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10 Vitamins and Supplements for Anxiety

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  March 17, 2023

Anxiety is the most common mental health issue in the world. Some studies estimate that over one billion people across the globe suffer from anxiety. In the US, 18% of the population live with anxiety, rising to an estimated 25% of children between the ages of 13 and 18. It’s...

20 Ways to Get Out of a Bad Mood

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  March 1, 2023

Being human means experiencing the full spectrum of feelings and emotions, good and bad. But that doesn’t mean you’re powerless to shift to a more desirable mood. Below are 20 ways to get out of a bad mood, all of which are evidence-based (meaning that scientific research has found them...

What’s the Difference Between OCD and Perfectionism?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  February 28, 2023

You’ve probably seen the memes and heard the jokes. Someone will say they’re “so OCD” when they have a need to complete a task to perfection. They’ll describe it as “OCD” when they like their surroundings to be neat and orderly or their closet color-coordinated. But in reality, OCD and...

What Are The Long And Short Term Effects Of Anxiety?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  February 21, 2023

Anxiety is a mental health issue experienced by an increasing number of people. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults (19.1% of the U.S. population) age 18 and older every year. Anxiety disorders...

Narcissistic Abuse and Codependency: What’s the Link?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  February 16, 2023

You’ve probably heard of the term “narcissist.” The formal term to describe a narcissist is “narcissistic personality disorder,” and it’s an official mental health diagnosis that’s included in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual. Not everyone with narcissistic personality disorder is abusive, and people can and do heal from this condition. However,...

Is Emotional Invalidation a Form of Emotional Abuse?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  February 14, 2023

If you are seeking to understand what emotional invalidation is and if it’s a form of abuse, then this article will define the terms, outline the impact of emotional invalidation, and offer ways to heal from abusive experiences.   What is emotional abuse? To establish whether emotional invalidation is a...

Enmeshment Trauma - Setting Boundaries Within Enmeshed Families and Relationships

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  February 10, 2023

“Boundaries are a prerequisite for compassion and empathy. We can't connect with someone unless we're clear about where we end and they begin. If there's no autonomy between people, then there's no compassion or empathy, just enmeshment.” — Brené Brown, Atlas of the Heart What is enmeshment? The concept of...

What Is Situational Depression?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  January 31, 2023

Depression can take many different forms. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) publishes a diagnostic tool known as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (or the DSM-V) which is the principal authority for psychiatric diagnoses. Within the DSM-V, depression falls into many categories. Some of these are well...

What Is Hyperfixation, What Are The Symptoms And How To Manage It

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  January 26, 2023

Hyperfixation is a form of intense concentration that lasts for a short amount of time, to the point where you lose track of everything else. It is all you can pay attention to. Another way to think about hyperfixation is that it’s a state of focus. For some inexplicable reason,...

How To Deal With Separation Anxiety

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  January 17, 2023

Anxiety is the world’s most commonly experienced mental health condition, one that can take many forms - including separation anxiety. Separation anxiety is a type of anxiety experienced most frequently during early childhood, although older children, adolescents, and adults can suffer from this difficult type of anxiety. This article will...

Is a Messy House a Sign of Mental Illness?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  January 11, 2023

There are very few of us out there who are able to maintain a perfectly clean home all of the time. Kids’ toys are strewn about, the clean laundry never gets folded, and the dirty dishes pile up. This is all a normal part of adult life. But where does...

The Best Essential Oils for Sleep

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  January 6, 2023

It’s well-known that restful sleep is one of the best things we can do for our overall health and well-being. But too many of us aren’t getting the sleep we need; reports show that over a third of Americans aren’t getting the recommended hours of sleep every night (at least...

What Causes Chemical Imbalance in the Brain? Debunking Myths

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  January 3, 2023

Have you ever heard that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain? Most of us believed this for many years – but it turns out it’s not the whole truth. Depression is a complex disease affecting over 280 million people worldwide, and a chemical imbalance is not...

How to Lower Your Cortisol Levels and Reduce Stress

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  December 16, 2022

You may have heard of cortisol as a harmful stress hormone. But cortisol isn’t always negative; our bodies actually depend on the release of cortisol for several key functions. The problem is when high stress, and cortisol release, are chronic. Humans aren’t meant to live under chronically high levels of...

Nine Grounding Techniques to Calm Panic Attacks

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  December 14, 2022

In this article, we explore what grounding is and why it works. You will find nine of the best grounding techniques for calming panic attacks listed below for you to try, plus a full explanation of the theory behind them. As you will read, everyone is different, so experiment and...

How to Heal From Abandonment Issues

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  December 8, 2022

Many people have experienced a form of abandonment in their lives, which can lead to issues around trust, belonging, and connectedness. You’re not alone if this is your experience. According to the American Psychiatric Association, abandonment means: Desertion or substantial leave-taking by a parent or primary caregiver of his or...

How to Trust Your Partner: 10 Tips

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  December 6, 2022

Many people who’ve been in a romantic relationship have experienced feeling distrustful of their partners. It could be because your partner has shown themselves to be untrustworthy. But it could also be because you’ve experienced things in your past that have led you to have a hard time trusting other...

10 Ways to Help Yourself When You’re Depressed

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  November 25, 2022

If you live with depression, know that you’re not alone. Millions of people across the globe have depression and battle with it every day. Treatment is necessary to make a full recovery from depression. At the same time, there are things you can do to help yourself get out of...

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