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About 25% of adults in the United States will meet the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) criteria for at least one clinically depressive episode in their lives. That means it’s almost certain someone you know has or will be affected by depression.
Stop worrying! I know, easier said than done. It’s also pretty annoying to hear, especially when you feel like you can’t stop. However, not only is it possible to stop worrying, your life will be better if you do stop.
Lauren was frightened. She considered herself to be a resilient, “no-nonsense” woman. Since the death of her dad, however, she had fallen apart, and feared that she wouldn’t be able to put herself back together.
Addiction thrives in secrecy. That’s why people with substance use disorder often go to great lengths to hide their habits from their friends and family members. Despite that effort, the effects of addiction are bound to show up sooner or later. Knowing how to recognize the symptoms of drug addiction can help family members intervene earlier and get their loved one treatment that could save their lives.
Someone suffering from addiction isn’t an “addict,” they’re “a person with addiction," according to MarJo Doyle of Community Howard Regional Health.
For counselors working face-to-face with people with substance abuse disorders, shedding preconceived notions is an important part of pursuing recovery.
As a couples therapist, “We came in before there was a real problem” is music to my ears.
This very wise couple doesn’t wait until a crisis hits. No one is flirting with a coworker. Vicious, repetitive arguments aren’t heard late at night. Or worse, silence hasn’t crept into their marriage.
If only this couple were the norm.
Resentment and anger in relationships often stem from utter dismay at how your spouse could have possibly done what they did. You just can’t understand it — you never would have done such a thing.
For those of us with depression, finding yourself is difficult because it's easy for us to lose sight of what makes us who we are: personalities, senses of humor, talents. Our interests and passions often get buried under the weight of the burdens we bear. Depression makes it hard for us to find ourselves; however, in spite of the hardship, it's a worthwhile investment we should make. Through my experiences, I've gained some insights I'd like to share with you about how finding yourself can truly be a great way to cope when you have depression.
More and more, do you find yourself fighting feelings of worry? Do you feel increasingly anxious and tense? Do you obsess about things that may or may not happen? If so, you may be one of the millions who suffer from anxiety.