Don’t Let Anxiety Keep You from Traveling

Traveling abroad is a life-changing experience that enables you to learn more about yourself and the world around you. If you suffer from anxiety and panic attacks, don’t let your anxiety get in the way of your wanderlust. Here are some ways you can manage your anxiety while traveling so you can have an amazing trip. Remind yourself why you want to travel If the thought of traveling is starting to overwhelm you, so much that you want to cancel your trip, remind yourself why you wanted to travel in the first place. Envision yourself exploring the destination and having a great time touring the sites and attractions, anxiety-free.  Think …..

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Study: Psychotherapy Benefits SAD Patients Who Don’t Respond to Antidepressants

Social anxiety disorder, formerly called social phobia, affects millions of people around the world. It is estimated that 15 million Americans, or 6.8% of the population do so. In the UK it is estimated to be even higher – around 10% (http://www.mentalhealthy.co.uk/anxiety/phobias/overcoming-social-anxiety.html). Those suffering from SAD experience an extreme fear of being judged or scrutinized in social and performance situations. The symptoms of this disorder severely impact one’s quality of life. Sufferers usually have difficulty building social or romantic relationships and feel alone, scared and/or powerless. Social anxiety disorder affects men and women equally and typically begins around age 13. Despite its life-changing symptoms, an Anxiety and Depression Association of …..

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Bereavement: Coping With The Loss Of A Loved One

At some point in your life, you may lose a loved one and mourning over their death is a normal part of the grieving process. The death of someone you love is one of the greatest losses that can happen and you’ll experience a series of emotions, known as the five stages of grief, a model introduced by Swiss psychiatrist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. In fact, Stuart MacFarlane, a psychotherapist, worked with Kubler-Ross and is a bereavement counsellor. With that in mind, MacFarlane has helped numerous patients cope with the loss of a loved one and commonly explains the five stages of grief to help patients understand their emotional struggles during this …..

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Social Media Weighs Heavily On Your Mood & Emotions

How many social networks do you belong to? Are you among the 320 million monthly active users on Twitter or do you have a profile on Facebook that’s mixed into the other one billion profiles? If so, your social media presence may be doing more harm than good, especially if you frequently use it. The original concept behind social networks was to connect people so they could keep in touch but as it has progressed, social media has changed into a platform where users are no longer using it to be social. With that said, psychotherapist Stuart MacFarlane has attributed some forms of depression to frequent use of social media …..

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Mental Health 101: 5 Symptoms Of Depression

Depression is a serious mental health condition that often is misunderstood and unnoticed by those surrounding the depressed. It affects nearly one-fifth of the population in the United Kingdom and in the United States; the World Health Organization approximates that 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. The prevalence of condition is more common than some might think and those with depression should seek professional help to overcome their struggles. With that said, mental health experts and psychotherapists like Stuart MacFarlane have complied the top five symptoms of depression that are indicators of the disorder. 1. Change In Eating Habits An obvious change in eating habits is a major indicator …..

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10 Signs Your Teen May Need Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy has a reputation for being the ‘talking’ cure for adult patients because it is focused around open dialogue and communication between a psychotherapist and the patient. While many adults have seen much success in this method of therapy, did you know it can be applied to adolescents as well? In fact, psychoanalytic treatment can be extremely beneficial to adolescents and it can help prevent serious and/or long-term issues in the future. With that said, an increasing number of adolescents are facing psychological dilemmas and if parents can identify the early warning signs, they can take appropriate steps to get them the help they need. Stuart MacFarlane, a psychotherapist, has …..

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