Burned Out and Overstimulated: Holiday Edition

Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC The holiday season is filled with expectations. Don’t stress if you feel that the holiday season has been, well, stressful. Everybody has a different capacity of how much environmental information and stimuli they can consume without becoming overstimulated.   Signs of Overstimulation restlessness, difficulty relaxing heightened startle response increased sense of agitation or fear persistent rumination mood … Read More

What is “Reverse SAD”?

by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC Seasonal Affective Disorder Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is characterized by feelings of depression that start and end at the same time every year, in accordance with a change in seasons. SAD is generally used to refer to depression that occurs during the cold, dark winter months. This is because the reduced exposure to sunlight and warmth … Read More

Journaling for Mental Health

by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC Journaling is a common technique used to manage stress, anxiety and overall mental health. It seems simple enough, but many people find themselves stumped on what they should be writing about or how they should even begin. Have no fear. This post will at as your guide in making use of journaling to your full advantage. … Read More

High Functioning Anxiety

by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC Anxiety is an inevitable part of human life. Some people are more prone to anxiety than others, especially those who tend to have a low tolerance for uncertainty. These people might realize that they are worrying too much but then fall into the trap of “worrying about worry”, ruminating over how it may affect their health … Read More

OCD and Anger

by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is characterized by the presence of disturbing thoughts or images (obsessions) that are intrusive and unwanted. The nature of these obsessions are distressing and experiencing them on a daily can cause an individual to feel that they are inherently immoral or are likely to end up committing an immoral act. Individuals will … Read More

OCD Medication

OCD Medication - Chicago Counseling Center

Considering taking medication for your OCD? Here is a guide to give you all the information to make an informed choice.   What is OCD? Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is generally understood as the presence of obsessions and/or compulsions, although the two are often found together. Obsessions can be in the form of thoughts, urges, or images and are persistent in … Read More

Existential OCD

– Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC In the post below, you will learn more about what obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is and how it is characterized. This post will focus specifically on “existential OCD”, just one of the many unique subtypes of the disorder. Read on to learn about what it means to have existential OCD, common symptoms and treatment options.   

Regain Control of Worry

by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC Nervousness, uncertainty and anxiety are an unavoidable part of life. These emotions usually arise as an appropriate response to circumstances that pose a potential threat to our well-being—for instance, a loss of employment, a decline in health or separation from a loved one. This normal stress response, known as “eustress,” actually serves a positive function because … Read More

Do You Have Enough Self-Compassion?

by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   As children, one of the first things we learn is how to be kind to others. A strong emphasis is placed on helping, sharing and what it means to be a good friend—unarguably imperative qualities to instill at a young age. However, Western culture places far less importance on showing that same kindness to ourselves—the … Read More

How to Make and Break Habits

by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC Humans are creatures of habit. There are certain things we do every day that give our lives order. Having some type of routine is considered healthy because it can help us with time-management and provide structure to an otherwise chaotic day. However, this adherence can also mean that we mindlessly continue to engage in unhealthy behaviors … Read More