I was never content to accept the first diagnosis and the first treatment that I was offered, or the second, or the third... and so on. I'm glad I never settled - by pushing harder for treatment that worked for me, and questioning my diagnosis, I've learned so much about how to manage my illness.Read More
Tuning Into Authenticity
Going through hard times is a constant thing in life, but having consistent bad days and difficult times can lead to depression. Depression affects your way of life, and it also hampers your daily activities like your career, sleeping, eating, thinking and so on.
Sometimes seen as a taboo, something not discussed in public, depression is an unlikely topic to be brought up at a dinner party but it is hugely prevalent in society today. In fact, 1 in 5 adults live with a mental health issue with over 56% of those with a mental illness not seeking treatment.Read More
Connection with others through authenticity of feeling and compassion is often a goal of therapy. In life outside therapy, creating moments to shift your lens to the connection setting can be challenging, particularly when social media and the 24-hour news cycle say otherwise. Practicing the shift involves reflecting on your perspective and taking accountability of your experience, which can seem daunting. Here’s a few ways to begin this intentional shift.Read More
Was she doing something wrong? Her son, Evan, was almost 30 and still living at home, well he moved back home after graduating college. Vanessa loved having him around and didn’t feel burdened by doing his laundry, cooking for him, or even picking up after him.
That’s what mom’s do, right? And with today’s economy it can be hard for young people to find good jobs that pay enough to afford an apartment, let alone pay bills and student loan debts.Read More
“I’m not really depressed, Or am I just sad?”
Our mental health can sometimes feel like a complex maze we are weaving in and out of. It is normal to feel sad, lonely and yes, even, depressed at times. It’s a human condition, everybody does. Feeling depressed can be a reaction to personal or professional loss, bruised self-ego, bad week at work or just general life struggles.Read More
Where would we be without mom? For many of us, we would be lost without mom. They do so much for their children that it often goes unnoticed or unappreciated. That coupled with trying to live up to unrealistic expectations can lead to serious mental health issues.Read More
The issue of women’s mental health problems and the stigma that comes with it has raised concerns in the recent years.
Mental health issues impact both men and women. However, according to the American Psycology Association, “Women are more likely to be diagnosed with anxiety or depression, while men tend toward substance abuse or antisocial disorders.”Read More
ADHD is hard to diagnose. Most children are naturally very active and can have short attention spans, so when does that cross the line into actual ADHD? Where should you go for testing and what will that look like? These are some of the most common questions we hear from Seattle parents.Read More
Pet Therapy, or Animal-assisted Therapy, is a unique, but growing trend within therapy and mental health counseling that we here at Mindful Therapy Group are proud to be a part of. We have undeniable bonds with many of the animals in our lives and these bonds can be used to help facilitate therapeutic outcomes as well.Read More
Back in 2008, a research study created quite a stir among therapists and those suffering from ADHD. The study, titled Mindfulness Meditation Training in Adults and Adolescents with ADHD: A Feasibility Study, indicated a reduction of up to 30% of symptoms for participants in the program.
What was even more surprising was that this reduction happened without the addition of any therapy or medications. Now, 30% is a pretty serious improvement for a meditative practice that can take only 30 minutes a day.Read More
Were you feeling the stress and just drained emotionally during the election campaign? Many of us thought everything would get better once the election was over, but things only seem to have gotten worse.
No matter what side you are on, the recent election has been incredibly stressful on everyone. Just a brief look at your Facebook newsfeed is enough to tell you that people are deeply divided and upset for a whole variety of reasons.Read More
This begs the next question- how do you track progress in your life? Do you use similar measures? Is it necessary to track progress? How do you determine what goes on this list? Are there categories to consider- home, work, relationships, travel, family, self, faith? Which come first? Do you feel guilty if you don't meet your goals or engage in negative self talk if you don't meet your own expectations?Read More
We are led to believe that every action requires some sort of a reaction. We knee jerk, we impulsively respond to every request offered our direction. Winnie the Pooh is a master of observation. He listens carefully, states what he sees, and without judgment. Next time you're faced with something painful, challenging or requiring a response, try to make the choice to not respond. Sit on it for a day, or say "Can I get back to you on this?" and listen to what you can't hear. Pooh would approve.
Some mistake assertiveness for aggressiveness- in fact it is quite the opposite. To be assertive is to demonstrate self-compassion, to value yourself and your ideas. Assertive communication is a core communication skill, which can help to improve self-esteem and communicate more directly and effectively with others. It is based on the ideas of mutual respect and accountability....
...Even if you don’t have the confidence to stand up for yourself (yet), here are some ways and techniques you can employ in order to “fake it ‘til you make it”. You might just find it feels really good.Read More
We often think about the beginning of the school year as a “fresh start,” a “clean beginning” or a time to learn new things. It holds the promise of endless possibility, growth and exploration. The beginning of the academic year signals a time to renew friendships, see teachers from the past and learn from new teachers. And yet, the start of school can also lead to anxiety and depression for children and teens.Read More
Husbands and partners are important to the recovery process for women suffering from postpartum mood disorders. Research suggests that consistent support from a significant other will greatly reduce depressive symptoms. However, dealing with a postpartum mood disorder is very demanding for everyone involved and husbands and partners, in particular, suffer when their wives or partners are sick. It can be difficult to know what to do or say. Here are some useful suggestions.Read More
Dealing with anxiety or panic attacks can seem impossible at worst and overwhelming at best. It's hard to know where to turn to look for relief. Psychiatric medication can be very effective for some people, but medication isn't for everyone. There are many alternative approaches worth trying, either before you go down the pharmacological path, or after you've tried and failed with western medicine.Read More
Addict is such an ugly-sounding word. It suggests weak-willed, bad people and an immitigable sense of shame.
Addiction is not about a particular substance or behavior—those are merely symptoms of an underlying issue—it’s about a maladaptive pattern of coping and an aversion to being authentic and vulnerable. This is partially why “dry drunks” and other addicts who equate abstinence with recovery tend to have such a high risk of relapse—abstaining from a problem substance or behavior does not get to the root cause of the addiction.Read More
Four times today, as I browsed through blog comments and scanned Facebook posts, I saw comments like “I am bad at meditating” or “I’m bad with meditation” or “I’m just no good at it.” - See more at: http://peacefulplanetcommunication.com/2011/10/13/you-cant-be-bad-at-meditation-heres-why/#sthash.PSTflWvK.dpufRead More
I think most of us hate our depression, our anxiety, our insomnia, our PTSD, etc. We not only hate it, but feel shame for being afflicted with it. This hate is born out of the narrative that our “mental illness” means something is wrong with us. What if our Nervous Depletion/Brain Fatigue is actually a symptom of how ill suited our culture, society, childhood histories or lifestyles are to the bodies and brains we have?Read More