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Changing Self-Esteem – It’s Not Rocket Science
You feel stuck! You are not living the life you want; you don’t feel comfortable being yourself. You’re capabilities aren’t in alignment with how you want to be. While that sucks, here’s the good news, changing self-esteem is not rocket science. But if you want to change, it will require you to be different from how you want to be and most of us resist being different from what we want. This makes changing self-esteem seem scary. Yet consider this, if your self-esteem is low, are you really being yourself?
Whether you want to change or not is going to be determined by you. This means you have to have an open mind. Most people are fearful of making changes in themself and fears tend to close the mind down. That can make it a bit of a catch-22.Read More
Misconceptions of all sorts
Counselors continually hear the misunderstandings people have about relationships and capabilities, about life and human development. Recently I was asked “Is guilt a medical condition and can guilt be a genetic predisposition that runs in a family?” The woman calling said both she and her sister have constantly experienced guilt throughout their life. Her mom and grandmother were no different.Read More
Finding Treatment for Anxiety Disorders
Medication versus Therapy
When seeking treatment for anxiety disorders such as OCD, GAD, or Social Anxiety, making sense of the overwhelming options available can be stressful. What is the best way to treat emotional or mental distress depends on personal preference, how one defines their disorder, what type of change they expect, social stigmas and financial concerns. These and other reasons will keep the majority of those suffering from anxiety disorders from ever seeking help. A high percentage of those getting treatment for Anxiety Disorders will not receive adequate help or finish their treatment.Read More
Can Meditation Help Combat OCD
Why would someone want to try meditation for OCD? After all, meditation has a bad rap. It’s often associated with new age mumbo jumbo and mysticism. It’s used by people who eat granola bars and drink wheat grass juice. The practice of meditation even conflicts with certain Christian beliefs.
This is unfortunate, since meditation is a legitimate form of relaxing the mind and body. It is a discipline of focused breath and slowing thoughts down. That makes meditation for OCD sufferers an appealing discipline to explore. While many are put off by anything categorized as alternative healing, it can be a helpful tool to achieve useful states of mind for those dealing with OCD and anxiety. And if there is one thing a racing mind or anxious body can use is extra relaxation.Read More
Use with caution
The first specifically approved prescription medication for OCD treatment was the tricyclic antidepressant Anafranil. Since that time the SSRIs Prozac, Luvox, Paxil, Zoloft have been approved. Click here to check side effects of these medicationsRead More