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When Stress Balls Don't Work

Tools for managing anxiety in high-stress situations.

"They don't work. The stress balls you told me about, they ... don't ... work," said Adrien angrily.

Before I could get a word in, Adrien scolded me about how he had been anxious before a date and how squeezing a stress ball offered no relief.

Depression vs. Sadness: How Are They Different?

Sadness is a symptom of depression but often not the only one. Whether you’re living with depression, sadness, or grief, there are coping strategies and medical treatments to help.

When you experience a low mood, it can affect every part of your life. It can be challenging trying to determine whether what you’re feeling is sadness or something more. Grief after the recent loss of a loved one can make it even more complicated.

"I Have Anxiety About Having Anxiety"

One uncomfortable but effective way to combat escalating anxiety.

The experience of intense anxiety is awful. A wildly pounding heart and paralyzed body collide as a person’s negative thoughts travel at the speed of light. Sounds are both amplified and muffled. Spaces seem to shrink until a person attempts to find an exit and suddenly the path to the door seems a mile away. In this state a person can’t trust what they see, feel, think, or do. The impulse to run screaming from the moment is powerful.

Moving Safely Through PTSD Recovery

Tips to manage emotions in therapy.

Post-traumatic stress disorder can develop in adults after surviving a variety of events such as childhood abuse, domestic violence, combat, natural disaster, and sexual assault. PTSD can happen to anyone. According to the National Center for PTSD, about six out of every 10 men and five out of every 10 women experience at least one type of trauma in their lifetime. During the last couple of years, much more attention has been given to this diagnosis and people are feeling less shame about asking for help to manage symptoms. Commonly reported symptoms of PTSD include flashbacks, nightmares, extreme anxiety, suicidal tendencies, distrust in others, and a disruption in daily functioning. It is a mental health condition that wreaks havoc on many people’s ability to have healthy relationships and good self-care.

What Are the Differences Between Bipolar I and Bipolar II Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition characterized by fluctuations in mood and energy levels. Each person with the condition is affected differently. However, the length and intensity of manic, hypomanic, or depressive episodes will determine the type of bipolar disorder a person is diagnosed with.

Read more to learn about the types of bipolar disorder and the differences between bipolar I and bipolar II.

How to Support Your Romantic Partner If They Live with Anxiety

If your loved one lives with anxiety, you may not always know how to help — but you can do plenty to support them.

Anxiety symptoms can cause the most distress for the person who experiences them. All the same, watching a loved one have a hard time with anxiety can prompt a different kind of pain, especially when you feel powerless to make a difference.

How to Prevent Morning Anxiety From Totally Ruining Your Day

Anxiety has a very unwelcome way of popping up when you least expect it. It could happen at a party, just when you were starting to have a good time. Or in the middle of the night, making it that much harder to get a blissful eight hours of sleep. And, for some, anxiety has a habit of rearing its ugly head in the early morning—just to make sure your day starts off on a really stellar note.

Divya Robin, EdM, MA, MHC-LP, a psychotherapist and mental health educator, defines morning anxiety as a form of anxiety (different from dread) that features increased worry, rumination, or feelings of stress in the morning.

How Much Stress Is Too Much?

Can we learn to tell when we will likely be overwhelmed?

Could you run for 10 miles? Could you pick up a 100-pound stone? Most people, without embarrassment, would answer “no.” People know how much is too much, how much might hurt them. What if we ask the same questions about emotional stress?

Are You Sabotaging Your Most Important Relationship?

How to be kinder to yourself and others.

What is wrong with you? Who are you fooling? You can’t do anything right. You might as well just give up now!

These brutal insults were hurled at one of us (Suzie) recently. These are emotionally hurtful words that no one hopes to hear or express toward their loved ones. However, it was happening right in front of our eyes. The rapid-fire verbal assaults became louder and pierced my very being. I became quite upset and felt I was going down a slippery slope.

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