If you worry that your struggles in life may be related to mental illness, you are not alone. Many people wonder, “Am I mentally ill?”
Although men are slowly becoming more receptive to the idea of seeking help for mental health problems (e.g. stress, anxiety, depression and trauma), they still tend to try and handle things on their own. Even when they feel overwhelmed by pressures at home and work, they often think they should keep a stiff upper lip and carry on. The tendency to stay strong and appear to have everything under control while struggling internally is not good for men’s mental health.
Individuals with avoidant personality disorder struggle with a number of persistent symptoms that get in the way of having social relationships. In the United States, anywhere from 1% to 5.2% of the adult population suffers from avoidant personality disorder. However, many of these individuals continue to fight every day to have meaningful experiences, especially at work.
Love addiction is a condition characterized by a desperate need to be in a relationship. Many love addicts go from one relationship to another because they are compelled to experience the euphoria of early love, while others get involved with partners who are abusive or emotionally unavailable.
Non 12-step rehab methods may appeal to you if you have already attempted Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and found it difficult to commit to. Although many people are able to overcome their addictions with AA, and with spin-off organizations like Narcotics Anonymous, not everyone finds it suitable.
The holiday season can be a triggering time of year for people in alcohol or drug addiction recovery. Strained relationships, pressures to be jovial and plenty of alcohol can make holiday gatherings a breeding ground for relapse. Sometimes the families of loved ones in alcohol or drug recovery aren’t yet ready to welcome them with open arms. Continue reading
By James Snow, LMHC, CAP, Clinical Director of Lucida
What are you, a big baby? Stop crying!
Suck it up, man! Pull yourself together.
Don’t ever let them see you sweat or show your weak side.
By James Snow, LMHC, CAP, Clinical Director at Lucida
Although women have a higher rate of depression, the condition is just as serious and has some similar symptoms in men. According to studies, cultural restrictions on displaying emotions have an impact on whether men will seek mental health support. Here are some important aspects of breaking down those barriers to healing: