The Difference Between Stress & Anxiety

In many places today we hear of “stress and anxiety;” two terms often linked, used interchangeably, and virtually, in everyday language, meaning the same thing. But the truth is that they are not the same, and not everyone experiencing one also suffers from the other.

Stress is the body’s reaction to a circumstance or situation that requires a physical, mental or emotional adjustment or response. While we typically associate ...

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Recognizing An Abusive Relationship

It is a sad fact, but abusive relationships come in all shapes and varieties. While we rightly see and hear more and more attention being focused on physical manifestations of domestic violence, abuse does not have to be physical. It can be mental and emotional as well: just because there are no physical bruises, does not mean that there is no abuse.

Abuse is any repeated or sustained pattern ...

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Weather Got You Down?… That’s SAD

As Mark Twain is supposed to have said, “…everyone complains about the weather, but no one does anything about it.” But some people not only complain about the weather, they’re negatively affected by it as well. No, we’re not talking about Grandma’s thunderstorm-predicting bunions here; we referring to a very real psychological disorder known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD.

SAD, or Seasonal Depression as it is also known, happens ...

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Joblessness & Depression: How Are They Connected?

It is no surprise to anyone that joblessness is a depressing thing to contemplate for most people. What many people do not immediately realize is the complex equation that connects Joblessness and Depression.

The first thing to recognize is that while “being depressed” and even “depression” are terms used fairly frequently in everyday speech, Depression is a clinical term covering a range of different states.

Depression is a ...

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Just Moody Or Something More?

“What I’ve got they used to call the blues,” Karen Carpenter sang in Rainy Days & Mondays, and we all knew what she meant.

We’ve all had them…those blue days, those sad days, those days when we couldn’t put our finger on just what was bothering us, but felt defeated, played out, like if the world ended tomorrow we wouldn’t care all that much.

Over the years, the feeling Karen Carpenter sang about has been called, yes, ...

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Distraction for Feeling Better

Nature has taught us many lessons and it continues to do so. Nature deals with stress by decreasing high pressure to low pressure. This phenomenon can be observed in some of nature’s most impressive forces like volcanic eruptions and disastrous hurricanes, down to those at the microscopic level like cellular osmosis. Through osmosis, for example, a concentrated solution is diluted – similarly distraction is a powerful diluter of overwhelming and sometimes dysfunctional thoughts and feelings.

Most of ...

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