Is Failure (or Being Wrong) Really the Worst Thing? Overcoming Self-Doubt

Written by Megan Pajak, LPC   I remember being in High School, 10th grade, math remediation class and my teacher was discussing an upcoming test. Visibly, most of us students were stressed about our performance. “All you can be is wrong”, said my teacher who was trying to reassure us. That statement only increased stress about our ability. Fast forward … Read More

Negative Thinking Traps…

…and how they distort our reality An Overview Whether or not we want to, we are always thinking. Always, isolated within our own minds where thought after thought endlessly stream to the point where research has suggested a range of daily thoughts from 6,000 to upwards of 70,000! That is a lot of time spent with ourselves. It makes sense … Read More

OCD Attacks

Sufferers of OCD may already be distinctly aware of the ebbs and flows of their symptoms associated with the disorder. After all, it is quite common for many people diagnosed with OCD to still be able to achieve a certain level of balance to their lives, managing personal relationships or careers, and yet, still making time to address compulsions related … Read More

Journaling for Mental Health

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. Why journaling? Journaling is … Read More

How To Help Someone With Anxiety

Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. However, people with anxiety disorders experience excessive and persistent worry about any number of things. Often times, it interferes with their ability to function at work, school and socially. In order to best help someone with an anxiety disorder, is important to understand their experience. Use the steps below as your roadmap to … Read More

High Functioning Anxiety

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 or convincing themselves that … Read More

OCD and Anger

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 engage in repetitive mental … Read More

Germs: Fear of the Invisible Threat

First encounters   At an early age, I remember the adults in my life teaching and modelling appropriate hygienic behavior. Now I can’t say I remember potty training, but the concept of washing hands was something hygienic that was repeated by my teachers, parents, grandparents, and friends in my class. We need to use soap to kill off the germs … Read More

The Nature of Intrusive Thoughts

Intrusive Thoughts - Chicago Counseling Center

As human beings we experience thousands of thoughts a day. Some are intentional, such as when we are planning for something or trying to remember something, and some are unintentional, such as a worry about something going wrong or a memory of someone being triggered by something. Thoughts can also be pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral, though most often they are … 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