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Why Your Seasonal Depression May Be Particularly Bad This Year, And What To Do About It Sep 21st, 2020

During a regular fall and winter season, approximately up to 10% of the US population is impacted by seasonal depression, also known as the seasonal blues, winter depression, or more officially as Seasonal Affective Disorder.  This winter season will be far from regular, as our lives have been significantly impacted...

We Are Learning to Co-Exist with COVID-19, But Can We Learn To Co-Exist With An Addict As Well? Sep 15th, 2020

COVID-19 drastically uprooted our lives, and continues to impact it in significant ways.  Although the virus is still active without access to official therapeutics or vaccines, we have more or less learned to live with it. Wearing masks and social distancing has become the norm, and we have learned to regularly...

It’s OK To Talk About Suicide – Here’s What You Can Do To Help Sep 10th, 2020

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day, a time to help raise awareness and understanding of mental health and suicide in efforts to help alleviate stigma, help those suffering with suicidal thoughts, educate individuals about warning signs of suicide, and make efforts in...

10 Tips For How To Support Someone In Recovery From Addiction Sep 3rd, 2020

September is National Recovery Month, a time to help raise awareness and understanding of mental health and substance use disorders and to celebrate those in recovery from addiction.  Approximately 22 million Americans struggle with addiction to alcohol and drugs on a daily basis, and another 100 million family members and...

The Impact of Alcoholism and Addiction on Family, and How to Protect Yourself Aug 22nd, 2020

What are a few ways alcoholism and addiction affects family members, loved ones and spouses?   Alcoholism and addiction causes significant distress to all individuals who care for the addicted individual.  Due to the impact of addiction on family relationships and dynamics, addiction is often called a “family disease” by...

10 Most Common Reasons For Addiction Relapse Aug 5th, 2020

Unfortunately relapse rates for individuals who enter recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction are quite high.  Studies reflect that about 40-60% of individuals relapse within 30 days of leaving an inpatient drug and alcohol treatment center, and up to 85% relapse within the first year.  It is important for...

A Guide to the Different Pathways of Addiction Recovery Jul 20th, 2020

When an individual is struggling with a substance use addiction it is extremely challenging for the entire family.  There is often guilt, shame, sadness, anger, anxiety, among a host of other negative emotions.  When the addicted individual is ready and willing to receive help it can be confusing and overwhelming. ...

Does Affluence Make It Harder To Recover? Jul 10th, 2020

Wealthy individuals have a unique set of challenges when it comes to mental health and addiction.  Emotional and behavioral issues can linger much longer for wealthy individuals before one is willing to receive psychological help for a variety of reasons. High-net-worth individuals also are faced with a variety of barriers...

The Cyclical Nature of Mental Health and Addiction, and How to Reverse Course and Recover Jul 5th, 2020

Suffering from depression, anxiety, alcoholism or drug addiction, and other mental health issues can feel like being stuck in a giant deep hole that is impossible to climb out of.  This is in part because mental health issues and addiction are often cyclical in nature, meaning that the symptoms of...

What About The Alcohol Epidemic? Jun 24th, 2020

We frequently hear about the opioid epidemic, but rarely do we hear about the alcohol epidemic. While alcohol is legal and socially acceptable, and while most individuals can drink alcohol privately or socially without consequence, alcohol leads to millions of individuals abusing it, becoming dependent to it, having medical issues...

6 Ways To Support Your Employee’s Mental Health May 23rd, 2020

As the world continues to navigate through COVID-19 and what may lie ahead, businesses across industries, large and small, are going through a crisis of their own.  In addition to surviving this economic downturn, strategizing a new way of business, and reinventing themselves, businesses of all sorts have their work...

Let’s Flatten The Curve Of Our Mental Health Pandemic As Well May 11th, 2020

This past week, a research study conducted by the Well Being Trust, a national foundation with a mission to advance mental health in America, has estimated that as many as 75,000 Americans could die from mental health related issues that stem from the coronavirus pandemic.  The research study used projected...

Teletherapy and the Future: 10 Benefits of Teletherapy May 1st, 2020

COVID-19 is causing significant problems and disruption to virtually all areas of our lives.  It is impacting our physical health, our financial health, our relational health, our spiritual health, our mental health and every which way in-between.  As the majority of the world is currently enduring social distancing, telemedicine (or...

How to Take a Holistic Approach to Creating a Positive Home Environment Apr 22nd, 2020

On a normal day, we spend a substantial amount of time in our homes. From getting ready in the morning to relaxing after a long day of work, our home is a safe place. With the recent quarantines, we are now confined to this space.    For those dealing with...

COVID-19 and Problem Gambling Apr 13th, 2020

COVID-19 has led to significant problems all across the globe and is impacting our lives in many different ways. While most people are currently focused on fighting this global health pandemic and are concerned with their physical hygiene, it is also important to focus on one’s mental hygiene. If we...

The Challenges of Being a High-Functioning Alcoholic Apr 8th, 2020

High-functioning alcoholics are individuals who are able to maintain their careers, relationships, and other obligations while displaying signs of alcoholism.  The same is true of high-functioning addicts or individuals who may suffer from high-functioning depression, anxiety or other mental health issues.  Such individuals are able to maintain their day-to-day lives,...

If Not Now, Then When: COVID-19 and 5 Reasons Why This Is An Opportune Time To Seek Treatment Apr 2nd, 2020

The Corona Virus Disease pandemic (COVID-19) is causing unwanted and unneeded stress, grief and anxiety for many people.  Individuals around the world are concerned about their own physical health and the health of their loved ones, navigating life isolated at home, homeschooling, financial concerns, and much more.  This worry has...

7 Tips To Improve Your Mental Health From Home And Cope With COVID-19 Mar 29th, 2020

As many of us are increasingly isolated from others and separated from the world outside of our apartments or homes due to the Coronoa Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, our mental health may suffer.  Many are facing growing worry, stress, sadness, and loneliness all due to fears of becoming ill...

How COVID-19 Can Compromise Your Mental Health, And What You Can Do About It Mar 24th, 2020

The entire world is facing new challenges as we battle the Coronoa Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – physically, mentally, emotionally, financially, relationally, and every which way in-between.  From a psychological standpoint, this pandemic has contributed to mental health stressors for many individuals such as worry, stress, sadness, and substance abuse...

Why The Opioid Epidemic Is Even Worse Than We Thought Mar 9th, 2020

Opioids, especially the misuse of opioids – including prescription pain killers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl – has caused an epidemic in the United States.  Every day there are approximately 128 opioid deaths due to overdose in the US - every single day.  Unfortunately, newfound studies have found...

Can Being Sober Cost You In Business? Mar 4th, 2020

Sobriety can undoubtedly help your health, but can it help you in business?  Business is often about relationships, relationships are often about socializing, and socializing is often about drinking alcohol.  Skipping social aspects of business that involve alcohol or being the sober person at business functions can mean missing out...

Are eSports The Next Addiction Epidemic? Feb 27th, 2020

eSports, also known as ‘electronic sports,’ is the world of organized competitive video gaming.  While many who are unfamiliar with eSports may conjure up an image of middle- or high-school children playing video games on their parent’s couch, eSports has become a 17 billion-dollar industry with professional leagues and professional...

Business or Pleasure - Maintaining Wellness While Traveling Feb 17th, 2020

Whether traveling for business or for pleasure, maintaining wellness while traveling can be challenging, especially for those in recovery from a mental health issue or an addiction related issue.  Whether new to recovery or not, being out of one’s comfort zone while traveling comes with its own host of triggers...

How Does the Stock Market Affect Our Mood? Feb 10th, 2020

The stock market and our moods are interconnected in an interesting way.  The stock market affects how investors feel, and in turn their feelings affect the markets.  In this way, the relationship between our mood and the stock market are a bidirectional one.  In fact, money and mood, and subsequently...

What is the Difference Between a Coach and a Therapist? Feb 5th, 2020

Therapeutic Coaching is a unique and innovative method of helping individuals recover from a variety of issues including mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, or other mood disorders; substance addictions such as to alcohol, opiates, Adderall or other drugs as well as to food; behavioral addictions such as to...

Challenges Executives Face who suffer from Mental Health or Substance Abuse Issues Jan 31st, 2020

Executives and other such high-ranking business and political leaders face a unique set of challenges when it comes to addressing their own mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or other such mental illness, as well as substance abuse and other addictions.  When untreated, such individuals can not...

Setting Goals and Achieving Them - Mentally, Physically, Relationally, Financially, and Spiritually Jan 18th, 2020

Just eighteen days ago many of us made New Year’s resolutions for 2020, and some of us even made long-term resolutions for the decade ahead of us.  Unfortunately, various statistics reflect that less than 25% of people stay committed to their resolutions past the end of January, and only about...

Feeling Hopeless? Signs, symptoms and ways to recover Jan 7th, 2020

Mental health and addiction related issues are often accompanied by a sense of hopelessness.  Hopelessness ensues when the individual feels stuck in the state they are in, especially after failed attempts to get well.  Individuals in such a state of mind feel stuck in a deep and dark hole that...

Coping With Seasonal Depression Dec 2nd, 2019

Feeling depressed, or down, or sad, or having a case of the blues is a normal part of life that everyone goes through.  It could be situational due to death of a loved one or ending a relationship, or it could be emotional due to letting yourself down, others letting...

Work, Life and Mental Health Nov 4th, 2019

An average individual will spend 1/3 of their life working.  For executives, entrepreneurs and other such individuals who do not work a standard 9 to 5, the amount of time spent on business related tasks is often much, much more.  As a result of living in a society that values...

Parenting and Mental Health Oct 7th, 2019

Children bring a lot of joy to our lives, but being a parent also comes with its own set of added stress to an already stressful world.  Due to the obligations, love, and commitment that we have as parents it is easy to put our children first while our own...

Why Fitness Is Important for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery? Sep 19th, 2019

Physical activity triggers a biological cascade of occurrences that results in many physical and mental health benefits.  Research suggests that exercise is an effective treatment for mental health issues such as depression or anxiety, and can serve as a fundamental component to one’s recovery from addiction.  Studies show that individuals...

Why Is Addiction Called a “Brain Disease ” by Many Addiction Professionals? Sep 10th, 2019

Addictions (Substance Use Disorders) are extremely powerful.  So much so that even after years or decades of abstinence and recovery, an individual can still experience strong cravings, and be vulnerable to relapse.  Neuroimaging has allowed researches to investigate the acute and long-term effects of addiction on the brain.  The majority...

How Do I know If I Or A Loved One Has A Problem With Alcohol? Sep 6th, 2019

People often ask how to tell if they or a loved one has a problem with alcohol.  Well, for starters, if one is asking this question, there is probably a problem.  Your average social drinker or your average “I enjoy a glass of wine with dinner” drinker usually does not...

Ghosting Your Therapist: Why Do Individuals Prematurely Dropout of Therapy Aug 23rd, 2019

Studies show that 20-57% of individuals do not return to therapy after their initial appointment.  There are various reasons for this, and for premature dropout rate in general.  Sometimes dropping out of therapy is a reflection of the therapist, other times it is due to the individual receiving therapy, and...

How Mental Health Issues May Differ Among Introverts and Extroverts Aug 5th, 2019

Are you an introvert or an extrovert?  There is nothing wrong with being either.  One of the key differences between introverts and extroverts is that introverts become tired when they are around other people and are able to regain energy when they are alone.  Extroverts, on the other hand, become...

Is Therapy Working? Red Flags to Look for in Therapy Jul 29th, 2019

People enter therapy for a variety of reasons, be it a mental health issue such as depression or anxiety, a behavioral issue such as alcoholism or overeating, or a general life issue such as marriage problems or feeling stuck.  For most people, therapy is not a first-choice solution when problems...

Why Nutrition is Important for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Jul 17th, 2019

When most people think of nutrition they think in terms of their physical health, but nutrition is also a fundamental component of one’s mental health as well.  A healthy mind and body are essential elements in coping with mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, as well as with...