The Sandwich Generation: How to Lessen the Stress

Sandwich generation caregivers tend to work late, have to take off early and are frequently interrupted by calls from medical personnel or those in their care. The stress leads them to exhaustion and the mental, emotional and physical problems that follow. Here are tips for relieving the stress.

After the Crisis Has Passed

Grief, sadness and anger are a natural response to crisis and loss and have been expressed in many ways, some healthy and some not. So, what are we to do now? How do you handle this ongoing stress? How do you process all that has happened and how it has impacted you personally? What are you doing to take good care of yourself?

10 Things You Can Do for Your Mental Health

Try some or all of the 10 tips below to help find the right balance in your life. If you are receiving treatment for a mental illness, these tips can also help you manage your disorder and support your treatment and recovery.

The Importance of Developing a Support System

Part of life is experiencing ups and downs. We need people who understand us and can be depended upon during tough times. Research has shown that having a support system has many positive benefits, such as higher levels of well-being, better coping skills and a longer and healthier life. Learn more about developing your own support system.

Are You a Compulsive Shopper?

Almost 18 million Americans are compulsive buyers. Compulsive shopping is a growing problem in our society and is often associated with another disorder, such as anxiety or depression.

Vicarious Trauma: High Risk for Helpers

It has long been acknowledged that empathetic interpersonal skills are an asset in the medical field and helping roles in general. These same skills, however, increase the risk of experiencing personal symptoms of trauma exposure and chronic stress. Vicarious trauma occurs when an individual who was not an immediate witness to the trauma absorbs and integrates disturbing aspects of the traumatic experience into his or her own functioning.

The Emotions of Chronic Illness

Being diagnosed with a chronic illness can feel like being hit with a ton of bricks. Learn ways to cope with this news and create a happy, healthy life.

Seasonal Affective Disorder: Battling the Winter Blues

 Are you experiencing the "winter blues"? It could be seasonal affective disorder, a mood disorder related to the change in seasons and lack of exposure to daylight. SAD is a rare example of a psychiatric disorder with a clear, identifiable biological cause.

Moderation: The Key to a Great Holiday Season

We are surrounded by images of the holiday season that promote, encourage and normalize abundance and excess. No wonder so many of us have become accustomed to the idea that the holidays are a time when it’s okay to overdo it. This one time of the year, we spend too much, eat too much and drink too much. But the holidays don’t have to be about excess. You still can have a great time and enjoy the holiday season without overdoing it.

Physical Health vs. Mental Health: Is One More Important?

Did you know that taking care of your mental/emotional health is just as important to a long healthy life as taking care of your physical health? Just like physical health, mental health can affect motivation, energy level and other daily functioning tasks.