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

Are You Thinking Too Much?

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Overthinking, otherwise known as rumination, describes the act of actively thinking about a situation in an attempt to understand it from every side. People often ruminate because it provides some them with some feeling of “control” over a situation in which they have none. In reality, rumination has quite the opposite effect. Dwelling on concerns or memories … Read More

What is Autumn Anxiety

  by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   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. Typically, it is associated with lack of sunlight during the winter months. However, the disorder can affect individuals during any of the four seasons. For instance, depression that is experienced … Read More

Understanding Bipolar Disorder

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC What is Bipolar Disorder?   Bipolar disorder (BP) is a mental health condition characterized by extreme shifts in mood, energy levels and activity levels. These two extreme states of being are known as mania/hypomania and depression. There are two subtypes of bipolar disorder: bipolar I (BPI) and bipolar II (BPII). The distinction between these two subtypes … Read More

Take a Stupid Walk for Your Stupid Mental Health

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   The title of this blog will not make sense to everyone, so let me explain. The phrase “going on a stupid walk for my stupid mental health” went viral a few years ago thanks to this TikTok video made by creator @ninalaevski. The video in question shows a girl bundling up, charging out the door … Read More

A Summer of Success: A Guide to Behavioral Activation

It has been around two and half years since COVID-19 has dominated our lives within society, and while at the moment we are not locked away in our homes out of necessity, integrating back into the community can feel tricky and stressful. Along with the past two years, many of us have experienced challenges specifically with our mental health. It … 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

Depression and a Treatment That Works

By: Abigail Yeomans, LPC Individuals struggling with depression commonly report an overwhelming sense of impairment when it comes to motivation and engaging in activities that once provided a sense of pleasure or joy. If you have ever thought to yourself, “I know what would help me feel better, but I just don’t feel like doing it” you are not alone. … Read More