If you’ve ever entered this question into Google, you already know that finding a psychologist near you can be a challenge. You might wonder how to get started with therapy. Depending on where you live, you may be overwhelmed with the huge number of licensed mental health counselors in close proximity to you or might find it difficult to find therapy near you. Here in Providence, RI, there are plenty of therapists using a wide range of theoretical approaches. Even if you know what type of therapy you are interested in, it’s a good idea to consider a few things in advance before committing to a specific therapy. In this post, I want to give you an outline of how to go about finding a mental health therapist near you, common problems you might encounter, and what questions to ask before scheduling your first appointment.
Most people agree that, generally, they strive for a meaningful life. But what does it actually mean to have meaning in one’s life and how does purpose relate to anxiety and depression? What makes a life purposeful and what doesn’t will be different for every individual. There is no one-size-fits-all definition, but often people focus on the following four aspects to define meaning in their lives:
- Organizing your life around core values like supporting your family, living authentically, and serving the community.
- Behaving goal-oriented and future-focused instead of impulse-driven and pleasure-guided.
- Assuming responsibility for yourself and others.
- Seeking knowledge and universal truth.
Anxiety in teenagers caused by excessive social media use is steadily rising. Here’s what you need to know about how you can protect your kids.
Almost a decade has passed since the term “Facebook depression” was first coined in a 2011 report by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Social media’s importance in our everyday lives hasn’t stopped expanding, and neither has the research on social media’s long-term psychological impact on teenagers. There’s no clear-cut scientific consensus yet as to whether social media use per se is a major cause of a growing number of anxiety cases among adolescents. That said, most researchers agree that excessive social media use can harm your child.
If work stress is leaving you feeling anxious, follow these tips to set boundaries and reduce work-related anxiety.
Stress caused by the working environment or work overload can leave people to feel anxious and depressed. We spend a considerable amount of our waking hours at work, which means that our jobs have the power to hugely influence our wellbeing and day-to-day happiness. At MindWell Psychology we work with individuals who suffer from anxiety and depression, and work stress is one of the most frequent ongoing problems many people struggle with. Read more “How to set boundaries at work and reduce anxiety”
A popular motivational quote says: “What you give power to, has power over you”. I like this quote because it speaks to the fact that we have a choice whether or not we are going to engage with our beliefs. This is important because in many ways we become our beliefs – for better or worse. Your beliefs are the stories that guide your behavior and influence your emotions. These stories will determine the quality of your life. You might not even be aware of your negative narratives because you believe them so firmly. Yes, by now, you actually consider them facts. But any story can be rewritten. You just need to reevaluate and pay special attention to the stories you tell yourself.
Anxiety is the most common and first sign that we are having difficulties coping. In fact, Freud was the first psychiatrist who introduced the term “signal anxiety” suggesting that our anxious states signal something beyond our immediate awareness. The American Association of Depression and Anxiety estimates that roughly 40 million adults above the age of 18 years are currently facing significant anxiety, causing a cascade of mental health and physical illness. This is roughly equivalent to 18% of the US population. However, anxiety isn’t limited to this age group as even young children express symptoms indicative of anxiety, although they tend to express anxiety differently than adults Read more “Three ways to reduce anxiety fast!”
New Year’s resolutions are an important reminder of our goals and help us reflect on what we personally consider to be a meaningful life. Popular resolutions are quitting unhealthy habits and spending more time with family and friends. But why can your well-intended resolutions quickly turn into yet another trigger for anxiety and depression? The truth is that while most of us strive for self-improvement, change itself is actually anxiety-inducing. So if you quickly feel discouraged after setting resolutions you are not alone. According to Statista, 80% of resolutions fail by February. From a psychological perspective, however, failing to achieve our resolutions can increase self-doubt and decrease our sense of control. Read more “Are Your New Year’s Resolutions Causing Anxiety and Depression?”
This weeks post is contributed by Anne Freier, writer and editor focusing on science, psychology, the environment & technology.
“When it happens, I just want to be alone. It’s like cancer eating through my soul, a deafening silence, the absence of all that once felt good or right.” I asked a friend what depressive disorder felt like; this was her answer.
Over 300 million people suffer from depression, making it one of the most common mental disorders worldwide. Nearly 800,000 people die from suicide each year and although treatments exist, just 10% of patients receive care for depression. Read more “What If Depression Actually Causes Other Diseases?”