Seasonal Affective Disorder: Not Just the Winter Blues
By Jessica Burgess
As spring finally approaches, many are hopeful for longer and brighter days in hopes that it will heighten their mood and ease them of the ‘winter blues’. But how typical are these mood shifts and when are they cause for concern? Season Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression that is related to changes in season, often goes overlooked by the average person and just considered normal winter blues. However, SAD has many of the same symptoms and risks as Major Depressive Disorder (MDD).
Most people with SAD tend to show symptoms beginning in the fall and ending before spring but some show symptoms in the spring and progress through the summer months. Either way, the disorder follows a pattern of seasonal change, where the symptoms get worse towards the end of the season. Symptoms of SAD include:
- Feelings of depression almost every day, all day
- Sleeping problems
- Weight gain or loss
- Changes in appetite
- Feelings of hopeless, worthlessness or guilt
- Lower interest in activities you used to find interesting
- Low energy
- Thoughts of death or suicide
If you think or someone you know is suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder, speak with one of our licensed professional psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, or psychotherapists. Contact us at our Paramus, NJ or Manhattan, NY offices at (201) 368-3700 or (212) 722-1920 respectively to set up an appointment. For more information, visit http://www.counselingpsychotherapynjny.com
By: Tamar Asayan
Everyone has experienced rejection whether it was not getting the job you wanted, your friends not inviting you somewhere and posting about it online, or even having someone not like you back. Rejection is the loss of something you may have once had or wanted. It is similar to abandonment because it leaves you feeling less than and unwanted. Unfortunately, rejection is something that cannot be avoided and it is a part of life that everyone will have to experience. No matter how small or big the rejection you experience is, it is always going to hurt you and leave an emotional wound. Not only does rejection cause emotional pain, but it also damages someone’s self-esteem and effects one’s mood resulting in frustration and anger. An article, “Why Rejection Hurts So Much-and What to do About it” states, “The same areas of our brain become activated when we experience rejection as when we experience physical pain. That’s why even small rejections hurt more than we think they should, because they elicit literal pain” (Winch). If you are feeling the pain of being rejected here are some ways to cope and overcome it in healthier ways.
- Acknowledge the pain and grief of loss
- When you are rejected, you may feel embarrassed and don’t know how to exactly cope with it. You may repress your feelings and ignore the fact that you are in pain.
- In order to accept rejection, you must accept the pain of what you are going through. Whether it is crying, going to therapy, exercising, or even journaling, it is important to relieve and express the emotions faced when being rejected.
- Don’t blame yourself
- Most of the time you don’t understand why you have been rejected and naturally you place the blame on yourself.
- The reason you believe you are at fault is because early in life you may have been taught to believe that you are not enough.
- Do not take responsibility for what is out of your control.
- Put yourself out there
- Rejection is part of the process which leads to success. Do not take it personally, it’s part of life.
- Putting yourself out there can make you less sensitive to rejection; the more you are rejected the less it hurt us.
- Build your resiliency
- To be resilient is to be able to recover or come back from a stressful or traumatizing event.
- Resiliency can be learned by doing some of the following:
- Having an open mind
- Seeking solutions
- Learning from an experience
- Seeking support
- Knowing your worth and strengths
If you or someone you know is feeling rejected or dealing with rejection, call now to make an appointment to speak with one of our licensed professional psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, or psychotherapists. Contact us at our Paramus, NJ (201) 368-3700 or Manhattan, NY offices at or (212) 722-1920 to set up an appointment. For more information, visit http://www.counselingpsychotherapynjny.com/.
Grief: Ways to Cope
By Toniann Seals
The death of a loved one requires coping skills that not many people know how to develop. In this case, grief is the feeling of sadness and loss in relation to someone no longer in your life.
Ways to cope:
- Join a support group
- You may find comfort in being around others who can relate to your pain and experience.
- Be open
- Try not to bottle up your feelings. Express them and address them as soon as needed.
- Accept your differences
- Do not worry about how long your grieving process is or if you are reacting properly. Everyone grieves differently and it is all up to the individual.
- Take care of yourself
- Try not to neglect your hobbies, hygiene or health because these will help you through the day.
- Seek counseling
- If you feel that it is difficult handling the grieving process on your own, contact a psychologist or psycho therapist who can help you overcome your loss.
If you or someone you know is having a difficult time grieving speak with one of our licensed professional psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and psychotherapists. Contact us at our Paramus, NJ or Manhattan, NY offices at (201) 368-3700 or (212) 722-1920 respectively to set up an appointment. For more information, visit http://www.counselingpsychotherapynjny.com/.
Mental Health Stigma: Myths
By Toniann Seals
When you hear that someone has mental health issues there are a few myths that may come to mind. Below are a few common myths and why they are not true.
1. MYTH: “People with mental health problems are dangerous.”
- Mental health problems do not imply danger. Most people are battling something internally and do not have any signs of being a danger to themselves or others.
2. MYTH: “People with mental health problems are unstable.”
- Many people with mental health problems are high functioning and can control their emotions. They can make their own well thought out choices.
3. MYTH: “People with mental health problems are unsuccessful in their daily lives.”
- Many people with mental health problems are able to perform daily tasks such as working and having hobbies. They can be CEOs of companies, thrive in their careers and make important decisions.
4. MYTH: “People with mental health problems are lazy.”
- Sometimes daily tasks do get hard for some, but mental illness has nothing to do with laziness. There are many factors that go into these illnesses as well as reasons why some people cannot function as productively as usual.
5. MYTH: “There is no hope for someone with mental health problems.”
- Many people go to therapy for treatment and work toward recovery.
Before you are quick to judge someone because of their actions or labeled illness, think more in depth about what they are doing and who they are as a person. Just because you hear something that generalizes a group of people, it does not mean it is true.
If you or someone you know is suffering from a mental health problem speak with one of our licensed professional psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and psychotherapists. Contact us at our Paramus, NJ or Manhattan, NY offices at (201) 368-3700 or (212) 722-1920 respectively to set up an appointment. For more information, visit http://www.counselingpsychotherapynjny.com/.