Archive of ‘Stress’ category

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College Students and Mental Health: Severe Anxiety Becoming the Norm?

The Glamorization of College-Life and the University Experience Long after college, many people are inclined to glamorize their college experience, recalling the thrill of learning, endless social opportunities, and late-night gatherings that blend together in an idyllic re-imagining of their campus experience. But the pressures of academia: social, financial, and academic, have created a hothouse of […] Read more…

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The Internal and External Triggers of PTSD

The physical and emotional strain of PTSD can become a struggle for some people and it can linger in the form of panic attacks and other behavioral manifestations that interfere with daily life.  The residual effects of a shocking or scary event can continue for months (or even longer,) and make people feel stressed and […] Read more…

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New Year’s Resolutions: The trite tradition that could have implications for your mental health

The ritual of renewal known as the New Year’s resolution is a difficult process for some people, and even this seemingly innocuous process can have implications for your mental health and well-being.  Lots of people create ambitious resolutions, but research suggests that resolutions with focused, actionable goals have the best chance of succeeding.  Making New […] Read more…

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Can Frustration Spur Creativity?

Beethoven, Brian Eno, Keith Jarrett.  Strange bedfellows with a common thread: they used frustration as a vehicle for creativity.  Much as frustration can thwart the creative process, it can also be channeled to positive use. In my practice, I come across many people experiencing frustration from one or more important parts of their life: spouses, […] Read more…

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Getting Through the Holidays with OCD

For many people, holiday stress is compounded by dealing with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD.)  OCD is a form of mental illness that is sometimes trivialized by the way it has been portrayed in popular culture.  Neil Simon’s play The Odd Couple, which was also a long-running sitcom, featured the character Felix, who was obsessive about […] Read more…

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The Truth about Treating PTSD with Ketamine

Ketamine & PTSD – What Does the Research Show Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental illness that involves individuals who have been subjected to some variety of trauma either as a result of a single incident or due to prolonged exposure. Individuals with PTSD feel overwhelming and debilitating fear and anxiety and often feel […] Read more…

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Back to School Blues: Battling Depression & Anxiety in College Students on Campus

Most college students have returned to classes and for many going ‘back to school’ is an exciting and optimistic time full of ambition and new opportunities. But for some students, heading back to school after an extended break is a daunting transition to navigate. The structured routines, academic challenges and apprehension about their peers can […] Read more…

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Staying Sane: Anxiety and Achievement

Keeping sane in a world where the demands and pressures from academics, sports, and socializing weigh heavily on parents and children alike, is no small task.  Sadly, the maxim that having more means wanting or needing more seems to have taken root.  It is easy enough to say to a relative or friend to pursue […] Read more…

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8 Tips For Surviving (And Even Thriving) During Major Life Transitions

We all go through numerous transitions in our lives.  These periods of change, and the subsequent adjustment to this change, can sometimes be difficult and stressful. Here are 8 tips to help you survive (and perhaps even thrive) during these transitional times in life. Understand Life’s Major Transitions Some changes are part of a natural […] Read more…

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Self Care: Yes YOU!

In addition to any professional treatment you may receive (such as psychotherapy and/or medication) designing and implementing a personal “self-care” plan is essential to your long term mental health. Self-care refers to activities or practices you engage in on a regular and consistent basis that reduce stress and enhance both short-term and long-term well-being and […] Read more…

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