Awhile back, we spoke with faculty at UMKC about student stress and suicide risk. Suicidality among college students is a very real concern, and the additional stressors brought on by COVID-19 serve to exacerbate what is already a vulnerable psychological state. As September is Suicide Prevention Month, here is a simple guide of what to … Continue reading Suicidality and Suicide Prevention Month
For so many of us, August marks a time of change, a beginning or ending, or a shift from one life phase into another. Some of us return to school, leave home for college, or begin a new job. August is the long kiss goodbye to summer as our bodies and minds prepare to shift … Continue reading Increasing our Interoceptive Awareness to Cope with Change
In therapy, we are always talking about boundaries. Here’s a quick summary on what boundaries are, why they’re important, how to set and stick to them, and even some examples of healthy boundaries. WHAT ARE BOUNDARIES? Boundaries are the invisible lines that we draw in order to keep ourselves safe. You could think of boundaries … Continue reading Setting Boundaries: Putting Self-Care into Action
Say the words “Borderline Personality Disorder” (BPD) to someone who is unfamiliar with personality disorders and you’ll likely get a response that highlights “anger issues,” suicidality, impulsivity, and fear of abandonment. Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a complex condition characterized by instability of one’s self-concept, emotions, and behavior. What many people don’t know is that … Continue reading A Closer Look at ‘Chronic Emptiness’
All of us struggle with moments of distress. Suffering is part of what makes us human. While our bodies and minds are amazingly equipped to help us cope, it can be difficult to remember these innate resources during a moment of suffering. Luckily, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is here to lend a hand. Marsha Linehan, she … Continue reading DBT Skills: How to IMPROVE the Moment When You Are in Distress
This morning I woke up feeling pretty depleted from a packed week. Without much thought, I knew I would be heading into the woods, using nature to replenish my energy and sense of well- being. Turns out, the instinctual pull to nature is actually a Japanese process called shinrin-yoku, which translates to “forest bathing,” or … Continue reading Feeling Low? Try a Forest Bath.
It’s no secret that 2020 has been an incredibly challenging and stressful year for everyone. The pandemic, with its accompanying economic pressures, personal tragedies, and isolation from loved ones have contributed to our psyche in ways that, though felt, cannot yet be fully understood. When faced with stress, people turn to coping skills that are … Continue reading When Coping Becomes Addiction: Signs to Look For