“Dealing” with family. It would be nice if everybody was able to cherish their family time in the manner the holiday classics envision, but sadly, this isn’t reality for many people. The holidays have a way of bringing families together, but for some, being together means inevitable chaos and dysfunction. For many, growing up with … More Dealing with Family on the Holidays
It’s morning. I try to open my eyes as I lay in bed, but really I just want to leave them closed. Merely trying to peel open my eyelids feels like it takes a supreme amount of energy that I just can’t find anywhere in my body. So I’ll leave them closed. And my bed … More An Experience of Depression
I’m not naive enough (at least I don’t think?) to think that I have the one reason that depression is such a difficult state of being. Depression has a different root for everyone — and it’s often a collection of sources, rather than just one thing contributing to depression. That being said, there is an … More Why Depression is So Difficult
It’s one of the most subtle, underlying questions that I hear in various forms nearly every day in my office. Some version of, “Am I going to become like my parents?”, or “Please don’t let me turn into my parents.” Some people believe that they are doomed to the fate of carrying on their parents … More Are You Becoming Your Parents?
Can migraines hurt your relationships? Unfortunately, they can, and often they do. This is just an additional frustration and inherent lack of fairness experienced in the life of someone who struggles with migraines. When migraines enter the relationship, it becomes a struggle for both partners, not only the one with the headache.
This year on Christmas day and New Year’s day, try turning off your phones, tablets, and computers for the day. Be in the present with those closest to you and try to disconnect from mental escape routes, such as texts, emails, social media, etc. It may be a challenge at first, but it will help … More Strengthen Your Relationships This Holiday…
People often prefer to believe that it’s possible to hide pieces of ourselves that we don’t want people to see, often exaggerating certain qualities in order to conceal others: Some may try to act in an overly nice manner in order to avoid being seen with anger or hostility; some may try to speak with … More Relationships and Social Anxiety: Who Are We Really Hiding From?