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3 Reasons Everyone (Even Happy People) Should Go to Therapy

Most people these days would agree that therapy is a useful treatment for anyone who has a major problem. If your friend was struggling with depression, an anxiety disorder, or PTSD, for example, you would likely encourage them to talk to a therapist. But for many, the idea of going to therapy yourself doesn’t occur… Read more »

Why Choose Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

There are many different kinds of “talk therapy”, and choosing the best one is sometimes trial and error. So it is good to do your research so that you know what questions to ask a potential therapist, and can better decide if he or she is right for you.   Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has… Read more »

How to Deal with A Breakup and Become A Better Person

  No one likes to go through broken hearts. But it’s absolutely guaranteed that a broken heart is a part of everyone’s story. Whether it was the girl in third grade, or your first love, or even a divorce, break ups are never easy to cope with. According to social psychologists, there are five stages… Read more »

The Process of Loss

  Loss is a part of life and we all will experience many losses as we navigate our journeys. Loss comes in many guises; it is not only the death of a loved one. Loss can be the dissolution of an important relationship, having to move from a beloved family home, losing a part of… Read more »

A Psychiatrist Against Psychiatry?

Thomas Szaz’s book The Myth Of Mental Illness, published in 1961, was a spearhead for the “Antipsychiatry” movement and created a coalition whose voice is still loud today.   Essentially the antipsychiatry movement believed that psychiatry was being used to control, label and stigmatize people who exhibited what society might call “deviant” behavior, but were… Read more »

The Ego: Can We Really Take It or Leave It?

Dictionary.com defines “ego” as “the ‘I’ or self of any person; a person as thinking, feeling, and willing, and distinguishing itself from the selves of others and from objects of its thought.” It goes on to say that the definition in psychoanalysis is “the part of the psychic apparatus that experiences and reacts to the… Read more »

Mental Illness and Creativity: Is There a Connection?

A great many creative people – artists, poets, musicians, even philosophers – have been thought to be mad since ancient times. Some cultures honored their eccentrics, the “different” ones, but others often had them put in asylums or even executed as witches. Obviously times have changed since then and society has become much more open… Read more »

Rethinking Mental Illness

  All throughout history, individuals with mental illnesses have been marginalized, if not brutalized and shunned. In ancient times, the mentally ill were often seen as possessed by demons, or in league with the devil, and as a result, were put to death. It is a sad commentary on world perception, that the mentally ill… Read more »

Scared to see a counselor?

Being scared to seek counseling is really common. After all, we’ve been taught that we should solve our own problems! Sometimes overcoming the realization that we need help isn’t an easy thing to do. Even if whatever your challenge is isn’t serious, admitting that we can’t fix the situation ourselves is difficult. Maybe you know… Read more »

How to Cope with Being Alone

Humans are inherently social creatures. We thrive from connections that we create with loved ones. And although there is a large spectrum of comfort with social contact, it is true that we all need to feel connected. When we are forced to be alone by whichever life matters have brought us there, coping with solo… Read more »