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  • National Rehab Hotline for Dealing With Substance Abuse

    Substance abuse can be a difficult issue to tackle alone, and seeking help can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there is a vast array of resources available for those struggling with addiction, including substance use hotlines. These hotlines are staffed by trained professionals who can offer support and guidance to those in need. Click here to read more...

  • Mesothelioma - Grief and Mourning

    Grief and mourning are normal aspects of a mesothelioma diagnosis and treatment. Counseling and mental health professionals can help people who are mourning, carefully guiding them through the bereavement process. Mesothelioma – A Difficult Cancer and a Reason to Grieve Mesothelioma strikes approximately 3,000 people in the United States every year. This rare cancer is caused almost exclusively by exposure to asbestos Those who are affected....click here to read full article.

  • Debunking Common Fears About Going to Therapy

    Going to therapy can be a big step for many people, and it's not uncommon to experience some fear or apprehension about the process. However, many of the fears people have about therapy are based on misconceptions or outdated stereotypes. In this article, we'll debunk some of the most common fears people have about therapy and offer reassurance to anyone considering making an appointment. Fear of Judgment One of the most common fears people have about therapy is the fear of being judged. Many people worry that their therapist will think less of them or be critical of their behavior or choices. However, this fear is largely unfounded. Therapists are trained to be nonjudgmental and empathetic, and they work to create a safe and supportive space for clients to explore their thoughts and feelings. Your therapist is there to help you, not to judge you. Fear of Vulnerability Another common fear people have about therapy is the fear of being too vulnerable or exposed. It can be scary to open up to a stranger about personal issues, especially if you've never talked about them before. However, vulnerability is an essential part of the therapeutic process. When you allow yourself to be vulnerable with your therapist, you create a deeper level of trust and connection that can lead to meaningful growth and healing. Fear of Change Many people are afraid of change, even when it's for the better. Therapy can be a transformative experience, and it can require you to confront difficult emotions and make changes in your life. However, your therapist will work with you to set achievable goals and make changes at a pace that feels comfortable for you. You don't have to make big changes all at once, and your therapist will support you every step of the way. Fear of Losing Control Some people worry that therapy will force them to confront things they're not ready to face or that they will lose control over their thoughts and emotions. However, therapy is a collaborative process, and you are always in control of what you share and how you approach your treatment. Your therapist is there to guide and support you, not to dictate what you should do or how you should feel. Fear of Stigma Unfortunately, there is still a stigma around mental health and seeking therapy, which can make some people feel ashamed or embarrassed about getting help. However, seeking therapy is a courageous and proactive step towards improving your mental health and wellbeing. Your therapist is a trained professional who has dedicated their career to helping people like you, and there is nothing shameful about seeking their support. Fear of Cost Finally, many people worry about the cost of therapy, especially if they don't have insurance or have limited financial resources. However, there are affordable therapy options available, including Employee Assistance Programs, Health Savings Account Services, Community and Clergy resources and Self Pay Discounts. Additionally, investing in your mental health can have long-term benefits that far outweigh the cost. In conclusion, the fears people have about therapy are often based on misconceptions or outdated stereotypes. Therapy is a safe, supportive, and transformative process that can help you overcome mental health challenges, improve your relationships, and live a happier, healthier life. If you're considering therapy but are unsure, remember that your therapist is there to support you every step of the way. Don't let fear hold you back from taking this important step towards your mental health and wellbeing.

  • Mental Health and Mesothelioma

    Caring for your mental health after a mesothelioma diagnosis can improve your quality of life and positively impact your physical response to treatment. It is natural to feel sadness and anxiety about your diagnosis, but with support, you can still experience purpose and joy as your condition progresses. Click Here to read more.

  • PTSD and Car Accidents

    Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder stemming from a traumatic incident, such as a car accident, which causes symptoms that impact daily life. Physical injuries are often the focus of recovery efforts in the aftermath of car accidents, while the mental impact is largely ignored. PTSD is commonly associated with military combat veterans. Most people aren’t aware that the emotional trauma from car accidents can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. In fact, car accidents are the leading cause of PTSD in the general population. This debilitating mental injury often...CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE

  • The Link Between Mental Health and Your Vision

    Medical researchers have found close links between eye health and mental health. People with vision impairments often develop mental health problems like anxiety and depression because of the stress of living with their condition. People with mental health problems are also more likely to develop vision issues later in life. If you have vision problems, it is important CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE:

  • ROCKS IN YOUR EMOTIONAL BACKPACK

    In the world of backpacking there is a popular saying, “Ounces equal pounds, and pounds equal pain”. The meaning is that a few ounces here, and a few ounces there, quickly add up to pounds and when you have to carry everything, that weight soon becomes very noticeable in very unpleasant ways. As we journey through life, our metaphorical backpacks can get heavier and heavier. Author and speaker John Bytheway used the analogy of rocks that we pick up on the way and put in our packs. Every negative thought we have about ourselves is another rock we shove in our pack. Every negative thing said to us likewise can be added as a rock to our backs. Every bad experience… well you get the idea. Soon the small, light pack we start with, looks like the pack Samwise Gamgee is hauling in the Lord of the Rings movies. Complete with cast iron pots and pans hanging off the outside. Soon it’s hard to even pick up the pack, let alone travel with it. In the real world, this can lead to depression, anxiety, and the like. So, what do we do about this? Your first inclination might be to drop the pack and leave it in the middle of the trail or to sit down and never get back up. I know I’ve been tempted to do both. Neither is a good solution. We need to keep moving, and our packs also contain a lot of useful tools that we need. We must lighten our packs, but we need to be smart about it. When I went to Recruit Training for the Marines, we had to go on long marches with our packs over difficult terrain. Before we went on the first march, the Drill Instructors taught us how to reduce our load, while keeping the essentials. A great example of this was our rations. We were issued MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) which came in a large plastic bag. In this bag were other plastic pouches often in cardboard boxes. The DI’s had us open the large bag and remove all the boxes and anything else we didn’t need. Then we took everything we kept and put it in the large bag and taped it shut. This removed weight, reduced the space the MRE took by half, and reduced the garbage we would need to pack out. The result was smaller, lighter packs while still having the food we needed. We can do the same thing in our metaphoric pack. Some things are easy to figure out how to do on our own. In other cases, we may need some help. I would never have thought to field strip my MREs in that way. Fortunately, our DI’s had both done these marches before, and were trained to teach us the methods that work. It’s helpful to have someone look at our packs and ask questions like “do you really need this?” And “let’s keep the useful parts of that but get rid of the rest.” Bringing this out of the metaphorical and back to the practical. I’ve made some dumb choices and have had a lot of bad things happen to me in the years I’ve been alive. These have followed me and weighed me down and affected both my self-image and my views on life. It wasn’t until I met my wife, who works in the mental health space, that I even realized how much extra weight I was carrying. Even after recognizing that, it’s often not easy to simply dump those things out of my pack. This is where having someone who can help and hold you accountable really helps. This may be a quality friend, spouse, a parent, therapist, or coach. We all need someone to both support us and to call us on our bullcrap. Just be careful that the person you use isn’t also adding more rocks to your pack. Friends and family are great, because they care about you and can often offer an outside view on this. Provided they weren’t the one who put it there in the first place. Sometimes you need someone with training or someone who’s not tied to you on a personal level. This is where professional therapists or counselors come in and often they are covered under insurance, an Employee Assistance Program (AKA an EAP) or can also use your HSA (Health Savings Account) if you have one, to pay for services. Many church organizations are also willing to help with the cost too. In the end we can only carry so much before we get weighed down and can’t continue. Even when it doesn’t stop you from being able to carry on, it will impair your ability to perform to your highest levels. As such, it is imperative that you occasionally take stock of your proverbial backpack and either remove or to “field strip” unhelpful items and if you need help, don’t be afraid to ask for it. Respectfully, Rob Findeisen Semper Fidelis Rob Findeisen is a professional content copywriter and you can check out his website through ironfound marketing: https://robifm.wixsite.com/ironfoundmarketing

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