Is My Physical Pain Stress-Induced?

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Chronic Pain | 0 comments

Back pain.  Neck pain.  Shoulder pain.  Sciatic pain. Headaches. Chronic physical pain can be debilitating. It can hinder you from doing the activities you enjoy, from having the relationships you desire, and from living the life you want. But, what is causing your physical pain? Not all pain is caused by physical conditions, injuries or structural issues. Some pain is caused by emotions. According to Dr. John Sarno, M.D., author of Healing Back Pain, “These common pain syndromes are…Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS)… a harmless but potentially...

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How Do I Know If I Have PTSD?

Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Trauma Counseling | 0 comments

After a trauma, it is very common to experience at least some post-traumatic symptoms.  It is normal, for example, to feel frightened, disconnected, or numb. You may have bad dreams or persistent and anxious thoughts about the experience. You even might notice that you feel sad, irritable or on-edge. However, after a period of time, these symptoms will lessen or subside. If they do not, or if they get worse, it is possible that you may have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. What is PTSD? PTSD is a condition that can occur after...

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Is There a Right Way to Grieve a Loss?

Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Life Transitions | 0 comments

Anyone who has experienced a significant loss also has experienced feelings of grief and mourning.  After a loss—the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, the loss of a job—it is common to grieve.  So, what is grief? What does it feel like to experience grief and how do you know if you are grieving properly? Grief is a strong, often deep feeling of sorrow, triggered by the loss of someone or something that is valued or important. Grief is a natural response to loss, and the experience of grieving or mourning is extremely personal....

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Am I Depressed or Just Feeling Sad?

Posted by on May 2, 2014 in Depression Counseling, Featured, Portfolio | 0 comments

Everyone feels sad sometimes. It is not uncommon to have periods when you feel blue or a little bit down.  Often, those feelings of sadness are triggered by difficult events or experiences, such as losing a loved one, breaking up with a spouse or partner, or getting laid off at work. But, sometimes we feel sad when smaller things happen, after a bad night sleep, a stressful day at work, or a disagreement with a friend.  So, how do you know when your low feelings are just sadness versus clinical depression? When sad feelings last for more than...

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5 Ways to Cope with a Panic Attack

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Anxiety and Panic | 0 comments

If you’ve ever had a panic attack, you know how frightening they can be.  A panic attack can leave you feeling scared, helpless and confused. Panic attacks can be triggered by something specific, but often come on unexpectedly or out of the blue. They also can be so physically intense, they can make you feel as if you are having a heart attack or losing control of your body. So, what is a panic attack and how do you know if you are having one? A panic attack is a sudden, intense experience of fear, terror or discomfort that is accompanied by...

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