What Not To Say To Those Struggling With Mental Illness.

For those who are grieving, the holidays are hardly “the most wonderful time of the year.” Not only are they navigating their pain, they’re doing it during a time that’s supposed to be joyous. Loved ones often try to alleviate some of the grief a person may be feeling by offering helpful phrases or advice, but what may seem like a supportive statement could actually be exacerbating a person’s sadness, Dan Reidenberg, chair of the American Psychotherapy Association, told The Huffington Post. “Certain statements don’t take into account what the grieving person is feeling,” Reidenberg said. “They end up really focused on the…

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17 Tips to Raising a More Self-Confident Child.

Confidence is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their child. Carl Pickhardt, a psychologist and author of 15 parenting books, says a kid who lacks confidence will be reluctant to try new or challenging things because they’re scared of failing or disappointing others. This can end up holding them back later in life and prevent them from having a successful career. “The enemies of confidence are discouragement and fear,” he says. So, as a parent, it’s your job to encourage and support your child as they attempt to tackle difficult tasks. Here are 17 more tips for raising a…

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Anger Management.

I often hear clients say, “they made me feel ___” or “I had no choice but to yell back.” This is absurd. We always have choices, but the reality is that we just don’t like our options. How do we not take it personally when someone says, ‘You’re a pain in the ass’? Well what does it mean when we are a ‘pain in the ass?’  Is it literal? Do we cause a physical pain to occur in their rear? No, it means we are being insulted. We aren’t taught how to cope with this stuff in school. Our teacher…

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Tips for a stress free Christmas.

With the holidays coming up, one would think that it would be an incredibly joyful time. I however, find the holidays particularly daunting, especially with all the functions i’m expected to go to and spending money on gifts. It’s a little different going into the holidays when you suffer from depression, although I am in a much better place now (functioning wise), it’s still a little uncomfortable to see people get so excited about the holidays and I feel indifferent. I do look forward to spending some time with loved ones back home and have the workload of school off…

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