Are you your own worst critic? It’s good to hold yourself accountable, but self-compassion is a requirement for good mental health. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) offers various ways to practice being gentle with yourself.[Read more…]
What Is the “Mental Filter?”
Depression occurs for many reasons. A common one is unhelpful thinking patterns — traps that our thoughts can fall into and get stuck in. These are also called cognitive distortions, and the “mental filter” is a common example. The mental filter is like having a screen over your mind that obscures the positive aspects of a situation while letting the negative aspects through.[Read more…]
Many people think of stress and anxiety as the same thing. There are important differences, however. Understanding them can help you if you’re experiencing stress or anxiety.[Read more…]
Crying is hard but understandable — most of the time. What about when it feels like you’re crying for no reason? And what can you do if it keeps happening?
We cry when we feel an upswell or burst of emotion, or when we’re in physical pain. Crying is healthy. It can soothe us, reduce pain, and show others that we need help. It is not a sign of weakness, as some believe. Yet sometimes crying seems to happen randomly or out of the blue. If crying seems to happen for no reason on a regular basis, it could be a sign of emotional difficulties.[Read more…]
Updated June 11th, 2022
What is Trichotillomania?
Trichotillomania is the recurrent and hard-to-control pulling out of one’s hair. The pulling occurs most commonly from the scalp, eyebrows, and eyelids, but it may occur from other regions of the body. People with trichotillomania often describe experiencing an overwhelming urge to pull their hair. This makes the behavior very difficult to control.[Read more…]