The Psych Central Report
Issue 12, January/February 2006
Anxiety, Fear, Worry, and Other Scary Words
Stress (or even mild anxiety, according to some) can be a good thing as long as it is serving a useful purpose such as warning you or motivating you to take action when you are in danger or something needs to be done. You can often identify good stress because the concern is legitimate, and you are able to do something about the situation, and you are taking action or at least making a plan to determine what might help. But when anxiety and worry immobilize you instead, they can start to interfere with your ability to function and live your life. That is where it becomes a problem.
Avoiding Toxic Relationships
By Alex Williams
For many people who have suffered manipulation in formative relationships, it is very difficult to mark good boundaries in our adult lives. If our sense of self has been undermined, we find it hard to distinguish normal relationships from more toxic ones, and this is a weak position to be in.
A news update of some of the most important psychology, mental and behavioral health news items from around the 'Net in the past few weeks.
What's New on Psych Central
A listing of updated or new resources added to Psych Central during the months of December 2005 and January 2006.
What If You Don't Like Your Therapist?
By John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
You're not always going to like your psychotherapist. In fact, most people go through phases during the psychotherapy process where their admiration and liking for their therapist will wax and wane. This can be based upon a number of factors, such as the type or difficulty of the material being addressed in therapy, the amount of stress you or the therapist may be experiencing, or something else altogether. These changing feelings toward one's therapist are a normal part of the therapeutic process.
Mental Illness in the Workplace
Many employers provide wellness programs in their company. It is believed that a healthy body increases productivity, and decreases costs in terms of time off and benefit claims. These programs are implemented by having "lunch-and-learn" sessions, newsletters, or even building a gym right in the office building.
Unfortunately, promoting a healthy mind is not as popular as promoting a healthy body. This issue is made even more distressing when, in some ways, mental illnesses occur more often than physical illnesses.
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