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Grief and Loss

Suicide Can Bring a Complicated Type of Grief


The path of grief is never a straight line.

I got the call on a Wednesday evening from my husband. Earlier in the day, he had driven by a cliff where traffic had been stopped, with helicopters and fire engines on the scene. He had heard that a truck had gone over the cliff, but that’s all he knew. Later that day, he found out the truck had been driven by our friend. The place where it was driven off the cliff made it clear that it had been purposeful.
Anger

The Poisonous Effect of Jealousy on Your Relationship

Most of us have felt it at one time or another. It could be a mild annoyance or like a fire inside you, consuming you and making you feel like you might explode. Although it is a common emotional reaction when a person is feeling threatened, jealousy is one of biggest relationship destroyers out there.

Jealousy can range from feeling bothered that that your husband is admiring another woman or that your wife is looking at another man, to imagining things that aren’t actually there. Either way jealousy will have a negative effect on your relationship.
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Best of Our Blogs: August 21, 2018

My family and I fit in one final family vacation before the school year begins. While there, I fantasized about life without illness.

Wouldn't it be great if we could take a break from illness the way we take trips?

The idea of long swaths of time without worrying sounds simply blissful. There may be no way to completely wash away the challenges that come with illness. But there are still ways to feel moments of peace even in the midst of our greatest challenges.

Meditation and self-compassion are two ways you can relieve your mind of the constant loop of constant worrying. It is the focus of our top posts this week and can give you peace of mind before the hustle and bustle of a new season.
Depression

Does Depression During Pregnancy Affect Your Baby?

It has long been known that maternal depression may affect infant development. Studies have shown that children of depressed parents are at an increased risk of developing depression themselves. It has also been determined that the amygdala’s microstructure -- how it is wired -- was seen as abnormal in two-week old infants born to depressed mothers. Abnormal amygdala function is a feature of mood and anxiety disorders, so this is a cause for concern.

A July 2018 study published in
Anxiety and Panic

I Want You to Shine: Simple Tips to Live the Mindful and Present Life of Your Dreams

We are surrounded by the message to "live in the moment." But sometimes, the moment just seems too hard to manage. Our breath shortens and muscles tighten, and all we want to do is break free from the present. This experience happens to us all -- a medical exam we want to avoid, a work project we want to erase from our plate. It's all we can do to breathe and take a step forward.

The thing is, that stress and fear are what continuously hold us back. And they exist in the present. As a result, the only place to handle them is in the here and now. 
Relationships

How to Make a Soul Mate Relationship

It’s a sweet idea, isn’t it? -- The idea that there is someone out there who is a perfect match; who understands you completely, totally accepts you for who you are, is emotionally stable and sexually exciting, and with whom communication is so easy and natural that you never have conflict. Yeah. It’s a sweet idea.

It’s also an idea that causes unrealistic expectations and disappointment in love. Believing it sends people on a search that is bound to fail. Even when people find someone they believe to be the mate of their soul, they are more often than not disappointed once they truly get to know them.
Children and Teens

​Increasing Your Child’s Attention Span & Ability to Focus

Back in 2015, a survey conducted by Microsoft showed that people in this digital age have a shrinking attention span. In fact, sources like Time magazine claim we have the attention span of a goldfish. What a horrible thought! But it turns out that assertion may be just a fish story. The statistics on which this statement was based were too vague to be trusted. Our reputation for being more attentive than goldfish appears to be, for the moment, safe.

Unfortunately, that isn’t the end of it. We may not have a goldfish attention span, but there’s no denying our
Communication

The Generosity of Listening

“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” - Epictetus
When we hear the word “generosity,” we may think about donating money and helping the needy. While these can be expressions of a generous heart, there is a more fundamental and soulful way that we can extend generosity in our everyday lives. And it doesn't cost us any money.
Caregivers

Vacationing with OCD

August is a popular time for many of us to take vacations. That’s what summer is all about, right? Many of us look forward to this summer vacation time all year. But what if you have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)? How does going on vacation, planning a vacation, or even thinking about a vacation, affect you and those around you?

When my son Dan's OCD was severe, he could barely move, let alone go on a vacation. But when his obsessive-compulsive disorder improved to a moderate level, he planned a trip to Canada with a friend for his winter break. He was excited about going, and from all accounts had a great time exploring and trying out exciting new activities such as dog sledding. He wasn’t able to leave his OCD behind completely on this trip, but still managed to enjoy himself most of the time.
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