Men and Mental Health: Questioning the Data

Mental health in MenANumerous studies over the decades show a clear indication that women tend to exhibit higher rates of some mental health issues than men. An analysis of data from the World Health Organization by Daniel Freeman, a Professor of Clinical Psychology and MRC Senior Clinical Fellow at Oxford University, showed that women have significantly higher rates of all the most ...

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Anxiety & Depression: The Psychology of Infertility

Erin O’Neill, LCSW-R

infertility-depressionApril 19-25 is National Infertility Awareness Week and we at Capital Counseling felt it was important to share information about some of the stressors that persons with Infertility might experience. With 1 in 8 couples (or 12% of married women) having trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy, infertility is not uncommon. Moreover, studies have shown that more than half (53.8%) ...

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Comprehending Suicide

Comprehending SuicideMany of life’s unexpected tragedies cause deep emotional and psychological pain. While many often raise seemingly unanswerable questions, virtually none create the wounds, doubts, and self-blame that suicide does. People die. We know that and in a way, we accept it. The death of a friend or loved one through an outside agency can eventually be accepted as the natural ...

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Mental Illness Myth Busters

Mental Health MythsNot all mental illness is serious mental illness (SMI). While over 10 million American adults suffer from serious, debilitating mental illnesses, roughly 4% of the population, a far greater number of individuals, nearly 1 in 4, suffer daily from thoughts, emotions and resulting behaviors, which damage and even ruin relationships, families, jobs, finances, quality of life, and interfere with being happy and productive.

In fact, understanding what is meant by ...

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Get More Sleep!

SleepSleep is essential for a person’s health and well-being, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). Yet millions of people do not get enough sleep and many suffer from lack of sleep. For example, surveys conducted by the NSF (1999-2004) reveal that at least 40 million Americans suffer from over 70 different sleep disorders and 60 percent of adults report having sleep problems ...

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Post-Holiday Blues

Holiday BluesThe holiday season can be a time of relaxation and joy but also one of extreme stress. With presents to buy, food to prepare and family to see, the holidays bring out the best and worst for us. What’s more surprising? Psychologists find that many people feel a natural let-down after the holidays. Without something exciting to look forward to, many of ...

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Suicide Survivors

SuicideSuvivorsSur•vi•vor

Noun
1. a person or thing that survives
2. one who outlives others
3. a person who endures, who continues to function or prosper in spite of opposition, hardship, or setbacks

This definition suggests fortitude, grit, and determination even in the face of overwhelming odds.  Many “survivors” outlast and persevere through hardships often sudden, terrible, and not of their own doing; and because of this, generally speaking, “survivors” are admired.

But a person ...

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Am I Depressed?

depressed-1Few people go through life without a bout of “the blues.” Feeling sad or down is a normal and often healthy human emotion.  Feeling depressed, as it’s often described, is typically a normal reaction to distressing events in our lives such as loss – be that a job or a loved one – or a reaction to many of life’s difficult changes such as children leaving home or parents getting older. ...

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Going Forward after Grief and Loss

grief-and-lossLike many of life’s passages, how we approach and deal with the loss of a loved one is as individual as each person. Even if we are not experiencing an immediate loss, most of us have lost family and friends over the years. The older we get, the more likely we are to live with a sense of bereavement (loss from death) in some meaningful way.

Many are familiar with “On Death ...

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