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Feeling sad after experiencing a loss like the death of a loved one, a beloved pet, a break-up, or grieving a divorce, is normal. Depression is characterized by a persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life. This can happen even when life is going just fine. You may experience changes in sleep, appetite, energy level, concentration, daily behavior, self-esteem or suicidal thoughts. Therapy and medication are effective treatme
Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. It’s a feeling of fear or apprehension about what’s to come. The first day of school, going to a job interview, or giving a speech may cause most people to feel fearful and nervous. But if your feelings of anxiety are extreme, last for longer than six months, and are interfering with your life, you may have an anxiety disorder.
Bipolar mood swings can be frightening. One week you may feel depressed, unmotivated even suicidal. Then you surge into a whirlwind of high energy, racing thoughts, sleeplessness, and maybe you do things that you feel embarrassed about later, when you come down from the emotional high. And this leads to more depression, shame and guilt. It's exhausting! There's hope. People with bipolar disorder lead healthy, productive lives with proper diagnosis and treatment.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapeutic treatment that helps people learn how to identify and change destructive or disturbing thought patterns that have a negative influence on behavior and emotions. CBT focuses on changing the automatic negative thoughts that contribute to and worsen emotional difficulties, depression, and anxiety. Through CBT, these thoughts are identified, challenged, and replaced with more objective, realistic thoughts.
Mindfulness is a method of becoming more aware of yourself and your environment. You notice your thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations in a nonjudgmental way. Mindfulness is always set in the present moment because that is the only time you can consciously direct your awareness moment by moment.
Trauma-Focused Therapy is a specific approach to therapy that recognizes and emphasizes understanding how the traumatic experience impacts a person's mental, behavioral, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.