Disappointment is a part of life that comes up when hopes or expectations aren’t met. All of us feel disappointment at times in our relationships, in other people, and in ourselves. It’s not an easy feeling to sit with, but there are healthy (and unhealthy) ways to cope with this unavoidable emotion.[Read more…]
Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (cPTSD) is somewhat different from PTSD. Here’s what you need to know about distinguishing cPTSD from PTSD and the treatment for each of these conditions.
What Is PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a syndrome that affects some people who have been through a traumatic event. Traumatic events typically involve serious harm or the threat of serious harm. Examples include things like sexual assault, motor vehicle accidents, combat, sexual or physical abuse, assault or mugging, natural disasters, and accidents. Traumatic events can also involve the unexpected or violent loss of a loved one.
If you experience the following symptoms due to a traumatic event, you may have PTSD:[Read more…]
Clinical depression is different than feeling sad — although it typically involves feeling sad. Learn how to distinguish depression vs. sadness.
Everyone feels sad from time to time. In fact, sadness is one of the basic universal human emotions. Feeling sad can be unpleasant or uncomfortable. But the feeling exists for a reason (like all feelings), and feeling occasionally sad is part of a healthy emotional life.[Read more…]
It used to be easier to determine how much hand washing was excessive — but the COVID pandemic changed that. So what makes sense now?
In the early months of COVID in the United States, health authorities constantly reminded the public to wash their hands often, and well. Indeed, the CDC still reminds us that “Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.” Given the fear of the deadly virus, most Americans were eager to comply. But many wondered at times, “am I overdoing it?”[Read more…]
Intrusive thoughts about violence, one’s sexual orientation, gender, and other topics can lead to severe anxiety. Learn about common myths that can actually make intrusive thoughts worse.
“Intrusive thoughts” are thoughts or images that a person experiences as unwanted. Intrusive thoughts are normal and unproblematic for most people. However, when experienced frequently, these thoughts can cause significant distress.[Read more…]