Stressed or Anxious? When to Get Help.

Stress or Anxiety? When to Seek Help.

The American Psychological Association’s (APA) reported in their 2017 Stress in America survey, that 36% of people said that stress makes them feel more nervous or anxious. It’s often difficult to determine the difference between stress and anxiety. Both can present symptoms such as sleepless nights, exhaustion, excessive worry, lack of focus, and irritability, as…

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Nurturing the Family Dynamic

Nurturing the Family Dynamic

Keeping our family in-tact can sometimes feel overwhelming. Worry about the future, discontent or divorce between parents, societal pressures, technology that changes the way we interact (social media, gaming, texting) and even a lack of self-worth (losing a sense of self) are all pressures that can affect the family. There’s a lot going on in…

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Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

Resolutions can be a powerful way to create a clearer path for the New Year, but because we typically don’t take them seriously, we find ourselves repeating the very same patterns we talked about changing in the first place. We all do it (there is a reason why January-March is the busiest time of year…

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Choosing Life: A Journey From Victim to Victor

Jupiter Therapist and Counselor Dr. Kathy Shafer

More than 7 years ago I sat down to to write about my journey from “victim to victor” which resulted in the book Asthma Free in 21 Days and ultimately shaped how I live and treat patients. The discovery of the power of mindbody healing has allowed me to become a “victor” despite severe illness…

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Video Chat Shown to Reduce Depression

Let’s face it. We’re all glued to our phones. And in the age of Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, we hear a lot about the negative effects social media has on our mental health. We use it too frequently and often replace human interaction with digital which can adversely affect self-esteem, sleep, social skills and attention…

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Role of Yoga in Anxiety or Depression Therapy

The Role of Yoga in Anxiety and Depression Therapy

If you’re not already into the practice of Yoga, you may roll your eyes at the thought of getting into a downward facing dog pose (or wonder what the heck that is) while you’re in the middle of therapy. But believe it or not, there is a deep connection between the core concepts of Yoga…

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Managing Addiction During The Holiday Party Season

Managing Addiction During the Holidays

Craving a drink around the Holidays isn’t just about coping with the added stress or loneliness so many of us experience around this joyous time of year. But it’s also a challenge just to be around the entire culture of drinking during frequent get togethers. If you’re a recovering alcoholic, like myself, it’s difficult to…

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4 Tips to Manage Holiday Stress

Parties, family gatherings, tasty food, liquid cheer, commitments to friends and work – love them or hate them, the Holidays can get stressful. According to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)*, 64% of people suffering from a mental illness say that the holidays make it worse. But this is the case for everyone, not just…

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How to be a better you without changing a thing!

Doesn’t that sound great?  I was reading in the July/August Daily Word this morning and this is an article by Sam Bennet.  He writes about “Deb”, a person who wants to be more peaceful, a life filled with laughter, etc yet every day she is exhausted, stressed out, and overwhelmed.  Sound familiar?  He goes on…

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