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Anxiety

I want to address a couple of questions I often get regarding medications. The first question is, “Do I need to take medication?” The second question is, “I’ve been taking medication and I don’t think it’s helping me. So, do you think I should take it?” First...

Calming Breath It’s no secret that deep breathing will calm you down when you’re stressed out. Unless, of course, you’re someone who can’t calm down when you breathe deeply. You could take a Valium or a Xanax. But if that works for you, then you’re probably not...

As I mentioned in my last blog, about depression, in order to explain why you are anxious, I have to tell you some things about your nervous system. In the olden days, pre-1995, before Stephen Porges published his Polyvagal theory, the world thought of the nervous...

  What The Vagus Nerve Is And Why You Should Know About It Simply put, the Vagus nerve is your 10th cranial nerve. You have 12 cranial nerves in all, and the 10th one is super special. It’s called the Vagus nerve because it comes from a Latin...

The way you learn to handle your feelings is, first, by learning all the tricks to “manage” them with mindfulness and will power. You can learn and practice those on your own all day, every day....

When you Google, “what is psychotherapy,” you will find that the first entry out of more than 29 million search results is this simple definition, “the treatment of mental disorder by psychological rather than medical means.” While this definition is partly accurate, it doesn't help...

As a mental health counselor, people ask me, “how can I relieve anxiety?” The easy answer is a list that looks something like this:...

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