Lonely? Get Connected!

Loneliness is a state of mind that occurs when a person feels emotionally disconnected. Contributing factors are physical isolation (like-minded people aren’t nearby), low self-esteem and shyness (which keeps you from reaching out and accepting overtures from others), technology (such as texting and email which decreases face to face contact), feelings of uniqueness (which contribute […]

PMS is a Mental Disorder?

The DSM-5* is now stating that PMS is a mental disorder. I guess that means that as of May 2013, half the population has been classified as disabled by virtue of their gender. Hm… As a woman and a mental health professional, I have a problem with seeing natural parts of life as pathological. Aging is […]

Start Your New Year With a Day of Being

What is your New Year’s day tradition? Do you sleep half of it away? Clean the house? Watch football? How about shaking things up? Start a new tradition with a day of being. What is a day of being? It’s a day to feel your feelings, hear your thoughts, be present and enjoy reality just […]

Is It Passion or Obsession?

We all long to feel passion We are promised by the sages that if we follow our passion, we will accomplish great things, fulfill dreams, and find happiness. But are passion and obsession the same thing? On the outside, passion can look very much like obsession, but there are important distinctions. Passion is a life […]

15 Habits of Happy People

Everybody has their “thing” that they do very well. Mine is being happy. Since we all view the world through our own lens, it took me a while to realize that everyone doesn’t wake up happy. I’m sharing my list of things that happy people have in common in hopes that it will help those […]

Make Thanksgiving a Lifestyle

America celebrated its first nationwide day of thanks in 1789 under the leadership of our first president, George Washington. However, it wasn’t until Abraham Lincoln was president that our country had its first official Thanksgiving holiday. It’s evolved since then to include football, pre-shopping, parades, feasting, as well as setting aside a moment to express […]

Are You Crazy or Do You Have Celiac Disease?

A few years back I received a call from a concerned daughter. Near tears she reported that her family was at the end of the rope. Her mom was acting erratically and was experiencing wild mood swings. One moment she was depressed, crying, and sleeping a lot. The next she was more enthusiastic and hyperactive […]

October is Domestic Violence Month

When I meet new clients, I always ask about whether or not they have been subjected to domestic violence. Sometimes they say no, but later reveal that in their families, past relationships, or current relationships there is yelling, pushing, or controlling behaviors. I am surprised at how many people still don’t understand that THIS IS […]

Avoid the Holiday Blues

For some people, the holidays aren’t a time of family, happiness, cheer, and feasting. It’s a time of depression, isolation, and headaches. If you are one of the people who have more anxiety than joy at this time of year, what can you do to avoid the holiday blues? No Comparisons One of the most […]

Are You a Healthy Giver?

The winter holy days approach and with them come the tradition of giving. Being a healthy giver can make this a time of great joy. Being an unhealthy giver can make it a very stressful time. Let’s take this quick quiz to see just where you fall. Do you feel obligated to give a gift […]