Moving On 101: How To Do It The Right Way

Being brokenhearted is one of the worst things that can happen in your life. It can make you question a lot of things. At times, it can even make you feel inadequate or insufficient. It hurts to realize that after all the efforts made, you still end up losing someone you truly love and care. There is no easy way to get past this challenging phase that you are going through right now. Nonetheless, this does not mean that there is no way out.…

Telling the Difference Between Depression and the Blues

Every person in the world becomes unhappy at some point in their lives. You really can’t expect someone to greet events such as the death of a pet or the loss of a job with singing and dancing.

Aside from sadness, we are all sometimes victims of other negative emotions – feeling empty and without hope, regretting things we have no power to change, fearful of a future we cannot predict – which is only marginally under our control. Occasionally, these feelings persist for weeks or longer. At times they are unbearable. Is it just a mere passing feeling or something more? Read more about how therapy sessions, even if they are free, can help in this article focused on free online therapy benefits.

Characteristics of Depression

Major depression is certainly no joke, with anywhere between half and three-quarters of all suicides occurring among depressed people. At the same time, it is also highly treatable if recognized in time. By far, the majority of patients respond positively to treatment. Depression also tends not to stand still. Unless it somehow gets better by itself, it tends to worsen over time if left untreated, whether by medication, talk therapy or in some other way.

The major feature of clinical depression is its pervasiveness in a person’s life. If someone is feeling sad, there is usually a clear cause and effect relationship involved: they feel sad because. The particular reason is up to the individual. Nobody else is in a position to tell them not to feel bad about the fact the Falcons lost or their boss yelled at them. Any reason may be valid for that particular person, however trivial it may seem to others.

As told by Kurt Smith, Psy.D., LMFT, LPCC, AFC,  “Depression is different from passing sadness or temporary frustration with life’s issues. There are number of common signs for depression and they tend to be persistent.” The point is that the reasons for sadness are clear in that person’s mind, but they are still capable of feeling happy about other things. In the case of major depression, there need not be any because involved. A person just feels sad, not only about one event or situation but about most things. Even those activities that would normally bring joy to them seem unexciting, and what is normally important to them, less significant.

Symptoms of Depression

In fact, a gloomy emotional state is only one of the possible manifestations of depression. Some people who are depressed “switch off” emotionally, feeling no happiness, anxiety or even sadness. Others may become very volatile in their feelings, easily turning angry or irritated. Undirected, irrational guilt or anxiety is also common. The inner lives of human beings are complicated, and it would be a mistake to think that everyone should feel the same under the same circumstances.

How a person feels is only one symptom of major depression. One of the most important indicators that a person is depressed is a change in behavior, such as withdrawing from their normal activities or eating much less or more than they used to. Insomnia, constant tiredness and difficulty concentrating can have literally dozens of causes but may be related to depression if found in combination with some of the other symptoms.

However, the most important distinction between normal, healthy sadness and depression as a mental illness is the amount of time they persist. According to Simon Rego, PsyD, associate professor of clinical psychiatry. “Depression symptoms are particularly troubling if someone displays more than one, or if they persist for more than two weeks,” I might feel sad for half a minute if I discover that I’ve run out of coffee, while it would take months or years to recover from the loss of a loved one. The initial emotional dive is rapid, and while the path back up is not always smooth, it at least trends generally upward.

With depression, generally regarded as a condition which lasts for at least two weeks and can become permanent, there may be periods of improvement followed by recurring declines. This means that a person’s emotional state has become disconnected from the event which caused it, and clinical depression is the most likely explanation.

When to Seek Help

“A stressful change in life patterns can trigger a depressive episode. Such stressful events may include a serious loss, a difficult relationship, trauma, or financial problems.” Ben Martin, Psy.D. said. 

Self-diagnosis is rarely a good idea when it comes to serious medical issues and is notoriously difficult in the case of psychological conditions. Many people have consulted a therapist for depression only to realize that they were actually just experiencing normal emotions, while a large number of those suffering from depression refuse treatment because they think that they are merely sad. Someone who believes they may be suffering from depression, or know someone who does, would be well advised to seriously consider getting a professional opinion rather than hoping it will all just work out, somehow.…

The Pros And Cons Of Online Communities


There are roughly 2 billion people who actively use Facebook. By contrast, almost 3.5 billion have access to the internet (though not necessarily broadband). Given the usefulness and apparent ubiquity of Mark Zuckerberg’s creation, what explains the size of this un-Faced market? The biggest part of the answer must be the more than 800 million internet users who live in countries where internet use is restricted for reasons of censorship, but this still leaves a gap 800 million souls wide.

One of the wonderful things the internet has made possible is for people who are somehow like-minded to get in touch and share their thoughts. Facebook offers numerous such groups, offering forums for taxidermy enthusiasts, depression chat rooms, and groups where conspiracy theorists can argue with one another until the cows come home. In addition, users can post pictures of their food and tell the world what kind of mood they’re in.…

Practical Exercises For Overcoming Shyness


In some cases, strangers chat effortlessly at parties, at work, and in public, yet a large proportion of people would rather catch a rattlesnake barehanded than say “hello” and make eye contact. Online chat with strangers seems to be less intimidating given anonymity. This is not really abnormal since “normal” covers such a wide spectrum that most types of behavior don’t definitively fall either inside or outside the range, as long as no harm is caused.…

Developing An Organized And Motivated Habit


It’s not every day that you feel like getting up and highly motivated to get through the day. There are days you do not understand if you’re just tired, lazy or lost. But what do self-motivated and organized people do every day to accomplish their tasks and goals despite the lack of willpower to carry on? How do they organize and plan their day despite not feeling good about it? These are some of the traits successful people do that set them apart from the majority.…

A Step-by-step Guide to Healing and Forgiveness


At some point in our lives, we meet people that hurt us, tarnished friendships, relationships that didn’t last the way we expected them to be, or any experiences yielding trust issues. These are just some of the encounters that sometimes let us question humanity, and when meeting new people we are always guarded and doubtful because of the hurtful situations people have brought in our lives in the past. But then again, it is socially and psychologically healthy to let go of these negativities, move on with our lives and welcome the future full of hope and optimism. So what are the key ingredients in achieving this and what are the dos and don’ts that we should keep in mind as we embrace our readiness and sincerity when it comes to forgiving someone? Here are some of the key factors to keep in mind.

Do not hold grudges.

According to John M. Grohol, Psy.D., “The challenge with anger is finding a way to express it in a way that doesn’t make others want to shut down or become defensive or scared.” Cultivating negative emotions doesn’t make you better but rather a bitter kind of person. It is unhealthy to hold grudges as sometimes heinous crimes and murders in the history of mankind were rooted from grudges. When you allow yourself to be consumed by anger, you might be predisposed to committing bad behaviors. If it is essential to detach yourself for a moment from the person who caused you pain and the distance is helpful as of the moment, please do so.

Do not stalk.

Sometimes we have the tendency to stalk our enemies, check on what they’re up to and compare our own life with theirs. There is nothing helpful at all with this kind of behavior. All you have to be mindful about is your own life and that is all that matters. With the advent of social media, more and more people instead of using this platform to develop themselves and make friends, are utilizing it as a tool to stalk their enemies, sometimes even using fake accounts, creating stranger chat rooms just to ruin them. This is very unhealthy and pointless, so cut it out.


Do not wish them ill.

Wish them well. It may be very hard to forgive somebody, especially if the pain they afflicted on you was almost unbearable and has damaged your views about people and life. However, by letting go of all the heartaches and pains, taking account of your own happiness by wishing them well with their lives is a key factor in achieving peace. A blissful and blessed state of your mind and spirit. As they say, karma has its own way of dealing with things. What you give to the world will always come back to you. “Understanding underlying aspects of our anger and understanding our role in our relationship is a key to treating anger and understanding it as an attempt to communicate something or not getting our basic needs met in our relationships,” says Zuzana Sakova, LPC

Do not be naive.

Because of the trauma probably we become more cautious with our acquaintances. Maybe that experience taught us not to be naive. Perhaps it can serve as a guide for our future experiences – not to trust and not to be trusted right away. That in order to know a person better, we must invest in spending more time with them evaluating their consistency when it comes to their thoughts, words, and actions. We must first assess their values and on how important it is for them to be credible and be a person of integrity.


According to Roya R. Rad, MA, PsyD, “give yourself permission to do some serious emotional healing to become your happiest self and remember, it is a process more than a destination.” It may not be an easy feat to forgive people and forget the pains of the past but we owe that to ourselves. We owe that to the beautiful people with kind hearts who have tirelessly kept their faith for humanity by continuously doing good in many aspects of their lives. That is the kind of people worth emulating, the kind of people we look up to who are all deserving of respect. Even if there are bad ones, there are more good ones. Keep on doing the good deeds.…

Selecting A Therapist

Many people, at some point in their lives, realize that talk therapy is something they can use to improve their happiness. That is because “The benefits of therapy are vast, including having an objective perspective on happenings in your life, a sounding board for you to talk through options before taking action, a place where you can deepen self-awareness, access resources to support your growth and personal development, and much more,” says Robin D. Stone, LMHC. In some cases, this may be because they have realized that the way they’ve been continuing leads to a bad destination, such as when they are suffering from addiction or depression. Actual mental disorders are not the only reason to seek out a therapist, though. A lot of people simply feel that they need to gain a better perspective on where they are, or find a way to get out of a mental rut. A therapist near me works almost exclusively at advising teenagers about their career choices. In some cases, a parent or spouse might want to consult a mental health professional in order to better understand a family member. There are literally dozens of reasons other than having a psychological illness to seek out a therapist and it helps to read articles about this.

Stop, Listen, Reassess

One part of our education as human beings take the form of little mottoes that may help us deal with stressful situations if we encounter them. Examples of these are “stop, drop and roll” and “don’t let the sun set on an argument” – both of which can help us deal with the problems facing us while we’re unable to think clearly.


Dealing with the “big picture” however, is a lot more complicated. Self-reflection takes a lot of mental effort, but without it, we will tend to continue doing tomorrow exactly what we did yesterday, even when we know that this will not make us happy or help us grow. Without finding the courage to take a hard look at our life situation, people often get stuck in relationships, friendships and entire careers that do not satisfy them. For this reason, it’s worthwhile to stop, listen and reassess our choices and their results from time to time.

Stress-Related Health Problems That Should Not Be Ignored

Everyone encounters stress one way or another. Sometimes, it comes from doing something essential, like exercise. We get stressed when our minds are challenged after a grueling chess game. But when stress becomes severe, such as in traumatic experiences or chronic sleep disturbances, it can get really unpleasant and may lead to some serious health problems. 

“Research tells us that this is a common experience for those under stress. That everyone experiences stress and up to a certain level it can be helpful. Yet, stress can negatively impact one’s normal daily functioning or health.” That is according to Edna M. Esnil, PsyD. With that, here are some stress-related health problems that we should not ignore:…