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Suicide Is A Heart Attack Of The Mind

After the recent suicides of two known celebrities Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, I couldn’t ignore writing about this topic. I felt mournful at the thought that Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain were convinced there was no other way out of their suffering other than taking their own lives. The subject of suicide is a…

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Is Anxiety Always Bad?

Healthy anxiety (concern) is your ally. Concern is based on rational thinking in spite of an unpleasant imagined situation, which allows your emotions and behaviors to work for you rather than against you. Concern motivates you to get things done, and to cope with the problems that can’t be solved. When you obsess and ruminate…

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Anxious Or Just Caffeine Intoxicated?

Many of you may be unaware of the physiological consequences of consuming too much caffeine. You might feel anxious mistakenly thinking it’s anxiety when it’s actually caffeine intoxication. The physiological consequences of consuming too much caffeine are commonly mistaken for anxiety and panic symptoms. Some of these symptoms of caffeine intoxication are restlessness, nervousness, excitement,…

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Why Do We Procrastinate?

Procrastination is something everybody does. In order to determine if it’s helpful or not is to assess the degree to which you procrastinate. It’s unrealistic to expect that you work optimally all of the time, and advantageous to sometimes delay tasks (even important ones) as part of self-care. However, when you end up getting into…

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Sometimes It’s Okay To Not Be Okay

I’m fascinated by the volume of people who assume every negative emotion is automatically bad and needs to be eliminated at any cost. Most people have a preconceived idea that in order to be happy you must never (or rarely) have negative emotions. The fact of the matter is quite the contrary. In order to…

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The Stigma of Mental Health

Last week I went to the barber shop to get my hair cut. I actually look forward to it. For a change I get to talk about how I’m doing, and my barber and I catch up on our latest personal updates since my last visit. When I got to the shop, I just then…

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Meet Phrenophobia — The Fear Of “Going Crazy.”

Ever had anxiety about getting anxiety? You know, that deep inner fear that you’ll get anxious again, become uncontrollable, and possibly “go crazy?” Well if this sounds like you, there’s no need to worry. Many people suffer with this, and it’s a treatable condition known as phrenophobia. Phrenophobia is when you have anxiety about getting…

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Do You Have Stress, Anxiety or Worry?

How To Know If It’s Stress, Anxiety Or Worry? Ever felt really on-edge but not sure what you’re dealing with? Maybe you’re stressed out, anxious or just worried about something? You struggle sleeping, have tightness in your chest, overthink even minor situations, feel restless, and constantly second-guess your decisions to name a few? It can…

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How To Overcome Social Anxiety

What if I could tell you right now that there’s a way for you to not just manage social anxiety but to eliminate it all together? Wouldn’t that be worth noting? It seems like social anxiety is so powerful and crippling that you couldn’t possibly overcome it, but in actuality it boils down to just…

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Stop “Shoulding” on Yourself

Let’s face it, all of us have anxiety; but not all of it’s bad. There are two types of anxiety, the healthy and unhealthy kind. Two different names are used to describe two versions of the same emotion. In Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) we refer healthy anxiety to concern, and unhealthy anxiety to anxiety.…

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