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When Risk-Seeking Crosses the Line

Risk-seekers can become addicted to much more than gambling. Risk-seeking becomes addictive when the risk behaviors cross the line into danger or obsession. Helping a person understand a risk-seeking addiction can be difficult because people have such different ways of evaluating risk. One person I counseled was a mountain climber. We have some beautiful mountains [...]

By |June 28th, 2018|Categories: General News, Recovery|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on When Risk-Seeking Crosses the Line

Rewriting Anxiety’s Script

What do actors do when they get a new script? In my limited theatrical experience, which happened far longer ago than I care to acknowledge, actors get together and do a read-through of the script. Sometimes, an actor is given the entire script and other times, an actor is given parts of the script, which [...]

By |March 30th, 2018|Categories: Anxiety, Depression, Recovery, Whole Person Care|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Rewriting Anxiety’s Script

Four Tips for Managing Your Anxiety

Anxieties often start in the mind and fast-forward to the body, resulting in rapid breathing, or hyperventilation. When you hyperventilate, you take in more oxygen than you need. Your ratio of oxygen to carbon dioxide gets unbalanced, resulting in increased heart rate, tingling in your extremities, and feeling light-headed. Paradoxically, when you hyperventilate, you can [...]

By |September 27th, 2017|Categories: Anxiety, Happiness, PTSD, Recovery|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Four Tips for Managing Your Anxiety

Anxiety: Accept the Small Stuff

One of the mistaken beliefs surrounding anxiety is that everything that happens centers around you.  This mistaken belief can take on a life of its own when you are in anxiety overload.  You become a raw nerve, jumping at everything that happens around you and at everyone you come into contact with.  In such a [...]

By |May 10th, 2016|Categories: Anxiety, Happiness, PTSD, Recovery|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Anxiety: Accept the Small Stuff

The Rise in Prescription Antidepressants

While there is no dispute that the incidence of depression is growing, the response to this growth is changing.   The trend has been away from traditional psychotherapy and toward a pharmaceutical solution.  As reported by Scientific American, "Between 1996 and 2005 the percentage of psychiatry office visits involving psychotherapy decreased from about 44.4 percent - [...]

Whole-Person Approach to Treating Depression

In a whole-person treatment approach, the entire body is recognized as an important component in depression. The whole-person approach accepts the body as a complex organism and looks for systemic reasons for depression. The body is not merely along for the mind’s ride into depression. The body is an active participant with the capacity to [...]

By |August 28th, 2015|Categories: Depression, Recovery, Whole Person Care|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Whole-Person Approach to Treating Depression

Baby Steps Toward Healing

Perhaps you are a single mother who is working full time. Your kids are with a babysitter or in day care all day. You feel angry, bitter, guilty. Or, maybe you’re a pastor or youth worker in a church. You spend every hour serving God, loving people, and making a difference in the lives of [...]

By |January 30th, 2015|Categories: Recovery|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Baby Steps Toward Healing

Finding Recovery Strength through God

Recovery form an eating disorder or disordered eating—reconstruction—is an “inside-out” job. And the job is not complete until you have cleaned out emotionally, physically, and spiritually. As you are working at recovery, be ware that you may be tempted to “recycle” your damaging patterns instead of getting rid of them completely. In times of stress, [...]

By |May 31st, 2014|Categories: Recovery|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Finding Recovery Strength through God

Overcoming Panic Attacks

It all started with an elevator. Janice was taking the elevator up to her usual floor at work one day when the elevator malfunctioned. She was trapped inside for hours until someone was finally able to get it working properly again. As hard as it was to overcome, Janice was beginning to put it behind [...]

By |May 31st, 2014|Categories: Recovery|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Overcoming Panic Attacks

Self-Medicating Anxiety Through Anger

Rarely do people just feel anxious. Most often, their anxiety is coupled with other addictions or issues that are either related or coping mechanisms to deal with the anxiety. Anger, for example anger can be both a consequence and a coping mechanism. When you are anxious, you feel more keyed up and less peaceful. When [...]

By |May 31st, 2014|Categories: Anxiety, Recovery|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Self-Medicating Anxiety Through Anger