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“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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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