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5 Steps for Making your Mental Health a Priority in 2020

  The promise of “fresh start” at the beginning of a new year is very alluring. We make resolutions and self-improvement goals with renewed motivation and the best of intentions. Typically, our goals tend to center on achievements that provide tangible benchmarks for our success. Quitting smoking or learning a new skill, for example, are two things that can be ... Read More ...

Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude to Manage Anxiety Throughout the Year

  The holiday season is just around the corner, bringing along with it the social pressure to feel jolly and relaxed. For many of us, especially those prone to anxiety, this can seem nearly impossible given that the holidays are inextricably woven with excessive commitments, financial stress and dealing with “difficult” relatives. The pursuit of happiness can indeed turn into ... Read More ...

‘This Shouldn’t Be Happening to Me!’ How to let go when things aren’t going right

  Sometimes, life can feel unfair—not just mildly inconvenient but, like, really unfair. We have all been there. Maybe your offer for an apartment didn’t get accepted. Or you got rejected from the job you really wanted. Or months of diet and exercise are “undone” by an unexpected injury or week of stress-eating. If several of these events happen close together, the unfairness of ... Read More ...

OCD and OCPD: What’s the Difference?

  Every day, Mark is consumed with the fear that he might accidentally hurt somebody or cause them harm. He is often late for work because he circles his route several times, seeking to reassure himself that there is no evidence of a car accident. When Mark does hear of a car accident, he worries that is at fault because ... Read More ...

What to Say When People Misuse ‘OCD’

  “I’m so OCD!” “That’s just my OCD!” These phrases probably sound familiar—people often use them as a way to describe a behavior they see as “perfectionistic” or “picky.” For example, you might hear somebody say, “I’m OCD about dishes…I can’t sleep until they are all washed and put away.” Many people see these comments are harmless, but that is ... Read More ...