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We all love the holidays, but we don’t love the stress they bring.  Actually, we create some of the stress ourselves, while some can’t be avoided.  What to do?  If you can’t change some things, change the things you can.  Here are some ideas; you may have more — please feel free to share. Take… Read more

A while back I wrote a letter to doctors who refer to me, explaining what happens when they refer a patient for anxiety.  Here’s the letter, with some additional thoughts below. My general treatment plan for…..anxiety When you refer a patient for anxiety, chances are that they are experiencing symptoms severe enough to cause at… Read more

So I was cleaning off my work desk at home, and came across an article I had clipped to blog about.  Now the sad part is it’s from 2010, so that might tell you something about the depth of the stacks on my desk.  But the great part is that the information is just as… Read more

Harper’s Bazaar has a great article on how one woman overcame her chronic anxiety. See if its tips can help you or someone you love… Read more

I’ve been thinking a lot about resilience, that quality that some people have that helps them bounce back from adversity, rather than be crushed by it.  Rather than try to write an article which might not get finished for weeks, I decided to offer a list of links instead.  I found a great link from… Read more

I finally had a wonderfully relaxing Friday at home for the first time in a while, and it sure made a difference.  I feel more relaxed, I actually got things done, but I didn’t rush.  This is is one of things I wish I had learned when my kids were little, and even more so… Read more

The final post in our “Best of Families Counseling” series is one we can all use — how to do deep breathing and progressive relaxation for stress management. It was originally posted on 8/10/2008… 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

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

There’s a new song making the rounds that is supposed to be “the most relaxing sound of all time”.  Wikipedia says, On October 16th 2011, Marconi Union created an eight minute track, ‘Weightless’ [6] in collaboration with the British Academy of Sound Therapy. In a scientific study commisioned by Radox, it was labelled as the… Read more

Are you anxious? Not everyone experiences anxiety in the same way, so it’s not surprising that some anxiety management techniques work for some and not for others. Recently I found an old handout lying around the office, with no source quoted, so I apologize in advance to the original author. It talks about 3 “symptom… Read more

There’s a new long-term study out from Timothy Monk of the University of Pittsburgh that concludes that babies who have consistent wake and sleep times, play periods, and regular intervals between meals, will have less anxiety about new situations and environments as they get older.  He studied 59  1-month old babies, and followed them for… 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

Who doesn’t have too much stress?  We all could use better ways to manage stress, and reduce its effect on our health and well-being.  In a recent article in Parade magazine, author Michael Shea discusses Integrative Body-Mind Training, developed by Dr. Yi-Yuan Tang from China.  The idea is to learn to develop a state of… Read more

Chronic pain can severely impact  quality of life.  Many people who suffer from chronic pain think that nothing can be done to help them.  This is especially true if you have been in pain for months or years with no relief. What you may not know is that the sensation of pain is not only… Read more

Are you feeling stressed these days? I know I am. So many different things contribute to whether we feel more or less stressed. What I call “external factors” are those things around us that are just part of the world. As I write this, there are Santa Ana winds and fires all around, which always… Read more

Financial stress comes to us all at certain points. It can feel very scary when it seems to hit everywhere at once. A hard economy, high oil and food prices, banks failing, and most recently, the bottom seeming to fall out of the stock market … all of this can make us feel very edgy… Read more

It’s been a stressful week at our house, and I’m reminded how helpful it can be to use a daily relaxation process. I learned it from my therapist, and it’s certainly common knowledge to many, but I thought it would be helpful to put it here as well.This is something to try to do daily… Read more