therapy: Various forms of therapy are proven to help with reducing the severity of symptoms of depression. Traditional psychotherapy, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, art therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy,Read More

Can You Choose Gratitude?

You step into a puddle. Instantly, you are upset that your shoes and socks are wet. They aren’t wet, they’re soaked. Your entire day is ruined. You’re grumpy and cranky and full of resentment. Like a bad omen, you take this incident to predict the rest of your day. Inevitably more goes wrong, worsening yourRead More

Do People With Depression See The World More Clearly?

“Depressive realism” is a term first coined in 1979 by researchers who discovered that people who had depression had a more realistic concept of their abilities than those who did not. Tonic, a blog of Vice, explains that “depressive realism” “seems to suggest that in our normal state we tend to operate under happy delusionsRead More

How Can You Let Go of Reminders of The Past?

Making the decision to take time for residential treatment to heal from trauma is a tremendous experience in life. We pack our bags with what we can bring, close the door to our home, and keep our eyes forward toward recovery. What we leave behind is different for all of us. Those of us whoRead More

Are You Bringing The Toxic Behavior To The Holiday Table?

Toxic behavior is a choice. Sometimes, it feels like more a compulsion than a choice. We develop toxic behaviors as a defense mechanism and use it unconsciously to keep others at a distance. Imagine an animal that releases an odorous gas or a venomous spike. Most often animals aren’t doing it vindictively but defensively, asRead More