The Four Agreements of Mental Health

  by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   In our stressful world, improving mental health is crucial. Don Miguel Ruiz’s “The Four Agreements” offers a simple, powerful guide for a more peaceful and healthy life. Here’s how each agreement can help your well-being.   1. Be Impeccable with Your Word The first agreement, “Be Impeccable with Your Word,” encourages individuals to use words … Read More

“Too Sensitive” or Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria?

– Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria (RSD) is characterized by an intense fear of rejection, often leading individuals to perceive rejection even in situations where it doesn’t exist or isn’t intended. RSD is not officially recognized as a distinct disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). However, it’s a concept extensively discussed in psychology and … Read More

Radical Acceptance, Explained

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Imagine this: you’re faced with a situation that’s not at all what you had hoped for. It might be a personal setback, a relationship challenge, or even something as pervasive as a global crisis. Whatever it is, it’s not what you wanted or expected. What do you do? This is where “Radical Acceptance” may come … Read More

What is Pedophilia OCD?

    – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that is characterized by the presence of obsessions and compulsions.  Obsessions are thoughts, ideas or images that are unwelcome, upsetting and recurrent. Compulsions are repetitive mental or behavioral rituals done to alleviate the distress caused by obsessions   Individuals will engage in repetitive mental or behavioral rituals … Read More

What is Creative Hopelessness?

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on mindfulness, acceptance of thoughts and feelings, and commitment to actions aligned with one’s values. The concept is to let go of unrealistic expectations and accept the present moment without judgment, which allows us to see things clearly and make positive changes in … Read More

Practical Tips for Navigating Triggers

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Life can feel like a minefield at times, with triggers lurking around every corner, ready to set off a  chain reaction of negative emotions and reactions. Whether it’s a past trauma, stressful situation, or certain people or places, triggers have the power to disrupt our peace of mind and derail our progress. However, there’s a … Read More

What is Emotional Contamination?

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   “Contamination” is frequently associated with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder). So much so that people mistakenly assume that all individuals with OCD struggle with germophobia or compulsive cleaning. While this is most certainly true for some people, but there are also numerous subtypes of OCD that have nothing to do with cleanliness at all. Common subtypes of … Read More

Navigating the “I Should Have Known” Moments

    – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   We all have situations that we revisit from time to time and see things we could have done differently. We puzzle over the same scenario like a Rubik’s cube, asking questions like: “How could this have happened?” or “what was I thinking when I decided to do/not do this thing?” or “what would things … Read More

Hair-Pulling, Skin-Picking and Other BFRBs

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC     Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs) describe a group of repetitive and compulsive actions directed towards one’s own body. These behaviors can result in physical damage to the body over time. Common examples of BFRBs include hair pulling (trichotillomania), skin picking (dermatillomania/excoriation disorder), and nail biting. Individuals with BFRBs often engage in these behaviors to cope … Read More

What is a Highly Sensitive Person?

    – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   You’ve probably heard the of “introverts” and “empaths” before. Introvert describes a person who becomes drained quickly in social situations and needs plenty of time alone to recharge their energy. Empaths are individuals who have a naturally heightened awareness of the emotions of those around them and often absorb and internalize those emotions. There … Read More