Emotions

Stress Free Holidays

Posted in Anger, Emotions

The holidays are approaching and with them comes inevitable stress about gift buying, family celebrations, and the impact on our finances.  Many people plan the “perfect” holiday season: gifts purchased and wrapped early, the house decorated perfectly both inside and out, and all of your holiday baking will be delicious and phenomenol!  Then we find we are disappointed with the entire holiday season because we could not reach the level of perfection we imagined.   The reality is that gifts are expensive and we often don’t know what to purchase for someone, making those perfect cookies takes...

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An Honest Look at Depression

Posted in Depression, Emotions

A friend’s child committed suicide over the weekend. If you have never experienced a clinical depression, thank your lucky stars. People often say they are depressed, but until they have experienced clinical depression there is no real understanding of the severity and intensity of the agony that is depression. Clinical depression is not just a case of the blues or wanting to lie around on the couch all weekend. It is a deep, dark hole that feels endless, as if there is no hope of ever climbing out of. True depression is like living in a world of black and white when everyone around is...

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Suicide Facts

Posted in Death, Depression, Emotions

In 2014, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and was the 2nd leading cause of death for those ages 10-34. Men commit suicide four times as often as females, often using lethal methods such as firearms or hanging. 90% of those who have attempted suicide have a diagnosable mental illness. Many myths surround suicide about the warning signs and interventions. Warning signs include: Withdrawal from family, friends, and life. Increasingly dangerous risk taking behaviors. Giving away possessions, saying good-bye to people, updating or creating a will. Obtaining a...

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Anger Today

Posted in Anger, Emotions

While traveling on a busy expressway during rush hour traffic the other day, my husband and I witnessed an incident of road rage between two vehicles. It was blatant, ridiculous, and very frightening. The amount of traffic present didn’t allow anyone the ability or option to escape the anger of these two Drivers. We were just a car away from them and wondered and hoped that no one began shooting. It was clear that both drivers were extremely angry, and both were in the wrong. Uncontrolled anger is everywhere. We see it in our workplaces, our sporting events involving both the players...

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