Losing a loved one is one of the most personal and painful experiences that we face in our lives. In the aftermath of a loss, it is easy to get stuck in the pain and feelings of overwhelm and avoid the process of mourning the loss. While grief is a difficult and process, it is also a healthy one. Based on William Worden’s book, Grief Counseling and Grief therapy: A Handbook for the Mental Health … [Read more...] about How to Move Forward After Loss: The Four Tasks of Mourning
When someone breaks an arm or leg, the first action that typically follows includes visiting the emergency room for triage and immobilization. When someone encounters mental fractures, swelling, and bruising such as depressive, panic, or even dissociative symptoms, they may be more likely to suffer in silence for various reasons—including stigma-related fear. However, suffering doesn’t have to be … [Read more...] about A Priceless Investment: Reversing Help-seeking Avoidance and Building ‘Mental Wealth’
As we approach the date of the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the COVID lockdowns, I find my mind going back in time more frequently. I have been replaying and recalling past interactions and memories that took place leading up to the official start of quarantine. For example, I find myself more aware of the one-year mark as the weather becomes warmer and sunnier. This one-year mark … [Read more...] about The Anniversary Effect: The COVID Version
When you’re cut, you bleed. When you experience cutoff, public ridicule, or rejection by colleagues, peers, or even your own flesh and blood…you bleed, losing copious units of the plasma-packed fluid that runs warm through your veins of socio-emotional wellness and fuels your longevity. As opposed to bleeding out and suffering, I challenge you to use your ‘trauma tourniquet’. You have the … [Read more...] about Social Pain and the Brain: Coping with Rejection and Aiming for Posttraumatic Growth
Endometriosis is a body-wide disease where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterus causing pain, organ dysfunction and/or infertility. An estimated 176 million women around the world have endometriosis and the average time from the onset of symptoms until diagnosis is 8 to 10 years (Endo What? Documentary, 2016). Getting the appropriate treatment can be … [Read more...] about Endo Facts: The 4 Most Common Endometriosis Myths
4 Things to Do to Prevent Conflict in Romantic Relationships John Gottman defines a gridlock issue as a conflict where a couple argues about the same issue frequently. For Gottman, these are the conversations where maintaining a dialogue is often challenging and a conversation can easily turn into an argument. Negative emotions such as anger, resentment or betrayal can easily be escalated, and … [Read more...] about How Can You Move the Communication from Gridlock to Dialogue?