Good Grief: Depression, Mental Health, And Why It’s Time to Rethink Grieving

By: Kyle Kermott, Psy.D. We don’t like the idea of grief. Just the words—grief, grieving—can make us feel uncomfortable. We associate grief with mortal loss, which is one of the reasons it makes us feel so uncomfortable. You hear that someone is grieving, and you are flooded with these emotions related to loved-ones you’ve lost, and the first reaction is …

Behind the Orange Curtain: Depression & Anxiety in Paradise

By: Kyle Kermott, Psy.D. Even if you’ve never been to Orange County, you probably have some assumptions about what the area is like. Newport Beach and Laguna Beach conjure up images of lavish coastal lifestyles. The noteworthy school systems and low crime-rates make Irvine a prime area for starting and growing a family. Mission San Juan Capistrano, and its fabled …

The Secret About Anxiety

By: Kyle Kermott, Psy.D. For many years, psychologists have understood that depression and anxiety often go hand-in-hand. In fact, the Nation Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) estimates that up to 60% of individuals who report having depression also report having some symptoms of anxiety. Many health care professionals are finding that it’s more common to see patients who report having …

I’m not trying to fix you, I’m trying to find you

By: Kyle Kermott, Psy.D. There is a pervasive misconception in our culture about therapy, and the people who attend it. Many have erroneously developed a bias that there’s “something wrong” with the people who come to therapy, and that psychologists spend their time fixing these people. But both of those ideas are false. There is nothing wrong with people who …

The Results Are In: Social Media Is Bad For Your Mental Health

Research says that regularly using social media has a negative effect on your mental health. Read on to find out why.* People love social media. And people love talking about social media. It seems like we can’t go a week without some new article (like this one!) or news piece about the role social media plays in our lives. It’s …

Pain Only Hurts

Psychological pain can be terrible and unbearable. But there’s a secret about pain that you should know about. The title for this article comes from ultramarathon runner Scott Jurek. In case you aren’t familiar with ultramarathon running, it is a niche sport comprised of running races that are at lengths longer than the traditional marathon distance of 26.2 miles. Some …

Depression and Suicide: The U.S. Has a Suicide Problem

Over the last twenty years, suicide rates have been steadily increasing across the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), since 1999 suicide rates have increased for males and females, all ethnicities, all age groups, and have gone up in all major urban areas. Here are some important statistics regarding suicide: Suicide has moved up to …

Why Does Good Therapy Take So Long?

Embedded in therapy is the idea that good therapy usually takes time to work. But why? The answer is because of one, very important reason. When thinking about starting or continuing therapy, it’s common for people to consider the time-investment required for therapy to be helpful. And, most commonly, people find themselves wishing therapy worked more quickly. In fact, I …

Feeling Intense Anxiety? Try These 8 Grounding Techniques

Have you ever had the experience of feeling really stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed? Caught up in these episodes, people can feel at a loss for how to halt these difficult emotional states. The anxiety can build and build and people can sometimes feel powerless to stop the mounting emotions – only hoping that soon the feelings will pass. A very …

The Only Way Out is Through: Finding Relief From Psychological Pain

Our present-day demand for quick tools to manage and push pain away prevents people from actually finding long-term relief from their psychological pain. The practice of clinical psychology has existed for over a century. Throughout this period, the field has been determined to help individuals find relief from their ailments. Whether it was back in the beginning with Sigmund Freud …