Mind Full or Mindful?

There is an old saying, which states, “always look on the bright side of life”, and while that is not possible 100 percent of the time it implies that we should strive to see the positive in situations which confront us throughout our lives. This saying means we should be thankful for what we have […]

Blame It On…

By Staff   According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, the definition of blame is “to hold responsible, to find fault with, or to censure for something that has happened, has failed to happen or which has had a negative impact in some way.” It is so easy for us to blame someone or something for […]

Laughter Is Good Medicine

“Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.” –G.K. Chesterton There are numerous tools to help people battle mental illness, but many therapists conclude that laughter is one of their all-time favorites. Study after study has revealed that we humans can help heal our bodies, minds and spirits with a good dose of humor. Dr. […]

Find Motivation to Rise above Roadblocks

For many people getting motivated and staying that way is a challenge. Some days just getting up the gumption to accomplish tasks or finish projects is a chore. Whether it is stripping the wallpaper in the bedroom, finishing a job at work or gathering the year’s receipts for taxes, sometimes our get up and go, […]

Depression: The Symptoms and How To Help

By River Park Psychology Depression is an ugly SOB sometimes considered the common cold of mental illness. The fact is, most people will be affected by depression at some point in their lives, either in themselves or with someone close. Telling someone with depression to just snap out of it is like telling someone with […]

Combat Boredom Eating

Combat Eating out of Boredom People who have weight problems are often guilty of eating out of habit when they are bored.  If that is you, take some easy steps to structure your snacks. Put it on a plate.  If you are truly hungry, or it is time for a scheduled snack, portion-control-it by taking […]

How To Get Your Being In Shape

Let’s face it: getting fit can give you fits. Relentless exercising and dieting, saying “no” to chocolate and “yes” to more broccoli is enough to question what God was thinking when He made it easy to gain weight and tough to lose it. Now that swimsuit season is officially upon us, it’s even more frustrating. […]

Hunger is More Than an Empty Belly

I’m in a unique position to observe and comment on hunger. I am not an eating disorder specialist, but I am a psychologist with over 20 years of experience. And, I have a rare neurological condition that has affected my relationship with food. For most of my life I struggled with being overweight – then […]

How Celebrities Help Us Battle Mental Illness

For better or worse, when a prominent figure reveals his struggle with mental illness, the world listens.  Hopes. Empathizes. Relates. Those who are coping with the same illness appreciate the public sharing of his pain and suffering and realize, thankfully, that they are not alone. When a celebrity emerges from rehab scarred, but no worse […]

Advocating for your mental health

When seeking mental health services, there may be some parts of your mental health treatment process that are out of your control; for instance, what your insurance will and will not cover, and your choice of therapists. These realities may cause a number of reactions, including depression and anxiety. Once you decide on a therapist […]