Families that are happy and thriving have two things in common: a high degree of cohesion and strong morale. Developing these attributes within the family seems to come naturally to some parents, but for most of us it requires a sustained intentional effort and hard work. In this article we look at some of the key things parents can do to build a healthy sense of cohesion and morale within the family, and how to make repairs when the inevitable conflicts and clashes occur.
Both husbands and wives need to bring into a marriage certain personal qualities if their relationship is to survive, and better yet thrive, through the stress and storms of life. Some of these characteristics are obvious, but others are less often considered before moving forward to become married. In this article we will look at nine qualities that can help a marriage flourish.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder ruins lives by filling people with worry, and prodding them to respond with time consuming rituals and behaviors. It is nearly impossible to live up to your full potential when burdened by OCD. The intensity of anxiety it creates can make you feel as though you are living in an alternate universe - one that is saturated with danger. Fortunately there is a way to break free of OCD, to find greater peace of mind, more happiness, and a clearer sense of purpose.
Depression is not limited to adults. Many children and teens will struggle with depression prior to reaching adulthood. It can be a confusing and frightening experience for parents and their offspring. In today’s article we look at how to identify whether a youngster has significant depression, and how best to respond when depression is present.
The recent HBO special “Leaving Neverland” raises important questions about how sexual predators manipulate children and their parents in ways that make it easier to sexually abuse their victims. This article examines how child sex abusers work to gain access to children and then maintain their silence. The impact of sexual abuse is briefly discussed, as are ways to help children who have suffered abuse.
Anxiety can easily inject itself into our relationships and create heartache. Most often it is the fear of being close to others makes emotional intimacy challenging. Such anxieties usually centered around feelings of vulnerability, inadequacy, or fears related to taking on responsibility. Very often the response to such feelings is to find ways to gain emotional distance. As a result, these relationships fail to gain momentum. They stall, and eventually die from lack of deep connection.
It’s difficult to believe that 2018 is coming to a close. I’ll bet you remember when the year was still fresh. A clean slate to write upon. Yet now the year is quickly running to the finish line. Another chapter of life written.
Many of us use this time to reflect on memories of what went well, the successes we’ve had, times with family and friends, and the goals we’ve achieved.
I’ve listened to hundreds of men and women talk about their biggest fears and their most exciting triumphs. They have spoken about the things that bring the most joy into their lives, and that which creates clouds of discontent.
Through these privileged conversations, I have detected a common thread. A set of core of beliefs that lead to frustration and self-doubt. Conclusions that many people accept as basic truths about what needs to happen in life so that they can be happy. So they can be successful. That life can be richly enjoyed and filled with purpose.
Is it possible for families to make it through the teen years without the home becoming an emotional war zone? The short answer is yes, if everyone is properly prepared. Read on for 11 tips on how parents and teens can prepare for the challenges of adolescence and make the teen years a happy and less drama-filled for everyone at home.
Social anxiety robs you of freedom, of friendships, and of living to your full potential. Many people have discovered that they do not have to quietly give in and settle for a lifetime of fear, for years of feeling on the outside looking in. The solution for people who struggle with these fears, who feel weighed down by social anxiety, is straight forward but difficult. It requires persistence, and the willingness to squarely face your anxiety. But if you have those two qualities, and follow some simple guidelines for fighting back against these fears, you can be assured that social anxiety will not continue to have a strangle hold on your life.
People who hone a skill, who develop some ability so that it is far above that of their peers, enjoy a unique sense of competency and mastery. This heady experience is not saved only for those with Olympic like abilities. Nearly everyone has one or two natural talents that, if given focused attention, could be developed into something exceptional. The question is not whether you have such a talent that could be built upon, but how to build it up to its full potential. That question is examined in today’s article.
Good sleep is essential to maintaining a healthy mood and peak mental/physical performance. But millions of Americans (that includes Folsom residents - don’t think you are immune from this problem) fail to consistently get a good night’s rest. Today’s article takes a close look at practical things you can do to quickly get your sleep routine under control and enjoy the benefits of grabbing some healthy ZZZZ’s.
The principles that I want to write about today, those guidelines for having a good argument, apply to nearly all types of relationships. Conflict is an inevitable part of human relationships, but disagreements don’t have to be destructive. In this article are some good guidelines that can help you approach arguments in a way that is constructive and leads to better outcomes and improved relationships.
When therapists refer to someone as depressed they have something much more severe and more specific in mind. Indeed, therapists try to be very specific regarding depression and therefore divide this concept into various subtypes such as major depressive disorder, dysthymia, cyclothymia, etc. In this guide, we will explore some of the different ways depression can rear its head, as well as some of the most effective treatment approaches that can be used to help one overcome depression.