Archive For The “Anxiety” Category

Sunshine and Depression: What You Need To Know

By | January 1, 2015

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Were you aware that an absence of sunlight could cause depression? Well, a lack of of sunlight and getting out can lead you to begin to form unhealthy thoughts. Your mind and body both require vitamin D to operate properly, so if you remain cooped up all the time in your office or home then you will certainly not […]

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5 Tips If You Are Alone For The Holidays

By | December 6, 2014

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Being alone does not have to mean you feel lonely. You can have an enjoyable holiday season, even if you are alone. Holidays are a time when we share and give love, and often people who are alone during this time can unfortunately end up feeling depressed when they do not have people with whom […]

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How To Overcome Obsessive Compulsive Behavior, OCD

By | November 22, 2014

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What is OCD? Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a pattern of thinking that leads individuals to have unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and to repeat certain behaviors (compulsions) over and over while battling to stop them. Most people have routines and habits that are a part of their everyday lives, but people that battle OCD patterns in thinking and […]

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Talking To Your Child About A Crime In Your Area

By | September 12, 2014

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Information about a crime or tragedy in the neighborhood can spread in seconds with the technology and electronic web of how we share, update, and communicate with each other. The bank robbery today in St. George Utah at Zions National Bank prompted schools to send me automated texts about the imposed lockdown, middle schoolers and high […]

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Back To School: Staying Connected To Your Teen

By | September 4, 2014

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We live in a world that thrives on instant gratification. The prevalence of mobile devices and tablets provides a forum of content on demand. Unfortunately, although we have a plethora of facts at our fingertips with our trusty smart phones, the answers to our complex social questions and emotional quandaries are not always so instantaneous. As […]

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Overcoming Depression : Finding Hope

By | August 15, 2014


The recent media attention and tragic loss of actor Robin Williams, one of the most remembered actors of all time, has raised significant discussion around mental health in America. I think of one of his films, Goodwill Hunting, albeit intense, is one of my personal favorites something that’s had a significant impact on my thinking […]

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Telling Your Story: Finding Wholeness & Meaning

By | May 7, 2014

Our memories from the past and the stories we tell are the threads that make up the tapestry of our lives and give our existence meaning. Millions of moments, all stitched together one thread at a time, form a large mosaic we call our life. Each person is weaving their own story, their own narrative. Each […]

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Anxiety, Panic Attacks, and Exercise: Natural Healing And Balance

By | October 11, 2012

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Jessica was a busy mother in her forties. She was of average build and loved her neighborhood and church relationships. Yet she was at the end of her rope. Jessica had been experiencing panic attacks for the past three years. The first time it occurred she was out running errands and while shopping for groceries […]

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Thoughts on Abating Anxiety, OCD & Stress

By | August 5, 2011

Anxiety and stress can be pervasive and wear on ones emotions as well as your body. Anxiety can manifest itself in a variety of manners, many of which are somatic, meaning in the body. It creates a chain reaction with symptoms of stomach pain, shakes, sweat, sleep difficulty, and fatigue. Most often anxiety can effectively […]

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Worthiness: A Key To Overpowering Depression

By | April 26, 2010

I was at a conference for therapists last week and listened to various workshops put on by therapists presenting on their counseling with people in conjunction to what they are finding helps people heal based on research. Let me tell you about one such topic was given by Brene’ Brown, a therapist I came to […]

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