About 15 million people every year suffer from depression in the United States. It is one of the most complex psychological issues anyone can face and affects all age groups: From adolescents to elders, depression captures sufferers in a seemingly inescapable cage of sadness.
Depression is a web of many factors. We know, for example, that brain chemistry plays a role. Recent research has pointed to other biological factors, includ...
Emotional resilience is a challenging part of growing up.
Early in life, having emotional needs met lays the foundation for all mental development. Love physically affects a child. It influences key brain structures and it also helps form the personality.
Emotional fulfillment early in life can have all these benefits:
Improved stress regulation
Better emotional processing
Higher performance in school
Superior short-term memory
Personal commitments are often associated with simple wants or desires; however, true personal commitment holds deeper value because it does not accept complete failure as an option. It is true that casual desires or goals have the potential to motivate action, but such action is conditional. That is, a person will only seek to achieve a superficial desire when the circumstance surrounding it is ideal or easy. On the contrary, individua...
Anger is one of the basic emotions hardwired into the human brain.
Anger can sometimes be scary – for both the person experiencing it and people around him or her – but there is nothing wrong or shameful about feeling angry now and then.
Anger is natural, and it can even be helpful. For example, anger can alert you to unfair treatment or to behavior that goes against your sense of right and wrong.
However, some people fal...
Self-image is an important part of mental health for teens and young adults. Positive self-image helps young people tackle life’s challenges with greater resiliency and inner strength. But what is it, really – and how can loved ones foster better self-image?
Understanding Self-Image and How it Affects Daily Life
Self-image is a person’s entire conception of his or her abilities, skills, personality, and physical...
Good intentions are not enough.
The road to recovery is paved first with good intentions then morphs into hard work, determination, resolve, and commitment. Good intentions can start the process but it is not enough to complete it. Imagine a stretch of highway on a flat road which is far easier to pave then it is to engineer a bridge which spans across a large body of water.
The process of recovery is more like constructing a bri...
From Childhood To Adulthood
For many, high school graduation day rightly marks a transition from childhood to adulthood. No longer acting like a child, this new adult is properly equipped to embrace life and move forward with excitement and determination. Unfortunately, too many graduates fail to make this shift and thus drag out the transition well into their twenties.
Not all of this is the graduate’s fault. Parents who don&rs...
You can tell yourself all you want that even the best of us makes the occasional mistake now and then, but when you’re the one who makes the mistake, it can be difficult to believe.
Consider, for example, the fact that many of the top box office and Oscar-winning movies contain bloopers. In fact, the IMDB website regularly includes a list of “goofs” in such acclaimed movies as Chicago, and there is an entire website d...
Our nation is filled with stressed out teens. Anxiety affects about one third of youth in the U.S.? According to the Child Mind Institute Children’s Mental Health Report, anxiety is the most common childhood disorder among teens ages 13–18. Sadly, 80 percent of youth do not receive treatment for their condition. What’s more concerning is teens are experiencing anxiety levels that mirror or extend beyond the level adult...