Thursday, September 1, 2016

Handling a Personal Crisis

September is National Suicide Awareness Month, are you prepared to deal with a loved one's crisis or your own personal crisis?  Do you have a safety plan set up for when someone is feeling depressed or suicidal?

All year long when you live in severe weather areas you are told to prepare for severe weather.  So why do we not take the same care and prep for sever emotional disturbances?  Let’s take a quick minute and fill your mental health resource tool box.

First what are some signs that a friend or loved one may be heading towards a crisis or having suicidal thoughts.

Are they?
  • giving away prized possessions
  • making statements such as ""things would be better if I were not here” “no one would miss me” “I wish I could disappear"
  • are they fixated on death and dying? 
  • vocalizing intense emotional pain, they want to stop
  • self-injurious behaviors like cutting, driving 20-50+ miles over the speed limit 

How can you be prepared?

Visit sites like and learn more about depression and suicide

Keep important crisis hotlines that are always manned with a person to talk to or text at hand.  These days there are even crisis hotlines for teenagers. 

National Suicide Line  800-SUICIDE  or 800.273.TALK
Veterans Suicide line 800.273.TALK press option "1"
Text "START" to 741-741
Teen Line 800.442.HOPE

Get yourself or your loved one some help.  Go see a licensed therapist before a crisis hits and learn to manage situations. 

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Can you suggest any other resources?  We would love to hear from you.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

3 Ways to Feel Better When a Coworker Gets on Your Nerves

When someone gets on your nerves, it’s a real thing. “Your nerves” send electricity to your cortisol, and that creates the feeling that your survival is threatened. To make matters worse, this activation connects your neurons so they release the stress chemicals even faster the next time. You can end up with a lot of co-worker stress, even though you don’t think this consciously. But you can recover quickly if you know these three facts about your brain chemistry:  Read more here...

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

How to Make Peace With Something You Cannot Control

Being in control feels safe, but you can feel safe when you’re not in control too. The world is unpredictable and your power is limited, so feeling safe without control is a valuable skill. 
When the world disappoints your expectations, your brain releases cortisol and it feels like an emergency. You can re-wire your brain to feel safe when you’re not in control. That doesn’t mean being out of control or giving up. It means building a new neural pathway to replace that old cortisol circuit.  Read more here...

Friday, May 27, 2016

10 Ways to Jumpstart a Better Social Life

When it comes to relationships, romance often grabs the spotlight. A simple glance in theself-help aisle of any bookstore reveals a thousand ways to Get a Mate/Keep a Mate/Dump a Mate/Get Over a Mate—perhaps there are even tips on how to Moisturize A Mate—and yet so few words written on friendship, which is one reason I wrote The Friendship Fix. Because in my years of practice and research as a clinical psychologist, I’ve learned something that comes as a surprise to many: it’s friend relationships that often make up the highs and lows of our lives, and in some ways they affect our daily well-being even more than our family does.  Read more...

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

3 Reasons People Badmouth Others (and Succeed)

We all know a bad-mouther: The person who says something nasty about nearly everyone at the office, the member of your extended family who insults everyone regardless of relatedness, or the guy in your local community who capitalizes on every opportunity to share how stupid, inept, and hypocritical someone else is. READ MORE HERE...

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Monday, May 23, 2016

9 Ways You Can Utilize Your Smartphone to Reduce Your Stress

Smartphones have a bad reputation for contributing to our sense of being always "on" and the stress associated with that.  However, there are some ways your smartphone can reduce your stress. These are some of my favorites, accompanied by the psychological rationale behind why these smartphone features are stress reducers...  READ MORE HERE
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