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Posted on Jun 18, 2015 in Anxiety, Children, Counseling, Family, News

Recognize Anxiety in Children

Anxiety is a type of stress. It affects all people from time to time. It begins with mild uneasiness and in its most extreme form, graduates to total panic. When people are anxious, it means they are worried that something might go wrong and they will begin to feel as if they are in some type of danger. Children can also suffer from anxiety- it can be about changing school, attending a test, giving a presentation in class, speaking to someone or anything else. Such experiences make a child focus on ‘what if’s’ situations such as ‘what if it doesn’t go well’, ‘what if I screw up’ and so on. If you don’t reassure the child during this time, it can eventually lead to more serious anxiety disorders such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), phobias (including social phobia) and panic attacks. If you keep a close eye on your child, you will know when your child is anxious and can help him or her cope with it. Here are...

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Posted on Jun 16, 2015 in Counseling, Divorce, Family, News, Relationships, Therapy

Getting Over the Pain of a Divorce or Breakup

A divorce or breakup is a defining moment in a person’s life. For many, it is a nasty affair that is full of pain and suffering. The loss of a mate can be devastating. The first year, you may be full of rage, intense sorrow or anger and nothing seems to help. Please know that your life does not end because you are getting a divorce or you are going through a breakup. Here are some tips to help you cope with the grief. There is no ‘process’ for grieving The grief coming from a divorce or a breakup is not linear. To put it simply, there is no clear three or four step phase that you must pass through (like shock, denial, rage and acceptance) to get over the pain. A divorce or a breakup is chaotic and the stages can change from one moment to another. Some people expect that they will go through these phases and when it doesn’t happen, they start thinking that something must...

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Posted on Jun 9, 2015 in Anger, Children, Counseling, Family, News, Therapy

Anger Management 101

Everyone, no matter their age, gets angry at times. It is unavoidable. What is important is that you recognize that you are angry and take steps immediately to stem it. Anger is not all bad. It is a natural and adaptive response of the body to threats. This means, a certain amount of anger is necessary for survival. But how you express it, makes all the difference. Three approaches to tackle anger There are three approaches to anger- you can either express it, suppress it or calm down. Expressing anger- Try to express your anger through assertiveness and not aggressiveness. Being assertive does not mean that you have to be demanding or pushy- but putting your thoughts across respectfully. Suppressing anger– You can also suppress your anger by converting it or redirecting it. Rein in the anger, don’t think about it and focus your thoughts on positive things. Try to convert it into positive behavior. Calming yourself– The final method is to calm yourself. Calming down means controlling both...

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Posted on Jun 2, 2015 in Abuse, Child Sexual Abuse, Children, Counseling, Family, News, Sexual Abuse, Toddlers

Recognizing the Signs and Helping Victims of Child Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is a subject that is discussed the least when talking about abuse among children. Physical and emotional abuse are talked about the most. Child sexual abuse is often brushed under the carpet by most parents and families. It has very low rates of reporting and even lower rates of counseling and treatment. But it is probably the worst kind of abuse a child can go through, mainly because most are too young to understand what is happening, and are too scared of the pain and threats to speak up. Signs and symptoms of sexual abuse in children This is the first and most important step in helping sexually abused kids. They might not be able to speak up and tell you what is happening. But there will be enough signs, their way of showing something is wrong and asking for help, if you look close enough. Depression, anxiety or excessive unexplained aggressiveness. Sudden fear of certain people or places. Bed-wetting, thumb-sucking and other such regressive behavior among...

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Posted on May 27, 2015 in Counseling, Depression, Elderly, Family, News, Seniors

Depressed Elderly: How to Recognize the Symptoms

There are many misconceptions about depression. One myth is that real men don’t get depressed. The truth is, notions of masculinity have prevented men from speaking about their problems when they are depressed. Similarly, some people find it difficult to believe that elderly people can also be affected by depression. The elderly are more susceptible to depression than young people because many of them are retired, have lost their loved ones, are lonely or isolated, are in pain or not keeping good health. These conditions can lead to depression. If you see an elderly person suffering from sadness, fatigue, sleep disturbances, extreme weight loss, appetite loss, with no interest in hobbies, increased use of medications or alcohol, loss of self-worth, social withdrawal, it may be a sign that he or she is depressed. There are many reasons why an elderly person may start showing symptoms of depression. Symptoms of Depression in the Elderly Health issues: Chronic pain, disability, illness and cognitive decline can lead to depression. Reduced sense of...

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Posted on Mar 26, 2015 in Counseling, Family, News, Therapists, Therapy

The Many Benefits of Therapy

Therapy is a form of treatment that can help people better deal with their problems arising due to mental, emotional or physical conditions. Whether you seek therapy from a counselor or a psychologist or go for psychotherapy under the supervision of a psychiatrist it is a step towards your betterment. Psychologists have doctoral degrees and are licensed professionals. Counselors too have doctoral or master’s degrees that qualify them to offer counseling to others. Psychotherapists are doctors who undergo study and training to treat people for various conditions. Here are some benefits of therapy that can help you lead a healthier life. Therapy can help people better deal with mental disorders Whether it is a severe mental condition or a bout of depression after a traumatic event; therapy can help you deal with the symptoms in a much better way and overtime even help you minimize the symptoms or even heal the problem. Therapy can help people better achieve their goals Mental blocks often deter a person from achieving the...

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