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Is your teenage son/daughter depressed?

Depression is a serious problem. It impacts every aspect of the depressed teenager’s life. When feeling depressed, they procrastinate and are unable to complete tasks. They may make promises they won’t keep. Depending upon their level of depression, they may not feel like doing anything. Teen depression can lead to alcohol and drug, self-hatred, violence, and even suicide. If your …

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Skills for Creating a Healthy Relationship

This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series Staying Together - How to Build a healthy Relationship

Couples Therapy, Marriage Counseling, Relational Therapy John Gottman, in his book “Why Marriages Succeed or Fail”, points out four strategies for improving relationships. Most of us are not especially adept at these skills, especially when we enter into a significant life relationship, but learning them gives us a good chance to increase the success of both our relationship and our total …

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Negative Relationship Behaviors – The Negative Cascade

This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series Staying Together - How to Build a healthy Relationship

A relationship in trouble is one that falls into a negative cascade. One negative reaction leads to the next until there is a seemingly insurmountable wall between the two partners. Relationships that enter this destructive phase need attention and can benefit from the trustworthy, confidential intervention of a professional therapist. Sometimes the two partners fail to notice when they have …

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Positive Interactions in Relationships

This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series Staying Together - How to Build a healthy Relationship

What are positive interactions? They are found in – Showing interest in what your partner is saying, – Expressing affection to your partner both verbally (“I love you”) and nonverbally (holding hands, doing kind little things), – Showing you care – perhaps by making a phone call during the day or bringing home flowers, – Showing appreciation by remembering the …

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Staying Together – Commitment & Relationships

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Staying Together - How to Build a healthy Relationship

When we make a commitment to our partner, our usual expectation is that our relationship will last for life and that our love will see us through the inevitable hard times. Yet, when reality sinks in, we have to acknowledge that while love is one of the components of a relationship’s longevity, it really takes more to make it through …

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Social Anxiety & Developing your Conversational Skills

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Overcoming Social Anxiety

Anyone can master the art of having good conversations with others. Those who are shy or socially anxious may see this as an unattainable goal, but with enough practice, and using the right techniques, it can enhance the quality of social life. The first skill to acquire is making eye contact. Shy people may avoid eye contact at all costs, …

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Change your Anxious Behaviors

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Overcoming Social Anxiety

The single most important strategy for overcoming social anxiety is to face your fear. Get back on the horse again. Take the car out for a drive once more. Go swimming again. Get back on an airplane. Give another speech before an audience. Go to another dinner party. Ask somebody else to go out on a date. Managing your physical …

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Changing the Thoughts Which Accompany Anxiety

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Overcoming Social Anxiety

Those who suffer from social anxiety engage in excessive self-focus. Their thoughts focus internally on themselves rather than on the external world around them – and this only serves to increase anxiety levels. Furthermore, excessive focus on the internal symptoms means that one loses important information about what is going on externally, and it may give others the impression that …

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Defeating Social Anxiety

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Overcoming Social Anxiety

 There are three stages that people experience in overcoming problems with social anxiety : Identify the patterns of anxiety Change the thinking that accompanies anxiety-provoking situations Change the anxious behavior Identifying the Patterns of Anxiety People often see the distressful symptoms of social anxiety as their enemy, so they try to avoid thinking about it. In order to overcome social …

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Do You Suffer from Social Anxiety?

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Overcoming Social Anxiety

Who are the people most likely to suffer from social anxiety? Parents recognize that some children are easily frightened from birth on and cry a great deal, while others seem more resilient by temperament (they seldom cry, hardly ever get upset, and are less easily frightened). Some children love to explore the world around them. Others are cautious and don’t …

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