12 Ways to Turn Your Crippling Stress into Happiness

“More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.” ~Roy Bennett You are a slave to stress. I can relate. Stress crushed my life and dreams. I started a business and faced intense criticism over this decision. Everyone was sure I’d fail. My friends and family attacked me while I was combating my own self-doubt. My stress...

Depression is Not Sadness

Depression is not sadness. It is emptiness. Depression is not being unhappy, it is being numb. It is not anger or desperation or fear or even loneliness (though it is also all of these things.) Depression is not a feeling. It is nothingness. A void where nothing grows or changes, where time does not exist, where dark is the only color, where...

Are you SAD?

Have you ever wondered why you feel more down in winter than summer? Have you noticed less energy, disrupted sleep or low mood as the days shorten and the nights draw in? Sheila came to see me in January complaining of depression, tiredness and lack of motivation. 'This seems to happen every year,' she told me 'I think I've noticed a...

Are You Experiencing Burnout, or Is It Just Work Stress?

Years ago, I was diagnosed with depression during my Emergency Medicine residency. Given that I was experiencing increasing levels of despair and hopelessness, I believe that diagnosis was partially correct. When I look back, though, I can also see that severe burnout was part of the picture. (Researchers Iacovides et al. have pointed out that (link is external) the...

Are you SAD?

Have you ever wondered why you feel more down in winter than summer? Have you noticed less energy, disrupted sleep or low mood as the days shorten and the nights draw in? Sheila came to see me in January complaining of depression, tiredness and lack of motivation. 'This seems to happen every year,' she told me 'I think I've noticed a...

What Causes Panic Attacks and How to Stop Them for Good

Panic attacks can seem to come out of nowhere, without any warning. There is no obvious logical connection between a panic attack and what is happening around us at the time they arise. Is it really possible to be free of them, without medication? In my personal experience, the answer is yes. I used cognitive, emotional, and physical methods that...

6 Ways That Childhood Trauma Affects Your Adult Relationship

Developmental trauma is more common than many of us realize. According to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, 78 percent of children reported more than one traumatic experience before the age of 5. Twenty percent of children up to the age of 6 were receiving treatment for traumatic experiences, including sexual abuse, neglect, exposure to domestic violence, and traumatic...

Migraines Could Be the Body’s Way of Protecting the Brain

Worldwide, a little over a billion people experience migraine headaches, or around 14% of the world population. Meanwhile, 13% of US adults are effected, which is around 37 million migraine sufferers. Besides the detrimental effect to a person’s health and quality of life, migraines account for a loss of $36 billion to the US economy each year. Yet, medical...

20 Reminders That May Comfort You When You Feel Anxious

Your heart races. Your body temperature rises. Your hands may shake. Your stomach may churn. Your thoughts start spiraling to the worst could that happen, and suddenly you feel so unequipped—like everything’s going to fall apart, and you won’t be able to handle it. It can feel so powerless when anxiety takes over, almost like your brain and body are being...

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