Let’s talk about where anxiety came from, different ways it can manifest, and different options for treatment. Continue reading Anxiety: an Overview
Coping with the pandemic of COVID-19 has provided a strange, frightening, and insightful experience. The following are 4 reflection-questions that I’ve been asking myself, and I encourage you to consider them also. Continue reading COVID-19 Reflections
What’s going on in the brain when one experiences anxiety? Let’s explore the brain chemistry behind anxiety, related symptoms, and how anti-anxiety medications actually work. While anxiety is a complex condition that we still don’t know about, there are certain neuroscience concepts that I’ve summarized to help better explain what we do know about this mental illness. Continue reading Neuroscience of Anxiety: Simplified
What’s actually going on in the brain when one experiences depression? Let’s explore the brain chemistry behind depression, related symptoms, and how antidepressant medications actually work. While depression is a complex condition that we still don’t know everything about, there are certain neuroscience concepts that I’ve broken down to help better explain what we do know about this mental illness. Continue reading Neuroscience of Depression: Simplified
How do dogs make us feel better about ourselves? What sorcery do they possess? Our relationships with dogs affect our brain chemistry, psychology, and sense of well-being. Continue reading How Canines Drive Emotional Well-being
Your love language describes the primary way that you receive love from others, and awareness of your love language can help you increase your emotional intelligence and satisfaction in relationships. Continue reading What Does Your Love Language Say About You?
How has Valentine’s Day shaped your relationships and perception of love? It’s become an iconic holiday in the United States and can influence how we view ourselves, our relationships, and our expectations for “love.” Let’s take a closer look. Continue reading “Be My Valentine?”
Your attachment style doesn’t explain everything about your relationships, but it may help explain why your relationships have succeeded or failed in the way that they did, why you’re attracted to certain people, and why certain relationship problems keep coming up. Continue reading What Does Your Attachment Style Say About You?
It’s my privilege to discuss the following topics: the “opioid epidemic,” effects of opioids & common precursors to addiction, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), how methadone works, and lessons I’ve learned as a MAT counselor. I hope this post provides you with a sense of what individuals who struggle with opioid dependence may experience. Continue reading Untold Stories of Addiction: Opioids
Working with people who used CNS depressants, I’ve seen how easily benzodiazepines can be abused in treating anxiety. This is the story of a woman who self-medicated her anxiety and learned to associate feeling numb with feeling “okay.” This is a story of survival. Continue reading Untold Stories of Addiction: Depressants