Staying Hopeful After a Job Loss

Beyond providing us with an income, jobs can serve multiple roles in our lives, such as providing us with a sense of identity and purpose. In these challenging economic times, those who are laid off or facing a potential job loss can find themselves feeling significant stress. In fact, according to an April 2009 poll …

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Managing Your Boss

Q. How do you manage the prototypical “difficult boss?” A. Successfully managing a difficult boss is a challenge but often feasible. First, you should try to understand the reasons for your boss’ difficult behavior. Assuming your boss generally behaves in a fairly reasonable manner, and that his/her difficult behavior seems to be a result of …

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Sleep Disorders Quiz

Do you snore loudly and/or heavily? Are you excessively sleepy or do you lack energy in the daytime? Do you have trouble with concentration or memory loss? Do you fall asleep while driving, in meetings, while reading a book, or while watching television? Do you have occasional morning headaches? Do you sleepwalk, have nightmares, or …

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10 Tips to Get Better Sleep

Cut caffeine Simply put, caffeine can keep you awake. It can stay in your body longer than you might think — up to about 14 hours. So if you drink a cup of coffee at noon and are still awake at midnight, caffeine might be the reason. Cutting out caffeine at least four to six …

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Overwhelmed by Workplace Stress? You’re not alone.

Americans are known for placing great emphasis on work and career. Working hard, however, should not be confused with overworking at the expense of relationships and physical health. According to a 2007 nationwide poll by the American Psychological Association, three-quarters of Americans list work as a significant source of stress, with over half of those …

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How Psychotherapy Helps People Recover From Depression

How does depression differ from occasional sadness? Everyone feels sad or “blue” on occasion. Most people grieve over upsetting life experiences such as a major illness, loss of a job, a death in the family, or a divorce. These feelings of grief tend to become less intense on their own as time goes on. Depression …

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Untreated Depression & Quality of Life

The holidays are over and winter is here.  While many people enjoyed the holidays and look forward to winter activities, for those who experience depression, this time of year can be particularly difficult.  Shorter days with less sunlight and cold temperatures can feel especially dark, dreary and hopeless for someone who is depressed.  The multiple …

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Now? No, wait – procrastinate! The art of putting things off

Let’s face it, we are all guilty of procrastination. How many times do you tell yourself that you will get something done only to keep putting it off? Maybe its something around the house like cleaning the garage, paying bills, or filing your taxes. Perhaps its a doctor or dentist appointment you promise yourself to …

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Addressing Your Child’s Learning Difficulties

When children experience difficulty in school, their performance in math, reading and writing needs to be evaluated to determine the exact causes of their learning difficulties. In addition to learning problems in these areas, there may be other factors impacting a child’s capacity to learn. Specifically, a child’s learning can be affected by a variety …

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Being “Supermom” Stressing You Out?

The Pennsylvania Psychological Association Offers Tips for Mothers. According to a 2009 survey by the American Psychological Association (APA), women are more affected by stress than men and report engaging in unhealthy behaviors such as comfort eating, poor diet choices, smoking, and inactivity to help deal with stress. The same survey showed women report feeling …

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