Category: General Mental Health

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Four Attachment Styles in Relationship Dependency

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  May 26, 2022

Attachment theory highlights the importance of a strong, healthy attachment in childhood. This important attachment comes at the earliest stages of life to a parent or primary caregiver, usually a mother. This first, fundamental attachment, or relationship, sets the stage for all relationships going forward.

The Whole-Person Approach to Depression Treatment

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  March 13, 2021

People arrive at the point of depression from many different places, indicating there are a variety of paths to recovery. In short, there is no one answer for depression and no single path to recovery. Just as the reasons for depression are a varied as the individuals who suffer from...

CBT For Depression

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  February 19, 2021

Depression is a common and serious illness that can affect how you feel, think, and act daily. If you or a loved one are suffering from depression, you are not alone. Over 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression each year. But the good news is that depression is treatable with...

The Link Between Eating Disorders and Self-Mutilation

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  January 11, 2021

According to recent statistics, about 25 percent of people with eating disorders also engage in some form of self-mutilation, self-injury or self-harm. Self-mutilation, also known as self-harm or self-injury, is the act of intentionally harming one’s own body through cutting, burning, hair-pulling or a wide range of behaviors that inflict...

How to look after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  April 20, 2020

When a pandemic like the Coronavirus happens in the world around you, it can be incredibly scary and overwhelming. Everything around you seems to have changed and be out of your control. You may be on lock down at home; or be on social distancing restrictions; or you may have...

Can Marriage Be Better Now Than Before a Crisis?

By: John Williams  •  January 15, 2020

One of my clients had had his marriage blow up in his face only months before. His pornography habit had been discovered yet again--after repeated promises of “I’m quitting now"--and his wife was so fed up she had left the house for a week. (It could just as easily be...

Beware the Uncomplaining Spouse

By: John Williams  •  January 10, 2020

“Things were going well all week with my wife and me, and I thought the tensions were behind us,” a client told me recently. “But no, last night, she got all upset again over nothing.” If your marriage has been disrupted by your spouse exploding over their discovery of your...

5 Areas You Can Work On Today To Put Your Life Back Together From Addiction

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  May 25, 2019

How can you put your life back together after addiction? Healing happens when you reintegrate healthy connections with yourself and others. Once you admit you’re broken, you must agree to look at reconnecting the pieces of your life that addiction has torn apart. Your relationships may be strained, estranged, or...

Fear Versus Anxiety

By: Hannah Smith  •  February 1, 2019

Do you know the difference between fear and anxiety? If you look in the dictionary or ask most people, these words are often used interchangeably. However, there is an important distinction between them. To understand, let’s consider Janet and Marc. The sun was just beginning to peek through the blinds...

A Prayer for Kindness

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  August 13, 2018

There's something important to remember in the quest for strength and courage, and that's a spirit of kindness.  Too often we teach our children the verse, "Be kind one to another" (Eph. 4:32 RSV), and then we forget the admonition as adults.  True forgiveness and kindness are cut from the...

Practicing Progressive Muscle Relaxation

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  June 21, 2018

Have you ever noticed how relaxed you can feel after you've done something physically strenuous? It's possible to relive a little of this feeling by engaging in progressive muscle relaxation.

Finding Hope for Generalized Anxiety Disorder

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  June 5, 2018

When people are burdened by fear, worry, and anxiety, they struggle to live productive, happy lives.  These same feelings propel them headlong into excesses.  Often, they are focused on the negativity associated with their excesses, such as obesity or alcoholism or addiction to pornography.  They want help to "just stop"...

Healthy Relationships Mean Becoming Emotionally Healthy Yourself

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  April 27, 2018

Healthy people are growing people, and people do not grow healthy in isolation.

Answer These Questions to Determine Your Current Stress Level

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  April 20, 2018

If you try to live without balance, you will invariably retreat to older patterns of thinking.  The tendency is always to default to previous, often unbalanced, behavior when the going gets rough, when feeling boxed in, or when the pressures of life become more than you feel you can bear. ...

Open the Door to Your Problems

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  February 12, 2018

It is so important, as you work toward taking charge of your life, that you begin to insist on dealing with reality instead of perception.  As I've counseled people, I've been amazed at how deceptive people can be to one another.  But the person you and I are best at...

Desensitize Your Anxiety

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  November 6, 2017

Anxieties are progressive, so it seems logical that one of the answers to anxiety would be a progression of a different kind. When a fear starts out small and keeps expanding, the way to combat anxiety is to cut that anxiety down to size. Instead of trying to take on the whole fear, you start small, working your way up your fear, like climbing a ladder.

How False Guilt Leads to Stress

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  October 5, 2017

Guilt is an insidious reaction that contributes to stress. Guilt cries out, “Never enough!” When you feel guilty or ashamed, or you blame yourself for not being or doing all you think you’re supposed to be, you can never find peace.

Let Go of Anxiety and Practice Contentment

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  September 20, 2017

Have you ever seen the guards at Buckingham Palace in London? They are the ones who stand ramrod straight, eyes focused ahead, for hours and hours. Of course, there are tourists who attempt to distract them from their duty, but these soldiers remain rigidly vigil. Similarly, anxiety remains rigidly vigil...

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