The Key to Successful Therapy: Working with the Unconscious (Part 2/2)

95% of your mental activity is unconscious (e.g. out of your awareness). So why aren’t therapists talking about the unconscious? This is a continuation of part 1 of this article. This article covers the the two main reasons therapists don’t commonly work with the unconscious: 1. Many practitioners don’t know how to work with the unconscious mind. 2. Working deeply …

The Key to Successful Therapy: Working with the Unconscious (Part 1/2)

95% of your mental activity is unconscious (e.g. out of your awareness). So why aren’t therapists talking about the unconscious? Have you felt the excitement of picking up a lauded self-help book, only to find it unable to follow-through on its promises? Or maybe you’ve been in therapy before, but couldn’t make lasting change in your life? What was missing? …

10 Important Non-Verbal Signs of Depression

Many people don’t know that depression manifests itself in non-verbal ways. Generally, depression is thought of as someone feeling “sad” or “down,” but depression is composed of many other symptoms that can be equally challenging for someone. Here is a brief list of 10 important non-verbal signs of depression you should be aware of. These are important things to look …

5 Easy Ways To Beat the Winter Blues

It’s not uncommon for people to experience a shift in their mood during the winter months. You might notice yourself feeling more lethargic, having difficulty concentrating or performing tasks, or just generally feeling more down. “Seasonal Affective Disorder” is a mental health disorder recognized by the National Institute of Health. This is a disorder that mirrors major depression, but that …

Depression: A widespread Disorder

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) – usually just shortened to depression – is a mental health disorder that has progressively become more prevalent in the United States. Depression affects roughly 7% of Americans every year. And while that doesn’t sound like a lot, consider that that number translates to about 17 million individuals yearly meeting the diagnostic criteria for depression. However, …

Depression Affects Women and Men Differently, And What This Means For You

The worldwide rate of depression is going up. And we are also seeing an increase in the disparity between how depression affects women and men. For years, psychologists have known that depression affects women at higher rates than men. However, that rate has reached a new high. Women are now 2-3 times more likely than men to develop depression. Additionally, …

The best exercise for increasing your happiness

In this article, I describe an exciting exercise you can use to increase your self-esteem, happiness, hope, and well-being. Recent research has been focused on how people can increase their “subjective well-being,” which is another way of saying people’s positive emotions such as happiness, hope, optimism, etc. This article describes an exercise called “Best Possible Selves.” It is an exercise …

What is depression? Here are the symptoms and how it’s diagnosed

Depression – along with anxiety – has become a commonly used word in our contemporary lexicon. But despite its popularity, there might be less of an understanding of how the mental health community defines depression. In this article, I will outline the different types of depression. I hope this article will be useful in that it will bring into one …

End your pursuit of happiness

Everyone wants to be happier. We want a better job, partner, apartment, a more meaningful life, to find our passion. Underlying these goals is a desire to feel better about ourselves. We want a little more happiness and a little less unhappiness. Just look at our social media feeds. No one is posting pictures of themselves in pajamas that they …

Social Media and Well-Being: What’s the connection?

As social media continues to become more popular, psychologists are growing interested in how social media affects a person’s well-being (which includes a person’s level of happiness, self-esteem, and self-image). Over the last few years, the picture has grown somewhat bleak: using social-media regularly seems to be related to lower levels of well-being (e.g. more anxiety, depression, and loneliness), and …