anxiety

7 Practices to Keep Calm in the Face of Uncertainty

“Uncertain” is likely a mild way to put how we’re all feeling right now. This year has presented so many shocks to our systems, many of us are struggling to retain any sense of equilibrium. The deer in the headlights feeling of “what comes next?” has our anxiety at peak levels. While there are real… Read more »

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The Second Wave: The Emotional Impact of the Prolonged Pandemic

Everyone is struggling to cope during these unprecedented times. The second spike that was predicted for winter has already begun. We have no idea if and when a vaccine will be developed and then distributed. We are basically in the same alarming situation we were in when Covid first appeared in March and our future… Read more »

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Dealing With Today’s Trauma

Two weeks ago, I was talking to a friend who has been depressed. Because of COVID-19 and her age, she is quarantined and has been unable to visit with many of her friends. As she described the details of her life and her loneliness, she broke down crying, “I don’t recognize my life! I don’t… Read more »

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It Is Possible For You to Reduce Your Stress

It is normal to have increased anxiety right now as we learn to navigate life in the midst of the recent pandemic. Everyone is feeling this way! And if your baseline is regularly higher in anxiety or hyperarousal, this will feel like even more to you! You may be feeling more triggered than usual if… Read more »

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Experts at Home: Dr. Michael Mantz on Holistic Psychiatry and Mental Wellness

In this Experts at Home conversation, Dr. Lisa Firestone talks with psychiatrist Dr. Michael Mantz about holistic psychiatry and mental wellness. The conversation is rich with practical advice on developing healthy habits to enhance mental health. Watch Now: Subscribe to PsychAlive (it’s free!) to see more Experts at Home.  

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Experts at Home: Kevin Hines on the Mental Health Crisis and Getting Help

In this Experts at Home conversation, Dr. Lisa Firestone talks with suicide attempt survivor and mental health advocate Kevin Hines. They discuss the current mental health crisis, and how people can get help or help others during this challenging time. Watch Now: Subscribe to PsychAlive (it’s free!) to see more Experts at Home.      

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Experts at Home: Dr. Donna Rockwell on the Benefits of Mindfulness in Challenging Times

  In our second Experts at Home conversation, Dr. Lisa Firestone talks with mindfulness expert Dr. Donna Rockwell. They discuss the many benefits of mindfulness during this challenging time, including how mindfulness can help reduce anxiety and expand our ability to “sit with the unknown” and face this moment. Watch Now: Subscribe to PsychAlive (it’s free!)… Read more »

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Death Anxiety and the Coronavirus

The ultimate tragedy of the human condition is our awareness of our inevitable mortality. Each person is born with a death sentence. The developing child initially discovers the traumatic reality that their parents will die and later that they themselves will eventually die. This reality is too terrifying to tolerate, so the child must resort… Read more »

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Finding Purpose in a World “On Hold”

It’s 10 pm on a Saturday night, and I’m curled in bed wearing the same sweatshirt I’ve had on the entire day, drinking tea, watching my fourth consecutive episode of The Sopranos. It’s a scene quite different from the typical Saturday nights my friends and I partake in as college seniors, but it’s become my… Read more »

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Creating Order in an Upside-Down World

In the past, staying at home was a privilege, a day off, a stay-cation or just an opportunity to relax. However, we are now in a truly strange time. It is mandatory that we stay home and it doesn’t take long for the novelty to wear off. Kids who have complained about getting up in… Read more »

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