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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Symptoms & Solutions

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops after a terrifying event that involves physical harm or threat of physical harm. This can be from direct exposure, witnessing a traumatic event or from someone close to you experiencing a traumatic event. PTSD is classified by mental health professionals as an anxiety disorder. Those at risk include veterans, victims of crime, kidnap victims and survivors of car accidents, bombings or natural disasters. PTSD affects 7.7 million American adults.

The Healing Power of Humor

When you’re dealing with a change in your life, try laughing for a change. Even though smiling may be the furthest thing from your mind, it may surprise you to learn that a good joke can do far more than just “tickle your funny bone.” In fact, studies have shown that humor and laughter can improve your physical and mental health and coping abilities.

Frontline Supervisor: Employee Morale & Motivation

Q. My employee does not like her job, but she is good at it. I don’t have another position for her, and she doesn’t want to quit. Her morale is not very good. Sometimes her attitude is poor. Is there a way to help her feel more joy in her position?

Balancing Work and Family

All of us must allocate 24 hours a day to the activities of life. How well we balance responsibilities with doing things we truly enjoy directly affects our quality of life. It also helps manage stress. Are you satisfied with your balance of time between work and family?

Stress Busting Lessons from Kindergarten

You’ve heard the expression, “Everything you need to know about life, you learned in kindergarten.” Here are some ideas for simplifying your life this summer, based on those lessons we learned way back when.

Workplace Survivor Syndrome

We’ve all felt the impact of layoffs in one form or another, but people who have been spared the direct hit often find that being lucky never felt so bad. “Miserable” is how most downsizing survivors describe it – grinding through massive daily workloads while waiting anxiously for the other shoe to drop and wondering why it was the other guy, and not themselves, who ended up out of work. 

Adult ADD: Symptoms & Solutions

Do your friends complain that you aren’t paying attention when they talk? Do you feel disorganized, find yourself procrastinating, losing things or missing appointments? Do you enthusiastically start projects, only to lose interest and abandon the project a short time later? Do you have a quick temper? Do you make rash decisions? Do you have a child who has been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD? If this sounds like you, you may be one of the 4% of adults who have adult ADD.

Recognizing and Managing Compassion Fatigue

Compassion fatigue is a condition characterized by a gradual lessening of compassion. It is common among individuals who work directly with trauma victims -- such as nurses, psychologists and first responders. It was first diagnosed in nurses in the 1950s. Research suggests that sufferers can exhibit several symptoms including hopelessness, constant stress and anxiety, sleeplessness or nightmares and a general negative attitude.

Living With an Addicted Loved One: Going from Surviving to Living

Living with a loved one who has an addiction is a stressful and often painful experience. The effects of addiction on family members are long lasting and can be devastating. If you are living in a family where addiction is a problem, here are practical steps you can take to help yourself and encourage the addicted person to seek help.

Getting Control of Impulse Control Disorders

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 10.5 percent of the U.S. population has an impulse control disorder. Impulse control disorders occur when we can’t resist the urge to do something. When people with this disorder have these urges, they can’t stop their behavior, even if there are negative consequences. There are many psychiatric disorders that have these features, including substance abuse, gambling, compulsive shopping, mood disorders, internet addiction and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

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