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Depression is very common, and can be very debilitating. Some of the symptoms include loss of motivation, poor concentration, changes in sleep and appetite, and fatigue. Below you\’ll see some of our blog posts on ways to cope with depression. You can also see more on our main website.

Fall is definitely here, and with it the beginning of the holiday season.  Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and next comes Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s.  For some of us, this is a time of gratitude, joy and happy anticipation, and that’s wonderful. But for some, the holiday season is very difficult.  It may be… Read More

It is definitely not fun to cope with chronic pain.  It’s not fun to hurt all the the time, and it’s also not fun to have devote a significant part of your day to try to prevent it, minimize it, or stop it from getting worse.  Many of my clients with chronic pain say they… Read More

//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsAs part of our recent series on “What to Expect”, here is a post on what to expect if you come to counseling for depression. It starts with a letter I wrote recently to the physicians in the area who refer their patients to me, and then at the end of I’ve added a little… Read More

The Compassionate Friends is a wonderful support group for families who have lost a child.  Every year they host a beautiful candle-lighting ceremony on the 2nd Sunday in December.  For more information on this year’s ceremony at Ascension Lutheran Church in Thousand Oaks on Dec. 14, please see their flyer on their Ventura County website… Read More

Life can be difficult, and sometimes we get discouraged. So often, our attitude is the result of how we think and on what we choose to focus. Here are seven rules for having a better attitude. Wait to Worry.  What were you worried about last year?  Did any of it really happen?  There are a… Read More

Today is the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court’s historic Roe vs. Wade decision.  Regardless of how you feel about the abortion issue, it is important to acknowledge that at least  some women experience symptoms very similar to PTSD.  These symptoms may surface immediately afterwards, or not emerge until years later, perhaps with a triggering… Read More

Most of us have had short periods of time where we’ve felt depressed. We’ve felt sad for no particular reason, lost our motivation for doing things we generally enjoy, just felt tired and “heavy”. For most of us, this feeling will last just a few hours or maybe for a few days. But for some… Read More

Probably the most common question in many people’s minds about therapy is, why do people come in the first place? Why share your problems with a stranger, and how could it possibly help? The answers, of course, are as varied as people themselves. Here are some of the possibilities. To resolve a crisis. Crisis can… Read More

Have you heard of the ACES study?  It’s a study that began in 1994 that looked at Adverse Childhood Experiences and their relationship to current physical health.  The results are sobering,  and point to the need for treatment of childhood trauma, even when we are adults. An Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) is defined as experiencing… Read More

Here is an interesting article on the NAMI website.  If you or someone you know suffers from insomnia, it’s important to seek out both a medical evaluation and also therapy to help resolve the problem… Read More

College to Host Suicide Prevention Awareness Event May 7 and 8 The College of the Canyons Health & Wellness Center will host a Suicide Prevention Awareness Event designed to provide students and community members with access to important mental health resources, while bringing attention to the staggering amount of college students who commit suicide each… Read More

With the massacre at Newtown still fresh in our minds, as well as other similar events more recently, the topic of how to spot mental health issues before they become an emergency is a big one on everyone’s mind. Concerned citizens in Simi Valley will have the opportunity to take a free 12 hour course… Read More

Here’s a great article on how to stop obsessing, written by a popular blogger who struggles with this issue… Read More

Now that daylight savings time is over, it will be getting dark earlier. For some people, less light equals more depression. To read more about SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, take a look at this article in Health.com… Read More

Anyone can struggle with depression. Seniors can be at especial risk, because of the many life changes that go along with advancing age, as well as other factors. Here’s a link to a great article with ideas on how to avoid and deal with depression for seniors. Let us know what you think… Read More

A recent newspaper article described some apps that veterans and others who suffer from PTSD can use just by reaching for their cellphones. They sound as they would be useful for anyone with PTSD or other anxiety issues. Here’s a list of the apps’ websites Breathe2Relax Mood Tracker PTSD Coach Full disclaimer:  I haven’t tried… Read More

Our local paper, the Los Angeles Times, has run several series on summertime “seasonal affective disorder”, or SAD. If you live locally, you may think I’m referring to our famous “June gloom”, where the thick marine layers comes in and hangs around, for weeks at a time, until summer weather officially kicks in. But summertime… Read More

Here are some tools to fight depression* .  Why the disclaimer below?  Because depression can be  life-threatening, if it is severe.  Even if it’s not, if you have been feeling “blue” for two weeks or more, it’s time to seek professional help.  But in the meantime, here are some things to try: Consider 3 grams… Read More

I came across a great article in the latest Runner’s World by Kristin Armstrong.  Unfortunately I can’t find it online to link to it.  She writes a motivational column, and this month’s focused on the “inner chatter” we all have. She is a busy mom, speaker, author and runner.  She was writing about how the… Read More

There are some wonderful breathing techniques that can quickly help relieve some of the symptoms of anxiety and depression.  If you’ve ever taken a yoga class, you may be familiar with them.  If not, give this one a try and see if it helps.  It’s a great idea to practice this when you are not… Read More

Image by Noël Zia Lee via FlickrHappy Independence Day! Today, like every day, can be a new beginning where we free ourselves from the unnecessary burdens we carry around. Are you carrying extra baggage? Old messages from the past. There can be a lot we store up from our childhoods, both good and bad. Positive… Read More

This month’s issue of Psychology Today has a great article on dealing with depression entitled “Good Morning, Heartache”. I think the key take-away concept is that, because depression has a variety of causes even in one individual, the long-term treatment of depression requires a variety of tools. The article describes the need for some combination… Read More