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Abusive Relationships

Relationship abuse is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear, intimidation, and power. It often includes the threat or use or violence. Abuse occurs when one person believes that he or she is entitled to control another.

ADD/ADHD

The best way to think of ADD is not as a mental disorder but as a collection of traits and tendencies that define a way of being in the world.  There is some positive to it and some negative, some glory and some pain.

Anger

Anger usually arises when we perceive a threat or an injustice. Anger may also arise when we encounter stress, disappointment or hurt feelings. When managed properly, anger motivates us to clarify the other person's intent, express our disappointment, or if necessary, set some limits to protect us.

Anxiety

A recent study found that students who spent ten minutes writing about their thoughts about an exam just before taking the exam had significant improvement in their exam scores.

Assertiveness

Assertiveness is neither passivity nor aggressiveness. Assertive communication demonstrates self-respect and self-confidence, in addition to awareness of and respect for others. Assertiveness begins when you look at the world from the position that you have eternal worth and human rights AND that others also have eternal worth and human rights

Biolar

Bipolar disorder is a spectrum mood disorder, meaning that the intensity of the disorder varies from person to person.  It is a biological illness with strong genetic components (it runs in families), and is worsened by changes in hormone levels, trauma to the nervous system (i.e., emotional shocks) and the consumption of street drugs.

Compulsive Behaviors

Compulsive behaviors are any behaviors that become addictive because they serve a function that is not necessarily related to the behavior. In other words, a compulsive behavior is a counterfeit way of trying to meet a real need.

Decision Making

Did you ever wish you didn't have to make decisions?  Learning to make decisions and solve problems is an important part of our mortal existence.  The way we use our God-given freedom to make decisions is of eternal significance. 

Depression

Depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working.

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are complex and painful illnesses that have many underlying and contributing causes and factors in their development. In view of the growing epidemic in the number of women and men in the United States with eating disorders, it is important to explore ways to prevent this disorder from taking root in someone's life.

Mindfulness and Meditation

Eating disorders are complex and painful illnesses that have many underlying and contributing causes and factors in their development. In view of the growing epidemic in the number of women and men in the United States with eating disorders, it is important to explore ways to prevent this disorder from taking root in someone's life.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a neurological disorder on the anxiety spectrum characterized by recurrent unwanted thoughts, impulses, or images (obsessions) followed by intrusive behaviors (compulsions).

Perfectionism

For perfectionists, life is an endless report card on accomplishments or looks. It's a fast and enduring track to unhappiness, and perfectionism is often accompanied by depression and eating disorders.

Same Gender Attraction

Same Gender Attraction (aka Same Sex Attraction) is not a mental illness. These terms are used to describribe an individual who is struggling with their sexual orientation.

Self-Worth

  For many of us, the commandment to be perfect triggers feelings of anxiety.  We are painfully aware of our weaknesses and inadequacies, yet we continue to drive ourselves to reach impossible goals.  Then, when we fall short, we label ourselves as failures and often feel hopelessness and shame. 

Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is any type of sexual activity that you do not want or agree to.  It is a crime of violence, anger, power, and control that stems from one person's determination to exercise power over another.  It is usually not related to sexual desire. 

Sleep

There are several sleep problems or disorders that affect the quality and quantity of sleep and may require treatment before you can get back on track with restful, restorative sleep.

Stress Management

How would it be to live in a world without stress?  For many of us, the initial response would be "Wonderful!" But let's stop and think about it for a minute.  What would happen if we had no stress in our lives? Our muscles work only because they encounter the stress or resistance placed on them by gravity or by lifting

Time Management

Scheduling and managing time wisely are important for college students.  Have you ever missed an important appointment or deadline?  If you have, you probably found that it complicated both your academic and your social life.  You may have ended up feeling anxious, frustrated, guilty, or some other uncomfortable feeling.