Do I Have A Chemical Imbalance?

Some years ago, I saw a new commercial (watch video here), featuring a sad white bubble, narrated with a subtle phrase, “your depression may be due to a chemical imbalance.”  I turned to my 4-year old son and asked, “who’s that (motioning to the friendly looking character)?”  He seemed to already accept the fact [...]

2020-02-28T23:56:10-05:00October 7th, 2017|

Severe Stress and Trauma

Unresolved Trauma: Some events in life cause pain that goes deep and lasts a long time.  These are classified as emotional "traumas." Severe trauma related symptoms can reach the level of disorder, which is referred to as Post Traumatic Stress. Most people are naturally resistant to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). However, you are more [...]

2017-08-04T21:20:42-04:00August 4th, 2017|

How Do You Cope With Stress?

 Take The Following Quiz:   Take a few minutes to identify the most important problem you have faced during the last year. Then, using the scale below, indicate how often you used each of the following strategies to deal with it.   3 = Fairly Often         2 = Occasionally         1 [...]

2017-07-22T13:56:25-04:00July 22nd, 2017|

Are You Feeling Stressed Out?

Take the following quiz to determine your stress level. Check out your quiz results. Let’s see how you measured up on your stress assessment! Here are the average scores according to age, gender and marital status.  Higher than average scores indicate problematic stress reactions:   AGE   GENDER               [...]

2017-07-08T14:26:20-04:00July 8th, 2017|

Managing Anxiety

It is easy to fall into a habit of worry and anxiety. Today's fast paced, high pressure life is full of stress.  For some, worrying is a habit that has developed slowly over time. For others, anxiety has definable roots in childhood. When does anxiety become a problem? Dysfunctional patterns of worry and anxiety can last quite [...]

2016-08-27T14:44:09-04:00August 27th, 2016|

Assess Your Stress

Want to improve your overall physical health?  Gaining a new perspective on your stress levels can help.  Research has discovered that stress can be a significant factor in our physical health and well-being.  In fact, prolonged exposure to stress can be damaging.  When unaware of the impact, we can naturally develop poor coping habits which [...]

2016-08-18T19:52:00-04:00August 18th, 2016|

Healthy Ways to Cope With Stress

Stress in life is inevitable. We all want to experience peace and harmony. However, how we handle stress can prevent well-being and adjustment to life's daily challenges. In this week's "Mind Matters," we will continue to discuss the impacts of stress by examining ways in which we respond to life. Through faith and transformational living, [...]

2016-08-12T20:20:03-04:00August 12th, 2016|

Reducing Anxiety – Learning to Let Go

"Alarm clock screaming, Bare feet hit the floor, It's off to the races, Everybody out the door. I'm feeling like I'm falling behind, It's a crazy life." Lyrics from "Breathe" by Jonny Diaz Many who struggle with anxiety are unaware, or tend to minimize how lifestyle contributes to emotional problems. Anxiety and excessive worry can [...]

2016-08-12T19:43:47-04:00August 12th, 2016|

Becoming Stress Resistant

Stress in life is inevitable. We all have to deal with it. In this week's, Mind Matters we begin to explore how a lifestyle that is centered in faith can make the difference in how we experience a stressful situation. You slept through the alarm clock. While racing out the door, your dog gets [...]

2020-02-28T23:53:30-05:00May 6th, 2016|

Don’t Panic!

Panic Disorder is reported to affect 2 to 3 percent of adults and adolescents in the United States.  Generally, this pattern can emerge by the age of 14 but most commonly starts to affect those who are between 20 – 24 years of age.  Many people who struggle with recurrent and severe panic attacks will [...]

2015-04-25T11:55:18-04:00April 25th, 2015|

Too Much Stuff?

Too much stuff can lead to hoarding.  A recent article in a popular magazine told a story of a person who decided to engage in "retail therapy." She reported that her new habit was therapeutic in the fact that she experienced sheer joy when shopping.  Eventually, this endeavor resulted in an 8 foot dining room table [...]

2015-04-11T17:38:31-04:00April 11th, 2015|

Chronic Stress and Anxiety

It is easy to fall into a habit of worry and anxiety.  Today’s fast paced, high pressure life is full of stress.  For many, worrying is a habit that started early in life.  Dysfunctional patterns of worry and anxiety can last quite some time before they become unmanageable.  According to the American Psychiatric Association, the [...]

2015-03-26T14:10:48-04:00March 26th, 2015|

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