General Articles

There is a broad range of topics and general information about mental health and life experiences that at one time or another we may want to understand better.

With that said, below you'll find a variety of topics and articles about some of the most common questions, concerns, and opinions associated with experiences and problems in life; and particularly how some people choose to address them.

How Does Emotional Healing Differ From Physical Healing?

Negative emotions, such as anxiety and stress, are normal parts of the human experience. Nonetheless, knowing this doesn’t make it any less difficult to cope with these...

What Is The Difference Between Behavioral Health Vs. Mental Health?

When it comes to distinguishing different types of health, it can be difficult to see the difference between behavioral health and mental health. After all, don’t they both...

5 Positive Coping Skills That Will Change Your Life

Every day we are forced to deal with a barrage of emotions. Some of these emotions we feel more intensely than others while others are fleeting. The third set of emotions...

What Is the Definition Of Empathy And Why Does Empathy Matter?

Empathy has become a popular subject in recent years. As people try to understand and help others, they want to be empathetic to them. Yet, many people do not really know...

How To Recognize Disorganized Speech, And What To Do About It

Being with someone who speaks in an unintelligible way can be confusing, concerning, or even frightening.If a loved one is suddenly talking in ways you don’t understand...

How Can I Get Off This Emotional Rollercoaster?

Elated one minute, sad the next: it’s called the emotional rollercoaster. It’s a whirlwind of feelings that can leave you feeling confused and emotionally exhausted. If you...

Definition Of Somatization And How It Impacts Your Mental Health

Are you dealing with physical symptoms that won’t seem to go away, no matter what you or your doctor tries? If so, there might be something else going on with you. Your...

7 Healthy Coping Mechanism Tools To Help You Work Through Life’s Challenges

The ultimate goal for many is to lead a happy, healthy lifestyle. However, achieving this does not guarantee that we won’t experience stress, loss, or difficulty along the...

What Is Compassion Fatigue And How To Overcome It

Are you in a position where you are constantly helping others and you’re starting to struggle? It may be compassion fatigue. While it may sound like something made up or...

I Hate Being Alone: How To Be More Comfortable Spending Time By Yourself

Many people hate being alone by themselves for a long period of time. This could be for many reasons. You might hate being in your car by yourself, at your apartment without...

Types Of Dysregulation: Definition And Differences

Although the term “dysregulation” might not be immediately understood, most of us have seen dysregulation at one point or another. Dysregulation is visible in the grocery...

I’m Scared: 5 Tips To Help You Cope With The COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything United States citizens, or people around the world, have witnessed in their lifetime. With major concerns like the potential for...

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Here, we offer some useful generalized information, including some important tidbits when selecting counselors and other important aspects of mental health you should read about. 

Checking If A Therapist Is Licensed

When selecting a therapist, it’s important to make sure they are licensed and you're getting the help they need. If you're going to a clinic or using a website where all the therapists are licensed, you don't really need to worry about it. However, there are people who may seem suspicious who claim they are therapists. 

The best course of action is to ask. If they are licensed, they’ll show it. You can also do some online digging to figure it out. 

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How Therapists Can Help 

Therapists can help with many aspects. For starters, they can help with addiction. Addiction is the physiological “need” for something in your life. It can be a chemical, a substance, and activity, or even another person. You don’t normally think of relationships as addicting, but you may know someone who can’t live without being in a relationship. If they break up with their partner, they aren’t single for very long. They may not be functional if they’re in a relationship. By realizing this, you may be able to get them the help they need. 

Then there is dependence and addiction These two words are seen as the same thing, and they have a lot of similarities, but are a little bit different. Someone who is dependent on something may use it every day and need it to function, but it’s not dangerous. For instance, someone may be dependent on their meds. Addiction tends to be more dangerous, like alcohol addiction. 

Mental Health Awareness

Mental health awareness is always important, not just during May, when Mental Health Awareness Month occurs. Mental health awareness involves the realization that mental illness is everywhere, and learning about it is part of the solution. It also involves looking for ways to help the less fortunate access to mental healthcare. By being more aware, we can help treat others and live a more mentally healthy life.

Mindfulness Exercises 

Therapists know the impact that mindfulness activities can have on a person. Achieving mindfulness can help you be aware of the present and discard any past bad thoughts you may still be holding on to. You can use many activities to practice mindfulness. The body scan involves feeling your body from head to toe and exploring any dis-ease. Then, there is a nature walk. By focusing on the sights, smells, and sounds of nature, it can help you achieve mindfulness. 

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Developing a Relationship on Love and Respect 

Having a relationship where you respect and love someone is a challenge, but it can be done. First, both people should focus on how their actions affect the emotions of the other person. Being aware of your impact on another being helps you to understand how you can connect with them. Respect is earned over time by being someone who is worthy of it. Sometimes, a relationship may not have either of these attributes. If that is the case, you should schedule an appointment with one of our licensed counselors to figure out your next step. 

Generation X

Gen X is indeed the forgotten generation. With today’s online discourse between the elderly baby boomers and Millennials, it can be hard to remember Gen X, the generation between the two. Their psychology and mindset is quite interesting and adapts a little bit of both the warring generations. 

What is a Sapiosexual?

A sapiosexual is someone who is sexually attracted to intelligence in other people. If someone comes across as intelligent, they might be attracted to him or her. Although may people view intelligence as a good quality, sapiosexuals view it as a “turn on.”

Altruism 

Altruism is a higher order trait. If you are truly altruistic, you put all other people ahead of yourself. You do everything you can to help your fellow human. Many people have altruistic traits, but only a few noteworthy individuals are holistically altruistic.  

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Dunning-Kruger Effect

This effect is quite an interesting view on humanity. Essentially, the Dunning-Kruger effect is when someone thinks that they are more capable than they are. It’s a little bit different than just having confidence in your abilities. It’s when you are obviously incapable, but you swear by your knowledge even in the face of failure and may blame others for your shortcomings. 

Misogyny 

Misogyny is a word you may have heard quite a bit recently. Essentially, misogyny is the prejudice or contempt of women. What exactly entails misogyny is up for debate. Some believe a misogynist hates all types of women, while others may think that disliking a certain type of woman is a misogynist. 

Being Highly Sensitive 

What does it mean to be highly sensitive? Some people are definitely more sensitive than others, and the topic of sensitivity has been a hot debate. Someone who is highly sensitive may faint at the implication of violence and may not be able to handle the darker parts of life. Some sensitivity makes us human, but when it prevents you from functioning, that’s a problem. 

Synesthesia Disorder

Ever had a person who claimed they could hear images or smell colors? This maybe a sign of synesthesia disorder. While not fully recognized, it’s an interesting study and it may inspire some creative people. 

Insecurity 

Sometimes, it can be hard for you to overcome your insecurities. Everyone is insecure about something. Even the most confident person may have a weakness or two. However, someone who is overly insecure may not be able to achieve their dreams because of something that scares them. 

Someone with an insecurity may try to fix it. If they’re insecure about their weight, they may go on a diet. However, there is such a thing as being too insecure. For instance, one may never be satisfied with their weight. In a case like that, seeking help is important. Insecurity can deeply affect your relationships with others and even yourself.

These articles will help you learn general tips about mental health, and there is so much more that we have to offer. Mental health encompasses a lot of different subjects, and you can see here just how far it spans. 

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